Team History

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This is an ongoing history of our team and competitive success. If you have information to add, please contact the team. Thanks!

FALL 2014 / SPRING 2015
  • Team wins USA Rugby Division 2 Women’s National Championship with 38-28 victory against Sacramento Amazons, June 14, in Glendale, Colorado
  • Team wins USA Rugby East Regional in Charlotta, North Carolina with wins against Burlington (Vermont) Women and Augusta (Georgia) Furies
  • Team wins 2015 Midwest Division 2 Women’s Championship with win against Cincinnati Kelts
  • More added soon …
FALL 2013 / SPRING 2014
  • USA Rugby restructures Senior Club Women’s Rugby back to a split season in Fall & Spring, similar to the men.
  • Undefeated 8-0 League record in Midwest D2 Western League play
  • Season also includes friendly 25-8 victory against D1 Chicago Women, and a 30-5 Loss (Fall) and 5-5 Tie (Spring) to D1 Chicago North Shore (who eventually finished 2nd in the Nation for D1 Women)
  • Team finished 2nd overall at 2014 Midwest Championship, defeating Twin Cities Amazons, 34-19, in semifinal, and losing 20-15 to Pittsburgh Women. Pittsburgh Women advanced to win their second-straight USA Rugby National Championship. Our score against them was the closest of all teams in the nation.
  • Third-straight appearance at the D2 Midwest Championships.
  • Rugby Magazine ranked us 4th overall in Women’s D2.
  • Our team, along with the Wisconsin Rugby Club and Madison Minotaurs, hosted the USA Rugby Senior Club National Championships, May 31-June 1, 2014 in Madison.
  • Rookie lock Grace Hovde selected to USA Rugby Collegiate All-Americans for tour to France, August 2013. Also Midwest All-Star Tour to Wales, Summer 2013.
SPRING 2013
  • Finished 2nd in Whiskey 10s Tournament, Advanced to Semifinals at Nash Bash Tournament
  • Friendly wins against Palmer Women, Winona State University, Chicago Women. Only loss to mixed side of Twin Cities Amazons (Women’s Premier League and D2)
FALL 2012
  • Finished 3rd overall at Midwest Championships. 15-12 loss to Pittsburgh Women in Semi-Final, then 47-7 win against Scioto Valley in consolation match.
  • Completed league season with 3-1 record to finish 2nd overall. Only loss was 12-11 against Milwaukee Scylla. Advanced to playoff match against Twin Cities Amazons, lost 27-22 to end season. However, Amazons roster weakened, so forfeited playoff match to our team, allowing us to advance to Midwest Championships.
  • Second-straight appearance at D2 Midwest Championships.
SPRING 2012
  •  Won Whiskey 10s.
  • Friendly wins against Milwaukee Scylla, Oconomowoc (2), St. Louis Sabres. Losses to Twin Cities Amazons (WPL), Chicago Women (D1), Chicago North Shore (D1), and Cincinnati Kelts (D2).
  • Lock Laura Hanks selected to Midwest Senior All-Stars. Midwest Thunderbirds won 2012 National All-Star Championship. Hanks scored try off a lineout in one of victories.
FALL 2011
  • Team returns to Division 2 Women by choice after Midwest restructuring (D1 teams would be forced to play West Region teams (CO, TX, etc.) in league games.
  • Undefeated in Western League play with four wins, defeated Palmer Women 38-5 to advance to Midwest Championship in Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Defeated Buffalo Women 15-12 in icy/muddy conditions in Midwest Championships semifinal to advance to final against Pittsburgh Women. Lost 28-10 to finish second overall at Midwest Championships.
Spring 2011
  • Finished 1-2 in premiere bracket of Savannah St. Pat’s Tournament. Losses to Atlanta Harlequins (D1) and DC Furies (WPL), win against Fort Bragg (D2).
  • Friendly wins against Chicago Sirens, Chicago North Shore (D1), Milwaukee Scylla. Loss to Palmer Women.
Fall 2010
  • Team was Division 1 in Midwest league with Chicago Women, Chicago North Shore, and Detroit Women. Lost all 3 league games and finished 4th overall at D1 Midwest Championships.
  • Two friendly wins against Milwaukee Scylla (D2) and Minneapolis Menagerie (D2).
  • Summer of 2010, Wisconsin Senior All-Star team, defeated Chicago Area and Ohio, in round-robin.
Spring 2010
  • Advanced to semi-final at Nash Bash, two wins against D2 Memphis and Cincinnati, loss to D1 Chicago North Shore.
  • Friendly wins vs. D2 Milwaukee Scylla, Oconomowoc Women, St. Louis Sabres, Denver Black Ice (D1); 22-15 Loss to Chicago North Shore (D1).
Fall 2009
  • Team returns to Division 1 from Division 2 in new Midwest league of Chicago Women, Chicago North Shore, and Detroit Women, after USA Rugby forms the Women’s Premier League (Minnesota Valkyries and Twin Cities Amazons in WPL).
  • In league play, team earns 5-5 tie against Chicago Women, losses to Chicago North Shore and Detroit. Friendly win against D2 Minneapolis Menagerie to open season.
Spring 2009
  • to be added
Fall 2008
  • First season playing in Midwest D2. Team chose to switch divisions due to lack of parity with D1 teams in Midwest.
  • Qualified for Midwest D2 Championships. Lost to Detroit Women (D2) in semi-final. Won by forfeit against Milwaukee Scylla in consolation match.
Spring 2008
  • to be added
Fall 2007
  • Division 1
Spring 2007
  • Qualified to USA Rugby Division 1 Challenge Match against Seattle Mudhens, in Seattle, Wash. Lost to Mudhens, but team had great tour of Seattle area with excellent team fundraising.
  • Hosted the Midwest Senior All-Star Selects Try-Out Camp. Wisconsin had several players selected to the All-Star team.
Fall 2006
  • Finished 3rd overall in Midwest Division 1 league play out of five teams, including a victory against the Chicago Women. Advanced to the Midwest D1 Women’s Championships, placing fourth overall with losses to the Minnesota Valkyries and Chicago North Shore.
Spring 2006
  • Finished 2nd at Whiskey 10s Tournament
Fall 2005
  • to be added. Division 1.
Spring 2005
  • Won 2005 Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Tournament, Savannah, GA.
Fall 2004
  • Division 1. To be added.
Spring 2004
  • to be added
Fall 2003
  • Division 1. To be added.
Spring 2003
  • To be added.
Fall 2002
  • Division 1. To be added.
Spring 2002
  • To be added.
Fall 2001
  • Division 1. To be added.
Spring 2001
  • Advanced to USA Rugby Division 1 National Championships.
  • 2001 – Midwest Seed #3, Seed #8, Pool A
    USA Rugby Bracket
    27-22 Win vs. Kansas City Jazz
    53-0 Loss vs. Berkeley
    7-0 Loss vs. New York – Plate Semi-final
    15-8 Win vs. UCLA – Plate Consolation Final

2000 – Midwest Seed #2, Seed #7, Pool B
USA Rugby Bracket
34-20 Win vs. Washington DC Furies
20-0 Loss vs. Beantown
41-0 Loss vs. Minnesota Valkyries – Plate Semi-final
22-5 Loss vs. Emerald City Mudhens – Plate Consolation Final

1999 – Midwest Seed #3, Seed #11, Pool A
USA Rugby Bracket
27-5 Win vs. Coast
17-6 Loss vs. Berkeley
39-17 Loss vs. Minnesota Valkyries – Plate Semi-final
20-5 Loss vs. Twin Cities Amazons – Plate Consolation Final

1998 – Midwest Seed #3, Seed #7, Tier B
USA Rugby Bracket
61-5 Win vs. Colorado Olde Girls
15-13 Loss vs. Atlanta
34-16 Win vs. Belmont Shore – 3rd Place Tier B