WPL Week 2: Keystone vs. NYRC by Jillian Brooks

By Jillian Brooks

Well, they can’t all be sunshine and rainbows.

Although the weather was awesome for a city just twisted by Igor, the rugby was maybe a bit less splendid. Not to say that intensity and effort didn’t set the tone of the match, but silly penalties made rhythm setting difficult for both squads.

The first points made the board early from Keystone, just seven minutes into the match from their Flyhalf, Frankie Male. Riled by the pace of Keystone, New York was quick to answer with a try of their own scored by Kath Ryan, evening the board to 5-5 for the first twenty-plus minutes of the half.

And then? Well, and then the ball swung wide and the scorecard was put to work. New York’s, Vanesha McGee, ran in the next 3 tries putting NYRC ahead 20-5 at half.

Both teams came back from halftime recharged and ready. McGee especially took advantage, quickly gliding down the pitch for her fourth of five for the day. Keystone responded promptly, setting down a try of their own powered in by lock Stacy Baker. The game was played in the middle of the pitch for the next several minutes, until Jenna Flatemen, rocking the #9 jersey, bust through a midfield mess for a breakaway try of her own. Scoring went back and forth once more, NYRC touching one down and Keystone following with a solid 5 points from fullback Rashida Stamps. With conversions included and 3 minutes left to play, NYRC’s Kath Ryan decided to sneak in one last try before the whistle
blew. The match ended at 46-17, New York using the turf to their advantage.

The game itself was entertaining to watch feeling Emmitt Smith-esque with all the open field runs. If nothing else, it certainly left an impression on both squads for their next meeting. NYRC is off this coming weekend, busy booking flights and checking campsites for their trip out to ORSU October 3rd.

WK 2 Keystone @ New York 9/19/2010 1st Half Part I from Women's Premier League Rugby on Vimeo.

WK 2 Keystone @ New York 9/19/2010 1st Half Part II from Women's Premier League Rugby on Vimeo.

WK 2 Keystone @ New York 9/19/2010 2nd Half Part II from Women's Premier League Rugby on Vimeo.

WK 2 Keystone @ New York 9/19/2010 2nd Half Part III from Women's Premier League Rugby on Vimeo.

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