Annual Chili Cookoff A Great Success

WWRFC players and friends at the team's 4th Annual Chili Cookoff

WWRFC players and friends at the team's 4th Annual Chili Cookoff

Now in its fourth year, the annual Wisconsin Women’s Rugby Chili Cookoff drew a great crowd and helped the team raise funds for the upcoming spring season.

Held at the team’s favorite watering hole, Wilson’s Pub & Grill, the Chili Cookoff welcomed 12 delicious chilis spanning the full flavor spectrum – from traditional red and spicy chili, to a vegetarian chili with sweet potatoes, white chicken chili to venison chili.

The WWRFC and friends continued the excellent social later into the night visiting other pubs in the neighborhood, highlighted by some competitive ping pong game/races and one team captain’s rendition of the lift from Dirty Dancing.

Wisconsin vs. Chicago, 11 a.m. Sept. 19

The Wisconsin Women’s RFC will kick off against visiting league opponent Chicago Women at 11 a.m. this Saturday, September 19. Good friends off the field, the two teams will be battling for a much-needed win in the Midwest Division I Women’s league.

Wisconsin’s last home game of the Fall 2009 season, the teams will play at the Wisconsin Rugby Club’s Crossroads Field. Directions are available here.

Fans should leave their dogs at home as four-legged friends are not allowed at the field. There is no parking on the road near the field, but plenty of parking in the grass next to the field.

A great after-match social will be held after the game at the field, then later moved to Wisconsin’s sponsor bar, Wilson’s Grill & Bar, and dancing later at Plan B, one of Madison’s newest hot spots.

Wisconsin Drops Loss to Chicago North Shore, 46-14

Lineout versus Chicago North Shore

Lineout versus Chicago North Shore

The Wisconsin Women’s RFC opened their Midwest Division I league season with a tough 46-14 loss to Chicago North Shore this past Saturday on the road.

After traveling south to Lemont, Ill., Wisconsin’s much-anticipated return to Division I play saw the women in red rack up two tries and two conversions against North Shore.

Assistant Backs Captain and Center Jackie Limberg touched down both tries for Wisconsin, including one with assists from Wisconsin’s two youngest players, Katie Schott and Jackie Neubert.

Forwards Captain Katie “Ber” Rouse and No. 8 Mary Hanks both slotted a conversion a piece to round out the scoring.

Wisconsin looks ahead to this Saturday’s home game against the Chicago Women at Madison’s Crossroads Rugby Field. Kickoff is 11 a.m.

The Chicago Women suffered a close 16-8 loss to league opponent Detroit on Saturday, so this weekend’s matches will prove key in determining playoff runs into October’s regional competition with the West Region’s top teams.

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Ruck versus North Shore

Thanks to Jenn and Mary’s friend Stefani for these photos off of facebook.

Wisconsin Shuts Out Menagerie, 69-0

The Wisconsin Women opened their Fall 2009 season with a 69-0 victory over the visiting Minneapolis Menagerie on Saturday, August 29.

Despite missing four key starters, Wisconsin used tenacious play at the breakdowns and great support in continuous passing to run in 11 tries against the Menagerie, a team that beat Wisconsin last fall in Minneapolis.

WWRFC Backs Captain Meaghan Odling led Wisconsin in scoring with several tries, with additional scoring from her fellow Forwards Captain Katie “Ber” Rouse, and teammates Rachael Weiker, Katie Williams, Jessica Burda and Jane Sachs. Rouse and Sachs converted seven kicks after the tries.

Wisconsin opens their Midwest Division league season Saturday, September 12 in Chicago against Chicago North Shore.

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