On May 26-31st, Furies Jeanna Beard, Ida Bernstein, Laura Miller, Julia Swavola and Eli White competed in the National All-Star Championship Tournament in Chula Vista, California as members of the MARFU Senior Women’s All-Star Rugby Team. The team came away from the weekend with two victories, earning them the Tier II championship and a place in Tier I in 2012.The MARFU team faced off against the West on Friday, with Furies Laura Miller and Jeanna Beard leading the team as co-captains. All five of the Furies were selected for the starting line-up, and greatly contributed to overcoming the hard-hitting West for a 33-22 win. Furies Ida Bernstein and Eli White each scored a try, with Eli being named player of the game at scrumhalf.
On Sunday, MARFU met the South in the Tier II final with Eli being voted by the team to serve as co-captain. Laura was identified by head coach Bob Weir as nearly perfect in the lineouts and dominating the rucks. Ida played tenacious defense at flanker using her incredible speed to continuously put the South flyhalf under pressure. Eli notched her second try of the weekend with 5 minutes left in the game, and MARFU earned the win 10-0.
The Furies have a strong history of participation on the MARFU squad as players, captains, and coaches (Fury alumna Jessica Hammond repeated as Backs coach for this year’s squad). We hope to see even more Furies on next year’s squad as MARFU moves up to the top four!
Thanks to Eli White for writing this post and to Jeanna Beard for the photo.