It was a big weekend for Boston Women has they faced the Albany Women Knickerbockers in NY on Saturday. Both teams went into the match undefeated, and both had solid records of decisive wins. In our only match up of the competitive season the stakes were high for both teams and it was a beautiful day in upstate NY when we stepped onto the field.
Boston scored first, on a great backline play into a breakaway, that ended with a fruitful fall into the try-zone. Not to be deterred, Albany answered with a swift score as their forceful forwards hammered the ball up the middle and punched it into the try- zone. Boston got the ball back into the Albany side, and kicked for points off of a well placed penalty. Albany maintained possession for much of the half but the Boston forwards adapted well and were successful at shutting down their options. Boston scored once more in the first half bringing the score to 15-7 at the half and still anyone’s game.
The second half is where we felt our hard work and fitness pay off for Boston. Backs and forwards alike worked their way back and forth across the field looking for a break in the solid Albany defensive wall. Both teams worked hard in very physical breakdowns to maintain their possession. In what was one of the coach’s favorite plays of the game, the Boston “backline” of flyhalf, 8-man, lock and wing transferred the ball at pace to bring a score in the corner that was converted by our kicker. One more score in the second half brought the final score to 27-7.
It is always a pleasure to step onto the field with Albany and a match up of these two teams never fails to bring a great game of rugby. Below is a photo of both teams at the social – dressed in flannel and sparkles and sharing in the fun of a beautiful day of rugby.
Boston Women's and Albany Women's at the post-game social!
NEXT MATCH: Boston’s final match of the season comes next week 10/26 at home vs Monmouth Women. This is the second match up of these teams, and it’s sure to be a big hitting day! Please come out to Moakley at 1pm to cheer us on and send us out of the fall season in style!
It’s was our bye-weekend and it meant a big practice on Saturday and lots of work as we prepare for the upcoming end to our season. As part of this off weekend we wanted to take a moment to announce some partnerships that were fomalized this fall:
BWRFC Continues Sponsorship by Fenway Health
Boston Women’s just received another year of support from Fenway Health. This is our third year of sponsorship from an outstanding organization.
“The mission of Fenway Health is to enhance the wellbeing of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and all people in our neighborhoods and beyond through access to the highest quality health care, education, research and advocacy.”
We are honored to wear the logo of Fenway Health on our jerseys and honored to be supported by an organization that does amazing work in Boston and important research that will impact the health of people worldwide for years to come. Check them out at www.fenwayhealth.org.
BWRFC Gains Sponsorship from Post Physical Therapy in Brookline
Boston Women’s is lucky to have gained the support of POST Physical Therapy Group in Brookline. As injuries are sometimes an unfortunate by-product of rugby, we couldn’t be more thrilled about the time that Luke Ferdinands, P.T. has donated to our team. His history as a rugby player make him the perfect resource for rugby players seeking to get back on the pitch as soon as possible. And the depth of resources, experience and support available through POST Physical Therapy make it a group we are honored to have a relationship with! Please check out this group at: www.postpt.com .
NEXT MATCH: Boston will travel to Albany Saturday October 19th to face Albany Women! Both teams are undefeated – so this should be a great match. Come see us if you can!
Boston Women’s had a great weekend of rugby and volunteering October 5th and 6th. It started with a victory over the Village Lions on Saturday and ended with a big day at the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk on Sunday.
Boston Women’s vs Village Lions:
Boston Women returned home on October 5th to face the Village Lions. While the forecast suggested showers, it turned into a beautiful day for rugby as both teams took the field at noon.
Boston got off to a great start – dotting down a few tries early and intercepting passes in the backline. The Lions settled into their hard hitting play around the rucks and forced dillegance from the Boston squad. Though up 40-5 at the half, the score didn’t stop the fight in the Lions. Boston scored early in the second and the Lions worked to stop Boston around the outside. But as the Boston coach used all of the subs in the second half the Lions capitalized on the change in continuity and punched through the line for some late scores. Both teams played hard until the final whistle. The match ended in a Boston victory 69 – 19. A tough b-side half followed the match, rounding out a great day of rugby for both teams!
October 12th is a bye-week for our league matches but we are away in Albany on the 19th to face the tough Albany squad. It should be a tremendous match-up so please come out to watch the game if you’re in the Albany area!
Boston Women’s Making Strides for Breast Cancer:
On Sunday Boston Women’s players and alumni made it to the Esplanade and volunteered at the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk. In our 5th year volunteering at the event, players braved the rain to work a water station for walkers. Known for bringing enthusiasm and energy to our water station – we had a BLAST connecting with so many people out walking and fundraising for such a great event. Community Service has always been one of the fundamental parts of our club, and this event reminds us every year of how valuable it is to come together as a team and give back to the community. Many thanks to the players and alumni that made this event such a success!
Boston Women's Volunteers at the Making Strides for Breast Cancer Walk
It’s been a big beginning to our season – and we left Boston with two away games and came home with two wins.
Last weekend – Boston traveled to New Jersey to face Monmouth Women’s Rugby Club. In the first meeting of the two teams, Monmouth’s tough punching game gave Boston some pause. They came out hard, but Boston adjusted and kept playing our game. We worked hard and ended the game well ahead 50 – 22. A great job was done by all the Boston ladies that took the field.
Boston Women's after the Monmouth Match
This weekend Boston traveled to Providence to face the team again on their home turf. Always a hard hitting game, Providence came out with pace and scored first. But Boston never stopped working. Playing fluidly between the backs and the forwards, Boston pounded up the middle and cut around the sides of the tough Providence defense. Again Boston used it’s game plan and many subs to the field and ended the game with a 29-17 victory over Providence.
Boston returns home next week for a match against the NYC Village Lions. Catch us at Moakley on October 5th!
It was a BIG day of rugby for Boston Women’s Rugby Club. In the first meeting of our two clubs – Boston had all the momentum – and plenty of fresh subs all of which added to a resounding victory.The Morris Women’s Rugby Club, having travelled with only 3 available subs, worked hard through all 80 minutes and played a truly classy game. Boston was up 47-0 at the half and used all their sub options and finished out the game 95-0. But the day did not stop with the 1st side…
Boston scheduled a 2nd-side game with the Wentworth Women’s Rugby Club – allowing ALL the Boston players to get a full game. The Boston momentum favored this team as well – pushing them to a 99-5 victory, but most importantly a great opportunity to play together against a tough collegiate squad.
Thanks to both of our opponents for the weekend! Boston travels next weekend to New Jersey to face the Monmouth Women’s Rugby Club! We’re working hard to bring the same game on the road…