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Women’s Merlins – Our Season By the Numbers

by | Nov 1, 2019 | Club News, Coaches Corner, Elite Women

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PHOTO BY JUSTIN PURDY

The last time I wrote about our Women’s Merlins team, it was the start of our WPL season. We had just lost our first match against Life West Gladiatrix and the team was off to a bit of a rocky start. Quickly thereafter, though, the team sat down and assessed itself. They came to some very insightful and helpful conclusions about what it really means to act as a team and, of course, win as a team. Since then, the Merlins WPL side has gone 7-0 outscoring their opponents by more than 200 points.

In addition, the Glendale Merlins D1 side played three league matches this fall and were also on a winning streak, winning all three of their Frontier Red River matches against Black Ice, Houston Athletic and the Utah Vipers. They will continue their 2019-2020 season in the spring when they will have three more matches and another run at the USA Rugby D1 Championships.

I continue to be very impressed by the work the Glendale Women’s teams do – not only in the gym and on the pitch, but with each other, in the classroom – and they set very high expectations of each other, expectations of how they should treat each other on and off the field, and it has proved invaluable.

Photo by Justin Purdy

As we head into the final weekend of games in our fall WPL 2019 season, the Merlins enter the Premier League Championships ranked second in the West. We will play the top-ranked East side, the Atlanta Harlequins, at 5:30 p.m. on Friday in Glendale at the Infinity Park turf fields for a chance to move on to the finals on Sunday. But, before we get into the championships, I wanted to share a few notable numbers that have been amassed by these Women’s teams.

Merlins WPL Point Leaders

Kaitlyn Broughton (50)
Carmen Farmer (45)
Gabriella Cantorna (37)
McKenzie Hawkins (37)
Amandine Chatelier (30)

Merlins D1 Point Leaders

Justine Perl (37)
Justine Wypych (30)
Jessica Dombrowski (20)
Caitlin Weigel (20)

Merlins WPL Try Leaders

Kaitlyn Broughton (10)
Carmen Farmer (9)
Amandine Chatelier (6)
Beatriz Amaral (4)
Azniv Nalbandian (4)

Merlins D1 Try Leaders

Justine Wypych (6)
Jessica Dombrowski (4)
Caitlin Weigel (4)

Merlins WPL Conversion Leaders

McKenzie Hawkins (17)
Gabriella Cantorna (16)

Merlins D1 Conversion Leaders

Justine Perl (16)
Hannah Tennant (4)

Most Inspiring/Somewhat Random Memes on WhatsApp

Not to brag, but this one goes to me, Luke Gross (162)
Jamie Burke (13)
Jeanna Beard (5.5)

Glendale Merlins vs Life West Gladiators

21 - 43
Women's Premier League
 - Infinity Park Turf Field

Glendale Merlins at San Diego Surfers

29 - 17
Women's Premier League
 - San Diego, CA

Glendale Merlins at Berkeley All Blues

19 - 17
Women's Premier League
 - Berkeley, CA

Glendale Merlins vs Oregon Sports Union

98 - 0
Women's Premier League
 - Infinity Park Turf Field

Glendale Merlins at Life West Gladiatrix

31 - 29
Women's Premier League
 - Hayward, CA

Glendale Merlins vs Berkeley All Blues

57 - 12
Women's Premier League
 - Infinity Park Turf Field

Glendale Merlins at Oregon Sports Union

41 - 12
Women's Premier League
 - Portland, OR

Glendale Merlins vs San Diego Surfers

38 - 12
Women's Premier League
 - Infinity Park Turf Field

Glendale Merlins vs Atlanta Harlequins

35 - 15
Women's Premier League
 - Infinity Park Turf Field

Glendale Merlins vs Life West Gladiators

39 - 31
Women's Premier League
 - Infinity Park Turf Field