Cal celebrates homecoming on Witter

For the first time since 2008, the Cal Women’s Rugby team was able to play a league match on Cal’s Witter Rugby field. Despite great support from friends, family, and alumni, Cal narrowly lost a tough match to rival UC Davis, 27-17. Penalties and turn-overs again hampered the Bears, who otherwise played an excellent game that was a vast improvement over the previous week’s game against Stanford. After the game, friends, family, and alumni joined the team at the annual…

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Cal can’t capture the Scrum Axe against Stanford

The Cal Women’s rugby team played a strong second half but couldn’t overcome a slow start in a 13-43 loss to Stanford on Sunday February 28th. Throughout the first half, the Bears struggled against Stanford’s fast backs and quick turnovers, and stymied themselves with penalties and sloppy play from both forwards and backs. Stanford capitalized on Cal’s mistakes to jump to an early 36-5 lead at the half. The Bears came out with a more intense and organized defense in…

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Cal improves to 2-0 with win at Reno

The Cal Women’s Rugby team improved to 2-0 in league after a strong 26-19 victory over Reno. The Bears continued their balanced attacking game, with tries coming from both forwards and backs. Winger Cameo Motley continued to be a strong threat on the outside, blazing down the field for two tries, while hooker Ana Robles and wing Nha Vu each added a try as well. Jen Sever converted on 3 of 4 attempts to round out the Bears’ points. Read…

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Kathy Sprowles named Clif Bar athlete of the week

Cal Women’s rugby Player, Kathy Sprowles, was named the Cal Recreational Sports Department’s Clif Bar Athlete of the week for Feb 4. Her citation reads: “Kathy is a fierce fourth year veteran of the Cal Women’s Rugby team. Her job as a flanker is a physically demanding job: not only does she have to be the fittest person on the field, she also makes the most tackles and helps the team move forward — a flanker’s job is never done!…

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Cal starts league season strong with win at Sac State

After a successful pre-season that included a championship at the Scrum by the Sea tournament and a 3rd place finish at the Stanford Invitational, Cal started off the league season by beating Sac State 34-12. 8-man Jen Sever, fullback Katie Fleming, flyhalf Jessi O’Rourke-Suchoff, and prop (and captain) Julia Diskin all had stand-out performances. Read the Rugby Magazine article for a full recap.

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