WPL West sweep All Star Week to take home 2019 title; D1/D2 Club All Stars defeat Collegiates.

Top talent from the Women's game come together for a weekend of competition.

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A big weekend of Women’s rugby comes to a close in Greeley, Colorado as the Women’s Collegiate All Americans, D1/D2 Club All Stars and WPL East and West All Stars clashed over two days of competition. Day one saw the Women’s Collegiate All-Americans fall to the WPL West All-Stars, 51-17 and the WPL East All Stars overcome the D1/D2 All Stars in match two, 32-17. Victories lead the the two WPL sides to the title game on Saturday where the West would win it all, 36-15.

DAY ONE

Siale Alatnini of AIC and Adrienne Yonder of Air Force scored tries for the All-Americans in the opening half of play against the West All-Stars. Katherine Rampage of Dartmouth came off the bench and turned momentum late in the second half. The All-Stars quickly regained however and Somoza’s score was the lone try of the second half for the Collegiate squad. Almost all of the collegiate reserves got on the field throughout the second half.

On the WPL side, the love was shared as a total of six different players found the pay dirt in a try-happy affair. Conversions seem to be the work on for each team going into Saturday’s finale, with both teams going 4 for 12 collectively in the try-happy shoot out. By the final whistle, a strong second half led the West All Stars to a 57-17 win and spot in the Saturday finale.

Women's Collegiate All Americans Katherine Rampage - 70' 

Conversions McKenzie Hawkins - 1/4

WPL West All StarsNichole Wanamaker - 49', 53'
Tiffany Tate - 56'
Serena Liu - 67'
Amandine Chatelier - 78'

ConversionsUp next came the WPL East All Stars clash with the Club All Stars comprised of standout athletes from D1 and D2 club rugby. The Club All Stars may have seemed like underdogs on paper coming into the match, but you never would have guessed watching the first few minutes. Nicole Snyder and Shaun Gatewood opened the match with back to back tries and with tough conversion attempts from the corner. Blue team takes a 10-0 lead early.

Club All Stars would hang on well to possession through the early stages, Beantown’s Claire Stingley would finally put the WPL East on the board in the 17’ with a try. Following a yellow card, WPL would capitalize on back to back scores from the rolling maul and breakaway. USA Eagle Megan Rom and Beantown’s Kelli Smith notching the respective tries. Going into halftime the WPL earned back a 20-10 lead.

The WPL did well to control the match thereafter on the scoreboard, with a handful of tries over the Club All Stars one try, but the D1 and D2 representatives showed no letting up with eye opening physicality through the second half. Coming together from every corner of the country for a short few days, this squad showed positive chemistry against the top talent in women’s rugby.

Back and forth possessions and some well-earned physical turnovers by the Club All Stars played us out to the final whistle where the WPL East won, 32-17.

D1Shaun Gatewood - 10', 46'
Gianna Soloman - 74'

Conversions Kelli Smith - 28'
Tahlia Brody - 63'
Kaitlyn Broughton - 66'

ConversionsCorinne Heavner - 14'

DAY TWO

Day two kicked off on Saturday with the D1/D2 All Stars facing off against the Collegiate All Americans; who come out of a scrimmage day with the Glendale Merlins D1 side on Friday. Play started with a fair amount of back and fourth at midfield before the All Stars hit their stride, scoring three unanswered tries before the half. The second half proved different for the All Americans as the held their opponent off the score board and answered back with three tries of their own. The first try a beauty where University of Virginia's Emma Auld went to the boot from 10 meters out and found Adrienne Yoder chasing it down to ground the loose ball in the corner. Auld would follow with a highlight of her own after intercepting the line and racing away for another score. Collegiates were now 5 points away from tying it. Madison Sheveland however would notch one last score for the Club All Stars and lay the dagger into the game. Club All Stars win, 29-19.

D1Nicole Snyder - 14'
Ashley Mackenzie - 26'
Shawn Gatewood - 29', 41'
Madison Sheveland - 81'

ConversionsElisha Fromstein - 39'
Adrienne Yoder - 64'
Emma Auld - 72'

ConversionsIn the weekends main event, the WPL West All Stars met their East Coast counterparts for the finale. Two minutes into the match, East would earn a penalty and go for posts early, notching the first points of the day. As she did in day one, San Diego's Megan Foster would follow with the first try of the game shortly after, giving the West their first lead in a back and forth affair.

A Cyndi Campbell try on the right regained the lead for the East, coming seconds after the mid-half water break where her team was able to reset only 5 meters out. Keeping it interesting, Tiffany Tate followed suit on the opposite end just before half to bring the West out in front with a 14-10 halftime lead.

Despite first points coming from Kelli Smith of the East, the second half would be all West All Stars. Notching four tries and holding the East to just the one from Smith, the West owned ball control and rarely allowed the other side into their own end of the pitch. Flashy play on each wing of the pitch drove the West to an eventual 36-15 victory.

Chippy and physical was the theme for this pairing where it was clear both teams were not treating this as an exhibition match. Taking place ahead of the Fall WPL kick off, this fixture sets the tone for each player and their club ahead of the season. With the weekend now in the rearview, players and fans alike look forward to another strong season from the Women's Premier League.

WPL WEST ALL STARSSam Luther - 71'
Juliann Tordonato - 80'

ConversionsKelli Smith - 48'

Conversions