All Blues Summer 7s Recap!

by Alyssa Baccarella, Lisa Dombroski, and Vic Abrenica

Summer 2015 was a busy one for the All Blues, as the team competed in several qualifiers on the road to Club 7s Nationals, as well as hosting its own first annual 7s tournament. This year’s 7s team was coached by Golden Gate player Jake Nelson, who returned to coach the All Blues for his second consecutive 7s season.  He was helped by assistant coaches Lisa Dombroski and Julie Kieu. Led by captains Sarah Davis and Frances Wehrwein, the team started off the season strong winning Vancouver 7s on June 20th.  The team faced off against stiff Canadian competition, losing their first game of the day to Fetch Rugby, but getting redemption against them with a definitive 21-5 win in the final.

The 2015 Vancouver 7s champs with Head Coach Jake Nelson.  Photo by Frances Wehrwein.

The team had strong showings with steady improvement in the two NorCal series tournaments. In round-robin format, the All Blues took on San Jose, SF Golden Gate, the Sacramento Amazons and Life West.  Although the All Blues won decisive victories against the former three competitors in both tournaments, they fell both times in hard-fought games to Life West.  The All Blues 7s team is young, and has experienced significant turnover from past years but still managed to hit its stride at just the right time.  Tries on the team were led by Lina Lomu on the wing, with conversions distributed among Sarah Davis, Jessica Turner and Jill Whitfield.

At Tacoma 7s, the qualifier for Nationals, the team won against Tacoma in their first match of the day, but suffered a narrow loss to ORSU 14-15, and then a loss to Seattle 5-12 in the semis.  The rematch vs. ORSU was a decisive 15-0 win to the All Blues, and with that, the team won the bid to Nationals.  Women’s National Club 7s, featuring the top 16 women’s teams in the country, was held in Des Moines, Iowa on August 8-9. 

The All Blues squad at the 2015 7s Club Nationals.  Photo by Phoebe Boone.

Starting as 15th seed and with only 9 healthy and available players, the All Blues faced a tough start at Nationals.  But the team, undaunted, prevailed and swept the competition on their first day, winning all four of their matches against NY (17-12), ICEF (21-17), Youngbloodz (10-5), and NoVA (17-5).  The games were peppered with brilliant moments from each player, including a brilliant intercept by Sarah Davis in the game against NoVA, and a stoked Frances Wehrwein ending the day with six tries.  On the second day however, the All Blues suffered losses in both their games with Seattle, and against the previous year’s cup winners, the San Diego Surfers.  Regardless, the All Blues concluded National Club 7s with a solid fourth place finish—not bad for a 15th seed!

The inaugural All Blues 7s tournament, hosted July 18th at San Jose State, was a huge success for the club.  The competition drew eight women’s teams, and featured local teams as well as the San Diego Surfers.  The All Blues A side beat out the Renegades, the Amazons and Surfers B, before falling to Life West 3 tries to 1 in the semi-final. They came back with a win over Surfers B to take 3rd place. The All Blues Social side also had a great showing, playing some good rugby with steady improvement throughout the day. The tournament was won by Life West, which won handily in the final against an injury-weakened Surfers A side.

What an action-packed summer, All Blues Nation!  Stay tuned for the latest as we dive right into WPL season starting this Tuesday, August 18.  We hope to see you on the pitch!

2015 WPL Coach Search

We are currently seeking a Head Coach for the Fall WPL Season. The position would begin in mid‑August and run through the Women’s Premier League Nationals on November 13-­15, 2015. The ideal candidate is both able and committed to maintaining the club’s history of excellence and building a championship‑level team.

A full description of the job can be found here -> WPL Head Coach Job Description

To apply, please submit a coaching resume as well as a brief statement of coaching philosophy to allbluesWPL@gmail.com. The deadline for applications is June 26th, 2015.

And Suddenly, It's Summer!

After a strong ending to the DII Season, the All Blues Summer 7's Program is already up and running for the 2015 Season. This year, the team will be lead by Jake Nelson as head coach, who returns after serving as Assistant Coach for the 2014 WPL Season. Lisa Dombroski and Julie Kieu will serve as Assistant Coaches.

This season will have both competitive and social sides, first chance to watch a match locally will be the social side at the Ethos 7's tournament on Saturday, June 20th. Watch our FB page for more details about where to watch. There are also some exciting plans for additional local tournaments, so stayed tuned for the juicy details!

Interested in playing 7's? Contact us jointheallblues@gmail.com for more information.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

June Beer Bust -  Saturday, June 6th -> FB Event Details

SF Pride 2015 Fundraiser - Sunday, June 28th

Watch our FB page for more details!

 

DII is Back Baby!!

While the DII season started last week with a 20-43 loss to the San Jose Seahawks, you can bet the All Blues are ready for an exciting and hard hitting season of rugby! The first home game of the 2015 season will take place on Saturday 1/31 on Treasure Island against SFGG. If that wasn't exciting enough, the first Beer Bust of the year will follow the game at Toad Hall in San Francisco. Details of both events are on our FB page - check them out here.

The All Blues DII side will be led this season by WPL veteran Katie Chou with Lisa Dombroski as Assistant coach. Both coaches are fierce and fabulous rugby players and the team is very happy to have them on board!

Full DII Season Schedule:

1/24: @ San Jose
1/31: v. SFGG
2/7: @ Sacramento
3/7: v. Life West
3/28: v. Sacramento
4/4: @ SFGG
4/11: @ Life West
4/18: v. San Jose
4/25: NorCal DII Semis
5/2: NorCal DII Championship
5/30: National DII Quarters & Semis
6/13: National DII Championship

WPL Season Wrap-Up and Looking Ahead to 2015

After a narrow defeat by the Twin City Amazons on Friday, the All Blues beat out the Atlanta Harlequins for the #3 spot in the WPL standings on Sunday. If you watched the games live you heard some colorful commentary and saw some fantastic rugby played from both sides of the pitch. If you missed it, video of all eight Nationals matches is available from USA Rugby. Congratulations go to Captain Katie Chou who was named MVP for the All Blues. Special thanks to the All Blues Nation cheering on in Atlanta and online, your support was incredible!

Join us to celebrate the end of the WPL season at our November Beer Bust/End of Season Fest at Toad Hall on Saturday 11/15. $10 for UNLIMITED BEER from 3-7pm with jello shots and the best company you could ask for!  Check out our Facebook event for more details.

 

Looking Ahead

With the end of the WPL season the search for a DII Head Coach is officially ON! Check out the job description here and get applications in by December 1st. For more information about the position, please e-mail jointheallblues@gmail.com.

The DII season starts in February so stay tuned for updates and match schedules!