The first U-20 team was announced this week from WNT coach Bryn Chivers. They’re changing the age brackets and if anyone knows how it’s changing in more detail, let me know.
My teammate Goose and I were discussing it this morning, and she mentioned she though the U-23 team was either not going to be a team any longer or only in our country (no tours?). And I know they are now starting U-17 teams for boys, so is that why we’re getting a developmental U-20, we’ll get U-17s too?
Somebody out there knows … holla back. I see what’s happening now, we’ll have the USA Eagles (Senior), USA Eagles A (Developmental, formerly U-23s) and the U-20 Eagles. Got it … although, still curious, we’ll we see a U-17? Maybe in a few years, huh?
Via my e-mail:
Chivers Announces U-20 Developmental Squad Set to Compete in Under 19 Invitational National All-Star Championships
November 2, 2007
BOULDER, Colo. – USA Rugby U-20 Women’s National Team Head Coach Bryn Chivers today announced the developmental squad that will compete in the Under 19 Invitational National All-Star Championships (INASC) to be held in Nashville, Tenn., on November 16-17, 2007.
This is the second year for the INASC, which features teams from every geographic region. The U-20 team set to compete is comprised of 21 young players from 18 programs across the nation, with representatives from all seven Territorial Unions.
“We needed to fill out the tournament with an eighth team so this was a great opportunity to put together what is essentially a U-17 Women’s National Team side in everything but name,” said Coach Chivers. “The program is working hard to cast the net as far as possible to find the players with the skills and athletic ability that will allow them to move up through the WNT programs.”
“Last year at the INASC, we saw a lot of new players and we continue to keep our options open to allow us to find the next generation of players. This is a very successful elite camp and the most important event that we have on our calendar in regards to seeing players,” Chivers added. “As a program we’ve cast the net far and wide. We host camps all across the country and the benefit is to see players play representative rugby.”
The squad is comprised of forwards Candace Barley (Maryville HS, Tenn.), Jozy Gessner (Summit, Colo.), Katie Johnson (Hopkins, Minn.), Audrey Jones – C (West Linn, Ore.), Corinne McElroy (Berserkers, N.H.), Catherine Parkhill (Burnsville, Minn.), Maggie Reidy (Divine Savior, Wis.), Brittany Rose (West Chester East, Pa.), Adrianne Rubiaco (Budd Bay, Wash.), Rachel Sommer (Canby, Ore.), and Brittany Woodard (Hyde School, D.C.).
Backs named to the squad include Sadie Anderson (Fort Collins, Colo.), Skyler Browder (Burlington Women, Vt.), Lauren Franzen (Divine Savior, Wis.), Brook LeGate (Maryville HS, Tenn.), Erin LeGate (Maryville HS, Tenn.), Lindsey Lough (Hart, Calif.), Sophia Nolan (Armstrong, Minn.), Seymira Salami(State College, Pa.), Kandis Ruiz (Kansas City Dragons, Mo.), and Catherine Turnerdrown (Riverton, Utah).
Also, via my e-mail new Midwest U-19 Women’s Coach Kurt Weaver asked that I share this with all of you …
I am pleased to announce the Roster for the 2007 Midwest Under 19 Girls Select Side team. The Lady Thunderbirds are preparing for their upcoming trip to Nashville, TN and the National All-Star Tournament on November 17 & 18. Thanks to all who participated in the camps, the team and all those who support the ladies on their trip.
To contribute to the program, please contact Kurt Weaver at email@example.com.
2007 MIDWEST U19 LADY THUNDERBIRDS
Ashley Alman, Wing, Ashland University
Toni Cattani, Flyhalf, Kettle Moraine High School
Sarah Chimilewski, Fullback, Divine Savior High School
Melanie Chiodi, Center, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Kelsey Corbett, Flanker, Noblesville High School
Sara Czarnecki, Hooker, Western Michigan University
Gina Fanelli, Flanker, Ohio State University
Lindsey Fickau, 8man, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Brittany Houston, Scrumhalf, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Karen Hunt, Center, University of Illinois
Cori Jensen, Prop, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Mia Johnson, Wing, University of Wisconsin
Kathryn Junius, Second Row, Divine Savior High School
Joanna Kitlinski, Prop, Grand Valley State University
Alisa Ly, Flanker, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Adetayo Mafe, Center, Michigan State University
Maude Marandet, Center, Indiana University
Tyra McGrady, Fullback, Indiana University
Katie O’Leary, Second Row, Indiana University
Jessica Rogawski, Prop, St Charles High School
Kristen Spencer, Wing, Ball State University
Elydia Thomas, Flanker, University of Kentucky
Jessica Waterfield, Second Row, Bowling Green State University
Jordan Berg, Alternate, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Abbie Donnelly, Alternate, Lakeview High School Rugby
Alexandra Eggers, Alternate, University of Kentucky
Ashton Steinke, Alternate, Muscatine, Pearl City Rugby
There is also possibly a Midwest Developmental side going to Nashville. If that comes together, I’ll try to post the roster.