By Garrett Hoffman
Despite a valiant effort on the part of the Twin Cities Amazons, the Berkeley All Blues came out with the victory 100-7 on Sunday. For the first 20 minutes it seemed the teams were evenly matched. Berkeley capitalized off of two mistakes by the Amazons early making the score 12-0. The Amazons quickly answered with a try by Flyhalf Sylvia Braaten. At this point, the Amazons had the energy and the ball. For the next ten minutes, the Amazons held their own against the powerful Berkeley team. Unfortunately, they were debilitated with injuries, losing three key players within the first half. Lock Anna Brown went down within the first five minutes with a rib injury. Lynelle Kuglar sustained a head injury and Veteran Hooker Tonnie Wulff was also taken out of the game.
In the second half, Berkeley took advantage of the young and inexperienced Amazon team, dominating the forwards and breaking through the back line often. In the end, the All Blues racked up a score of 100 to the Amazons’ mere 7. Fortunately, the young Amazon players gained experience in a fast-paced, hard-hitting match and will be better equipped to face the strong and experienced Berkeley team in the future.
NYRC vs. Keystone 9/13/09
By: Jillian Brooks
Despite what the songs might tell us, Sunday is the new rugby day. Upon entering the pitch, New York’s home field, you could sense the excitement in the air. Excitement mixed with soccer mom yells and whistle blows on adjacent fields. Both teams took the pitch with a type of anticipation reserved for a day like this, ones of perfect weather and brilliant conditions.
The game was quickly under way with Keystone scoring the first points on the board, a try scored in the deep right corner. Never a team to leave things unanswered, New York followed back quickly with a try of their own. This back and forth scoring went on for most of the first half. Along with penalties that added a man up advantage to each side during the course of the game. Upon entering the second half it was clear that New York was a bit fed up. Recoiling from penalties and adjusting their game, New York went on to score several more times, ending the game in a 39-17 victory over Keystone.
The change in New York poise was evident from the Beantown game of the week prior. And although, the side agrees there is much work to be done, the two weeks until the next NY match will prove to be the perfect time to work out the kinks.
New York’s next match is scheduled for September 27th against the Furies on their turf.
Vanesha McGee (3)
Jenna Flateman (1)
Tyshawn Henry (2)
Hedwig Aerts (3)
Hewig Aerts (1)