The Furies traveled to Minneapolis over Labor Day Weekend to play the Twin Cities Amazons in their first WPL matchup of 2017.
Nineteen players and two coaches represented the Blue and Gold in front of their midwest Furies family.
The Zons drew first blood, opting for three as the veteran defense of Jocelyn Richards and Kristen Maxey led a hard-fought try line stand. The Furies quickly answered the call though, as center and eventual player of the match, Lauran Glover, recovered the ensuing kickoff, sliced through a scattered Zons defense and dotted it down for a 5-3 Furies lead 20 minutes into the game.
Strong running by the Amazon inside backs and a series of defensive penalties against the Furies saw the Zons put up three converted tries and the Furies go down a man with a yellow card for repeated offside infringements. In a whirlwind end to the half, wing Raven Moore’s clever kick and chase forced a penalty and yellow card for the Zons fullback, and rookie wing Kiera Johnson drew a penalty try and another Zons yellow card as a high tackle impeded her efforts to touch down in the corner.
Entering the half down 12-29, the Furies brought on D2 captain Brooke Branson to inject some power and fury into the front row, shifting the versatile Leni Dworkis from hooker to wing. Enjoying a two-man advantage for a few minutes, the Furies maintained better possession in the second half through some bollocking runs from captain Sharifa Love and the tight five, and tireless rucking from the Fury flankers Patty, Judy and Gussie.
A strong bench supported tired legs and another yellow card (high tackle) to the Furies, and this injection of energy and enthusiasm led to a sustained Furies attack. After an unfortunate in-goal knock from flyhalf Maggie Olney, flanker Patty Smith capitalized on the ensuing scrum from the Zons, pouncing on a ball that squirted out for a third Furies try.
After his first official WPL match, Furies head coach Scott Delaney commented, “We are going in the right direction. I couldn’t be prouder of the 19 players who chose to come. They represented our entire club with the pride with which we are so familiar.”
Though the Furies eventually fell 19-48, the nineteen players in the traveling squad enjoyed a hard-fought game and some Minnesotan hospitality and came away with some promising work-ons for the next few weeks. Huge shout out to Kat Hanson, Kiera Johnson and Jen Putnam for their first WPL appearances, big thank yous to D2 captain Brooke Branson for supporting the club and bolstering numbers and veteran back Emily Glodzik for playing through illness and out of position, and a warm welcome to Fury rookies Judy Dickson and Rian Van Nordheim!
Next week, our D2 side takes on Brandywine away and WPL will use a bye week to prepare for their home match-up against Beantown on September 16.
Still room to grow, but a good first opening salvo. Let’s take it to Brandywine this weekend. – Scott Delaney, Head Coach
WPL DC Furies @ Twin Cities Amazons 9/3/2017
- Mikey Onwochei
- Leni Dworkis
- Jocelyn Richards
- Rian Van Nordheim
- Kat Hanson
- Judy Dickson
- Patty Smith
- Sharifa Love (C)
- Gussie Maguire
- Maggie Olney (VC)
- Raven Moore
- Emily Glodzik
- Lauran Glover
- Kiera Johnson
- Kristen Maxey
- Brooke Branson
- Jen Putnam
- Chrissy “Goose” Grech
- Kerry Maguire
Tries: Glover, Smith, Penalty
Discipline: Richards, Maxey
Player of the Match: Lauran Glover