Rugby Bites & Bites … Back to the Grind

• The Under-23 Eagles wrapped up their New Zealand Tour with a 22-12 loss to Manuwera senior women’s club team. Center Kelly Griffin and flanker Shaina Turley scored the Eagle’s two tries, respectively. Turley, aka Turls, is blogging her experience here at Adventures in Rugby. Hopefully, she’ll wrap up her journey to New Zealand for us and keep her blog going for other adventures.

• Via WomenEagles … an update on the women’s NA4 (er NA2):

United States prepare to take on Canada in Two Matches
8.6.07 – USA Rugby announced its roster of elite players who will be invited to participate in two friendly matches against Canada in August. The US will assemble on Friday, August 24 to begin training in preparation for the two upcoming matches. The “friendly” matches will take place on Monday, August 27 and on Wednesday, August 29. Both matches and training will be held at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota. The squads for each match will be selected from the players listed below.
Stacy Baker
Stacy Bennett
Jamie Burke
Lisa Butts
Meg Crapster-Pregont
Mel Denham
Liz Dilley
Farrah Douglas
Carrie Dubray
Allyson Hemstreet
Katy Hertel
Heather Jennings
Mel Kanuk
Ashley Kmiecek
Lynelle Kugler
Jamie Lange
Sara Leary
Nathalie Marchino
Vanesha McGee
Jenny Menke
San Juanita Moreno
Elise Myer
Chris Trucano
Jossy Tseng
Kitt Wagner
Mari Wallace
Maura Meikman
Sheara Williamson
Rose Whitmore
Wendy Young
Kristen Zdancewicz

A lot of new names and faces, including some younger players on that list. Best of luck!

• Two rosters have been released for the USA 7s National All-Star Championships at the end of August in Utah:

West Women 7s All-Stars
Meredith Bagley (Austin)
Chrissy Carpenter (Kansas City Jazz)
Emily Bock Carlson (Kansas City Jazz)
Rosalind Chou (Austin)
Claire Gregorich (Glendale)
Angi Hurt (Kansas City Jazz)
Janay Lake (Albuquerque)
Jenny Kuchar (St. Louis)
Melissa McKibben (Kansas City Jazz)
Katie Thoreson (Glendale)
Breean Walas (Arkansas Iron Maidens)
Heidi Whitman (Austin)

Pacific Coast Women 7s All-Stars
Stephanie Bruce (Berkeley)
Ruth Bryson (Berkeley)
Laura Cabrera (Berkeley)
Rebeckah Royce (ORSU)
Courtney Warner (Berkeley)
Elaine Gardner (Berkeley)
Blair Groefsema (Berkeley)
Candace Hamilton (Berkeley)
Ashley Kmiecik (Emerald City Mudhens)
Ashley English (Berkeley)
Natalie Marchino (Berkeley)
Megan Verdeyen (Berkeley)

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2 responses to “Rugby Bites & Bites … Back to the Grind

  1. Anonymous

    Do most territories have open tryouts for their 7s squads? There are no longer tryouts for the (women’s) Northeast 7s team, which seems unfair to players hoping to work their way onto the squad and certainly not the best way to build and strengthen a program. If anyone has info on the tryout process in other territories, please share.

  2. Anonymous

    At west, we had an open call/email for the tryout camps and to cape fear. Everyone was pretty well aprised along the way as to what needed to be done individually to get them on the team. However the Pac Coast operations were not so open and inviting (note the Berkeley +2 list). I have really enjoyed playing for the west! Come out here if the NE is giving you the run around 🙂 -Heidi Whitman

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