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Happy Halloween!

An ironic note for my Halloween here in Madison.

I had a dentist appointment this morning to drill and fill an itty bitty trouble spot (aka a teeny cavity). So on the day we celebrate ghouls, goblins and candy, I was at the dentist.

And you know what he asked me after he said “Good Morning!”?

“So, what is your pain tolerance like?”

I would imagine that those words should not be uttered by dentists, ever. Or gynecologists and proctologists either.

I raised my eyebrows and said “Well, it’s pretty high.” Which it is, but still …

He explained that he could give me a shot for the work which would leave my mouth numb (read here – drooling all over my keyboard in a daze) for the next few hours or if I could handle 20-30 seconds of work, I wouldn’t need the shot.

I didn’t want to be in a daze today, because I was already up late last night working and know I’ll be sleepy. Plus, I guess the pain tolerance question tested my pride a little.

So, no shot for me.

Which ended up okay, it really was only 20-30 seconds. And despite holding the arms of the dentist chair quite tightly as the drill dug into my tooth and my nerves shouted “Holy Hell! What is he doing to us, that bastard?!”, I survived. And I can’t even see the little filling he gave me, so it was a teeny tiny spot. All fixed.

So, I’m jamming out to a new fun song and I just ate some Halloween candy. I’m incorrigible, I know.

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D2 Goodness!

Your undaunted rugby blogger has dug up some yummy D-II Women’s info and scores … so all of the rest of you should send me some more. 😉

First and foremost, the D-II Women’s National Championships will be held Nov. 10-11 in Orlando, Florida, hosted by the Orlando Women. More info at the lovely Women’s DII Rugby site.

Here’s the seedings and schedule …

Seedings:
1. NOVA II (Mid-Atlantic)
2. Village Lions (Northeast)
3. Detroit (Midwest)
4. Scioto Valley (Midwest)
5. Albany (Northeast)
6. Harrisburg (Mid-Atlantic)
7. Orlando (USA Rugby South)
8. Naples / Coconut Grove (USA Rugby South)

Saturday
Game 1 – Nova II versus Naples / Coconut Grove
Game 2 – Scioto Valley versus Albany
Game 3 – Village Lions versus Orlando
Game 4 – Detroit versus Harrisburg

Game 5 – Winners game 1 play Winners game 2
Game 6 – Losers game 1 play Losers game 2
Game 7 – Winners game 3 play Winners game 4
Game 8 – Losers game 3 play Losers game 4

Sunday
Game 9 – Losers game 6 play losers game 8 for 7th/8th place
Game 10 – Winners game 6 play Winners game 8 for 5th/6th place
Game 11 – Losers game 5 play losers game 7 for 3rd/4th place
Game 12 – Winners game 5 play Winners game 7 for 1st/2nd place

Some Midwest scores from our Midwest D-II Championship:
Championship:
Detroit RFC – 21 vs. Scioto Valley – 0

3rd Place:
Cleveland Iron Maidens – 43 vs. Minnesota Menagerie – 5

Semifinals:
Detroit RFC – 26 vs. Minnesota Menagerie – 0
Scioto Valley – 30 vs. Cleveland Iron Maidens – 29

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More D-1 Sweet 16s Goodness …

I always like to hear how different people – both on a team or just watching from the sidelines – interpret games.

So, I figured it was worthwhile to share various recaps of Sweet 16 games …

• Wendy down in Austin recapped all of the games, some she saw as a touch judge, and some she didn’t.

• If you’ve got a subscription, Goff recapped Sunday’s Elite 8 games

It wasn’t Beantown’s fault that they got an easy draw, but they did, as they destroyed Kansas City yesterday and ran almost as easily through Atlanta today 45-0.

New York, for their part, have to be shaking their heads as they played local rivals Keystone today for the right to take on local rivals Beantown in Florida in two weeks. New York didn’t blow Keystone out like they did earlier in the season. The Philadelphia team started very strong and worked hard to ruin New York ball at the breakdown and keep their backs in check.

It worked for a while.

“We did a really good job of adjusting to that style of play and the whole team stepped up to the challenge,” said New York coach drew Fautley.

And then …

In the other bracket, Philadelphia came as close as anyone has to the Berkeley All Blues, The All Blues prevailed 31-10,

And in a battle of territorial #2s, the Twin Cities Amazons beat Oregon Sports Union 24-12.

Mindful of ORSU’s strong backline the Amazons kept the ball close and used their experienced and physical forwards – something Minnesota wasn’t able to do – to suck in the defense.

“We totally sucked in their backs,” said Amazons coach Roger Bruggemeyer. “It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective. A lot of people think that’s all we want to play, but we love to move the ball wide if it makes sense. We can play open rugby.”

Twin Cities weathered a torrid first 15 minutes, and despite being harassed all day by ORSU flanker Becky Royce, before their pack began to exert their power.

From that solid platform, and as the forwards opened gaps, center Maria Rye scored two tries and scrumhalf Rebecca Radtke scored one more, sneaking in around a ruck after the forwards had steamrollered their way downfield.

“We have a back row move that uses me and I guess I become a forward too,” Rye told ERugbyNews. “So I was able to use our scrum to open up some space for me. the other one, they made a mistake and pretty much the ball fell into my hands and I was able to run in.”

The Amazons were missing several backs, including center Ashley Mulford, but were able to get to the national semis anyway.

And a few other bits I heard through the rugby grapevine …

• ORSU ramped up for Sweet 16s with a match against Berkeley (Same league, right?) and did well. Considered an up and coming team from the West Coast by many.

• The Amazons have always been known for their big and powerful pack. In the past, the backline didn’t always balance that out, but this year, the Zons are steaming ahead …

• Philly’s hard work has paid off in recruiting. Heard they had an A, B and C side cheering them on. Wow!

• Glendale had some injury issues, and subs in at flyhalf.

• Chicago North Shore and Eagle Pam Kosanke was back from injury and picking off passes to help her team shutdown their opposition.

Other thoughts on the games? I’d like to hear from all of you out there who actually played in the games …

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Still going …

This discussion continues to live and breathe in the comments – A Call for Action

And it’s almost as tasty as the Strawberry Nerds Halloween mini-box I’m munching on while I toil away on a project …

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D-1 Women’s Sweet 16s Results

We got a few surprising text messages here in Wisconsin this weekend from friends playing in Texas … but overall glad to hear the Midwest will be represented again in the Final Four with the Twin Cities Amazons looking for a national championship.

Scores via USA Rugby’s brackets

Round of 16 (Saturday, Oct. 27)
Pool A
New York (#1) def. Emerald City Mudhens (#16), 67-10
Keystone (#8) def. Washington Furies (#9), 14-0

Pool D
Beantown (#5) def. KC Jazz (#12), 64-5
Atlanta (#4) def. SD Surfers (#13), 20-5

Pool C
ORSU (#14) def. MN Valkyries (#3), 17-7
TC Amazons (#6) def. NOVA (#11), 20-17

Pool B
Philadelphia (#7) def. Chicago North Shore (#10), 29-16
Berkeley All Blues (#2) def. Glendale Olde Girls (#15), 58-0

Round of 8 (Sunday, Oct. 28)
New York (#2) def. Keystone (#8), 30-7
Beantown (#5) def. Atlanta Harlequins (#4), 45-0
TC Amazons (#6) def. ORSU (#14), 24-12
Berkeley All Blues (#2) def. Philadelphia (#7), 31-10

Consolation Round (Sunday, Oct. 28)
Washington Furies (#9) def. Emerald City Mudhens (#16), 41-7
SD Surfers (#13) def. KC Jazz (#12), 20-12
MN Valkyries (#3) def. NOVA (#11), 19-5
Chicago North Shore (#10) def. Glendale Olde Girls (#15), 49-12

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FINAL FOUR (Nov. 9-11, Kissimmee, FL)
New York (#1) vs. Beantown (#5)
Berkeley All Blues (#2) vs. TC Amazons (#6)

Plate Semifinals
Keystone (#8) vs. Atlanta Harlequins (#4)
ORSU (#14) vs. Philadelphia (#7)

Some new faces in the Final Four compared to the past few years with Beantown and the Zons. That, in and of itself, is good to see because it means across the nation teams are getting stronger and there is more parity out there, which is good for all of rugby.

I’m looking for D-2 scores, so if you have some, please holla.

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Congrats

Congratulations to our Wisconsin guys for winning their playoff game, 48-0, over the Chicago Blaze after an undefeated league season.

And congratulations to the UW-Madison Women for defeating Illinois State 18-14 Saturday in the first round of the Midwest Playoffs. The UW came back on Sunday to play a tough game against the state champ, UW-Milwaukee, losing 24-7. A much closer game than previous matchups have seen.

And congrats to all of you who played playoff games and Sweet 16s this weekend.

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Wednesday

First … a new rugby blogger! Kelly at I Don’t Have An Abusive Boyfriend, I Play Rugby has been added to the sidebar. She’s from Iowa!

In other exciting news … I finally purchased a new planner today. So I’ve been organizing my calendar this afternoon and a To-Do List. Three columns: 1. Work, 2. Rugby and 3. Personal. There are way too many things on there, but I guess that’s why I’m trying to work through all of them. Get things done, so less things are on the list (and out of my head!).

I also purchase a bright Daffodil yellow binder to use for my planner, list and folders of accompanying materials. I’m hoping the bright yellow inspires me to action. Plus, hey, it’s harder to lose a taxi-cab yellow item.

Tonight, I’m going to practice with our collegiate team. This will be my fifth practice with them, including a “chalk talk” on Monday instead of practice in the rain and cold. I’m starting to get to know a lot of them and a lot of them are starting to ask me questions on skills or situations that might happen in games. I’ve enjoyed getting to know the players and their coach better and really hope this is just the first step in our two teams building a solid relationship. I like seeing how excited and talented they are and I think they appreciate having another female player who’s been there. Three of my teammates joined me Saturday for a quasi-scrimmage and I think a lot of lightbulbs went off on how fast they need to be, how hard they should hit and just that they need to add some urgency/determination to face tougher opponents like they might see in playoffs this weekend.

It’s a little tough to impress sometimes just how important it is to want the ball and be aggressive, but a lot of them get it. Or are getting it more everyday.

Only downside … I totally suck wind in the sprints. Oy. But hey, when I keep up with them, I feel pretty good about keeping pace with 100-pound 18-year-old wingers. I sometimes can’t believe I used to be that same winger. 🙂

The college side plays Illinois State Saturday in Milwaukee for the first round of the D-II playoffs. If they win, they’ll play the winner of UW-Milwaukee vs. Winona State.

Okay … stuff to finish up and then practice. It’s going to be cold out there …

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