Twin Cities at All Blues – Saturday Sept. 11th by Phoebe Boone
The first match of the 2010 WPL season kicked off on Saturday in Vallejo, California where #2 Berkeley All Blues took on #6 Twin Cities Amazons. After only 2 practices, the All Blues came out of the gates a bit rusty and let Amazons #7 Amada Kingzett (aka Worm) slip through for a try in the 6th minute of the match. But the All Blues answered back with a pair of tries from wing and World Cup returner Nathalie Marchino. The Zons would do their best to even it up before halftime with a try from fullback Ashley Mulford, but the All Blues went into the break with a narrow lead 12-10.
After a rousing halftime speech, the All Blues came out firing in the second half with another try from Marchino on the kickoff. Berkeley’s other wing, Irene Gardner, also put points on the board with a try 10 minutes later (bringing the score to 24-10), but the Amazons were not going to take a loss lying down. They fought back with tries from #8 Kassie Drey and #13 Lynelle Kugler. Rebecca Radkte’s successful conversions tied the game at 24-24 with only 20 minutes to go. But the All Blues pushed onward with tries from prop Courtney ‘Georgi’ Ellis and outside center Kelly Griffin. A successful conversion by flyhalf Hannah Stolba brought the All Blues tally up to 36 points, while the Amazons edged in one last try (from Kingzett again) during the 83rd minute to earn a bonus point, finishing the game just 7 points behind the All Blues (36-29).
Tries: Marchino (3), I.Gardner, Ellis, Griffin
Conversions: Stolba (3)
Tries: Kingzett (2), Mulford, Drey, Kugler
Conversions: Radkte (2)