The Girls’ High School 15s National Tournament occurs this Saturday-Sunday, May 20-21 at the Wisconsin Rugby Sports Complex in Cottage Grove. Nine teams covering a geographic range from Idaho, to Tennessee, to New York are reporting to the annual championship, and organizers have just released the schedule following some important regular-season results last weekend. Games will live-stream for free on The Rugby Network.
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[Remember: The separate high school club 15s national championship is May 19-20 in North Carolina].
With nine teams competing, a play-in game is needed to determine the 8th quarterfinal spot. So on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. CDT, Michigan runner-up Grandville High School will face Western New York’s City Honors in a 20-minute play-in match. The victor will stay on the pitch and immediately flow into its quarterfinal (9:10 a.m.), where it will face #1 seed Divine Savior Holy Angels. That game will be a 35-minute match, while the rest of Saturday’s games will be 45-minute matches.
The play-in loser will still have two more games on the weekend, playing Wisconsin’s Muskego in an exhibition match at 11:15 a.m and then DSHA’s JV team on Sunday. It’s important to note that the Dashers second side is not a typical JV team in plays a complete Wisconsin 15s regular season and beats teams. It will not be a wasted match for whoever faces it.
Back on the East Pitch, action continues at 10:15 a.m., as Idaho champion Rocky Mountain faces Western NY’s Orchard Park 10:15 a.m. Rocky Mountain is new to nationals whereas Orchard Park is the reigning DII champion.
On the West Pitch, Idaho runner-up Eagle and Wisconsin’s Catholic Memorial face off at 9:10 a.m., and then Tennessee champion Columbia Central sees Wisconsin runner-up Hamilton at 10:15 a.m. All four teams competed in last year’s event as well.
The national semifinals occur on the East Pitch at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. The consolation semifinals (aka, 5th place semifinals) occur on West Pitch at the same kickoff times. At 3:30 p.m. City Honors and DSHA will put its JV teams on the pitch.
On Sunday, all of the placing matches occur on the East Pitch. The day starts at 8:30 a.m. with 7th place and builds to 12:30 p.m. for the national title. The award ceremony follows at 2 p.m. The West Pitch will host JV games.
GIRLS HS 15S NATIONALS SCHEDULE
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All Times CDT • Pitch location in ()
Saturday, May 20
8:30 a.m. QF Play-in: Grandville vs. City Honors
9:10 a.m. QF: DSHA vs. Play-in Winner (East)
9:10 a.m. QF: Eagle vs. Catholic Memorial (West)
10:15 a.m. QF: Rocky Mountain vs. Orchard Park (East)
10:15 a.m. QF: Hamilton vs. Columbia Central (West)
11:15 a.m. Muskego vs. Play-in Loser (West)
1 p.m. & 2:30 Semifinals (East)
1 p.m. & 2:30 Consolation Semifinals (West)
Sunday, May 21
8:30 a.m. 7th Place (East)
8:30 a.m. Wisconsin JV vs. City Honors JV (West)
9:45 a.m. 5th Place (East)
9:45 a.m. DSHA JV vs. Play-in Loser (West)
11 a.m. 3rd Place (East)
12:30 p.m. Championship (East)
2 p.m. Awards Ceremony (East)
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