Welcome back to DWRC rugby! We spent the last week and a half in Canada, gearing up for the season ahead, and matching skills with the club sides of the west coast.
On March 24, the Big Green faced the University of British Columbia, and came away with a win, with a score of 24-0. The game was actually split into thirds instead of halves, so as to get maximum playing time for everyone on the pitch. The first try of the game was scored by flanker Sarah Burgamy '00, quickly followed by a try by prop Anne Magoon '01. Flyhalf Kathy Grayson '02 managed to make the conversion off of Magoon's try, bringing the score at the first intermission to 12-0.
The forwards triumphed in this game, as flanker Rosemary Riley '01 brought in the next try, which was topped by another conversion kick by Grayson.
In the final third, center Bridget Waitkus '02 scored, bringing the final score to 24-0 in our favor.
Most Valuable Fan award for this game goes out to the Mr. and Mrs. Fu, who fed the entire team all we could eat Chinese food the night before, which no doubt contributed to our win.
On March 22, the Big Green faced the Crimson Tide of Victoria, losing by a score of 0-70. Although we lost by a huge margin, it wasn't all that surprising, considering that there were several women from the Crimson Tide who played on the Canadian National team. The score wasn't great, but the experience definitely was. The Crimson Tide gave out a few awards for player of the game, going to center Nikki Dielo '00 and prop Alice Pope '01. The Fu family again wins out for most valuable fans, as Joyce's cousin Adrian lent us his entire restaurant for the night.
On March 18, the DWRC played against Fraser Valley, another club side team from Vancouver. We were able to play an A-side and a B-side for this game, getting everybody into the game. The A-side lost 42-0, and the B-side lost 57-0. Despite the frigid temperatures and the driving rain, everybody came out of that game with a better appreciation for rugby and the way it should be played. Players of the game were number 8 and captain Ellie Off '00 for the A-side, and Waitkus for the B-side. Fans of the game again goes to those fans who love us so much they will feed us, none other than Mr. and Mrs. "Spaghetti Factory" Pope.
It was an intense couple of weeks for the DWRC, and we learned a lot as well as being able to bring home amazing memories. Thanks so much to the fans that supported us in Canada and from afar.