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

Fall 2013 Wrap Up and Looking to 2014

Boston Women’s ended our season with a 47-7 victory over Monmouth and the second meeting of the two teams proved just as physical as the first. The first half was tightly played, but Boston ran away with the second half. It marked the final match of our fall season, and this victory meant that Boston Women’s clinched the top seed in the D1 Northeast Competitive Region.

Truly we could not be happier. We have a lot to be thankful for as we close out 2013. We’re thankful for a full and dedicated team, an A and B side that braved the cold and all the fitness to endure two 2.5 hour practices a week and extra fitness sessions. We’re thankful for a new coach who worked with our squad and utilized our strengths, helping us to see the game and play the game differently, more effectively, as one team. We’re thankful for new and old sponsorships that help to keep our team going and help to keep our team healthy. We’re thankful for friends and family that support us. And we’re VERY thankful to have a family in the Boston Women’s Rugby Club, and that means we’re thankful to the women that came before us, that made seasons like this possible, that cheer us on on the sidelines, that donate to our team and keep our play alive, that showed us how to play “Boston Rugby” with pride and honor. Seasons like this are not about any one thing – and we’re so grateful to have had so many different kinds of support in 2013.

 

We closed out our season with the End-Of-Season Holiday Party this past weekend at the Banshee. As we do each December, we wrapped up a really rewarding year, and spoke of the challenges that lay ahead of us as we begin to prepare for a journey to Nationals in Spring 2014. We couldn’t be more excited at the opportunities, but we know there are months of work ahead of us to get us there. We handed out awards recognizing individuals on the team who have helped to push those around them to greatness. But we also handed out something special to each and every player, to commemorate a phenomenal experience together. And the start of what is to come next:

 

"Undefeated" T-Shirts - Courtesy of POST Physical Therapy

 

Look out in the next week for some FUN announcements about things to come in January…but for now we’ll end with a heartfelt thanks to everyone who helps our players continue to play great rugby. This team is a family. And this family is ready to attack our NEXT JOB…

 

Happy Holidays!

Boston Defeats Albany 27 – 7

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!

BWRFC Celebrates Partnerships

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!