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PRESS RELEASE – THE RUGBY BREAKDOWN
[USA RUGBY] MARIETTA, Ga. – San Diego Surfers won their first Women’s Premier League Championship Sunday at the expense of two-time defending champions Glendale Raptors in a competitive, 26-16, Final at Life University Rugby Complex.
Brigham Young University graduate and capped Eagle Jordan Gray was recognized as Most Valuable Player for her play at inside center through the weekend, scoring one try in Friday’s semifinal defeat of Twin Cities Amazons and influencing Sunday’s Final in favor of San Diego.
The Surfers had scored more points in six regular season matches than any team in the competition and came out of the gates Sunday intent on scoring as many points as possible. Their first attack covered nearly the entire field of play before Glendale forced a turnover, only for San Diego to get it back through a penalty. Prop Hope Rogers went through several defenders from the quick tap before the capped sevens duo of Hunter Griendling and Kate Zackary found fellow Women’s Eagles Sevens player Dana Meschisi for the opening try three minutes into the match.
Raptors flyhalf Hannah Stolba’s failed grubber kick near the Surfers’ 22 could have turned into a San Diego try a few minutes later if Glendale had not forced a turnover via a penalty at its own 22-meter line. Meschisi was close to doubling the lead and her scoring tally when Gray freed space for the No. 13 and wing Hanna Lockwood, but the chance was lost forward in-goal.
Gray fended a single tackler at the San Diego 10 and ran past the defense into the attacking third of the field before two Raptors converged to bring down the center. The MVP found Lockwood in space before she was taken to the ground for the wing to extend the lead to 12-0 after 13 minutes.
The Raptors pulled one back through Carmen Farmer when the Rio 2016 Olympian ran over two defenders on the try line, but Samantha Pankey nullified the score with her own try from an Elisabeth Henry offload in front of the posts. Stolba’s penalty goal two minutes from halftime hit an upright and bounced behind the bar for a 19-8 score at the break.
Try-scorer Meschisi was shown a yellow card in the 55th minute after San Diego had conceded consecutive defensive penalties. It took the full 10 minutes of the sinning, but Glendale turned the advantage into points after continuous offensive pressure within the 22. Hooker Jenna Beard finished the attack in-goal to cut the San Diego lead to 19-16.
The Surfers were going forward with their attacks while defending a slim margin with big runs from the likes of Gray, Rogers, and replacement substitutes such as Jamila Reinhardt. In the latter stages, an apparent kick to touch found the hands of a Surfer to start an attack with the Raptors somewhat out of position. Molly Kinsella found a gap to run for the corner and Reinhardt held off a few defenders to inch towards the line before Zackary dove over for the try and 26-16 Championship-winning victory.
Surfers summer season officially began April 30 and May 1 with a clinic for Surfers and University of Arizona players followed by an Exhibition Match vs Atavus Academy at the San Diego Pro Rugby Game vs Denver. The Atavus Academy is a group of women’s players including many Surfers who train together throughout the year for 7s/rugby. The Atavus ladies won 37-7 at the curtain raiser match to the men’s game.
The clinic with University of Arizona was a great way to start the summer with many new Surfers faces joining the action.
The Surfers will travel to Tucson, Arizona this weekend for a round-robin tournament with U of A and other teams in coordination with the USA Rugby Club Championships on May 21.
They’re hosting a Women’s Appreciation Day on Sunday May 1, in coordination with their home game vs PRO Rugby Denver. The event will feature girls and women’s exhibition matches before the game and during half time. The Surfers will be taking on the Atavus Academy in a 7s match before the PRO game at 4 PM. We will also have a booth at the event to promote the Surfers and women’s rugby!
Get your tickets to the game athttp://www.usdtoreros.com/tickets/tickets-pro-rugby.html. Get there early to watch the Surfers and stop by our booth! We’d love your support! Hope to see you there!