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Glendale Teams Victorious in Saturday Friendlies
Defeat Visiting Chicago Teams in Convincing Fashion
Glendale Raptors Rugby Academy 43 – Chicago Condors 20
Glendale Merlins D1 Women 112 – Chicago Sirens 3
Glendale Merlins D2 Men 44 – Chicago Silverbacks 12
With the Merlins Men’s Division I team enjoying a bye week prior to their appearance in the Red River Conference playoffs, Saturday saw action from the remaining amateur teams in Glendale. Hosting three separate sides from Chicago, the Merlins and Academy teams got to work. With warm temps and partly sunny skies, the Men’s D2 side took to the turf, kicking off against the Chicago Silverbacks in a friendly match. Glendale took the win, besting the visiting team 44-12.
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The Merlins Division I Women’s side was on next, challenging the Chicago Sirens in a non-league match. The Glendale team was in excellent form, securing victory and putting up 112 points to the Chicago side’s 3. At 2pm, the Glendale Raptors Rugby Academy played their final match of the season, and bid a fond farewell to head coach Dave Synnott. The Academy team, who were hosting the Chicago Condors Under-20 side, gave Synnott a send off in style: defeating the visiting team 43-20 and outscoring them 7 tries to 1. The Academy side named scrumhalf Donovan Ronan their man of the match. Synnott was complimentary of his time at Infinity Park, and of the accomplishments he’s made over the course of the season: “This is such a professional environment here. I’m very proud of the Academy team. We did what we set out to do: brought in a diverse set of players and improved their game. We put together a squad that’s competitive with top Division 1A schools, and all within a year. I’ve had a fantastic time in Glendale.”
While the Men’s D1 team challenges the Texas squads May 5-7 in the Red River Conference playoffs, the Women’s side will have two weeks to prepare for their own potential playoff run, hoping to travel to Salt Lake City on May 12 to compete in the Rocky Mountain Division I postseason. Follow all of the Glendale teams on Facebook and Twitter for full-time scores on all games and additional information.
With Glendale’s amateur rugby season winding down, the Glendale Raptors professional team’s inaugural season in Major League Rugby is in full swing. Defeating the Seattle Seawolves on Saturday, the Raptors record remains unblemished, and the team sits atop the league standings. The Raptors travel to Salt Lake City this weekend to face the Utah Warriors. The match kicks off at 1:30pm MT, and can be watched live on AT&T Sports Net and ESPN+. The Raptors next home match is Sunday, May 13 at 6pm MT, when the team will host San Diego Legion.