WPL heads to Atlanta while D2 readies to defend home turf

Both WPL and D2 face league matches this weekend, with WPL heading south to take on the Atlanta Harlequins and D2 hosting Harrisburg on the Furies’ home field.

The Furies have focused this week on fitness, defensive launching, and both offensive and defensive set pieces.

On Sunday, WPL will play their third league match of the season, against the Harlequins at Life University.

Back home in DC, it should be a beautiful Saturday for D2’s match against Harrisburg. This will be the first game the Furies have played on their practice field in DC since D2’s match against Brandywine last spring.

The starting lineup for D2’s match will be:

  1. Brooke Branson
  2. Abbie Mocettini
  3. Jennifer Konish
  4. Nora Welsh
  5. Amanda Bauer
  6. Liz Peralta-Reed
  7. Arielle Reid
  8. Molly Powers
  9. Briley Acker
  10. Eli Webster
  11. Amanda “Finny” Fins
  12. Kelly Maranchuck
  13. Lauren “Kirk” Kirkland
  14. Caitlin Gibney
  15. Sami Topolski Meyerhoff

On Sunday, WPL’s starting lineup will be:

1. Jocelyn Richards
2. Leni Dworkis
3. Meg Foster
4. Judy Dickson
5. Kat Hanson
6. Gussie Maguire
7. Patty Smith
8. Sharifa Love-Schnur
9. Kerry Maguire
10. Maggie Olney
11. Kiera Johnson
12. Michelle Vander Ploeg
13. Lauran Glover
14. Erica “Muck” Makar
15. Kristen Maxey

D2 vs. Harrisburg
Kickoff: 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 23
Location: Model Secondary School for the Deaf (on the Gallaudet University campus), 800 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC 20002

 

WPL vs. Atlanta
Kickoff: 12 PM on Sunday, September 24
Location: Life University Rugby Complex, 1494 Barclay Cir, Marietta, GA 30060

Can’t make it? Follow both games live on Twitter: @dcfuries

Furies host Beantown for WPL home opener

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Photo: Lydia Miller

In a rare weekend that sees both sides at home, the Furies will host WPL newcomer, Beantown RFC in a double header. The WPL matchup will be followed by a B-side match for a Furies D2 squad too hungry to take a bye weekend.

The Furies have been hitting it hard in practice this week, focusing on fitness, dictating contact and defense.

Rookies Jennifer Konish, Schuyler Brown, Amanda “Finny” Fins, Kelly Maranchuck and Caitlin Gibney will make their first start for the Furies D2 squad, while some vets will take advantage of the B-side match to play new positions.

Here’s the starting lineup for WPL:

  1. Jocelyn Richards
  2. Mikey Onwochei
  3. Meg Foster
  4. Judy Dickson
  5. Rian Van Nordheim
  6. Patty Smith
  7. Arielle Reid
  8. Sharifa Love-Schnur
  9. Gussie Maguire
  10. Maggie Olney
  11. Kiera Johnson
  12. Michelle Vander Ploeg
  13. Lauran Glover
  14. Erica “Muck” Makar
  15. Kristen “Max” Maxey

And for the B-side match:

  1. Jennifer Konish
  2. Xa Hopkins
  3. Jen “Putty” Putnam
  4. Alex Hart
  5. Kat Hanson
  6. Chrissy “Goose” Grech
  7. Schuyler Brown
  8. Amanda Bauer
  9. Kerry Maguire
  10. MC Matta
  11. Amanda “Finny” Fins
  12. Kelly Maranchuck
  13. Lauren “Kirk” Kirkland
  14. Caitlin Gibney
  15. Sami Topolski Meyerhoff

Kickoff: WPL vs. Beantown 12 noon, Saturday, Sept. 16
D2 vs. Beantown B to follow
Location: Signal Hill Park, Field #1, 9300 Signal View Drive, Manassas Park, VA

Can’t make it? Follow the game live on Twitter: @dcfuries

Match Report: D2 @ Brandywine Riot

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8-man Amanda Bauer tries to steal a Brandywine lineout in the second half.

The Furies sent a full roster to Pennsylvania for their first D2 match of the 2017/2018 season.

Flanker Arielle Reid hurtled up the pitch to chase the kickoff, dealing a massive first tackle of the game. Despite the explosive start, the Furies’ lackluster communication and general rustiness put them on the back foot.

The Furies defense effectively shut down Brandywine’s inside play, forcing them to pass the ball out to the wings. But the Brandywine backs took advantage of the overload, with their #14 scoring three of their four tries in the first half.

“We’ll work on launching together on defense and coordinating better between the backs and the pack,” said Co-captain Shannon McGuire.

The pack dialed up the intensity throughout the game, supporting each other in picks and punches that effectively broke the defensive line. When the communication was there, the Furies strung together some phases for some solid, continuous play. And when the Furies managed to get the ball out to the wings, there was good forward progress.

At half, Briley Acker took over the reins at #9 while starting scrumhalf Kerry Maguire moved to flanker. This gave the Furies momentum, with Briley directing players loudly communicating where the play was going, said Captain Brooke Branson. The play became more focused and less frenzied with Briley’s organization.

While the scrums gradually improved over the course of the game, the lineouts remained challenging. But overall, the forwards kept up the aggression all game. Around the 60-minute mark, the pack bulldozed up the pitch in a series of picks that culminated in Arielle breaking through and delivering a Furies try in the 64th minute.

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A big shoutout to Arielle, who was all over the pitch hitting tackles and rucks that helped slow down the opposition’s momentum. The captains also recognize Xa Hopkins for her first game in the blue and gold, where she played a full 80 at hooker and flanker—congratulations!

Several players played multiple positions during the match and adjusted quickly to substitutions and their new roles. And while the Furies ultimately fell 38-5 to Brandywine, every player had something to be proud of from this match.

This week, D2 is working on lineouts, fitness, the backs-forwards connection and dominating contact. They look forward to testing their mettle against Beantown’s B side this weekend, following what will be an exciting WPL home opener. – Amirah Al Idrus

D2 DC Furies @ Brandywine Riot 9/9/2017

  1. Brooke Branson (C)
  2. Xa Hopkins
  3. Jen “Putty” Putnam
  4. Kat Hanson
  5. Amirah Al Idrus
  6. Arielle Reid
  7. Chrissy “Goose” Grech
  8. Molly Powers
  9. Kerry Maguire
  10. MC Matta
  11. Kiera Johnson
  12. Shannon McGuire (VC)
  13. Fiona Dore
  14. Raven Moore
  15. Sami Topolski Meyerhoff
  16. Briley Acker
  17. Lauren “Kirk” Kirkland
  18. Nell “Biddle” Garver
  19. Alex Hart
  20. Amanda Bauer
  21. Katie Schmitt
  22. Abbie Mocettini
  23. Kat Contreras

Coaches:
Squirrel Birashk
Kate Brown
Candace Gingrich

Try: Reid
Player of the match: Arielle Reid

D2 hits the road to kick off the fall season

brookearielleD2 is heading to Pennsylvania this Saturday to take on the Brandywine Riot in their first match of the fall season!

During practice this week, the Furies worked on dominating contact, breakdown defense and offensive plays, ending Thursday’s practice with a ferocious scrimmage that left everyone wanting more.

Furies rookies Xa Hopkins, Kat Hanson, Kiera Johnson and Hope Allen will make their D2 debut in the blue and gold.

In the meantime, the WPL side is using their bye weekend to prep for their home opener against Beantown.

Here’s the starting lineup:

  1. Brooke Branson
  2. Xa Hopkins
  3. Jen “Putty” Putnam
  4. Kat Hanson
  5. Amirah Al Idrus
  6. Arielle Reid
  7. Chrissy “Goose” Grech
  8. Molly Powers
  9. Kerry Maguire
  10. MC Matta
  11. Kiera Johnson
  12. Shannon McGuire
  13. Fiona Dore
  14. Raven Moore
  15. Sami Topolski-Meyerhoff

Kickoff: 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 9
Location: Brandywine Field, 1830 Howellmoore Rd, West Grove, PA 19390


Can’t make it? Follow the game live on Twitter: @dcfuries

Match Report: WPL @ Twin Cities Amazons

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Captain Sharifa Love takes the ball in (Photo: Lydia Miller)

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.

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Fullback Kristen Maxey supports wing Kiera Johnson (Photo: Lydia Miller)

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

  1. Mikey Onwochei
  2. Leni Dworkis
  3. Jocelyn Richards
  4. Rian Van Nordheim
  5. Kat Hanson
  6. Judy Dickson
  7. Patty Smith
  8. Sharifa Love (C)
  9. Gussie Maguire
  10. Maggie Olney (VC)
  11. Raven Moore
  12. Emily Glodzik
  13. Lauran Glover
  14. Kiera Johnson
  15. Kristen Maxey
  16. Brooke Branson
  17. Jen Putnam
  18. Chrissy “Goose” Grech
  19. Kerry Maguire

Coaches:
Scott Delaney
Michael McMillon

Tries: Glover, Smith, Penalty
Conversions: Olney
Discipline: Richards, Maxey
Player of the Match: Lauran Glover