Saturday, April 4, 2009

Amazons Are Champs!!!

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

The Amazons successfully completed their 2009 league season by winning the Northern California RFU U-19 Women's Championship on Saturday. Defeating a combined team of Alameda and Humboldt in the semi-finals and then Motherlode in the Final. Both the Amazons and Motherlode will move on to represent Northern California at the Pacific Coast Championship, May 2nd, 2009.

The format of the tournament called for shortened games as the first round games were 2 twenty minute halves and the Championship round was a two 25 minute halves. With 4 teams in competition, there was no room for error. Davis and Motherlode were the first teams to play. Davis fought the good fight but Motherlode's forwards over whelmed Davis, winning 18 to 5. With the win Motherlode advanced to the Championship round against the winner of the second game.

In the second game, the Amazons took on the combined team of Alameda and Humboldt. The combined team had a difficult time working together and could not contain the powerful Amazons. They attempted to control the game by kicking, but fullback, Sauliloa Fauolo, was deadly in countering with 2 tries. Flanker, Fehi Schaaf scored twice also in securing a 37 to 0 win and a spot in the Championship game against Motherlode.

Motherlode tried using their kicking strategy through out the game thinking that the Amazons would fold under pressure. But Sauliloa and the rest of the wings did a great job on counter attacks making Motherlode regret the strategy. Neni was able to score 2 tries. The final score was 31-0.

The Amazons have been able to hold every team they have played this year to zero points. The Amazons are back to back Nor Cal Champs and they move forward to Regionals hoping to advance to Nationals where they will want to improve on last year's 3rd place finish. The Amazons were all power and all class on this day. The proven best of the best here in Northern California and hopefully soon, the Pacific Coast.

Amazons vs Alameda/ Humboldt
37- 0
Tries- Lata, Fehi (2), Nana, Tolini, Sauliloa (2)
Conv.- Neni (1)

Amazons vs Motherlode
31- 0
Tries- Sauliloa, Neni (2), Marina, Hine (Penalty Try)
Conv.- Neni (3)

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