This past weekend three national champions were crowned as the Emirates Airline USA Rugby 2011 Women's Club Championships took place in Virginia Beach, Va..
Teams from the Women's Premier League and the Women's Divisions I and II converged on Virginia Beach looking to come away with hardware. The Emirates Airline USA Rugby 2011 Women's Club Championships crowned the Berkeley All-Blues, Chicago North Shore, and the Raleigh Venom as National Champions of their respective divisions.
Women's DII Club
The Raleigh Venom won the Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women's Club Division II National Championship this past weekend. They shut out the Pittsburgh Angels in the Division II final which took place on Sunday morning. After a healthy win over Memphis in the quarterfinals and a very close but exciting match against Sacramento in the semis, Raleigh collided with Pittsburgh in the National Championship game. The match saw both teams committ numerous penalties and Raleigh seemed to be more than willing to utilize those opportunities as Pittsburgh failed to get points on the board through out the game. Raleigh's defense prevented Pittsburgh from scoring while their attack was relentless in the second half. The final whistle gave Raleigh the title of Division II Women's Club Champions with a strong shut out over Pittsburgh.
For a full game report on the Division II Final please visit the USA Rugby website here.
For a full replay of the Division II Final between Raleigh and Pittsburgh please visit USA Rugby's UStream channel.
Women's DI Club
The Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women's Club Championships saw Chicago North Shore take the Division I Championship on Sunday morning. Chicago North Shore met the Glendale Raptors on Sunday afternoon to decide this year’s national champion. Both teams had entered into the weekend off of great performances in the regular season and in the previous rounds of playoffs. Pam Kosanke scored all of North Shore's points as the Chicago club beat Glendale 13-5. She had a magnificent game as she collected a wonderful try from a chip kick, converted her own try, and slotted two penalty kicks. Glendale put up a full eighty minute fight however and managed to get one try in the match, coming from hard forward play that eventually released Tyra McGrady on the outisde.
For a full game report on the Division I National Championship please click here.
For a full replay of the Division I final between Chicago North Shore and Glendale please visit USA Rugby's UStream Channel.
Women's Premier League
On Sunday, the Berkeley All-Blues defeated the Twin Cities Amazons 17-8 in the Women's Premier League National Championship game. After besting the San Diego Surfers in the semifinals on Friday November 11, the All-Blues were able to recover on Saturday and come out strong against a very good Twin Cities Amazons team. The encounter was as physical as they come, with both teams absolutely throwing everything they had at the opposition. Berkeley's best defense was a great offense, consistently pressuring the women from the Twin Cities. Berkeley's outside backs proved dangerous as they dotted down twice. While only one try was converted, the All-Blues managed to slot over a drop goal sealing their victory in the WPL Final.
For a full game report on the WPL National Championship please visit the USA Rugby webiste here.
For a full replay of the WPL Final between the All-Blues and Amazons please visit USA Rugby's UStream Channel.
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