Final Matrix Match

On Saturday, AUWRFC took on Catholic for our final match of the season. The game started off tough, but AU soon got into its groove, stealing lineouts and executing some perfect forward-back action, playing real AU rugby. Even though Catholic pulled ahead in points, AU remained loud on the pitch, finally pulling together on defense and making another try. By the end of the game, over half the players on the pitch were rookies who showed off the skills they’d been working on throughout the season, getting some incredible tackles, runs, and into some scrum action. Both captains demonstrated their leadership ability, reminding the team to not give up and finish the season strong. The game ended with an AU try. Though AU will not be continuing to playoffs, we finished the season as a team and are looking forward to next season!

Player of the match: Katarina Walther, lock

Rookie of the match: Lexi Little, prop

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Tough fight against Georgetown

Last Saturday, AUWRFC took on Georgetown Women’s Rugby in a late-night, under-the-lights, 9:30pm game. Georgetown scored a try fairly early in the game and one of AU’s players had to be carried off the field due to a fractured foot. After those two hits against AU, we tried to come back even harder and win the game for our injured teammate. As the game went on, one of Georgetown’s players and two more of our own had to be carried off due to injuries, but luckily AU had lots of rookies ready to take on the challenge of their first game! AU ended the first half with a forward try, closing the gap to Georgetown only one try ahead. AU came back with determination in the second half to work on keeping a better defensive line and being awarded a penalty try. Unfortunately, AU was not able to close the score gap and ended up losing to Georgetown. In the following weeks of practice, AU will be working on playing together as a team, especially defensively. Many players did have incredible games individually though, with lots of positive tackles and runs.

Player of the match: Katarina Walther, lock

Rookie of the match: Lo Maranto, fullback

AU Takes the Win

One more game in the books! On Saturday 9/23, AUWRFC took on George Mason Women’s Rugby. Unfortunately, George Mason had to forfeit the game as they did not have enough players. However, both teams had a rugby-filled Saturday as we played a friendly. AU’s rookies showed their grit during the game, one even scoring a hat trick! Overall it was a great day for AU Rugby, winning the friendly with tries made by a number of players and playing a cool, decisive game.

Player of the match: Smalls Linehan, scrumhalf

Rookie of the match: Kait Hepburn, outside center

 

 

AU GRIT

AUWRFC showed our GRIT this weekend in our first Matrix match against GW. Although AU did lose, we made sure to play calm, decisive AU rugby the whole game by continuing to support each other and remaining positive in the face of loss, improving communication and running support throughout the game. By the end of the match, we were playing with only 12 people on the field due to three people going out with injuries. However, our defensive line only got stronger and many players went out of their comfort zones to learn and adjust to new positions throughout the game. Overall, we are proud to be AUWRFC and look forward to rookies joining us on the pitch next week as we take on GMU!

Player of the match: Lazer Gryzb, fullback

 

Rising from Loss

Following a weekend off from rugby due to weather, AUWRFC went head-to-head against George Mason for our second matrix match this season. After a physical game, GMU was able to pull ahead, winning the game 17 to 14.

Although we did not come out victorious, AUWRFC had strong aspects of play. Despite the rain, our set pieces were unified and drove together. We also had some outstanding play from individual team members–some of the best we’ve seen all season. Women of the Match this week are Maeve and Lauri! Maeve was a force to be reckoned with on Saturday, bringing continual energy and dedication to the game, and stopping GMU in their tracks. Also, special shoutout for that time she held up a try with her foot! On the backs side of things, Lauri did a fantastic job identifying openings in the GMU defense, communicating to get the ball, and running super fast! Also shoutout for never giving up, and finishing the game on a positive note with a try.

This week’s practice will be dedicated to improving tackles when we are tired, maintaining ball possessions, and setting up an effective defensive line. A lot of our areas for improvement center around coming together, 15 as 1, and amplifying our individual strengths by playing as a cohesive team.

With clear goals for practice this week and a fire to come out of this loss, we are hopeful to present a strong and cohesive team against GW next week to get the win.

First Matrix Win

Building on what we learned from the VCU game, AUWRFC played hard game this saturday and started off our first matrix match of the season with a win! We definitely sent a message to the Capital Rugby Union that we are not a team to be messed with and our next 3 matrix matches better watch out. Not only did we prove to our opponents that we are a talented team, we proved it to ourselves. We had beautiful play and communication between the backs and the forwards that led to consistent and strategic phase play opening up opportunities for many team tries. 

All of our effort and dedication showed on the field to continually push ourselves. Special shout out to all the players who stepped out onto the pitch either in a brand new position or without ever seeing a rugby game before. All of them rose to the occasion and made a huge impact in securing our win!  

Our Forward Woman of the Match goes to one of those players: Hunter. Hunter stepped up to play Flanker without any forward experience and she repeatedly annihilated Gtown’s flyhalf making their entire team terrified to have the ball. 

Our Back Woman of the Match goes to Nicole. Nicole’s ability to read the field leads to her incredible try saving tackles every week but this week Nicole utilized that skill to effectively attack space, support her teammates and score 3 tries for a hat trick!

We will take this week’s practice to  put in the work for another successful weekend of AUWRFC rugby against George Washington.

Building Momentum

Building on what we learned from our first game and implementing the skills we practiced this week into our game play, AUWRFC came out victorious this weekend against VCU, 36-17. Our team worked hard for 80 mins, making open field tackles, winning line outs, capitalizing on quick penalties, and made crisp passes-particularly in the back line.

As great as the A side victory feels, this weekend we were the most impressed with our B side game. Our rookies came out strong, tough and ready to play some awesome rugby. Despite some confusion, as to be expected from new players participating in their first rugby match, our rookies gave it there all and it was incredible to see. We could not be happier to say that the future of AUWRFC is bright.

Although AUWRFC had some good play all around, we had a few of players that stood out this weekend. For the A-side, the Women of the Match are Maggie (forward) and Hannah (back).  Maggie was chosen for consistently working hard in getting to the break downs and blowing the other team off the ball and Hannah for leading the backs in strategic and organized game play, excellent tackles and being a strong voice on the pitch. In addition to our A-side players, we also had two rookies get Women of the Match of the B-side game: Guffee (forward) and Grace (back). Guffee made an impact off the bench in the A side game with hard hitting tackles and strong runs, only to step up in the B side game to help lead fellow rookies to victory. Grace had strong runs and natural talent for identifying and attacking holes. She had great hands in the back line and strong support. 

With the momentum from this weekend’s victory carrying us into practice before our first matrix match, we will diligently work on improving on our weaknesses and hopefully secure our first matrix win against Georgetown this Saturday!