Match Report: AAWRFC vs. Cleveland

Wow what a weekend!

Our first home match has come and gone, and I’m thrilled to say that with very little practice as a group, we really came together Saturday to play some amazing Ann Arbor Rugby!

Here’s a quick summary of the weekend:

Friday 9/9: Just hours before we were set to line the pitch at Riverside, the city of Ann Arbor canceled due to rain–so several phone calls later, we secured Millpond park in Saline for the game.  A big thank you to the ladies who came out to help line the field:  Lynn Zwica, Katie Zucker, Moosie and of course Matt Frech 🙂

Saturday morning woke to pouring rain, but this did not dampen the spirits of our lady Vikings!  Allison and Moosie met at the Frech farm early to gather the posts from the men and to ensure that all our women were enroute to the park for the match, CIPPed and had proper gear.  Allison showed her prowess as my co-pilot and team lead communicator by texting and calling to check on arrival times and status for our team, while I drove the suburban to gather the posts.

Moosie was our lead transport as she traversed the North end of town to pick up Teef and Cookie; our car-less contingent.

At 11:30 on the nose, the Suburban arrived at Millpond and we quickly assembled the posts, had a quick run through and stepped on to the pitch in our very sexy uniforms 🙂 Kick off resulted in a quick score by Cleveland but Ann Arbor immediately turned up the pressure and never looked back.  Everyone on the team contributed to this success!

First, a shout out to the rookies: just minutes into the game Lynn and Cookie were involved and working hard to defend our territory.  Starns, on the open side flank dominated the rucks and mauls and made some amazing tackles.

Our old girls (and new old girls) also showed off their sassy skills!
Our scrum could not be stopped. Period. Our lineouts were near perfect and we disrupted many of their put ins.

When we had the chance to get out to our backline, we worked well as a unit and drove over the gain line to move the ball forward and score–strong work backs!

The final score was 40 to 20 in favor of Cleveland, but Ann Arbor maintained possession most of the match and made Cleveland work very hard for each and every try.
I don’t know about you but it felt really GOOD to be back on the pitch!

After the match, the third half (social) was a spectacular time, as we re-connected with our old friends from Cleveland in song and drink until late in the evening.
A good time was had by all!

Finally, many thanks to our fans for braving traffic and rain to watch Ann Arbor Rugby: (Katie Page, Merill, Liz, Herb, Scott and some new friends); we really appreciate your support!

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