Thursday, November 5, 2020

2021 Girls High School Rugby National Tournament (Nationals)

 The NGCC continues to work on planning the 2021 Girls high school rugby national tournament.

The event would be the traditional third weekend of May, May 15th and 16th, 2021.  Games are played on Saturday and Sunday and feature teams that draw from one community.  The event is often referred to as "single-school" nationals, to differentiate from the club tournament that operates under different eligibility standards.  

Organizers are currently unable to confirm or officially announce the location of the event given concerns surrounding the pandemic.  The frontrunner host remains Notre Dame College in Ohio.

Stay tuned for an official announcement on the event, along with registration details.

Please don't hesitate to contact the NGCC: 

Please note the girls CLUB TEAM national tournament has changed to a different weekend and will be held at a different location.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Unearthed Archives: The 1st All Wisconsin Girls Match

Our historical investigation staff recently unearthed photographs of the 1st All Wisconsin high school girls rugby match.  They were located in a box in the basement of the old league offices next to the washing machine.

There had been earlier matches in Wisconsin where DSHA hosted Wayzata (MN) and where DSHA played Marquette University's B side as well as UW-Platteville and UW-Whitewater.   But this was the first match between two high school sides.  

Dan Chanen was head coach of the first DSHA team.  Linda Niemela coached the Krusaders girls team, spelled with a K because they were not yet officially recognized by CMHS.

They played a home and away series in the fall of 1998.  From the very beginning it was a special rivalry.  Coach's homes were targeted.  And a wonderful first after-match social occurred, which was something these high school athletes and trailblazers had never experienced until that moment.

Sunday, August 2, 2020

WGR Class of 2020

Congratulations to the following WGR Alumni who plan to compete on college varsity teams in the upcoming school year.  There may be more we are unaware of.  There are also numerous players likely to end up at club college teams.

While they may not get a chance to take the field this fall, we wish all of these impressive young women the best in their transition to college during these difficult times.

WGR Class of 2020:
Haley Crow             Catholic Memorial HS                 Quinnipiac University      (NCAA NIRA D1)

Alexis Haskins        Catholic Memorial HS                 Quinnipiac University      (NCAA NIRA D1)

Bella Huschitt         Divine Savior Holy Angels HS    Dartmouth University      (NCAA NIRA D1)

Abby Kayser           Divine Savior Holy Angels HS    Dartmouth University      (NCAA NIRA D1)

Gwen Knutson        Brookfield                                    Queens University            (NCAA NIRA D2)

Hannah Pfersch       Hamilton HS                                Quinnipiac University      (NCAA NIRA D1)

Angelina Pieters      Catholic Memorial HS                 Lindenwood University   (USAR  D1 Elite)

Spring 2021 Event Dates

Midwest High School Girls Rugby Championships    April 24th-25th, 2021
     Moose Rugby Grounds, Elkhart, Indiana
     Midwest Youth Rugby Website

National Girls Tournament                                          May 15th-16th, 2021
     Location TBD
     Look for info HERE on Lifelawrugby

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Fall 2020 Conference Alignment

WGR has confirmed the conference alignment for the Fall 2020 season.  Planning continues in hopes of a fall Wisconsin Girls Rugby season.

Jeff Noe Conference:
Divine Savior Holy Angels HS
Kettle Moraine

Tony Oliver Conference:
Catholic Memorial HS
Stevens Point Area HS
Hamilton HS
Oak Creek HS
Divine Savior Holy Angels HS jv

In other league news, the new Green Bay program will be looking to play some fall developmental matches.  Oregon-Stoughton along with another local school are in development.

Anyone interested in coaching should conact:

Thursday, March 26, 2020

2020 Girls High School Rugby National Tournament Cancellation Announcement

To all Coaches and Participants;

The 2020 Girls High School Rugby National Tournament for single school teams scheduled for May 16th-17th is cancelled due to the Cov-19 virus pandemic.  

We wish to extend our sadness and regret at this course of action to the high school seniors most of all, as well as to everyone for the sacrifices made to fund participation and for the work put in to compete at a high level.  I want to thank the rest of the NGCC volunteer committee for taking the time to help keep this nonprofit event going each year.

Given player welfare and preparation concerns, the desire to mitigate financial loss for distant travelers, liability coverage uncertainty, widespread event shutdowns, and above-all public health and safety, there is no other option.  

Notre Dame College will be mailing back registration fees to the registered teams.  Please contact Luke Markovich at Notre Dame College directly to confirm mailing address. He is copied here.

It is our hope that the 2021 National Tournament could be held at Notre Dame College given the strong relationship we've built with this year's host and all the work they've put into laying a strong foundation for a great event.  

We hope all us coaches and your many wonderful players can meet in 2021 to continue this long-standing national celebration of girls rugby.


The National Girls Coaches Committee,

John Klein (Chair)

Buck Billings (Eligibility)

Bernie Cantorna

Magdalena Law (Media)

Kelli Vanover (Media)

John Waliszewski (Communication+Bids) 262-501-2780

Tournament Director

Luke Markovich, Notre Dame College