Win Against Hamilton

October 18th, 2015– Academy Field, Colgate University

Colgate Women’s Rugby competed against Hamilton College on October 18th at 1pm. The starting line-up was as follows:

1- Kendra Peeples -C

2- McKenna Valley

3- Susan Price

4- Katrina Gross

5- Kelly Baxendell

6- Erica Hiddink

7- Tia Cervarich

8- Ciara Pettinos

9- Maggie Nelsen

10- Kate Hardock -C

11- Sophie Louaillier

12- Meghan Pane

13- Aurelia Cassarubias

14- Nat Smith

15- Regina Pimentel

Subs: Julia Yarrington-C, Cat Berry, Kat Duvall and Justine Lely

It was a cold and fateful morning when the Colgate Women’s Ruggers arrived at the pitch. What started as a pleasant glitter of snowflakes falling onto the pitch soon became a horrific and freezing blizzard, that forced the team to have a Monty Python moment (reminiscent of when the “knights” face the deadly white bunny… anyone get the reference? anyone?), retreating back to the tent for safety and a cuddle/team maul. Fortunately, the Colgate ruggers were able to make a rapid return to the pitch once mother nature decided to stop vomiting snow on the pitch on this fine October day. The women’s ruggers were feeling *~*fun, flirty, and fierce*~* heading into the game. Unfortunately, this writer’s knee decided to go awol and pop right out of its little socket again (it’s okay, Lee fixed my knee with tape as well as with his dashing good looks), so we had to shake up the lineup a bit. On the bright side Kelly Baxendell saved the day and had her A-side debut for the first half of the game at lock, a position she assumed, with what some might call, the force of the cheetah. The game started off well with a try, only to slip into peril when Hamilton decided to ramp up the intensity and score several tries. Let’s just say that we like to keep games interesting and close, because this game felt eerily similar to several others this season, when we have had to make quite a comeback. Nevertheless, we had some beautiful runs up the pitch, in particular by Maggie Nelsen, Nat, Texas, and wow I was going to keep listing a bunch of people but it was the majority of the team who had great runs so hats off to all y’all. Meg Pane also experienced the line for the first time, and had some gorgeous punches through their measly little defenders. In addition, although the scrums felt indescribably uncomfortable (nothing new really), we dominated Hamilton and consistently were able to gain significant yardage on their put-ins. The game had a final score of 28-17.

People to thank: The lamb for getting all of the hot chocolate and keeping us warm with that and her sunny disposition. All of the juniors for the best posters/presents your seniors could ask for. Lee because yeah. Mr. Baxendell who apparently brought lots of treats. That man in the long wool coat with the Burberry scarf who looked dapper AF and I still don’t know who he belongs to (someone claim him, he was v v v well dressed for a parent). Anne-Marie and Beebe for being our coaches. Clara for still being of sound mind after we have corrupted you all of these years. Going to go for a little bit of a self-five here and say THE SENIORS because ya love us even when you hate us and this team is our life.

Things of note: The Holy Smokes potatoes. Don’t act like you weren’t super impressed. The number of fans we had even on a super gross day! My toes regaining feeling. The fact the Meg and Kate may have kissed and I don’t mean properly pulled off the play if ya know what I am saying (ooooh didn’t think you’d be called out). My mom’s really weird hat that she wore. Chapman as touch judge. Magoo for coming to the game in her crippled state. Dean Brown’s fur clad hood on his jacket (I think he became a sherpa in the middle of the match for a hot sec). The not even slightly casual nug chant that happened post-game. The fact that THERE AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN AND WE ARE STILL UNDEFEATED!!!!!!!!!!!!

With (you on & off the pitch) love, icy hot patches, thoughts of Meg’s corgis, and dreams of going to the sauna tomorrow instead of taking midterms,

Julia

Win Against RPI

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015– Field on 13th Street (c’mon, it’s like they wanted us to win), RPI

Colgate Women’s Rugby competed against RPI on October 3rd at 3pm. The starting line-up was as follows:

1- Kendra Peeples -C

2- Julia Yarrington -C

3- Erica Hiddink

4- Katrina Gross

5- Meghan Pane

6- Justine Lely

7- Tia Cervarich

8- Ciara Pettinos

9- Maggie Nelsen

10- Kate Hardock -C

11- Aurelia Cassarubias

12- Alex Maulden

13- Maggie Dunn

14- Nat Smith

15- Regina Pimentel

Subs: McKenna Valley, Sophie Louaillier, Bria Vicenti

 

The team arrived a bit out of sorts after nearly being driven onto a baseball field. Our dear, sweet, elderly bus driver managed to get a little lost. Nonetheless, we made it to the booming metropolis that is Troy, NY. Colgate had a tough time in the beginning of the first half. RPI almost immediately hammered through Colgate (quite literally… someone headbutted this writer and she has the bruise on her face to prove it) and scored several tries. In addition, our wonderful Maggie Dunn was injured in the first half of the game. Some big ‘ole RPI girls were jealous of how wonderful she is and tried to break her. Fortunately, our beautiful trainer, Lee, was there to carry Magoo off of the pitch. Sophie Louaillier subbed in for Magoo. Also, McKenna Valley came into the game early on at flank. Anyway, in light of the injury and the score, the Colgate ruggers hung their heads down in the try zone in dismay, only to be reinvigorated by a heart-wrenching speech from none other than Alex “The Lamb” Maulden. Feeling feisty AF after the lamb told the team to keep their little chins up (ugh, she’s so great), Colgate came back out to the field, readjusted to RPI’s wonky square pitch, and started to play their game. Many players scored tries, although in my opinion of note was Tia’s (read: QUEEN T as she shall now affectionately be called) try which was a result of some beautiful evasive running. In the second half of the game, Colgate continued to bring up the intensity. With great rucks, solid line plays, and the goal of destroying RPI’s souls after they hurt Magoo, the Colgate ruggers managed to finish the game with a score of 37-17. In this game, the scrum was amazing in figuring out how to hold off RPI’s giant ass scrum. PROPS to (see what I did there?!) the props and second rows for locking out and being strong and wonderful. Also, the scrummies did a great job committing to rucks and getting low. The backs had some beautiful lines that enabled Aurelia to get the ball way down the field on those fast little legs of hers. The whole team did a really great job coming together and refocusing despite a tough beginning to the game. People/events of note: The Pane family loves our team again, and all members of the family (Corgi included, squirrell excluded) were present at the game. Meg’s brother might be pursuing his modeling career (stay tuned). The Maulden’s also attended the game, bringing with them Alex’s adorable dog and all of their parental love. It was Lee’s birthday and he was bashful as hell about it in an endearing way. Lenny did manage to get us home. We sung for an hour+ on the busride home and Anne-Marie might have PTSD because of it. The Pane Family purchased dinner for us and for that we are eternally grateful. Members of the RPI men’s team hit on Kate and Julia. Our B-Side also did a phenomenal job and beat RPI’s B-Side (which happened to be stacked with many A-Side players, just sayin’). Dira’s tackles were things of beauty. For a while there was no flag for touch judges, so this writer had to use Anne-Marie’s Colgate scarf which was whimsical (and kind of foreboding for RPI, ja feel?). Thanks for another great, if not slightly (VERY) anxiety-inducing game, everyone. Stay tuned as we gear up for Hamilton at home in a couple weeks.

With love, RIL, tackles, rucks, and severe neck pain,

Julia

Win against SUNY Cortland

September 26th, 2015– Some Random Field in the Middle of Nowhere, SUNY Cortland

Colgate Women’s Rugby competed against SUNY Cortland on September 26th at 1pm. The starting line-up was as follows:

1- Kendra Peeples -C

2- Julia Yarrington -C

3- Erica Hiddink

4- Katrina Gross

5- Meghan Pane

6- McKenna Valley

7- Tia Cervarich

8- Ciara Pettinos

9- Maggie Nelsen

10- Kate Hardock -C

11- Aurelia Cassarubias

12- Alex Maulden

13- Maggie Dunn

14- Nat Smith

15- Regina Pimentel

Subs: Sophie Louaillier, Cat Berry, Bria Vicenti, and Justine Lely

 

The women’s ruggers competed against the good ole gals from SUNY Cortland on Saturday. Tgod, it was a great day for rugby (last year it poured during the entire game…). CWRFC arrived in Cortland, feelin’ ready to kick some Cortland butt. Much to our dismay, the Cortland women put up a pretty solid fight. As we expected, their scrum half continuously fed the ball to their giant forwards, especially one girl who grunted in a way that made this writer particularly uncomfortable. I say this with as little bias as possible though, pound for pound their scrum totally had the advantage… nevertheless our scrum beat the crap out of them time after time. It was great. Our line did an amazing job getting the ball out wide, allowing our lovely wings to sprint down the field and get us some tries. Colgate spent much of the game in the lead, until a cruel twist of fate in the last 5 minutes of the game, in which their grunting forward managed to score a try, despite the fact that Julia ABSOLUTELY held up the fuggin’ try with her foot. We aren’t salty about it though (YES WE ARE). Okay, anyway, so we are down 24-28 after the ref called the last play of the game. Needless to say, the Colgate Women’s Ruggers were straight freaking out (I am getting anxious just writing this and remembering how freaking awful it was). And then, in the last seconds of the game, something amazing happened. Our dear, sweet, angelic, firefighting Irish rugger, Ciara Pettinos, scored a try. Yes, if you’re wondering, much of the team dissolved into a puddle of limbs and tears as we piled atop our hero while screaming triumphantly. And so, the Colgate Women’s Ruggers took home a win of 29-28. It was unreal. Some things of note from the game: the fact that Ciara is on our team. Tia looked like she was injured/may have gotten a concussion, but is supposedly fine now because apparently she is made of steel. Our beautiful trainer Lee (spelling? idk) came to the game and taped us all up– we’ve collectively never felt more protected and we love him. A Cortland player got a nosebleed and shoved a clump of dirt and grass up her nose to stop the bleeding– like respect but really girl?? You sure you want to do that?? Reasons we have blood subs… McKenna’s family brought the team doughnuts and were adorable. Mr. Pane loves our team again and bought us all dinner and we love him back and our hearts are whole once more. Players of note for the game: Ciara, because, well duh. Also, she managed to win most of the other team’s lineouts which was just shmexy as fuck. Meg, for managing to tackle the giant grunting forward with grace. And also for having a wonderful father. Texas, for punching forward and committing to rucks. Aurelia, for running faster that I think is humanly possible and scoring tries. Kate, for recovering after people who maybe had 100+ pounds on her fell on her body. AND THE WHOLE TEAM FOR BEING AMAZING AND MAKING ME THE HAPPIEST RUGGER OUT DERE.

Thanks to our coaches and leadership for a great season so far. Humbled to be a part of this group.

Love and RIL,

Julia