All Blues steal second from ORSU in WPL season finale

Oregon Sports Union controlled its own destiny heading into the final weekend of the 2014 Women’s Premier League regular season. With a second victory against Berkeley All Blues, ORSU would have qualified as the second-best team in the Blue Conference. The All Blues had other ideas, however, and secured the spot behind the Glendale Raptors.

Berkeley failed to claim back-to-back WPL National Championships in New Jersey last year with a defeat to Twin Cities Amazons in the Final. By beating ORSU at home Saturday, Oct. 25, the All Blues will get their first shot at redemption in the first round of the National Championship at Life University Friday, Nov. 7.

ORSU opened the scoring after 10 minutes in Moraga, Calif., but could not hold off the All Blues’ attacking onslaught and staunch defense to lose, 12-5.

Glendale finished its season with a disappointing showing in San Diego as the Surfers scored nine tries – including one in the first minute of the match – on the way to a 60-27 win.

The Raptors were without multiple Women’s Eagles representatives, but had already sealed the Blue Conference title heading into the weekend with 21 points. San Diego will head to Atlanta along with the rest of the WPL clubs, but will miss out on a national championship by ending the season with 13 points.

Twin Cities completed its perfect season with a 36-10 handling of WPL National Championship host Atlanta Harlequins Sunday. With a perfect 30 points from six matches in the Red Conference, the Amazons are well on their way to defending last year’s National Championship.

Despite the loss, the Harlequins are in the running for a National Championship thanks to their 16 points in the Red Conference.

New York Rugby had its own perfect season – that of six losses. Both the New York club and DC Furies, the opponent in the final match of the regular season, were out of the running for a title going into the game, but there was still a match to be played. New York’s only points came from a converted try in the 60th minute, otherwise it was the Furies’ match to lose. They did not, defeating the home team, 26-7.

Twin Cities and Berkeley will play opposite Glendale and Atlanta at Life University in Marietta, Ga., Nov. 7. The winners of both matches will contest the WPL National Championship Sunday, Nov. 9. Stay tuned for more information on the National Championship.

Women's Premier League Scores | Oct. 25-26
Oregon Sports Union 5-12 Berkeley All Blues
Twin Cities Amazons 36-10 Atlanta Harlequins
D.C. Furies 26-7 New York Rugby
Glendale Raptors 27-60 San Diego Surfers

The Boston Irish Wolfhounds did not add another loss to their American Rugby Premiership record against Boston Rugby Saturday, but they did not get their first win, either.

USA Rugby AIG Men’s Collegiate All-American Lucas Baistrocchi notched 12 points from the boot for Boston, while Patrick Owens kicked five penalties and a conversion for 17 of the Wolfhounds’ 22 points, but the match ended in a draw.

Both teams from Massachusetts sit at the bottom of the ARP table following the conclusion of the fall schedule, with Boston’s six points edging Boston Irish’s two.

In a clash featuring the Premiership-leading Life Running Eagles, A.J. MacGinty scored three tries and a total of 31 points to extend the Georgia club’s lead atop the standings with a 61-6 victory against Old Blue of New York.

Each of the five ARP clubs have played four matches in the league’s inaugural season. Play will pick up again in April 2015, when each club will conclude the eight-match season. For more information on the American Rugby Premiership, visit the official website.

American Rugby Premiership Scores | Oct. 25
Boston Rugby 22-22 Boston Irish Wolfhounds
Old Blue of New York 6-61 Life Running Eagles