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.
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
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.
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