Written by Press Release
Friday, 24 May 2013 16:55
Illinois HS Championships this Weekend
School Age -
The Illinois Youth Rugby Association has announced their 14th annual State Championships this Memorial Day May 27th.
The tournament will also host a Middle-School Championships on June 2nd, as the event has grown to big to accommodate each age Bracket.
The Championship will be held at the Chicago Blaze Rugby Complex in Lemont Ill. There will be games on all three fields starting at 10 am and culminating with the Tier 1 State Championship at 4 pm.
Over 40 teams will compete at the events, vying for the championship or pride of taking in the third place trophy.
The Illinois Tornados All State Team will have their annual Possible/Probable game on Memorial Day and also compete in the Annual Corn Bowl North vs. South All Stars on June 2nd. The Tornados traveled to Europe last summer and plan on going to Pittsburgh and Los Angeles this summer to test their mettle.
This year will also see the First Annual “ Most Skilled Rugger” Competition each day, with 5 events consisting of Passing, Kicking and Running to decide the MSR. At the HS Championships there will be a boys/girls division and at the MS Championships kids will compete in age groups 10-14.
there will also be a Senior Commitment/Signing Day. With the recent growth of rugby as a varsity sport at the collegiate level, over 65 kids will participate. Colleges that have committed to attend, Notre Dame University, Davenport University, Notre Dame College, University of Dayton, Southern Illinois University, Northern Illinois, University of Illinois and Illinois State.
IYRA State Finals 2011
IYRA State Finals 2012
The First annual "Most Skilled Rugger" Competitions will be held on Memorial Day May 27 and June 2nd.
Individuals will have the chance to compete in 5 events, but have the option to compete in just individual events 1-7 depending on skill set and position.
1. Fastest Tight Five
2. Fastest Back Row
3. Fastest Back
4. Passing Accuracy
5. Kicking Accuracy
6. Passing for Distance
7. Kicking for Distance.