College Women’s Rugby Update

Amidst all of his Super League hullabaloo, Goff posted some news on women’s college rugby. Brilliant!!

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West Women College Playoffs Set
March 20, 2006 – Air Force Academy women defeated Colorado 39-0 to secure top spot in the Eastern Rockies college league and, therefore, top seed in the West playoffs.

Six different players scored six different tries on a team that head coach Alan Osur said is playing some of the best team rugby he’s seen.

Still, Christina Ramirez stood out at fullback with her strong tackling on defense and some well-times insertions into the line.

This comes after a loss to New Mexico that might have a little of an asterisk on it since AFA allowed UNM to play Tieneka Bulthuis, a former UNM All American who had already graduated.

“They were very gracious to let her play,” said UNM program director Shannon Robinson, and Osur added he wanted his team to play the toughest opponent possible.

It could be those two teams meet in the playoffs, as Air Force will be the top seed in the West playoffs in Norman, Okla. April 8-9. Colorado is #2 and Texas champs Texas A&M are #3, followed by the New Mexico Lobos, Wayne State, Northern Colorado, Oklahoma, and Truman State.

For their part, Oklahoma will celebrate their 30th anniversary against A&M in a friendly.

And Oklahoma is hoping to break into the Top 20 with a good result.

“We are more than ready to get our win back,” said OU hooker Kate Carney. “Personally, I’m ready to dominate every scrum and send the Aggies home with a loss. It’s our 30th Anniversary on home turf, we will be tough to beat.”

The OU Women are coming off a 5-5 tie with UNM.

“The New Mexico tie was a great motivator for this team. Playing such a great team down to the wire really showed the players that they can be competitive against any top 20 team in the nation,” said OU Head Coach Tracy Curtis. “It really boosts morale for the A&M game and readies us for another win.”

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