Player profile: Tisha Waki

Name (plus any rugby nickname(s)): Tisha Waki (TW, Trisha Walker, Wakitalkie, Sneaky Asian)

Hometown: Covina, CA

Position(s) played: Scrumhalf, Center, Wing

All Blues since: 2007

How did you find out about us (i.e. what/who got you to come to your first AB practice?) I played at Cal and we used to share our practice field with the All Blues.  For my former classmates and I, it was the next logical thing to do if we wanted to keep playing rugby

When did you first start playing rugby?  What got you into it?  I started playing my senior year of college.  I had a friend who had one of the rugby girls in her class and rugby intrigued her.  One day she turned to me and said, "Tisha, you are the most athletic person I know.  Will you play rugby with me?"  I shrugged my shoulders, and said "Why not?"  (I didn't have any lab classes the following year and figured I had the time).     

Do you have other passion(s) besides rugby?  Can you tell us a bit more about that?  Playing bingo.  Started playing at the New Parkway when rugby is not in season.  It reminds me of my grandma as she was pretty into it.  Once went on a trip to Las Vegas with my family and basically all the gambling I did was at a bingo parlor with my grandma.  Bingo parlors in Vegas are intense.

What do you like most about being on this team?  Friendship with teammates,  the history, the challenge presented to me by my teammates

Can you share a funny/exciting/memorable story from your time as an All Blue?  Winning Ruckstar sevens in Dallas, and getting Irene to drive us to McDonalds afterwards.

What is your spirit animal? Will you tell us why? Polar bears because they are awesome.  

Can you tell us a bit more about "Trisha Walker"? Who is she? When will we see her again? (Jk...but feel free to answer this too)  Trisha Walker was the result of a mispronunciation of my name.  USA Rugby likes players to submit phonetically pronunciations of our names.  I was telling my teammates about this one time I was in the waiting room for the Doctor.  A nurse came out and called "Trisha Walker"  I sat and thought that it could be me, but it was different enough to not be me so I didn't go in.  A few minutes later another nurse came out and called "Tisha (some butchering of my last name)" so I walked into the door.  As she was taking my weight, she kindly asked why I didn't respond when they had called me earlier.  I replied, " No, you called Trisha Walker.  They managed to add an "r" to both my names." She agreed with me. My teammates were jokingly calling me Trisha Walker throughout the entire weekend.  After the tournament, in our celebratory (drunken) state JT suggested that I change my facebook name and I agreed and did it. Once you change your name in facebook, you're not allowed to change it again for 90 days, so it kinda had to stick and had to explain to a number of people the story behind Trisha Walker and hence her infamy grew.  She makes brief appearance here and there, but the next definite appearance will probably be if/when I get converted to full time employee at my current job.  [I'm] currently working as a contractor as an analytical chemist working on a cure for Hepatitis C.

 

 

Player Profile: Kedra Davis

Kedra Davis kicks off our Player Profile Series!  This series aims to showcase a little something about current All Blues players.  Stay tuned for more! 

 

Name: Kedra Davis

Hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Position(s) played: Flanker, 8, Lock

All Blues since: January 2015

How did you find out about us (i.e. what/who got you to come to your first AB practice?) A girl at a U23 camp told me about the All Blues when I asked if they knew of any competitive teams in the Bay (because I was considering moving out here). I then facebooked the All Blues and they put me on the email list. 

When did you first start playing rugby?  What got you into it? I started my junior year of high-school (2008).  I really wanted a contact sport so I was looking into joining my high schools football team when a friend told me about rugby. I immediately fell in love. 

Do you have other passion(s) besides rugby?  Can you tell us a bit more about that? I am passionate about music in general as well as teaching music to young people. I have participated in  concert choirs, show choirs, bands, operas, and musicals for as long as I can remember.  I love creating beautiful music with other people. I began directing choirs in 2008 and continued directing different groups until 2015 when I got my first job as an elementary music teacher. I feel very strongly that everyone should have confidence in their own ability to create music and it is my mission to instill that musical confidence in the elementary students I teach. 

What do you like most about being on this team? I love the family I have found in this team. When I first moved to the Bay I knew one person in the area and since then I have developed an entire family that I know will have my back no matter what.  I also love that we can better each other as rugby players through both competition and comradery.  

Would you like to share what you do as part of the exec board? I am the social chair and I would like to create opportunities for the team to socially develop as one big family and one big team in order to create friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Bonus Question: What is your spirit animal? Why? Jack Sparrow. I'll let you draw your own conclusions there. 

All Blues 7s Coach Search

The Berkeley All Blues are searching for a coach to lead our 7s squad this summer! Please see details below and send cover letter, resume, and references to allblues7s@gmail.com if interested.

The Team

Founded in 1978, the Berkeley All Blues is one of the elite women’s rugby teams in America. The Club has won a combined total of 16 National Championships in both 15’s and 7’s, including the recent 2013 Club 7s National Championship and 2012 Women’s Premier League National Championship.   The All Blues Rugby 7’s program consists of approximately 20-30 women, dedicated to the club and the sport of rugby. The All Blues welcome athletes of all levels that range from novice to elite. Athletes from the All Blues are consistently chosen to compete on the Women’s National Team and Select Sides, and we currently have quite a few alumnae of our program in residence at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista. The goal for our 7’s season is to compete at the highest level of rugby 7’s, with the aim to secure a third National 7’s Championship title. In addition we strive to foster the development of collegiate and senior club athletes.

Key Responsibilities

  • Development of overall team and sub-unit strategies
  • Align practice training plans with long-term goals for the season
  • Providing effective feedback to individuals and the team
  • Develop and execute athlete development and improvement plans for individual players
  • Attending all league matches and Nationals (August 13-14; Location TBD)
  • Coordinating match selections with team captains
  • Work with the club’s executive board to execute long term club goals
  • To undertake any other necessary and relevant duties under the direction of the club’s executive board

Qualifications

  • Previous rugby 7’s competition and coaching experience is required; a strong understanding of the game of rugby and the game of 7’s specifically is required
  • A USA Rugby Level 200 coaching certification or higher is required
  • Specific experience coaching women is preferred
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with athletes and the executive board. Also with other coaches and club personnel, and be able to present a highly professional image when representing the Berkeley All Blues WRFC.
  • Must be able to establish positive working relationships with all club members
  • Must be able to balance the commitment to excellence on the field with a sense of fun and enjoyment that is conveyed to others.
  • Must be able to organize him/her-self and others effectively.
  • Must be an effective team member with sufficient flexibility and willingness to take on roles outside his/her normal functional responsibility when required.
  • Compensation is negotiable and commensurate with experience
  • Match travel related expenses will be paid by the club.

Please send cover letter, resume, and references to: allblues7s@gmail.com

 

DII Season Schedule

Hey there!  Wondering when practices and games are for the spring 2016 season?  Bust out your calendars, you've come to the right place!  Kickoff times tba.

January 5            D2 Goal Setting Meeting
January 7            Official D2 Season Practices Start (Tu/Th, 7-9 PM -- see more below)
January 16           League Game vs. San Francisco Golden Gate @ home
January 16           Scrimmage vs. Cal
January 23          League Game vs. Life West Gladiators @ Life West
January 30          League Game vs. Sacramento Amazons @ Sacramento
February 6          League Game vs. San Jose Seahawks @ home
February 20        League Game vs. Life West Gladiators @ home
February 27        League Game vs. San Francisco Golden Gate @ SFGG
March 5               League Game vs. Sacramento Amazons @ home
March 19             Champagne Classic Tournament (San Diego)
April 1                 CIPP Deadline
April 2                 League Game vs. San Jose Seahawks @ San Jose
April 23               Northern California Semi-Finals (tentative based on league record)
April 30               Northern California Finals (tentative based on result of semifinals)
May                     USA Rugby National Quarter/Semi-finals (TBD)
June                     USA Rugby National Championships (TBD)

Here are our practice times and locations:

January 7 - February 25
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7pm - 9pm @ Gilman Turf Fields, Frontage Rd & Gilman St, Berkeley, CA

March 1 - June 5
Tuesdays: 7pm - 9pm @ Gabes Field, Harrison Street & Fourth St, Berkeley, CA
Thursdays: 7 pm - 9pm @ Gilman Turf Fields, Frontage Rd & Gilman St, Berkeley, CA