The Washington Women’s Division 2 team brought home their first win this weekend in a pre-season match against Chesapeake. The Furies clinched the victory with a final 22-5 score. Early in the game the Furies set the tone with a try by fullback, Elske Tielens, a rookie who joins the Furies from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands. The team continued to work together and knock on Chesapeake’s door throughout the half, and maintained a 5-0 lead at halftime.
The Furies came out with fantastic numbers for this pre-season match and the second half began with almost a completely new set of 15 on taking the field. This game was a critical opportunity for the many new and returning players to learn to play 15 as 1 for the blue and gold prior to the competitive season heating up. Chesapeake ran hard and was able to exploit holes in the line of newly joined Furies. In the second half they dotted down a try, evening the score. But the Furies continued the fight and scored two more tries. As the clock wound down, Brigid Beech kicked a loose ball down the field and entered into a footrace against the speedy Chesapeake wing. Sensing defeat, the wing tackled Beech while she was still chasing the ball down at the try line. A penalty try was awarded and the sidelines erupted in excitement. Rachel Horsey, rookie from St Michael’s College, took the conversion kick and brought the score to 22-5 at the final whistle. The Furies are eager to rack up more wins after this initial victory, and come out hard in the Division 2 competition.