BOULDER, Colo. – The 2013 USA Rugby Women’s Premier League season is beyond its halfway point after the conclusion of the fourth week of matches for the top eight women’s clubs in the country. Glendale Raptors and Twin Cities Amazons lead the Blue and Red Conferences, respectively, as the only undefeated teams.
The Amazons have the League’s largest point differential with 177 points for and 34 points against thanks to big wins against conference foes Atlanta Harlequins, Berkeley All Blues and San Diego Surfers. Twin Cities scored 46 against the All Blues in the most recent match Sunday, Oct. 6, the Minnesota club’s second win against their Californian rivals this season.
Glendale leads the League in points with a full 20 from four matches, including five from Sunday’s 61-19 win against DC Furies. Both of the Furies’ losses have come against the leaders, which has hurt the team’s position in the standings. In comparison, Beantown RFC is 2-2 like DC, but will not face Glendale for a second time until the final weekend of the season.
New York RC is the only winless team remaining after Atlanta’s 45-12 defeat of San Diego Sunday. The Harlequins and Surfers each have one win in the Red Conference and are on the outside looking in with two games to play. Atlanta (1-3) takes on Berkeley (2-2) Oct. 19 and will need a win to be in second with a matchup with the Amazons looming the final weekend of the season.
Beantown holds the advantage against the Furies with a superior point differential, but DC has a more forgiving schedule with a trip to Boston and New York to finish the season. Beantown ends the season in Colorado for a date with the Raptors, who boast a strong, Eagles-heavy lineup.
The Women’s Premier League recently announced an exciting partnership with USA Rugby’s Try on Rugby, a new initiative aimed at getting women involved in rugby. From playing to coaching to refereeing, Try on Rugby covers all levels of the game. The WPL partnership will see teams develop rugby in their respective communities through outreach in schools, community organizations and facilitating a youth rugby initiative, helped by grants from USA Rugby.
The WPL Championship will coincide with the Men’s Eagles match against the New Zealand Maori All Blacks in Philadelphia the weekend of Nov. 9. The Semifinals will be Friday, Nov. 8, and the Final will take place Sunday, Nov. 10. A Try on Rugby celebration dinner is also planned for Friday.