Tuesday, November 18, 2014

WGR 2014-2015 Board of Directors

The 2014-2015 WGR Board of Directors and appointed positions have been filled:
President: Chris Kurth: C.Kurth@ocfsd.org

Vice-Pres: Kathleen Maloney: kmal06@gmail.com

Secretary: Amanda Pohle apohle@smsacademy.org

Treasurer: Shannon King shannonking88@gmail.com

At Large: Aj Wiessler aj29hooker@yahoo.com

WGR Staff:


--Appointed Positions--
WGR Selectside Coach:
Jeff Noe jnoe78@gmail.com

Media and Collegiate Liaison/ 7's Program Director:
Rick Bellis: Rick.bellis@yahoo.com

Editor's Notes:

(1) After contributions over the course of two decades to the growth of girls rugby, long-time coach, ref, and league president Dan Chanen presided over his final meeting as an active board member.  Transitioning into the role of fulltime referee, Dan Chanen leaves behind a special place in the development of the girls game.  From getting the first girls team off the ground in 1996 at DSHA, to mentoring a half dozen young coaches, to developing the league news source that garners 1000 reads a month, to helping other new programs like Kettle Moraine and Catholic Memorial get off the ground: his contributions to the game reach to every corner and level of the state. He coached a lot of the coaches who have come through our league.   A longtime supporter of the Waukesha youth tag program, as well as leading Brookfield to it's best-ever season and a run at the National Championship tournament in 2010, Coach Chanen contributed to the game in every possible way:  with introductory little kids rugby, administrating a league, growing a media presence, coaching at an elite level,  and refereeing at the high school to the collegiate and adult club level competitions.  Best of luck and our many, sincerest thanks.

(2) It cannot escape notice that three former WGR high school ruggers have now returned to the league in significant leadership positions.  It is well-deserved and WGR is excited to see where the four young women on the board can help lead the next generation of coaches, players, and supporters.

(3)  A different and equally excited development is the growing leadership and coaching of the youth game coming from "veterans" returning to the game.  Chris Kurth, a former player himself, and Rick Bellis, a long-time Milwaukee Rugby Club stalwart,, have been drawn back into the game either through the students they teach or the daughter they've raised.  Great to have you both back in the game!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Girls National Tournament 2015

2015 Girls’ High School National Invitational Championship Announced

     The 16th Annual Girls High School Rugby National Invitational Championship will be held Saturday-Sunday, May 15th-17th, 2014, at Founder’s Field in Pittsburgh, Pa.  Organized by the National Girls’ Coaches Committee (NGCC) and the Pittsburgh Harlequins Rugby Football Association, the elite girls’ team rugby tournament will feature a division one and division two championship, with the possibility of a third division championship.    
Opening ceremonies will kick off the event on Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 7pm, to be followed by Saturday quarterfinals and semifinals for each of the divisions. The finals for each division will be played Sunday morning and early afternoon.
 The first girls’ NIT was held in 2000 and involved six teams.  As a result of increasing competition and the desire for a venue to challenge top high school programs, the event has expanded into multiple divisions of competition.  This is not a select-side event.  Combined sides are not allowed and all athletes must be high school students in order to compete.
Competitive high school girls’ teams wishing to compete must return an application to NGCC committee member Anthony Sasso by February 1st, 2015 (anthonysasso711@yahoo.com ).  A non-refundable $500 entry fee and an appearance deposit will be required to accept a bid to the GNIC.  Divisions and seeding will be decided the week of the tournament by the NGCC, who will take into account current records, including the most recent regional and state playoff competitions.

Inquiries regarding competition questions may be directed to members of the NGCC.  Venue questions should be directed to host and tournament director Matt Rosemeyer (matt@pittsburghharlequins.org) We welcome and encourage those teams with aspirations of high-level play to this highly competitive event. 


John Klein                                           Sefesi Green                      Rex Norris                           Marin Pinnell

Committee Chair                                                             Amazons, Cal.                                         Kent, Wa.                                                 Fallbrook, Cal.

DSHA, Wisc.                                                       sefesig@gmail.com                 rex.norris@kent.k12.wa.us     fallbrookgirlsrugby@gmail.com

Brad Rockwood                             Anthony Sasso                John Waliszewski                  
West Carroll, Md.                                                  Kingston, New York                              Catholic Memorial, Wisc.                                     
rockhead01@verizon.net                      anthonysasso711@yahoo.com   jwaliszewski@catholicmemorial.net       

Matt Rosemeyer
Pittsburgh Harlequins (Host) / matt@pittsburghharlequins.org

Girls Rugby National Championship Records

Year              Champs                              2nd                                         3rd                                          D2                                          Location

2000            Ft Collins                           DSHA                                    Wayzata                                                                             Milwaukee, WI

2001            Ft Collins                           DSHA                                    Kent                                                                                     Ft Collins, CO

2002            Kent                                     Haverford                         Northshore (WI)                                                           Seattle, WA

2003            Sacramento                     Ft Collins                           Kettle Moraine                                                             Kansas City, MO

2004            DSHA                                    Kettle Moraine             Sacramento                                                                     Burbank, CA

2005            DSHA                                    Kent                                     Vernon                                                                               Milwaukee, WI

2006            DSHA                                    Kent                                     Ft Collins                                                                           Portland, ME

2007            DSHA                                    Kent                                     Vernon                                                                               Milwaukee, WI

2008            DSHA                                    Lakewood                        Sacramento                                                                     Pittsburgh, PA

2009            DSHA                                    Lakewood                       Sacramento                                                                     Pittsburgh, PA

2010            Sacramento                     Fallbrook                           DSHA                                                                                    Sandy, UT

2011            Fallbrook                           Sacramento                     DSHA                                                                                    Sandy, UT

2012            Fallbrook                           Lakewood                         DSHA                                                                                    Palo Alto, CA

2013            Fallbrook                           Kent                                   DSHA                                    Fullerton                           Franksville, WI

2014            Fallbrook                           Sacramento                     DSHA                                    Pleasanton                        Pittsville, MA

2015                                                                                                                                                                                                   Pittsburgh, PA

Sunday, November 2, 2014

WGR State Records 2014

The 15th State Championship in WGR is now history.  We've updated our archives to reflect this year's results

WGR State Championships (15's, Fall)
Year                1st                                2nd                   3rd
2014                DSHA                         CMHS             Brookfield
2013                DSHA                         CMHS             Kettle M.
2012                DSHA                         CMHS             Kettle M.
2011                DSHA                         CMHS             Kettle M.
2010                DSHA                         Kettle M.         Brookfield
2009                DSHA                         Brookfield        Vernon
2008                DSHA                         CMHS             Vernon
2007                DSHA                         Vernon             CMHS      1st State Tournament
2006                DSHA                         Vernon
2005                DSHA                         Vernon
2004                DSHA                         Kettle Moraine
2003                DSHA                         Kettle Moraine Northshore
2002                Kettle Moraine            DSHA              Northshore
2001                DSHA                         Northshore       Kettle Moraine
2000                DSHA

WGR State 7's Championships (Spring)
Year                1st                                 2nd                      D2 Champion
2014                CMHS                           Oak Creek          Appleton

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WGR Conference Meeting Nov 17th

The WGR league-wide meeting takes place Monday Nov 17th @7pm.

Coaches, the Board of Directors, and volunteer members are all expected to attend the twice-annual meeting.

Anyone interested in starting up a program or volunteering with WGR should contact league administrators:  wisconsingirlsrugby@gmail.com

Agenda items are certain to include Spring scheduling, the 7's State Championship, and conference development.

Monday, October 27, 2014

WGR State Championships 2014

DSHA 15  Catholic Memorial 10

Brookfield defeated DSHA jv

Vernon defeated Fond Du Lac

Kettle Moraine 58  Oak Creek 28

Muskego 15 Appleton 5

Final WGR Standings
1.  Divine Savior
2.  Catholic Memorial
3.  Brookfield
4.  DSHA jv
5.  Vernon
6.  Fond Du Lac
7.  Kettle Moraine
8.  Oak Creek
9.  Muskego
10. Appleton

Thursday, October 23, 2014

State Final Preview

The 2014 WGR State Championship Tournament takes place Sunday at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex at 60th and Ryan Rd. in Franklin.

There will be a $2 admission at the gate, in addition to T-Shirt sales.  Along with the annual WGR Bake Sale, all proceeds help off set the cost of running the event and support the development of girls youth rugby.

Championship  7pm      Catholic Memorial   v DSHA
3rd Place          530pm   Brookfield                 v DSHA jv
5th Place          4pm       Fond Du Lac             v Vernon
7th Place          230pm   Kettle Moraine          v Oak Creek
9th Place          130pm   Muskego                    v Appleton

The Championship Match:  7pm
Catholic Memorial High School v Divine Savior Holy Angels High School

Another chapter will be added to the Dashers-Crusader's rivalry. 

For the Dashers:  This is one of the most experienced sides they've ever fielded.  Couple that with a wonderful team spirit, leadership, strong playing numbers, and a great coaching staff, and it's clear why they continue to find success.  They appear deep as well, as the commitment to coaching a second competitive side in the league continues to help them develop players.  Recruiting 57 players from a school of 600 is remarkable.

For the Crusaders:  This is a team of warriors.  About 19 strong, everyone appears to contribute and they have the advantage of having a core of players who have played virtually every minute of every match.  Likewise, their success at a school with a little over 300 girls in it is also remarkable.

The 3rd Place Match: 5:30pm
Brookfield Bruisers v Divine Savior Holy Angels jv

For the Bruisers:   Their defensive organization continues to improve and they have strength and speed throughout the middle of the field.   With good playing numbers, the Bruiser's have a chance to win medals for the first time in years.  Their coaching staff has done well to provide playing opportunities to girls at schools new to WGR, places like Whitnal High School and beyond. 

For the young Dashers:   A team filled with athleticism and skill, they can play with anybody.  They were susceptible in the breakdown early in the year, but have improved dramatically there over the last month.  The only question of them in this match is whether any key starters will be held out for the varsity match, and consequently how will even younger players respond to the challenge/opportunity of stepping up.

The 5th Place Match / Challenger Bracket Finals   4pm
Fond Du Lac v Vernon

For the Sirens: Bursting with athleticism, Fond Du Lac has shown they can score some points and have played exciting rugby all fall.  How will they do against a very organized and physical defense?

For the Harlequins:  They've had a nice season and are finishing strong, adding several wins in a row after a challenging early schedule.  Certainly watch their hard running 10 and 12 combination and a physical forward pack.

The 7th Place Match / Challenger Bracket Consolation Final  230pm
Kettle Moraine v Oak Creek

For the Knightmares:  They are a very athletic bunch.  While their seniors form the core of the team, it should be worth seeing the mix of new talents as well,  like center Morgan Saenz and loosey Sommer Arndt.

For the Knights:  We could say the same of the young Oak Creek Knights, an athletic bunch with some new talents emerging to go along with "young veteran" Megan Bird.  They might be the youngest team in the conference.

The 9th Place Match 1:30pm
Muskego v Appleton

for the Warriors:  After a bye week to mend, prepare, and finish strong, watch for the strong tackling of Jolyssa Kotarak and company. 

for the Dragons:  The Appleton ladies will be looking to end their season with a victory.  Jacquelyn Helmied continues to impress opponents with her defense.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Higgins Scholarship Winner Returns to Coach Girls Rugby

2009 Kevin Higgins Scholarship award winner Amanda Pohle is a leader.  She helped start a high school team as a player.  She was a captain and president of her college rugby team at Marquette University.  Now she's returned to WGR to be a head coach, in her first full year of teaching nonetheless, for the Fond Du Lac Sirens.  She started with about seven players last spring.  In her first season the Sirens played in the finals of the Division 2 State 7's Championship.  Now she has about twenty players as they face off against one of the older teams in the State, Vernon, for the challenger's bracket finals.

Here's her bio, published by the US Rugby Foundation, when she was awarded the Higgins Award and Scholarship five years ago:


WGR continues to provide opportunities for young women to play the game because of the efforts of leaders like Pohle.  Whether its WGR and DSHA alumni like Shannon King, who serve on our board, or coaches like Pohle, and Lyndsey Fickau, a Vernon alumn, none of our players would have these opportunities without your efforts.

As the WGR season comes to a close, stop by and thank them at the state tournament.