29th Annual Cape Cod Sevens Tournament

 

If you’ve joined us before you know how amazing this all-women’s rugby tournament is and if this is your first trip then you are in for a treat! This event is about tough competition and lots of fun!  All teams, competitive and social, are encouraged to play in costume and embrace the fun of a themed tournament and social! Check out the tournament information and registration link in the tab above – but here’s just a few details:

29th Annual Cape Cod Sevens Tournament 

Date: July 19th, 2014

Location: Nauset Regional High School – Eastham MA

Theme: Animal Kingdom

CLICK HERE for the Cape Cod Sevens Tournament Page

 

Throwback to 2013:

 

Here’s a look at some teams in costume from 2013′s Disney-themed Cape Cod Sevens Tournament:

Boston College Women's Team dressed as: "Disney Villans"

 

Albany Sirens dressed as "Toy Story"

 

Boston Belles dressed as "Beauty (Belles) and the the Beast"

 

Flashback to the full 2013 Album HERE - we can’t wait to see what your team will dream up for the tournament this year!  Don’t forget to sign up for this year’s Animal Kingdom themed Cape Cod Sevens Tournament: REGISTER HERE

 

 

National Semifinal Match Brought an End to a Season of Success

Boston Women’s traveled to the D1 National Championshp Quarter and Semi Final weekend in Pittsburgh PA May 17th and 18th. We had a tough job ahead of us, facing back to back games Saturday and Sunday in an amazing pool of D1 talent with Northern Virgina (NOVA), Chicago North Shore and Philadelphia Women. But with a full roster, a ton of support from friends alumni and family, the team was ready to face Philadelphia in the Quarterfinal Match up on Saturday:

 

Saturday: Boston Women vs. Philadelphia Women

With a late kick-Off at 5pm, the team arrived at the field early – to check in and watch some great playoffs rugby to prepare for the game. As the team got together to start warm-ups, the skies darkened and the most amazing mix of downpouring rain, gusting winds, and driving hail assailed the fields. Spectators ran for the clubhouse, players held down team tents, the fields went from soft to swampy and we took this as a sign that this game would be like no other…

Taking the field, Philadelphia began to play a tough ball-in-hand forwards game, adapting well to the conditions as their dominant pack punched up the field. But Boston expected this style of play from the seasoned team, and was ready to meet each punch with a low, driving tackle. Philadelphia scored first with a pick off the back of a ruck, and a punch into the tryzone for an unconverted score. But Boston remained focused, sure that with lots of time left in the game that there would be opportunities to play our game.

And there were. The Boston backs worked to the outside creating opportunity time and again for breakaways, but the normally break-neck speed of our back three was slowed by the muddy conditions, and opportunities kicked away by the opposition. Finally a quick play off a Boston line-out allowed our backs to make their move – and they slipped through Philadelphia defenses and scored an unconverted try. Matched 5 and 5, Philladelphia utilized their dynamic loose forwards to punch up the field and put one more forward try into the record before the half. As the whistle was blown: Philly was up 10-5, the sun began to shine on the muddied match and Boston had to come out strong in the second.

And we came out with a vengence. Boston brought momentum into the second half, breaking the line, making quick rucks and attacking the Philadelphia wall. Five minutes into the half, Boston attempted a punch at the tryline and Philly held us back, but as Philly looked to defend at the backs, Boston snuck back to the inside with a forward punch up and over the previous ruck and into the tryzone! Scored between the uprights, the Boston kicker made her conversion and Boston took the lead in the game, 12-10, with 35 minutes left to play.

Philladelphia Women came back crashing – testing the Boston defense at each hinge, moving across the field, picking from the back of a ruck, passing to a forward pod, attacking the back line. But everywhere they tried, they found Boston players to stop them. Conditions brought knock-ons from both teams, but time and again, try-line stand after try-line stand, Boston stopped Philadelphia from earning a try. There were opportunities for both teams, lost by a slide in the mud or a pass slipping through muddied hands. But the defense stayed strong and as the time passed away, Boston had maintained the lead for the win! This was an epic match up – every player left the field elated…and ready to shower, ice bath, and take on Chicago North Shore in the Semifinal the next day.

 

BWRFC prepares for a 5-meter scrum against Philadelphia Women - under a rainbow after a downpour.

 

Sunday: Boston Women vs Chicago North Shore

Sunday the victors of the two quarterfinal games met in the semifinal match and that meant BWRFC vs Chicago North Shore. As Chicago was the 2011 National Champion, we knew that we were up against a powerhouse 8, 9, 10 eagle combo and a well experienced team. But this was the game we were waiting for and the team prepared to test ourselves against the best.

The game began with a Chicago kick to Boston, and an early start to our patterns. The forwards worked to control the breakdown, while the backs dealt with an aggressive front three. Chicago scored early as their forwards ran with pace into contact, and stabilized ball quickly. Boston answered with line breaks around the outside – challenging the defense of the Chicago back three. But as Chicago played a measured offense – attacking the hinge and kicking for space – Boston struggled to capitalize on opportunities. Penalties and handling errors plagued the Boston squad, and the early Chicago lead went unanswered. While tremendous efforts were made and breakaways earned on offense, we simply could not finish on our chances. When the final whistle blew, the score was 22-0, a fight lost by the young Boston squad, and a feeling to never forget as we end one season and look to the next.

 

Season Wrap Up and Thank You

This newly restructured competitive format from USA Rugby started with league matches in Septemeber of 2013 and ended for Boston Women’s in May 2014. During that time, the team went undefeated in all our league matches until the National Semi-Final Match. This is a testament to a ton of hard work, extra hours, and so much heart displayed by this team. The players that stepped onto the field completed their job for each other, never letting each other down, living up to the effort put onto the pitch by the woman next to her. We will take this experience and community with us as we begin preparing to do this again next year, ready to find a better result in 2015!

Thank you to our coaches, Maggie Conley and Dimitri Efthimiou, who put so much time and effort into our season. And especially to Dimitri, thank you for turning the game on its head and infusing practices with passion, expertise and humor. We appreciate your unfailing faith.

 

To Alumni, Friends and Family: Your support has been so constant through this long season – we loved seeing you at leagues matches home and away in the fall, and even our playoff matches in Burlington and Pittsburgh brought friends, family and alumni to the sidelines. Your support made it possible for players to travel together during the playoffs season and ensured many an opportunity to be part of a tremendous season and the growth of our team. We carried you all on the field with us and we can’t wait to see you again next season!

Thank You! Love, BWRFC

 

Next Job: 

GET READY TO PLAY SUMMER SEVENS!

The Boston Sevens season will be starting in June 4th!  If you’re a new player or a college player home for the summer looking for a fun team to practice, play and keep up your fitness with – then COME JOIN BOSTON! Email: join@bwrfc.com to be in the know or just stop by at practice! Here’s where you can find us:

Mondays at 6:30pm @ Madison High School Football Field (behind school)

Wednesdays at 6:30 @ Moakley Park in S. Boston (by the outdoor hockey rink)

 

CAPE COD SEVENS IS COMING – And it’s Animal Kingdom Themed!

Get ready for another fantastic weekend on the cape with all the best women’s club and college teams! Check out the Facebook event below to get more information:

Cape Code Sevens – Facebook Event

BWRFC Secured the #1 Seed in the Northeast

Boston Women just returned from the Northeast Playoffs in Burlington, VT where the top DI and DII teams of the Northeast faced each other to win the single seed to the National Conference Championships. BWRFC was seeded #1 going into the weekend after an undefeated fall season, and we felt the pressure! But this is what the work is for and we  stepped up for each other and pushed through two very tough games to come out of the weekend the #1 Division 1 team in the Northeast. Here’s a quick tournament breakdown:

 

Saturday BWRFC #1 vs Monmouth (NJ) #4

Monmouth brought a tough pack to Burlington and came out of the gates punching up the field to gain ground. Boston held our ground, however, and the defensive wall remained solid throughout the game, with players moving in and making big hits on their dynamic forwards. With ball in hand, Boston was able to support our way to the try line, breaking through their line and often finishing around the outside. At the end of the day the score was Boston 60 – Monmouth 10, and the score does not do justice to the great game of rugby played by both teams on Saturday!

 

Just 14 bags of ice and a foam roller…nothing to see here…

 

Sunday: BWRFC #1 vs Albany #2

This game was truly a battle. Both teams stepped on to the field ready to give it everything and boy, did Albany test this Boston team. Always dynamic, the Albany team hit the line with pace, their pack ran punch after punch into the Boston defensive wall, and there were so many mauls! Albany scored first in the game, but Boston answered with two tries of our own before the half. The second half was all heart by both teams – as Boston looked to slip through Albany lines at every opportunity, and Albany looked to break Boston at the hinge. In the end, Boston won the day 28 – 17 over Albany. We always say that there are no backs and forwards – that the whole team does every job and this Boston team lived up to that. Backs hit the mauls, forwards stepped into the flyhalf position, our prop kicked to touch to end the game – it was a testament to 30 as 1. And never did this team put it’s head down – we just kept thinking about the next job to be done. It was a tremendous game of rugby. We’re so proud to be headed to the next round of playoffs!

Full Team at Playoffs after WINNING the Northeast Seed!

Next Up:

Boston will be headed to the National Conference Championship in Pittsburgh May 17-18! Our first match on Saturday will be against Philadelphia Women and it’s sure to be a great match up! The results of that game will determine our play schedule for Sunday.

HELP US GO TO NATIONALS:

BWRFC is in the middle of a big fundraiser to help our players fund our travel during playoffs. We’re more than halfway there but WE NEED HELP TO REACH OUR GOAL! Please help us travel by contributing to our fundraiser – every little bit helps players afford to play this sport that we love! Thank you!

BWRFC RAZOO FUNDRAISER LINK

 We hope you’ll keep up with us on Facebook and Twitter and please don’t hesitate to contact us at: contact@bwrfc.com

Spring Tournament Victories

There have been some BIG beginnings to our Spring Season starting with TWO tournament championships and a lot of new hardware! Check out the match reports below to get some info about our first matches in the spring season!

 

BWRFC Won Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Tournament – March 8-9

A crew of BWRFC players flew to Savannah GA to kick-off the spring season with a fun southern tournament. Saturday was the long day with two qualifying matches which were handily won by the squad – defeating Ft. Bragg and the Savannah Shamrocks to qualify for the top bracket spot the followng day. Sunday Morning the team faced a young  and tough Florida State University squad but defeated them to take home the trophy! Perhaps the peak of play for the weekend was a friendly match Saturday after all the games between BWRFC and WPL team, Atlanta. We’ve had a history of playing tough matches against this veteran squad, and they tested our team on Saturday. But in the end, BWRFC pulled out a victory by blocking an Atlanta drop goal, recovering the ball and scoring a try to win it in the last minutes of play.   It was a great beginning to our spring season, a tremendous opportunity for all our players, and a ton of fun was had gallevanting around Savannah! See the squad pictured below as the Champs of the Savannah St. Patty’s Tournament!

 

BWRFC Champions of the Savannah St. Patrick's Day Tournament!

 

BWRFC Won the Four Leafs Tournament – March 22

Our season officially started with the Four Leafs Tournament on Randall’s Island on March 22nd. Traveling with about 25 players, The team started the day with pool play against the Binghamton Women’s Alumni Team and the Village Lions. BWRFC played all our players in those games, and managed to secure wins while shutting out the opposition. We then faced the 2nd place team from the other women’s pool, Brandywine, and moved to the finals after a 35-0 victory. In the finals we faced Beantown – a  common match up at the Four Leafs Touranment. It was the toughest match of the day, and Beantown started the scoring with an early unconverted try – but Boston Women’s answered with big hits, well supported runs and rucks and three tries of our own to win the game 17-5. This victory was the perfect end to a beautiful day on Randall’s Island!

BWRFC with the Trophy after winning the Four Leafs Rugby Tournament!

 

UP NEXT:

This weekend we take time to volunteer at the Women’s Dinner Party to benefit Fenway Health! In addition to being a sponsor of BWRFC, this organization’s mission is to enhance the wellbeing of the LGBT community and all people in the Boston area and beyond. They are a beacon of health  and advocacy in the Boston Community, and trendsetters in health research, outreach and care. Additionally, this year’s Women’s Dinner Party is co-chaired by a BWRFC Alumna Jennifer Jones, and she’s taken her expert event planning skills from Cape Cod 7s and applied them to a truly admirable cause! We’re honored to volunteer to set up and work the event and more than happy to make Saturday a Fenway Day!

If you’re interested in hearing more about the Fenway Health Women’s Dinner Party, please follow the link below:

http://womensdinnerparty.org/

 

Rugby Mag has an update about the process for playoffs – check out their update on the new Division 1 Playoff Structure here:

http://rugbymag.com/women’s-clubs/10815-more-detail-on-women-di-club-playoffs.html

 

Pre-Season Training has Begun!

It’s been an exciting start to 2014 for Boston Women’s Rugby Club – here’s a few highlights:

 

INDOOR PRACTICE HAS STARTED! 

We’re back to practice with a focus on handling and patterns of play and LOTS of fitness. We’re thrilled to be doing our workouts at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Woburn! They have a fabulous facility and we’re loving the carpools up there to prepare for our spring season!

Come join us at practice:

Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 – 9:30pm

Email: join@bwrfc.com to get more information from our new player contact: Kookie

 

BOSTON WOMEN’S WORKS OUT WITH CROSSFIT MEDUSA

BWRFC is in our second month of preseason workouts with a great gym in Porter Square called Crossfit Medusa. This new box is a women’s only crossfit gym and has designed rugby-specific workouts just for our team. We’ve loved the opportunity to learn more about lifting, push ourselves further and workout with a tremendous crew of trainers that create an encouraging and competitive environment. If you’re looking for a GREAT place to workout and maintain your competitive edge – you should definitely give Crossfit Medusa a try – you won’t regret it!

Boston Players doing the push press at Crossfit Medusa!

 

RUGBY MAG RANKED BWRFC 4th IN THE NATION

There was a great write up referencing Boston Women’s in RugbyMag.com, and while Division 1 has been changed this season so comparing teams is hard to do, we’re so thrilled to be recognized for our hard work. It makes all the time in the gym and at practice more than worth it to see BWRFC in this light. Check it out below:

Division 1 Women’s Ranking in RugbyMag.com