Playing 50 as one, the DC Furies opened at home in a double header against newly promoted Beantown RFC. Playing in front of a faithful Fury fan base (including a founding member of the club!), the WPL Furies kicked off first.
The match was intense from the get-go, with Beantown threatening early. A stalwart Furies defense rebuked two Beantown mauls within 10 meters of the tryline and a sustained Beantown attack.
Clearing a penalty to just inside their attacking half, the Furies got a quick ball out to the backs off a well-executed lineout. Rookie wing Kiera Johnson backed herself to beat the outside defense and dot down in the corner for a 5-0 home team lead.
Town continued their offensive pressure, showing confidence in their pack’s attack. Good positive phases eventually put the Beantown forwards over the line, bringing the score line to 5-all.
An early front row substitution saw D2 Captain Brooke Branson inject her tenacity in the WPL pack for a second time this season. She was joined by replacement hooker Leni Dworkis at half, who brought some pace to a hard-hitting forwards game. Hard work in the tackle from the Fury defense kept Beantown at bay for the start of the second half. Relentless on both sides of the ball, lock Judy Dickson earned Player of the Match honors, well supported by a strong flanker duo of Arielle Reid and Patty Smith.
A full bench supported a Furies side wracked with injuries and illness, but it wasn’t enough. Midway through the second half, an ambitious attack by the Furies from deep inside their defensive end resulted in a turnover and tired legs on the ensuing sequence of play. Beantown capitalized and touched down a converted try, taking a 12-5 lead.
With ten minutes left in the game, the Furies received a yellow card. The Furies worked hard to sustain an overloaded defense, but Beantown touched down on the last play of the match and snatched away a much-needed bonus point.
Furies Head Coach Scott Delaney commented, “Not the result we were looking for, especially on our home pitch, but there is improvement. I couldn’t be more confident in the players we showcased today. Huge improvements from the first week.”
The game ended at 5-17 with the Furies dropping to 0-2 at the bottom of the Eastern Conference table. Congrats to Schuyler Brown who earned her first WPL appearance, and thanks to all the players who stepped up to play in both matches on the day. The players would also like to thank all the fans who braved the sun to come out and support the club—it’s always fun to play in front of a home crowd!
This coming weekend, the Furies D2 side takes on Harrisburg at home and WPL will travel to Atlanta to take on the Harlequins. — Scott Delaney, Head Coach
WPL DC Furies vs. Beantown 09/16/2017
- Jocelyn Richards
- Mikey Onwochei
- Meg Foster
- Judy Dickson
- Rian Van Nordheim
- Arielle Reid
- Patty Smith
- Sharifa Love (C)
- Gussie Maguire
- Maggie Olney (VC)
- Kiera Johnson
- Michelle Vander Ploeg
- Lauran Glover
- Erica “Muck” Makar
- Kristen Maxey
- Leni Dworkis
- Brooke Branson
- Jen “Putty” Putnam
- Kat Hanson
- Schuyler Brown
- Kerry Maguire
- Chrissy “Goose” Grech
- MC Matta
Player of the Match: Judy Dickson