It was a big weekend for Boston Women has they faced the Albany Women Knickerbockers in NY on Saturday. Both teams went into the match undefeated, and both had solid records of decisive wins. In our only match up of the competitive season the stakes were high for both teams and it was a beautiful day in upstate NY when we stepped onto the field.
Boston scored first, on a great backline play into a breakaway, that ended with a fruitful fall into the try-zone. Not to be deterred, Albany answered with a swift score as their forceful forwards hammered the ball up the middle and punched it into the try- zone. Boston got the ball back into the Albany side, and kicked for points off of a well placed penalty. Albany maintained possession for much of the half but the Boston forwards adapted well and were successful at shutting down their options. Boston scored once more in the first half bringing the score to 15-7 at the half and still anyone’s game.
The second half is where we felt our hard work and fitness pay off for Boston. Backs and forwards alike worked their way back and forth across the field looking for a break in the solid Albany defensive wall. Both teams worked hard in very physical breakdowns to maintain their possession. In what was one of the coach’s favorite plays of the game, the Boston “backline” of flyhalf, 8-man, lock and wing transferred the ball at pace to bring a score in the corner that was converted by our kicker. One more score in the second half brought the final score to 27-7.
It is always a pleasure to step onto the field with Albany and a match up of these two teams never fails to bring a great game of rugby. Below is a photo of both teams at the social – dressed in flannel and sparkles and sharing in the fun of a beautiful day of rugby.
NEXT MATCH: Boston’s final match of the season comes next week 10/26 at home vs Monmouth Women. This is the second match up of these teams, and it’s sure to be a big hitting day! Please come out to Moakley at 1pm to cheer us on and send us out of the fall season in style!