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All Minnesota Tourney This Weekend

Thursday Sep 10, 2009 in Grassroots Rugby Tournaments

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The All-Minnesota Tournament takes place this weekend in Elk River, Minn. with 26 teams competing.

The eight-team men’s division includes St. Jonh’s University, St. Cloud State, Winona State, Bethel, Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota State-Mankato, University of Minnesota and University of North Dakota.

Minnesota head coach Lorne Lemke said he will be fielding a largely B-side in the tournament, but he said he’s excited about the prospects for his team.

“We are another year older,” he said, having started the team on two-a-days before classes began. “We assembled in August and went to Canada and that helped out a lot. Everyone is in fairly good shape. What we’re also seeing is the University is stepping up. They’ve provided more funds for the program, which is nice, but more importantly they are helping us fundraise – setting up a foundation, helping write letters, working on alumni contacts. We’d made some effort to change the image of the club and become the model club on campus. All that helps and we’re excited for the season.

In the Women’s Tier I the Gophers are also prominent, along with UM-Duluth, Mankato, North Dakota State, St. Cloud and Winona.

Teams play pool games on Saturday and on Sunday play the knockout rounds.


All Minnesota Tournament Pools

Tier 1 – Women

Tier 1 – Men 

Pool A

Pool B

Pool D

Pool E

1 - Winona

1 - U of M

1 - SJU

1 - UMD

2 - SCSU

2 - UMD

2 - SCSU

2 - Mankato

3 - NDSU

3 - Mankato

3 - Winona

3 - U of M B



4 - Bethel

4 - UND





Tier 2 - Women

Tier 2 - Men

Pool C


Pool F

Pool G

1 - Moorhead


1 - Moorhead

1 - Bemidji

2 - Bemidji


2 - Viterbo

2 - NDSU

3 - St Ben's


3 - UWRF

3 - UST

4 - Luther


4 - Morris

4 - Luther






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