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Merlins Defeat Oregon Sports Union
Glendale 62 – ORSU 19
A first-half offensive push put the Merlins’ lead out of reach
Photo by Seth McConnell
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Coming off a 31-31 draw against the conference-leading San Diego Surfers, the Women’s Premier League (WPL) Merlins team made an offensive stand against Oregon Sports Union (ORSU) on Saturday, defeating that team for the second time this season. Hosting the ORSU team on Infinity Park’s stadium pitch, the Merlins wasted little time in mounting an offensive push.
The first forty minutes were all Merlins, the team putting up 45 unanswered points against ORSU, with four different players finding the try zone. Glendale’s Director of Amateur Rugby and WPL Head Coach Luke Gross was happy with what he saw: “We played really well in the first half, but it’s hard to keep a good team down – ORSU is a good team. They brought it to us.”
Demonstrating that point, ORSU made every effort to recover from the Merlins’ first half onslaught, dotting down three times in the final forty minutes. Converting twice, the visiting side would finish the match with 19 points on the scoreboard. Though less dominant after the break, the Merlins still found the try zone three more times, adding 17 points to their tally with one successful conversion. Asked about the team’s overall performance, Gross offered cautious optimism: “We need to play an 80-minute game. We had some lapses defensively in the second half, and we had some moments with a lack of urgency. Overall, I’m very happy with how we played. It was a solid win.”
The Merlins next match is on the road, taking on a dangerous Berkeley All Blues squad that is also looking to solidify a position in the post-season. The San Diego Surfers and Berkeley All Blues are tied with the Merlins for first place in the WPL Blue Conference. This Saturday’s match will be make or break for the Glendale side’s playoff hopes. Follow all of the Glendale teams on Facebook and Twitter for full-time scores on all games and additional information. For the 2018 season, the WPL Merlins will be playing on the Infinity Park Stadium pitch, opening for the professional men’s team, the Glendale Raptors. The full season schedule can be found at https://glendalemerlins.com/rugby-schedule/.
If you are interested in joining the Glendale Women’s Rugby program, whether at the WPL or Division 1 level, contact the recruitment chair at email@example.com, or come out to one of the practices to see the team in action. The WPL squad practices Tuesday and Thursday nights from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Infinity Park turf pitch.
1 try each for Justine Wypych, Rachel Ehrecke and Amadine Chatelier
2 trys each for Madison Slaught, Gabby Cantorna and Adekemi Adewunmi
5 conversion kicks by Hannah Stolba
1 Penalty Try
Full time score 62-19
Glendale Merlins vs OMBAC
Pacific Rugby Premiership
- Infinity Park Turf Field