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Glendale Merlins Elite Women finish 2nd in WPL

by | Nov 13, 2017 | Elite Women

GLENDALE – The Glendale Merlins women entered the weekend with championship aspirations, but fell just short in the Women’s Premier League title game, narrowly defeated 27-26 by New York Rugby.

Glendale Merlins Elite Women vs Berkley All Blues

Photo by Seth McConnell

The Merlins started the weekend strong with a dominant 32-0 win over Beantown RFC to advance to the final while New York outlasted Merlins Blue Conference rivals San Diego, 38-32 in the other semifinal. It would set up a fitting final between the two regular season conference top seeds.

In Sunday’s final, Glendale would strike first, taking a 5-0 lead with Merlins break-away Carmen Farmer landing the first try of the match. The Merlins would extend that lead to 12-0 at the 21-minute mark when Denali Graham and Colleen Cribbs connected for Glendale’s second try of the match.

After a Jeanna Beard yellow card, New York would finally get on the board just before the half with a try, and both teams would enter halftime with Glendale leading 12-5.

Glendale would open the second half with another try as team captain Sarah Chobot found the try zone. The kick was converted by Cribbs to extend Glendale’s lead to 19-5.

New York would go on two score three unanswered tries to take their first lead of the match at 20-19, aided by a sin-binning of Merlins forward Amandine Chatelier and a man-up advantage. New York would extend that advantage to 27-19 with yet another try at the 73-min mark.

Glendale would close the match with another try to draw the score within 27-26, but time was not on the Merlins’ side, with the clock running out and New York holding on for the win.

Glendale Merlins at Santa Monica Dolphins

TBD
Pacific Rugby Premiership
 - Santa Monica, CA

Glendale Merlins at Belmont Shore

TBD
Pacific Rugby Premiership
 - Long Beach, CA

Glendale Merlins at Life West Gladiators

2:00 pm
Pacific Rugby Premiership
 - Vallejo, CA

Glendale Merlins vs San Francisco Golden Gate

1:00 pm
Pacific Rugby Premiership
 - Infinity Park Turf Field