Women’s rugby now a sport in Rockford

In borrowed GVSU black jerseys, the Rockford women’s rugby team plays their first match against Traverse City.

In borrowed GVSU black jerseys, the Rockford women’s rugby team plays their first match against Traverse City.

With much thanks to parents and Kailiegh Russo of Sparta, a junior at Central Michigan University, Rockford High School women now have the full contact sport RUGBY.

On Saturday, March 28, at their home pitch of Roguewood Elementary School, the Lady Rams hosted Traverse City. Rockford played a hard-fought game, but Traverse City’s experience showed though and ended in a loss for Rockford.

The Lady Rams’ roster includes seniors Corina Brown, Jessica Newman, Sam Shifman, Kylie Torres and Mallorie Webber; juniors Emily Engelbrecht, Tiffany Hill, Emily Kolenda, Tatiana Martinez, Erica McDonald, Ondrea Postma, Shannon Riley, Erika Schnelle, Amanda Selliman, Kacey Trewhella, and Connor VanSplunter; sophmores Crystal Blackport, and Sidnie Taylor; and freshmen Audrey Augustine-Savage, Kammy Babb, Taylor Hurd and Jill Nelson.

If you’re interested or an eighth-grade girl, the club is still taking on new members. Practices are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Roguewood Elementary fields. There will be no practice during spring break.

This is the first year for the team, and not being a high school sport, the women’s team could use your support. You may sponsor the team (with any amount) through Rockford Community Services, 350 N. Main St., Rockford, MI 49341-please put “women’s rugby” in the memo section.

The Lady Rams’ next game is April 17 against Freeland, and the next home game is May 2 against Redford at 1 p.m.

Did you know that both the men’s and women’s rugby teams can compete for the state (May 16), Midwest (May 2/Elkhart, Ind.) and national (May 16/Pittsburgh) titles? Please go to Rockford’s rugby website for updated information on the men’s, women’s and youth teams at www.ramrugby.net.

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