Although a perfect regular season is an impressive accomplishment for the second-year Chillicothe Barbarians, it would not mean as much without the State title to go with it.


Although a perfect regular season is an impressive accomplishment for the second-year Chillicothe Barbarians, it would not mean as much without the State title to go with it.

After a perfect season, the Chillicothe Barbarians rugby team capped it with a State title by beating the Metamora All Reds, 18-12, Monday at Lemont.

“We played against a very powerful team, but using our conditioning and speed, we were able to overcome their strength and prevail,” said coach Laurence Hornibrook.

Not only did the conditioning and strength training of the Barbarians practices pay off during the game, the team also received a little added motivation in the final practice.

During the practice, the team was visited by Dave Richie, a former member of the Scottish National team, who gave the team a pep talk for the State game.

The Barbarians jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the title game when Justin McCallister bolted through the Metamora defenders.

The Barbarians next scored early in the second half when Shannon Zwicky dodged through the Metamora defenders to give the Barbarians a 10-0 lead.

Shane Hornibrook then kicked the extra point to put Chillicothe up, 12-0.

Hornibrook then added two more penalty kicks to give the Barbarians an 18-0 advantage.

Metamora made a late run but the Barbarians pulled out an 18-12 victory to win the Central Illinois Rugby Cup, the Iowa-Illinois Rugby League and the Illinois Youth Rugby Association State High School Championship.

The Barbarians finish the season with a perfect, 12-0 record.

“Even though we were a long way from Chillicothe it felt like a home game because we had a great crowd at the game,” Hornibrook said. “A crowd of over 300 made the trip in the rain to support the rugby club. “

Zwicky was named Man Of The Match for his outstanding play.