Written by Jackie Finlan    Sunday, 18 September 2011 23:53    PDF Print Write e-mail
California Teams Win Two in WPL
Clubs - Women's Clubs

Women's Premier League conference leaders San Diego and Berkeley had two big outings this weekend. Red conference leader San Diego ousted visiting Minnesota Valkyries 81-7 for the biggest score Sunday, while northern neighbor Berkeley All Blues had their way with Keystone 71-10.

Eagle Emilie Bydwell scored six tries against Minnesota. (Bill English photo)

Former Beantown player and 15s Eagle Emilie Bydwell had a massive performance at outside center, and ran in six of the Surfers 13 tries. The Valkyries backline is very young this year, and the team is missing flyhalf Christy Ringgenberg's expertise since the 7s and 15s Eagle has undergone knee surgery. Wings Kristy Lear and Casey Fields also took advantage of their opportunities out wide and scored a brace of tries, and Emily Ogata, lock Cara Nocero and No. 8 Julia Anderson contributed five pointers. Inside center Kirstin Hartos tacked on eight conversions for 16 points. The Valkyries lone points came late in the first half when prop Jen Triemstra dotted down and hooker Libby Berg converted.

San Diego will take on the Twin Cities Amazons in two weeks, and the match will break one of the two teams' undefeated records. The Amazons defeated New York today with a 32-5 victory on home soil. Unlike many teams, Twin Cities will be unaffected by any player travel restrictions and will be sending their top side to California.

After an exciting win last weekend against Beantown, Keystone stumbled against Berkeley and had to return to Pennsylvania with a 72-10 loss. Jamie Schukle led all point scorers with 21 points on two tries and four conversions and a penalty. Center Kelly Griffin and wing Vix Folayan each scored two tries apiece, while Phoebe Boone, Lucy Croy, Nathalie Marchino and Katie Chou all added five-pointers. Ruth Bryson handled the second-half conversions and hit three of six. Keystone's two tries came from Eagle prop Stacey Baker, one of which was a 60-meter intercept try.

Berkeley prepares for Beantown after the bye weekend, and will play the team at home. They'll play each other in back-to-back weekends, and each should be their biggest competition of the season.

Stay tuned for player and coach reactions.