Welcome to 2015 with the Washington Women’s RFC! This year will mark the 37th anniversary of the club. Let’s take a look back at what we did in 2014, and what’s on deck for 2015.
Last winter was filled with off-season workouts and fundraisers and preparations for the newly rescheduled Ruggerfest. The Fitness Games kept players motivated throughout the winter to work on fitness and skills.
It was a busy spring season with the Furies focusing on the second half of their debut Division 2 competition. While the Women’s Premier League supports a single-season competitive cycle, Division 1 and 2 teams play matrix matches through the fall, which determine seeding for the spring season leading into championships. With this new structure, the Furies strategically planned Ruggerfest for earlier in the season, and hosted the 34th annual tournament last March 22-23. The “Ruggersaraus” theme was a hit and overall it was another successful tournament hosted by the Washington Women. The Division 2 team concluded their competitive season in April, finishing 5th in the Mid-Atlantic Conference.
The Furies rocked on through the summer, winning 7’s tournaments throughout the Mid-Atlantic. For completing the early Pick 7’s tournament undefeated, the 7’s team won a brand new set of custom jerseys that they put to good use throughout the rest of the season. The Furies then went on to win all at Cape Fear and Slug 7’s. The summer squad boasted both a competitive team as well as a developmental 7’s team at all of the summer tournaments they attended. The 7’s season culminated in the 7’s National Championship, held in Seattle. The Furies brought home the Bowl and a 9th place nationwide title.
Meanwhile, across the pond, the Women’s Rugby World Cup was kicking off in Paris, France. Several members of the club traveled overseas to cheer on the US and Furies past and present who represented the red, white, and blue.
Fall 2014 kicked off the second year of the Washington Women fielding two competitive teams, in the Premier League and Division 2 levels. The WPL players started the season strong with wins over new York and Atlanta on each of their home turfs. Losses to the Twin City Amazons and Atlanta later in the season positioned the Furies in the lower bracket for the national Championships, hosted in Atlanta. In their first cross-conference match, the Furies fell to the San Diego Surfers, but rebounded for their final match where they beat New York for the third time of the season, and finished 7th overall.
The Division 2 players met tough opponents right out of the gates of the season, playing Raleigh for the opening match and finding themselves falling short of the experience and team cohesion needed to beat the D2 opponent. A win against the revamped Maryland Stingers and a loss to Norfolk Storm kept the D2 record in flux. Two mid-season games against NoVa gave the Furies 2 more wins, but a late season finisher at Norfolk dealt a blow. The Division 2 Furies have more matrix matches to play in the Spring to finalize seeding for conference championships and beyond.
2015 is off and running! Newly elected Captains Ellen Danford and Sam Pankey are planning off-season work-out activities for the team, including a lifting session at Balance Gym in early February, and Ellen’s “playground workouts” starting January 17. Ellen plans to lead fun fitness and skill activities at play grounds around the city throughout the winter months. Stay tuned for more details.
Join the Furies with Washington RFC to watch 6 Nations games and socialize. The social will be hosted at Hamilton’s. The bar will open at 9 with Italy v Ireland kicking off at 9:30 and France v Scotland following. What a great way to see old friends, meet new ones, and keep up to speed on 6 nations for the Superbru pool (forthcoming).
Ruggerfest 2015 is on the books for March 21-22. Registration will begin soon. Don’t miss out on the reduced early registration fees. This will be the 35th year of Ruggerfest.
The Furies Division 2 continue their competitive season through the spring with matrix matches starting in march and determining seeding and competition over the course of the season.
Interested in coaching Washington Women? The Furies are looking for a new coach for the D2 team. The ideal candidates will have rugby 15’s or 7’s experience, coaching experience, and be organized and motivated. The Furies are looking for candidates with positive attitudes, the ability to coach players at varying ability levels, planning and delegation skills, and the ability to collaborate with team leadership and the rest of the coaching staff. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
As always, the Furies welcome all new players over the summer, whether in town for an internship, recently graduated from a local college or university, or just new in town. Summer 7’s is a great way to meet the Furies and get into rugby.
The WPL will commence its 7th year of elevated competition in US women’s rugby. Follow us though the spring and summer to see what fall 2015 will hold!