The USA Developmental side, as you would hope, improved with every game in the All-Star tournament. Young stars like Rebekah Siebach and Kaelene Lundstrum were electric, but the experience and flat out talent of the Pacific Coast Grizzlies edged the younger players and gave them a wealth of experiential learning in the final.
Speedster Nathalie Marchino was remarkable, but not only because of her pace. She showcased her defensive awareness and knowledge of sevens to lead her team to what turned out to be a decisive victory over the USA Developmental side.
Phoebe Boone made a series of electric runs and ferocious fends in the middle of the field to force the USA to pay close attention to her, often leaving the outside backs with lots of space and unenviable match ups. Boone had a strong supporting cast too as Kelly Griffin and San Juanita Moreno were fantastic.
In the end, Pacific Coast's ability to read the field and exploit won out, but both teams exhibited fluid team play. The Grizzlies were too hungry and too experienced for the young national team hopefuls.
Pacific Coast 34
Tries: Marchino (3), Griffin, Boone, Cabrera
Cons: Griffin (2)
USA Developmental 17
Tries: Siebach (2), Rozier