What A Cracking Weekend Of Women’s Rugby

The 2016 USA Rugby Women’s Premier League Championships delivered some of the best rugby in the country – with current Eagles, former Eagles and future stars going head to head – with more hits than the Canadian immigration website!

 

The top 4 teams arriving at Life University in Marietta, Georgia, were: defending Champions Glendale Raptors, San Diego Surfers, Twin Cities Amazons and New York Rugby. The two conferences crossed over for the semi finals – and it was a try feast for the west coast sides as Glendale defeated New York Rugby 37-13 while the San Diego Surfers took out the Twin Cities Amazons 36-8.

In the other matches – it was the Atlanta Harlequins that beat the Berkeley All Blues 26-14, while ORSU got the better of the D.C. Furries 37-5.

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Results – Friday, November 11th 2016

5th Place Semi Final: Atlanta Harlequins 26 Berkeley All Blues 14

5th Place Semi Final: ORSU 37 – DC Furries 5

Championship Semi Final: Glendale Raptors 37  – New York Rugby 13

Championship Semi Final: San Diego Surfers 36 – Twin Cities Amazons 8


Results – Sunday, November 13th 2016

7th Place: Berkeley All Blues 48 – DC Furries 5

5th Place: ORSU 15 – Atlanta Harlequins 10

3rd Place: New York Rugby 29 – Twin Cities Amazons 10

WPLChampionship Final: San Diego Surfers 26 – Glendale Raptors 16

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The broadcast team pictured above (L to R: Dallen Stanford, KT Wurst & Marc Stcherbina)

Marc and I teamed up for this busy weekend departing Los Angeles on Thursday, announced the WPL matches on Friday, then caught a late flight back to Los Angeles to announce the USA Eagles Men’s clash against Romania. The match took place in Bucharest – but we did a remote commentary broadcast from Los Angeles – amazing how technology has changed over the years! We then took the 4-hour flight back to Atlanta on Saturday night ahead of Sunday’s WPL finals – what a doozy!

The WPL competition is such a fantastic opportunity for USA Eagles coaches to scout national team players – especially this fall as the USA take on France on November 22 & 25. I’ve had the honor of announcing both the 2014 & 2015 WPL competitions – and it was evident how the standard of play has risen amongst all teams taking part. The Glendale Raptors won both the 2014 edition (in a dramatic style) at Life University and the 2015 competition at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado.

There were so many brilliant players on display – which makes it almost impossible to just choose 15 that make our Tournament Dream Team. Some sensation that just missed out included: Katy Augustyn & Lauren Rhode (Berkeley All Blues), Maggie Olney & Kristen Maxey (D.C. Furies), Sylvia Braaten & Stacey Bridges, (injured on Friday, Twin Cities Amazons), Molly Kinsella & Tia Blythe (San Diego Surfers), Ashley Nesby & Evelyn Ashenbrucker (New York Rugby), Laketa Sutton & Liz Snodgrass (Harlequins), Candace Mahoney-Watson & Zoe Wilson (ORSU), Sarah Chobot & Patsy Ford (Glendale Raptors).

We have moved some players around to accommodate the best 15 on display – and of course this is just our opinion.

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WPL Champions

2009: New York Rugby

2010: New York Rugby

2011: Berkeley All Blues

2012: Berkeley All Blues

2013: Twin Cities Amazons

2014: Glendale Raptors

2015: Glendale Raptors

2016: San Diego Surfers

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The List of Stars Keeps Growing For Our San Diego Camp!

The list of International rugby stars appearing at our San Diego Youth Rugby Camp from July 18 - 21 just keeps growing!

Adding to the list of 7s superstars Perry Baker and Carlin Isles are women's Eagles players Jill Potter, Kelly Griffin, JJ Javelet, Alev Kelter and Hannah Lockwood.

Canada National team and San Diego Pro player Phil Mackenzie (known as the Diego Dragon) will also be there, as well as Breakers team mates Charlie Purdon, Ian Carpenter and Head Coach Ray Egan.

There will also be an impressive list of USA Eagles including:

Andrew Suniula

Nate Augspurger

Joe Taufete'e

Ryan Matyas

Thretton Palamo

There's still time to sign up and make sure you don't miss your chance to rub shoulders with and learn from some of America's finest rugby talent. Who knows, maybe Carlin Isles will even challenge you to a race...

San Diego Pro Rugby Star Joins SoCal Camps!

Match winning legend and all round nice guy Charlie Purdon will take a break from his rigorous schedule with the San Diego Pro rugby team to join us as a guest coach at our San Diego Camp this summer.

South African born Purdon spent only one season with Santa Monica Dolphins in the Pacific Rugby Premiership competition before Pro Rugby North America snapped him up and added him to their player list as scrum half.

After returning from a serious knee injury, Purdon has continued to impress on the Pro Rugby scene with his team who are now 3-1-0 at the time of this post, being voted MVP of their first game against Sacramento, and then producing a match winning try against Ohio last week.

 

Purdon will offer his expertise at some stage during the 4 day San Diego Camp, with extra focus on passing skills and an added element for scrum half play. Charlie is just one of many expert coaches and top level players who will feature at our camp. Stay tuned to find out who they are, but don't wait until then to sign up, as our early bird special ends soon!

Marc and Dallen Guest Coaches At The Institute Of Rugby

We received the honor and pleasure of being invited down to the Institute Of Rugby (IOR) in Carlsbad this past Sunday as guest coaches for their athletes aged 11 - 16.

The IOR is one of American Rugby's newest, and Southern California's leading high performance youth development programs spearheaded by Former USA 7s Captain and Coach Matt Hawkins, and current USA Eagle Hannah Lockwood.

Running out of a world class facility which is also the Headquarters of Sports Science specialists EXOS and sports training equipment brand SKLZ, IOR currently runs Sunday sessions which provide youth rugby players with the tools to develop their game further and prepare them for high level rugby as their rugby careers progress.

The day started with an intro to the 11 - 13 age group in the classroom, then a field session on the mini artificial turf field on site which included some skill development and games.

We then repeated the cycle with the 14 - 16 age group, with plenty of fun and laughter on the menu, especially with Dallen stepping in on occasions to show the youngsters that he still possessed his famous goose step.

This was a great opportunity to introduce our coaching methods and style to these future champions leading up to our San Diego Camp from July 18-21.