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.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

State Tournament Schedule WGR 2014

Milw. Cnty Sports Complex, Sunday Oct 26th

1st Place: 7:00 pm Catholic Memorial v DSHA

3rd Place: 5:30pm  Brookfield v DSHA jv

5th Place:  4:00pm  Fond Du Lac  v Vernon

7th Place:  2:30pm  Kettle Moraine v Oak Creek

9th Place:  1:30pm  Muskego v Appleton

Saturday, October 18, 2014

WGR Playoff Results 2014

Championship Semifinals

Catholic Memorial 42. Brookfield 7

     In a solid team effort, the Crusader's controlled the majority of possession in the second half en route to the victory over a physical and improved Bruisers side.  Brookfield played well and kept the ball alive when they had it.  Impressive Memorial freshman Allison Koenig outpaced the Bruiser's backline to score five tries.  Memorial tighthead prop Kelsey Gustafson might have been the Crusader's other player of the match, as she tacked on a bunch of hard charging runs and strong defense.  Memorial senior Lizzy Jacobson added a try, but her defense was the more impressive part of her game as the Bruiser's finisher, senior Reina Anderson, was limited to one linebreak and score in the second half. Juniors Meaghan Schmitt and Lizzy Walicki also scored tries for Memorial.
     Bruiser's senior flyhalf Morgan Pinzer made several key first quarter tackles.  Strong Brookfield forward play was also seen from flanker Miranda Bradford and junior Raquel Galarza, who had several courageous runs close to the Memorial line, only to be held up by the defense.
   Coach Grintjes said after the match, "we didn't play to our potential today.  We did a lot of things well on the field and I was happy to add another Founders Cup match to my belt.  This team is still very young and will remember the important history behind it, which will make next year's rematch even more exciting."

DSHA over DS jv

According to DSHA facebook page, :"the game was anticlimactic, and turned into a controlled scimmage / practice to avoid injuries."   DSHA will look ahead to another state championship match next Sunday.

Fond Du Lac 36. V. Kettle Moraine 24
Knightmare senior fullback Courtney Crouse scored two tries, as did Emily Becker.   Rookie center Morgan Saenz chipped in two conversion kicks for KM

For the Sirens, tries by Erica Powell (3), Emma Conrad, Alaina Passarella and Adrianna Ramirez helped them advance.  Three conversions by Maggie Kelly and great support play by Erin Driscoll made for a well-rounded team effort.

Vernon 40 v Oak Creek 10
Vernon booked match against Fond Du Lac next week with a convincing victory.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Return of the Founder's Cup

On the same weekend as New Zealand contests the Bledisloe Cup down in the southern hemisphere,  Brookfield and Memorial renew their equally epic and fiercely contested FOUNDER'S CUP competition.  

  A brief history of the cup is reprinted below.  Suffice it to say,  a glooming peace has loomed over the Founder's Cup for a few seasons now.

  On the eve of Saturday's FC match, Crusader's supporters have unearthed the ancient chalice from its well-guarded vault deep inside Gringott's new Waukesha branch.  It has been some time since both houses contested the ornate, and slightly dented talisman of honor.   Followers will not soon forget that Gringott's managers refused to sign off on its release last spring.  The International Rugby Board even  intervened on the eve of the 2014 State 7's Championships to declare that the original treatise agreement of 2009 only applied to 15's matches.  Ever since a noteable violation of the Irishfest Accords in 2010,  when Memorial caretakers allegedly damaged the Cup in a "fall", officials have guarded its integrity closely.   Conspiracy theorists continue to accuse Memorial of intentionally damaging the Cup in anticipation of having to turn it over on the eve of their first FC Loss back in 2010, although no proof has ever been proffered in the case.

For the historical record:
A more recent record of events:

An ancient scroll:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Friday Night Rugby Lights

Friday night the Catholic Memorial girls rugby team plays an exhibition 7's match at halftime of the Crusaders v Waukesha West varsity football match.  The rugby match is being held at Waukesha NORTH high school against Kettle Moraine.

North's new turf field was just completed this summer and promises to be a wonderful multiuse facility.

Memorial Parents, coaches, and players will be there to answer questions about rugby, the Wisc. girls rugby league, the Crusader team, and their summer gradeschool touch rugby camp.  Just visit the table for a free ball drawing.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WGR State Championship Tournament Oct 26th, 2014

The 2014 WGR State Tournament takes place Sunday Oct 26th at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex located in Franklin at 60th and Ryan Rd.
All matches will be played in the stadium.  The venue has hosted several top tier events in its history, including notable events such as the high school girls National Championship Tournament, Midwest Collegiate Men's Playoffs, USA Rugby 7's Championships, and Milwaukee Barbarians, Division One Collegiate matches, along with many other matches.
Matchups will be determined by the results of Saturday's semifinal matches.
9th Place: 1:30 pm           Muskego vs Appleton
7th Place: 2:30 pm           Fond Du Lac or KM vs  Vernon or OC
5th Place: 4:00 pm           Fond Du Lac or KM vs  Vernon or OC
3rd Place: 5:30 pm (under the lights)   DS or DS jv  vs  Catholic Memorial or Brookfield
1st Place: 7:00 pm (under the lights)   DS or DS jv   vs  Catholic Memorial or Brookfield 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

WGR Playoff Weekend Oct 18th

All matches will be played at Minooka Park

The Championship Semifinals (#1-#4)
10am. Catholic Memorial v. Brookfield
1130. DSHA v DSHA

The Challengers Semifinals (#5-#8)
1pm. Fond du Lac v Kettle Moraine
230. Vernon v Oak Creek