Rugby News & Views From an American Perspective
by Ted Hardy
This coming weekend, March 9th, Ohio State Rugby in conjunction with Rugby Ohio is hosting the first annual High School Rugby Preview which features a number of top high school teams from Ohio and Indiana. Participating teams include Archbishop Moeller, St. Edward, St. Ignatius, and Westerville from Ohio and Cathedral, Penn, Brownsburg, and Southeastern from Indiana.
The list of teams is a who’s who in regards to high school rugby in the Midwest. This mix should make for an excellent day of very competitive rugby.
Saint Edward High School (Lakewood, OH) – A full varsity sport, St. Edward is the 2012 Ohio State and Midwest Champion. The squad finished 2012 as the 6th ranked team in the nation.
Westerville (Club team from Columbus, OH) – Westerville is one of the most heralded club teams in the Midwest. The Worms have won the Ohio State Title 14 times and has been Midwest Champions nine times. The squad last won the Ohio State Title in 2011.
Archbishop Moeller High School (Cincinnati, OH) – A full varsity sport at a high school that has produced a number of professional athletes over the years, Moeller hoisted the Ohio State Title in 2010.
Saint Ignatius High School (Cleveland, OH) – Another full varsity program, St. Ignatius is a seven-time Ohio State Semi-finalist. St. Ignatius is currently the largest team in Ohio with 142 players.
Cathedral (Club team form Indianapolis, IN) – The defending National High School Club Champions, Cathedral comes into 2013 ranked #1 in the country. Cathedral has won the Midwest High School Club Championship three years in a row and have won the Indiana State title multiple times.
Penn (Mishawaka, IN) – With 12 appearances at the National HS Finals in the last 14 season, Penn is another storied program. Penn has won the Midwest HS Championship five times and collected multiple Indiana State Titles. Penn was the 2012 National HS Runner-up.
Brownsburg (Indianapolis, IN) – Brownsburg has appeared in the Indiana Division One state finals four times and is a five-time National Finalist.
Southeastern (Club team from Indianapolis, IN) – Rounding out the field is Southeastern. Formed in 2003, Southeastern won the Indiana Division 2 State Championship in 2008 and was the runner-up in 2009.
Set to be played at the Lincoln Tower Fields on the campus of Ohio State, the preview includes a total of sixteen rugby matches including both Varsity and JV teams. Key matches on the schedule include Westerville vs. Cathedral, St. Eds vs. Penn, and Moeller vs. Penn.
Moeller(JV) vs. Cathedral (JV)
Westerville (JV) vs. Brownsburg (JV)
Moeller (V) vs. Brownsburg (V)
#20 Westerville (V) vs. #1 Cathedral (V)
St. Ignatius (JV) vs. Penn (JV)
St. Edward (JV) vs. Southeastern (JV)
St. Ignatius (V) vs. Southeastern (V)
#12 St. Edward (V) vs. #6 Penn (V)
Moeller (JV) vs. Southeastern (JV)
Westerville (JV) vs. Penn (JV)
St. Ignatius (JV) vs. Brownsburg (JV)
St. Edward (JV) vs. Cathedral (JV)
St. Ignatius (V) vs. #1 Cathedral (V)
#12 St. Edward (V) vs. Brownsburg (V)
Moeller (V) vs. # 6 Penn (V)
#20 Westerville (V) vs. Southeastern (V)
V = Varsity
JV = Junior Varsity