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Annually, the DII National Club Championship takes a back seat to the more noted DI National Club crown. Better American players migrate to the more prestigious DI clubs, usually, in larger cities,
In May 1998, the DII finale was held in San Diego, where four regional sides gathered to contest the title. These were Wisconsin (a recent spin off from the Milwaukee RFC), Worcester, Mass., Frederick, Maryland, and Montauk from the far eastern tip of Long Island, New York.
Round One: Wisconsin beat Montauk 25-16, and Frederick defeated Worcester 31-17.
Wisconsin prevailed 16-8 against Frederick. Wisconsin opened a 10-0 lead, when Fredrick’s scrum half, Eric Kretzer scored with three minutes left in the first period. Wisconsin led 10-5 at the break.
In the second period, it went Wisconsin 13-5, and then 13-8 when Frederick’s ace full back Rob Shuster scored a penalty kick. The victors notched one last penalty and prevented the Maryland XV from reaching the try line.
In the consolation match for third, Montauk beat Worcester 25-17, a game played between two of the qualifiers in the DII Club sevens. The Long Islanders scored three tries to the Massachusetts’s two.