Midwest takes NASC Championship

Midwest takes NASC Championship

Midwest powers way to Women’s Club All-Star Championship

 

PITTSBURGH, Penn. – The Midwest Thunderbirds worked their way to the 2012 Emirates Airline USA Rugby Women’s Club All-Star National Championship in the sweltering summer heat, with a 48-8 victory over Mid-Atlantic (MARFU).

 

Wing Kristin Johnson was electric for the Thunderbirds, pumping in three tries on the day. Christy Ringgenberg was fantastic in creating space and organizing the potent Midwest attack. Two key performances and a big score line didn’t tell the whole story of the match.

 

It was defensive battle for most of the first half. Just six minutes in, the Midwest got on the board with a well worked try by Laura Hanks, but MARFU would step up the D, and would themselves get on the board in the 23rd minute. Rachel Primo slotted a penalty to make it 5-3, but the Midwest would put two more tries on before halftime to get up 17-3 at the break.

 

Amanda Street scored a try for the MARFU Sharks 10 min into the second stanza to make it 17-8, but Katie Johnson would strike for the Thunderbirds to shift the momentum back to the Midwest, where it would stay for the rest of the match.

 

Johnson would strike again with serious pace and a keen sense of space. Lynelle Kugler would add another for the Midweset, and Christy Ringgenberg would collect a try of her own to bring her personal haul to 13 for the day. Final score 48-8 to the Midwest. 

 

Women's National Team Coach Pete Steinberg awarded #4 Stacey Bridges for her hard grafting in the breakdown and in the scrums. 

 

Midwest 48

Tries:  Hanks, Finn, Chobot, Johnson (3)   

Ringgenberg, Kugler

Cons:   Ringgenberg (4)      

 

Mid-Atlantic 8

Tries:  Street

Pens:   Primo

 

In the Tier two final, Pacific Coast pummeled the West 34-0 to earn promotion to Tier 1 for next year. Their promotion comes at the hands of Southern California who went down 26-14 to defending Champion, the Northeast.

 

Pac Coast was in control of this physical match from the get go. The West had trouble stringing together phases and holding on to the ball, and SoCal capitalized on the turnovers.

 

San Juanita Moreno and Ardia Kelker had a pair of tries each to lead the Grizzlies.

 

Rosters for Championship Match

 

Mid-Atlantic

@

Midwest

1

Katy Black

FR

 

1

Sarah Chobot

FR

2

Rachel Primo

FR

 

2

Jamie Zarembinski

FR

3

Kaitlin Joerger

FR

 

3

Libby Berg

FR

4

Liz Hirschhorn

 

 

4

Stacey Bridges

 

5

Ashleigh VanDriesen

 

 

5

Laura Hanks

 

6

Megan Hanson

 

 

6

Lauren Daly

 

7

Emily Tunney

FR

 

7

Lynelle Kugler

 

8

Laura Muller

FR

 

8

Kate Daley

 

9

Eli White

 

 

9

Jenny Lui

 

10

Sam Pankey

 

 

10

Christy Ringgenberg

 

11

Amanda Street

 

 

11

Kayla Finn

 

12

Jeanna Beard

 

 

12

Sylvia Braaten

 

13

Katie Bell

 

 

13

Kristin Zdanczewicz

 

14

Kate Hallinan

 

 

23

Katie Johnson

 

15

Meredith McAlister

 

 

15

Michelle Wong

 

16

Leslie Joyce

FR

 

16

Laura Gill

FR

17

Whitney Hileman

FR

 

17

Katherine Weber

FR

18

Britt Martin

 

 

18

Tiffany Gjestvang

 

19

Jessica Shipley

 

 

19

Jaime Filipek

FR

20

Erin Ridout

 

 

20

Jojo Kitlinski

 

21

Monique McQueen

 

 

21

Renee O'Neill

 

22

   

 

22

Nicole Benjamin

 

23

   

 

25

Anna Brown

 

 

 

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