The Berkeley All Blues Women’s Rugby Club is currently seeking a Head Coach for our Women’s Premier League (WPL) season beginning August through WPL Nationals in mid-November 2019. The ideal candidate is committed to working with elite, senior-level female athletes to build and maintain a championship-level team.Read More
Berkeley, CA- Nationals Week is upon us! The team will be traveling and arriving to Denver this Thursday to kick off this year’s run to the title. The All Blues go into this year’s Nationals 4-2 and with the last game’s win over ORSU, it brings them into the top tier fighting for the name of 2015 National Champion.
The battle for the cup begins this Friday, November 13th at Infinity Park in Glendale, CO.
The All Blues take on the Minnesota Amazons at 4:15pm PT.
Watch the team LIVE via USA Rugby TV Here
Friday’s outcome determines a either 1st/2nd place game or a 3rd/4th place game on Sunday, November 15th for the team.
Times for those matches are:
3rd/4th Place: 12:15pm PT
1st/2nd Place: 2:15pm PT
There will be a viewing party for anyone not traveling to Colorado to watch the team. Exact details to follow.
ALL BLUES ALL DAY.
Info on WPL Nationals can be found here
by Dorothy Mittow
MORAGA, CA - This weekend the All Blues took on ORSU in their final home match of the season, and this one was for all the marbles. With the second seed from the blue division and an upper division nationals both on the line, both teams showed up ready to fight a physical match, but at the end of the day the home team was able to come out on top.
The first half was played almost entirely inside the 22-meter lines, with much of the yardage on both teams coming from dramatic 30+ meter runs. All Blues eight Sarah Walsh had a big break through the middle of the ORSU defensive line, making several tacklers miss through shear force. Her run put the All Blues in perfect position for lock Allie Byrne to pound it in for the opening try of the match. ORSU was quick to respond with a forwards’ try of their own from a ruck within the five meter line.
Just as the match was heating up, All Blues winger Ardia Kelker collided with an ORSU player while attempting to steal a wayward pass and sustained a bad cut on her ear. Kelker was taken out for a blood substitution, but returned with a new hairstyle and a renewed desire to dominate her opposition. After the All Blues pack delivered great field position with a 30m maul off of a line-out, the bandaged Kelker burned several ORSU backs down the sideline to bring the score to 12-5. After one more ORSU try off an overload, Kelker responded with her second try of the match. The last try of the half was contributed by veteran All Blue Phoebe Boone, bringing the score to 22-10.
ORSU was not going to let the All Blues run away with this match however, and came out of the break looking like the fresher and more determined squad. What had been a game played close to both teams’ goal lines during the first half turned into an exhausting defensive stand for the All Blues near mid-field. For several minutes the team struggled to cope with the fast-paced offload game that made the ORSU offense look like a well-oiled machine. After several phases the defensive line broke down and a few exceptional ORSU players were able to touch down two tries.
Thanks to the laser-accurate open field kicking of flyhalf Ruth Bryson as well as ferocious tackling on the inside by All Blues hooker Jack Woods, the All Blues began to solve the defensive puzzle that ORSU presented. While ORSU’s solid ball handling and rucking was able to starve the All Blues of much of the time of possession in the second half, wingers Kelker and Jessica Turner made sure that the few All Blues possessions were all converted into points. Fresh energy from front row subs Maxine Fonua and Emily Peinert hardened the interior defense for the All Blues and stopped ORSU from getting into the try zone for the rest of the match.
By the time the final whistle blew, the score was 34-25 with the All Blues on top. This hard fought yet methodical victory showcased the composure of a team ready to compete on both sides of the ball. With a roster full of both young talent and veteran leadership, the All Blues look poised to claim yet another national championship in Glendale this November.
BERKELEY, CA- The All Blues are in their final weekend of league play for this year’s 2015WPL season. Last weekend in Denver was a very close match against the Raptors, which landed up to be a 24-28 win for Glendale. Despite the last weekend’s loss, the battle continues with this week’s final challenger from Portland, Oregon Rugby Sports Union (ORSU). Last meeting of the teams landed up with the other L for the All Blues this season with an away game for the first match of the season for both squads. But things have progressed since the last meeting between each other. Both ORSU and the All Blues are 3-2 this season and with only a few points splitting the two for the top spots going into the up and coming Nationals Weekend (Nov 12-15) this is a do or die match for both sides.
With a full moon this week as well as it being Halloween, anything can happen with two hungry teams competing for the top spots for Nationals. Expect nothing less than #brutiful tackles and hits this Saturday to be one of the most exciting matches of the season. Dress in your Halloween best, the All Blues are back at St. Mary’s kickoff at 1pm. B-Side and special Halloween social to follow.
Saturday’s a Rugby Day: With the afternoon kickoff, you won’t miss out on New Zealand vs Australia for the Webb Ellis at the Rugby World Cup. The RWC final is 9 AM PST LIVE on NBC!
Saturday, October 31st (Halloween)
St. Mary’s College | Moraga, CA
B-Side Match to follow.
END OF THE WORLD/HALLOWEEN
3760 Shafter Ave. Oakland, CA
Please bring something to share or $$ to help the cost.
We look forward for your support!
ALL BLUES ALL DAY
by Katy Augustyn
BERKELEY, Ca. – Former All Blues player Katrina Logan has been hired as head coach of the All Blues for the 2015 Women’s Premiere League (WPL) season.
Logan has 16 years combined playing and coaching experience. She started her playing career with Stanford University Women’s Rugby Club. While at Stanford she represented both the U-23 Pacific Coast Grizzlies and the U-23 National Team.
“I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity to coach the All Blues this season,” Logan said.
Upon graduation, Logan played for several Bay Area teams, including the Berkeley All Blues in 2009 and 2013. She also competed for the Pacific Coast Grizzlies Senior 15s and 7s select sides.
In 2009, Logan was named an assistant coach at her alma mater. The Stanford Cardinal had an impressive run during her tenure, finishing within the top four in the nation six times. Logan was also an assistant coach at the Stanford University Eagle Training Center (ETC) and was Co-Head Coach of the Pacific Mountain North All-Star Team in 2014.
“I look forward to driving success by developing a competitive environment in the club and by pushing players to think more critically about the game and their development,” Logan said. “I know that good results don't come easy in the WPL and I am prepared to rise to the challenge.”
The All Blues kick off the WPL season with an away game against the Oregon Sport Union, in Portland, Oregon on September 12th. Their first home game will be on September 20th against the San Diego Surfers.