The second round of the Women's Premier League pitted some of the league’s most evenly matched teams against each other. On the flip side, several teams were looking for their first win in league play, read on to see if they got their victory!
Keystone @ All-Blues
In the Blue Division, Keystone traveled to California to meet the Berkeley All-Blues. The All-Blues were in control of the match from the very beginning in what can only be described as a voracious victory. The charge was led by Berkeley’s #11 Jaymie Schulke who scored 21 points on the day. Keystone struggled to put a consistent set of phases together throughout the game, that combined with the All-Blues pressure defense, made a very long match for Keystone. Not to be held scoreless, Keystone’s two tries came from the always zealous #3 Stacy Baker. The first score was Baker picking off a lazy Berkeley pass and blazing 50 meters for the try. The second try came from a quick tap off a scrum penalty against the All-Blues. After the tap, Baker received a perfectly timed spin pass and dove over the line. The All-Blues improve to two wins and Keystone moves to 1-1. Final score: All-Blues 72 Keystone 10
D.C. Furies @ Beantown
The second game in the Blue Division saw two teams who were searching for their first wins in league play, Beantown and the DC Furies. While the score may not indicate a close game, the play on the field was very tightly contested. Beantown spent most of the game inside the Furies 22, but struggled to get past the Furies defense. The game remained scoreless until the 21st minute when #2 Mari Wallace touched the ball down after a pick and roll with her fellow forwards. Both teams were pinged a few times with tackle/ruck area penalties but neither team could capitalize on the penalties for a score. At the 34th minute, Beantown’s Katie O’Malley carried the ball across the line for another score. Around this time you could feel that Beantown was getting their stride on and the tries came pouring in from multiple players. Beantown 50 DC Furies 0.
New York Rugby Club @ Twin City Amazons
The first game of the Red Division was another stunner as the Twin City Amazons upset New York. New York was coming off a shocker of a loss last week as they faced the newly minted WPL San Diego Surfers.
The expectation was that New York would come back to their regular form and provide a tough fought match for the Amazons. Unfortunately New York struggled and they stayed on their heels the entire match. An early penalty kick by #10 Rebecca Radtke of the Amazons put the score at 3-0. Back and forth play ensued for each team with neither giving up much ground. In an overzealous defensive move, Amazons #5 Tiffany Gjestvang was sin binned for repeated team infringements at the ruck.
New York were not able to use the sin bin to their advantage, but the Amazons did, scoring twice with a woman down! Scoring was at the 28th minute with a try by #15 Ashley Mulford, conversion by Radke. Another quick converted try at the 29th minute by Amazons #10 Radke put the score at 17-0, with no answer from New York yet. Finally at the 54th minute New York’s #16 Jaimee Nelson punished the Amazon defense by diving over the try line, but the conversion was missed.
It was a glimmer of New York power, but the Amazons buttoned the game up at that point with four more tries from Stacey Bridges, Radke, Mulford and Lynelle Kugler respectively. The Amazons move 1-1, while New York moves to an unfamiliar spot of 0-2. Final score: Twin City Amazons 37 New York 5.
Minnesota Valkyries @ San Diego Surfers
The last game of the weekend in the Red Division, was a pivotal point for the San Diego Surfers. Last week, they defeated New York handily and many wondered if it was just a weaker New York team or is it just that the Surfers have nothing to lose and everything to prove?
This week the Surfers faced the Minnesota Valkyries in a fantastic display of team work. The Surfers got off to a very quick start scoring just nine minutes after the kick off. The Surfers backs were riding a tidal wave as they poured in 10 tries with #13 Emilie Bydwell leading the way with six tries herself!
The Surfers forwards weren’t far behind though as they contributed five tries as well. The Valkyries only had a roster of fifteen, but they were intent on getting points on the board! Prop Jen Triemestra did the honors as the Surfers were penalized and she blew through the Surfer defense to dot one down, converted by #2 Libby Berg. Final score: San Diego Surfers 81 Minnesota Valkyries 7
Week 2 Box Scores:
Berkeley All-Blues 71
Tries: Chou, Boone (2), Marchino, Croy, Griffin (2), Folayan (2), Schukle (2)
Cons: Schukle (3), Bryson (3)
Tries: Baker (2)
DC Furies 0
NOTE: Official scorers cannot be named as official match report was not submitted to USA Rugby
Twin City Amazons 37
Tries: Bridges, Kugler, Mulford (3)
Cons: Radtke (3)
Pens: Radtke (2)
Cards: Gjestvang (Yellow)
New York RFC 5
San Diego Surfers 81
Tries: Bydwell (6), Ogata, Lear (2), Nocero, Anderson, Fields (2)
Cons: Hartos (8)
Minnesota Valkyries 7
By Wendy Young Courtesy of YourScrumhalfConnection.com
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