The reigning Blue Conference champs, Glendale Raptors, met the San Diego Surfers at Robb Field in Ocean Beach for the last game before heading out to nationals located in Atlanta, GA. The typical San Diego weather, sunny and hot, decided to take a break for the day to be cloudy with a slight breeze.
The Surfers set the tone of the first half with a try in the first minute of the game by tight head prop Alex Bannon. A quick conversion by fly-half Hayley Barclay brought the score up to 7-0 in the first few minutes of the game. After a few minutes of back and forth play lock Kara Mathews scored a try for the Surfers furthering the lead and the tone set by the Surfers. In minute 16 Carmen Tomko of the Raptors fought her way into the try zone to score the first try of the game. The Surfers retaliated and scored two more tries, flanker Alyssa Barker and wing Kijana Gaines, before halftime leaving the score 35-5 in favor of the Surfers.
A quick regroup and almost entire new squad re-invigorated the spirit of the Raptors and fullback Kandis Ruiz who scored the first try of the second half for the Raptors. The second half proved to be more technical but the Surfers forwards made it apparent that they were going to dominate the game with excellent rucking and support. The Surfers forwards were also the majority try scorers in the game proving that persistence and hard work pay off.
Though Glendale scored the last try of the game, Jenna Anderson, it wasn’t enough to secure a win. The final score being 60-27 in favor of the San Diego Surfers. The Surfers are taking this win forward into the league-wide bye week and looking forward to the national WPL tournament November 7-9 in Atlanta, GA.
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