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Midwest Holds Eastern U23 All-Star 15s Championship in Ohio

  • 21 Apr 2022
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The Midwest is holding the second half of its U23 all-star series, as four women’s rugby teams from the eastern portion of the region meet in Fairfield, Ohio, this weekend. The western quartet played its 15s all-star games on April 9-10 in Iowa Falls and saw the home side win the championship (read more). These events not only provide next-level opportunities for 15s players and coaches, but also pair with USA Rugby’s reintroduction of a U23 15s national championship.

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Allegheny, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio are sending 15s select sides to the Cincinnati Wolfhounds’ home pitch (6441 Stockton Rd., Fairfield, Ohio). On Saturday, April 23, Ohio and Michigan play at 12 p.m. ET, and then Indiana and Allegheny follow at 2 p.m. On Sunday, April 24, the 3rd place match occurs at 11 a.m. and the championship is at 1 p.m.

“We have four teams who will be competing, not all of them are fully traditional select sides – several are essentially one college team plus other players who wanted to be included,” explained Xane Gerasimo, who is the Wisconsin U23s head coach as well as all-star tournament organizer alongside Megan Flanigan. “Our hope is that once we get things rolling there will be increased interest as the pathway becomes more clear for college athletes hoping to play up.”

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Gerasimo is also a coach for the Midwest U23 Thunderbirds, the regional select side program that will represent the region at the national championship on June 25-26 in Lemont, Ill. Gerasimo will be scouting this weekend’s tournament in person and invites to the Thunderbirds selection camp will follow.

“Craig [Russell] has been incredibly helpful in making this tournament happen,” Gerasimo said of the Ohio U23 All-Star head coach and local host. “From fields to [athletic trainers], he took care of everything that is tough to do from afar. We would also like to thank Angela Smarto for helping get things rolling when it became clear that having an east/west split this year was going to make the most sense.”

Stay tuned for post-event coverage.

Saturday, April 23
12 p.m. Ohio vs. Michigan
2 p.m. Indiana vs. Allegheny

Sunday, April 24
11 a.m. 3rd place
1 p.m. Championship


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Brooke Barnes – Kent State
Aubrey Boing – Notre Dame College
Adiah Bonham – Kent State
Kori Dawkins – Notre Dame College
Abbie Dickerson – Notre Dame College
Nicole Foss – Pitt Forge
Kaylyn Hornbeak – Kent State
Jordan Kouns – Notre Dame College
Alivia Leatherman – Notre Dame College
Sofia Mancini – West Virginia
Aviana Matteo – Notre Dame College
Delaney Mavromihalis – Kent State
Riley Moberly – Kent State
Laura Pearlman – Kent State
Raina Perciak – Notre Dame College (lead photo)
Haylee Roach-Knapik – Youngstown State
Riley Saunders – Youngstown State
Olivia Snyder – Pittsburgh
Kelly Wallenhorst – Notre Dame College
Carly Weiss – Youngstown State

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