Dexter Rugby Football Club plays its last home match of the season on Wednesday (13 May) against Troy United, who will be fighting for their playoff lives when the teams meet at Manly Bennett Field, Merrill Road, Hamburg at 6 pm. Playoff position for the Devils will also be determined by this match, and, with the western division looking as strong as ever, Dexter will be looking for a good result and hoping for a big turnout of supporters on the touchline.
Last Tuesday (5 May) the Devils played their annual derby fixture against Brighton, currently in Division II of the state high-school league. A depleted Dexter squad (only fifteen fit men made the trip to Scranton Middle School) emerged with a 43-5 victory, thanks to a hat-trick of tries by captain Jake Rayer, tries from Sean Wakefield, Spencer Vollmers, Chris Bryson, and Luke Sagmeister, and conversions from Rayer and Sagmeister. The full match report can be read here.
The Devils have been the top high-school team in eastern Michigan for the last three seasons, winning Division I East in 2012 and 2013, reaching the state semi-finals in 2012, then finishing as runners-up to eventual state champions Grandville in 2013 and Grand Rapids Catholic Central in 2014. This year, a surprise home defeat to Birmingham and low-scoring wins against Dearborn and Genesee, together with a stronger Division I east overall, mean that there is all to play for on Wednesday night, when playoff berths for Saturdays quarter-finals at Larson Middle School, Troy, will be at stake. In the West, Grandville and Rockford are both undefeated so far, while last year’s champions, GRCC, and 2012 champions West Ottawa, despite some losses, both look strong.
Dexter’s squad list, with further details of the Dexter Rugby program, may be accessed here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/lsw6yjvxtvhit0h/DRFC%20Team%20Sheet%202015.pdf?dl=0. For further information on Dexter Rugby, go to the Facebook page for “Dexter Rugby” or to the club web site: www.dexterrugby.com. Follow DRFC on Twitter @DexterRugby. Photo credits: Gina Bryson.