Message from the Captains
September 24, 2013PRACTICES
During the Fall quarter practice is held on Monday and Wednesday nights from 6:00-8:00p.m. at Muir Field. There will also be a fitness day once a week (in the past this has been on Thursdays) time and location to be announced depending on what works best with everyone's schedules.
During the Winter quarter practice will be held the same days and at the same location, but for a half hour longer, from 5:30-8:00p.m. There will also be a team run through on Friday's before games.
During the Spring quarter, practice will be determined based on how well the team competes for a spot to go to nationals.
Our Preseason starts when school starts, with our first scrimmage in October and our annual tournament which we host, Scrum by the Sea, November 2nd and 3rd. We are also looking to have attend a tournament this year in Stanford in January before league games begin Winter quarter. In the past, we have played UCLA, UCSB, UofA, and ASU - playing each team twice, once at home and once away. Depending on how well league games go and whether or not we make it to nationals, season may spill over into Spring quarter as well. Spring quarter is also important for meeting with and building a sense of community with UCSD Rugby Alumni.
There is a fee to play for the women's rugby club which varies depending on how many player we have each year. Usually this amount is around $200 for the entire year. However, this does not have to be paid all at once. It can be split into quarterly payments, or also worked out with the teams Fundraising Chair. This cost is to help pay for travel expenses as well as to host other teams when they play us. In return, when we travel, the other teams host us as well.
We do expect that you purchase your own gear, aside from uniforms. This includes cleats, spandex, mouth guards, socks, and shorts. Other merchandise can be bought throughout the year if interested (sweatshirts, sweats, bags) but this is not necessary. Aside from that we expect dedication. We can really only succeed as a team if everyone shows up to practice and attentive. On that note, it is understandable that classes may conflict with practice times. However, it is highly encouraged that you go to every practice and ever team event, show up ready to go with cleats on at the start of practice, and give 110% at everything you do on the field (and off it as well)!
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT
Our team is composed of all different experience levels and body types. There is a position on the field for everyone! We finished our season strong last year and look forward to coming back as a powerhouse in league this upcoming season. You can expect to travel to schools like Arizona State University, Stanford, University of Arizona, and other UC's (note: travel expenses will be reimbursed!) Joining Women's Rugby is a great way to build your resume and show future employers that you were a member of a team that required dedication, commitment, and strength. You can also expect a lot of patience and attention learning the skills necessary to learning the sport and becoming a Rugger with our coaching staff of 3 Alumni.
You can find us on library walk during weeks 0 and 1. Feel free to drop by one of our practices. We look forward to meeting you and building a team that is sure to go down in history!
Tritons Heart Prevails in the Desert
Saturday, February 22, 2014
This week the Lady Tritons crossed state lines and had a double-header weekend in Arizona against University of Arizona and Arizona State University. With their water bottles in hand and positive spirit they were ready to tackle the desert natives to the ground.
Their first game of the weekend was in Tucson, Arizona at the University of Arizona, home to the Wildcats. The second game of the season against U of A, the Tritons were ready to prove to them why they deserved to win by such a large margin last time. Throughout the game they were driving through rucks, running onto the ball, and overall doing a great job. Rookies Wing Ly and Mely Fresh, and second year players Erika “Murica” Matczenko, Kadie Zeller and Jomayra “JoJo” Jaime all scored trys to beat the Wildcats for the second time this season. After the game, the ladies discussed what they wanted to focus on for the next game and how they were going to reach those goals.
After an afternoon of ice bath recovery and team-goal setting, the Tritons were ready for day 2 of their double-header weekend in Tempe, Arizona. At the beginning of the season, UCSD beat ASU, and the Sun Devils were out to get the Tritons with their blazing spears. The game was moving quickly as UCSD was having a hard time keeping up with the many penalties they acquired. Every couple of minutes they had to drop back the line for a penalty, and those little mistakes were what cost them the game. Wing Ly scored in the first half, but the Sun Devils were standing their ground. In the second half of the game, UCSD worked on their defensive line as hard as they could, and they prevented ASU from making any more trys, but in the end they could not come out with a win. While the Tritons may have lost against the Sun Devils, they did not leave the pitch with their heads hung low. They tried to focus on the positives like how they brought each other up during the game, how they were able to call crab during the scrums, and how they set the defensive barrier at the try line. If anything, these circumstances are pushing them even further to strive to stay in the top of the standings in their league, and they are going to work as hard as possible to defend their title in the upcoming matches.
Feb 9 - Highest scoring match for Women’s Rugby, 80-5 Blowout
Feb 1 - Near Perfect Rugby against UCLA
Jan 19 - UCSD Powers through the Sun Devil’s Heat