After a six year hiatus, the Senior All Star Competition is back in the Midwest! With the senior league transition to complete competitions in the Fall, the spring weekends opened up to allow for inaugural Cup Competitions and the return of the Midwest LAU All Star Championships!
Coached by Ciaran Kelly (Eastside Banshees) the Minnesota Senior Men's All Stars squad is made up with players from all levels of competition, including: Metropolis, Eastside Banshees, St. Paul Pigs, St. Cloud Bottom Feeders, and the Mankato Marauders.
The team traveled east on April 21-22 to compete in the Midwest Regional site alongside representative squads from Iowa, Wisconsin, and CARFU.
Minnesota began the weekend with 43-13 win over over Wisconsin. The match did not start off on the right foot with Minnesota trailing Wisconsin 12-3 at the half. But with some fresh legs and more playing time, things started to fall in place. "The boys started to click just before the half and carried that into the second half," explained Coach Kelly.
With a victory on Saturday, the Minnesota Men faced a determined Iowa side who narrowly defeated CARFU 32-34. Minnesota set the pace with early tries and was up 22-0 at the half. Iowa continued to fight, but Minnesota able to hold off a valiant come back effort with the match ending 32-29 in Minnesota's favor. Click here to watch the match video courtesy of the Wisconsin Rugby Club.
The Minnesota Senior Men will participate in the Midwest Championship Match on Saturday, May 5th against the Eastern Champion - Ohio - at the Chicago Blaze Complex. At this same location the Minnesota Senior Women All Stars will compete, along with the Minnesota U24 Men's All Stars.
2018 MN Senior Men's All Star Roster
Coach: Ciaran Kelly
AJ Anderson - Metropolis
Aaron Baumgartner - St. Paul Pigs
Agustin Becerra - Metropolis
Carter Beelman - Metropolis
Scott Bieloh - St. Paul Pigs
Trace Bolstad - Metropolis
Marty Broberg - Metropolis
Brent Derhaag – Eastside Banshees
Joe Gartmann - St. Paul Pigs
Ryan Gilligan - Metropolis
Austin Haecherl - Eastside Banshees
Brian Hanson - Eastside Banshees
Paul Hendricks - Metropolis
Jeremy Hericks - Eastside Banshees
John Hoisington - Mankato Mauraders
Trey Johnson - St. Cloud Bottom Feeders
Bryant Larson - Metropolis
Nick Mans - Mankato Marauders
Nick McAndrews - St. Paul Pigs
Conor McGill - Metropolis
Matt Partridge - Eastside Banshees
Kavika Peniata - Metropolis
Luke Salzer – Metropolis
Dan Sikowski – Eastside Banshees
Jerome Strother Jr - Metropolis
Simeon Tschumper - Metropolis
Teli Veamatahau - Metropolis