The Berkeley All Blues DII side played their second game of the season and first home game against San Francisco Golden Gate this past Saturday on Treasure Island. The All Blues started the game with fourteen players and were playing down four by halftime due to injuries and a lack of substitute players.
San Francisco Golden Gate scored within the first ten minutes and made the conversion, bringing the score to 0-7 early in the game. The All Blues slugged through the first half, suffering three injuries that left the team with eleven players on the field. Two more SF Golden Gate tries brought the score to 0-22 by halftime.
The first few tries scored after halftime were San Francisco Golden Gate’s, in spite of the All Blues efforts to maintain a strong and impenetrable defensive line. Berkeley’s first try of the day came late into the second half and was touched down by captain Bridget DeSantis. After another try by SF GG, center Bulou Mataitoga scored the All Blues’ second try. The last twenty minutes showed marked progress and extraordinary effort on behalf of the All Blues, with the final score at 14-48. Loosehead prop Kat Telles earned forward of the match for her high work rate and sense of urgency and wing Jessica Oya earned back of the match for her try-saving open field tackles.
Despite injuries and numbers, the All Blues put up a tenacious fight for the duration of the 80 minute game, showing strength of character and heart. The score was ultimately not a reflection of the relentless spirit of the team and if the improvement between the All Blues’ first and second games of the season is any indication, there are better games ahead.
On Saturday, the All Blues travelled North to play the Sacramento Amazons in the first match of the All Blues’ inaugural D2 season. The game was a tough loss but great learning experience overall for the new team.
The Amazons started strong, making their first try quickly. They continued to rack up points despite the All Blue’s best efforts to make strong tackles and be aggressive around the breakdown. The All Blues never stopped pushing back but unfortunately it wasn’t enough to stop the Amazon’s powerful forward pack from consistently making punches through their defensive line.
The score at halftime was 0-43. The All Blues didn’t gave up, continuing to challenge the Amazons at every turn. The overall team mentality remained positive throughout the entire game as the team continued to have moments of individual brilliance even in the final minutes.
It was a tough game but taught the team a lot about what they need to work on for upcoming matches. The forward of the match was Kerrie Kubo for consistently challenging the gain line and making massive hits throughout the game. The back of the match was Tisha Waki for great decision making and communication throughout. The final score was 0-74.
Photo Credit: Emily Van Gulik
Match Report by Kat Telles
The Berkeley All Blues Women’s Rugby Club opens their inaugural Division II season this Saturday at Garcia Bend Park in Sacramento, CA against the Sacramento Amazons at 11am. This Saturday is a perfect time to support your favorite women's rugby team, watch your first rugby game, and maybe even decide that you should come out to practice next week!
For more info about the game, visit the Facebook event.
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