Albany vs. Beantown B
Albany 14 - Beantown B 32
April 16, 2011
Cold, windy weather greeted the women's club for their home opener of the 2011 spring season. Albany was hosting Beantown, a club with a long tradition of wining on the rugby pitch along with great depth on the sidelines. This was evident in the fact that they brought their second and third sides to play us and left most of their premier league players at home. That said, there were still a handful of players on field that had international playing experience- and that proved to be tough for Albany to handle.
Beantown utilized their experience in the backline to get two scores quickly in the first 7 minutes of the game, making the score 12-0. After that Albany adjusted and was able to slow the attack of Beantown, the next 15 minutes saw more back and forth play with neither team able to crack the other's defenses. The scoring drought ended at the 22 minute mark when Beantown got in for an unconverted try, 15-0 Beantown. Albany upped the pressure on offense at this point and spent more time in Beantown's 22 threatening to score. Beantown withstood the pressure and was able to find openings in Albany’s own defense when turnovers happened, resulting in two more tries. 27-0 Beantown at the half.
After their half-time huddle, Albany re-took the field determined to put points on the board and slow down the attack of Beantown. The half-time adjustments and renewed effort paid off, with the Albany forwards driving over the Beantown try-line 7 minutes into the half. Alicia Backus touched down for the try and JoAnne Kos slotted the conversion, 27-7. Four minutes later Beantown jumped on an Albany handling error and ran in for one more try, 32-7. Albany kept up the hard work through the rest of the second and it was Alicia and Jo who were able to put 7 more points on the board for Albany. Overall a tough match for Albany but it was a great challenge for the club and provided a valuable learning experience as the club looks towards moving up a division in the fall.
Albany's b-side took on Beantown's c-side in the second match of the day, with Beantown getting the upper hand again. The b-side played hard for all 60 minutes and overall it was a great day of rugby for both clubs.
Scoring line: Alicia Backus, 2 tries; JoAnne Kos, 2 conversions
Players of the match: Lauren Sirkin, Nicole Vidro
Albany vs. Monmouth
Albany 42 - Monmouth 0
April 9, 2011
Second match of the season was also an away game. Thanks to some great foresight by our match coordinators both the men's and women's clubs were on the road together against Monmouth and team rented a bus to travel down together. It was a great bonding experience for the club members who were able to go and, much like Las Vegas, what happens on the rugby bus stays on the rugby bus...
Monmouth is another club that we have faced in play-offs quite often over the years. In fact we played them last October in the NRU semi-finals. While we ended up winning that match 29-0, it had been a close first half with the score only 15-0 at the half. This year's match proved to be a more uneven affair with Albany getting on the board 4 times in the first half alone. While our rucking was less than stellar on the day, we still managed to get the ball out to the backs enough so they could launch some very effective attacks. The first part of the game saw Ruth Robertson turn some great hands by our backs into points on the board. Ruth scored tries at the 2, 11 and 28 minute mark. JoAnne Kos scored another try at the 24 minute mark. JoAnne also had a great day kicking and converted all four tries in the half. The score was 28-0 at the half. The second half saw us change around our personnel to work on combinations for next week's match against Beantown. Both teams settled down and the second half saw much more balanced play from both sides and both defenses disrupting the attack of the other side frequently. Albany was able to get two more scores in the match, a Mary Pezzulo try at 18 minutes and a Willow Eyers try at the 27 minute mark. JoAnne converted both these tries as well and was 6 for 6 on conversions for the day. Albany 42 - Monmouth 0
We had traveled with great numbers and as a result had an entirely new pack to put into the b-side match and along with moving two a-side forwards into the backline. Monmouth combined with players from Rutgers to form their b-side. Our club had an advantage with fresh legs and experience in the b-side and it showed in open play. Stacy Vadney dove in for a try 7 minutes into the match and Carrie Emigh finished the scoring just before the game ended with her own try. Albany 10 - Monmouth 0
Scoring summary: Ruth Robertson 3 tries; JoAnne Kos 1 try, 6 conversions; Willow Eyers 1 try, Stacy Vadney 1 try, Carrie Emigh 1 try
Monmouth: Ruth Robertson, Christina Chiapetta
Albany vs. Village Lions
Randalls Island, NYC
11/14/10 2:00 pm kick-off
Albany 26 - Village Lions 10
April 2, 2011
The women opened their 2011 spring season on the road in NYC against the Village Lions. The Lions are familiar opponent of ours , particularly in the play-offs and our matches have always been closely contested, so we knew to expect a tough match. Since this was our first time playing rugby since November and we knew we would be a little rusty, our goals on the day were to play hard and to focus on the fundamentals.
Despite the typical early season dropped passes and sloppy set pieces, the team was able to move the ball well and did a god job of retaining position in the breakdowns.
Scoring for the day started early with a JoAnne Kos try and conversion at the 5 minute mark. Good ball movement through the back-line enable the team to stretch the Lions defense and JoAnne cut back inside for another try and conversion. The score was 14-0 at 12 minutes in. The Lions settled in on defense and slowed our ball down and then found a scoring opportunity of their own on the outside, 14-5 Albany. Shortly before the half JoAnne got her hat-trick for the day by scoring another try that she converted. 21-5 at the half.
In the second half we switched our starting line-up a bit to work people into different positions, both defenses did a better job of containing and so it was 17 minutes into the second before there was another score, this one by the Lions to bring the score to 21-10. Scoring for the a-side ended when Mary Pezzulo scored a try of her own, to make sure the forwards were represented on the scoreboard too.
Our b-side match against the Lions saw us work in even more of our team for some valuable playing time. The Lions were determined not to drop another match and turned up the pressure. While there was quite a bit of back and forth play, the Lions were able to work through our defense on 3 separate occasions. Final score: 17-0, Lions.
Congratulations goes out to Jessie Muhic and Heather Pierre who played their first game of rugby that day.
Scoring summary: JoAnne Kos 3 tries, 3 conversions; Mary Pezzulo 1 try
Village Lions: Mary Pezzulo, JoAnne Kos
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