BWRFC Fall Schedule

Now Announcing the Fall 2014 Match Schedule! We can’t wait to get back out on the pitch again and put all our summer practice to use in our competitive match-ups. The Northeast Division 1 line-up looks a little different this year, adding and losing teams, but one thing remains the same: our drive to succeed!

We hope to see our Alumni, Friends and Family at matches this season so please keep up with us on Facebook to find the most up-to-date information about weekend matches. If you happen to be near our away matches, you know nothing is better than having some Boston-Love while on the road. All our support keeps us going and we can’t wait to see you all on the sidelines!

BWRFC 2014 Fall Schedule

 

Sept 6 – Boston @ Monmouth (Away – New Jersey)

Sept 13 – Boston @ Village Lions (Away – NYC)

Sept 20 – Boston @ Albany (Away – Albany, NY)

Sept 27 – Boston v Providence (Home – Boston)

Oct 4 –    Boston v Beantown (Home – Boston) ALUMNI WEEKEND

Oct 11 –  Boston v Albany (Home – Boston)

Oct 18 – Bye Weekend 

Oct 25 – Boston v Village Lions (Home – Boston)

 

Next Up:

Stay tuned for the opportunity to order some Boston Swag so you’ll be stylin’ on the sidelines this fall! And don’t forget to check back for match reports!

Let the Pre-Season Begin!

The summer is winding down and after a great season of sevens rugby, Boston Women’s is back in the swing of Fifteens!

Join Boston Women’s at Practice

Practices are currently going on and if you’re looking for a club to join the time is now! New players are always welcome, with any level of experience, to play with Boston Women’s Rugby Club as we prepare to launch into our competitive fall season in September. Shoot us an email at join@bwrfc.com to speak to a current player about joining! And check out our New Player Page for the answers to some frequently asked questions. We look forward to seeing you on the pitch!

 

 

Cape Cod Sevens Wrap-Up 

Thank you to all the teams, players, sponsors and spectators that made the 29th Annual Cape Cod Sevens Tournament such a success. It was a beautiful day on the cape – complete with an awesome Social and Competitive bracket, always amazing Case Race and Prop-Trot, and a really awesome social at the Elks Lodge! We can’t wait to do this all again next year.

Congrats to the 2014 Winners:

Competitive Cup Champions: Boston Belles

Social Cup Champions: Tony’s Toucans

Congrats to everyone on a fantastic day!

Tournament Pictures

Courtesy of amazing photographer, Michael Maloney, we have three albums of action shots from the day. Please take a look and download the pictures of you and your teammates!

Cape Cod Sevens Album 1

Cape Cod Sevens Album 2

Cape Cod Sevens Album 3

 

 

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