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Women's rugby tackles new challenges

by Panagiotis Argitis - Sports Editor
Tue, Oct 3rd 2017 10:00 pm
The College at Brockport women's rugby club has been developing into one of the largest club sports that Brockport offers. With a loving passion of working as a family, the Badgers definitely stand out from competition.
The College at Brockport women's rugby club has been developing into one of the largest club sports that Brockport offers. With a loving passion of working as a family, the Badgers definitely stand out from competition.

This season the Badgers have managed to put up some great results, which are demonstrated by the pure action of playing as one unit. Starting the season with various types of talent, the women of the Brockport rugby club have been fortunate to have players from every class, providing the team with the necessary firepower to succeed.  

“It’s all about how we have been developing our game and growing as a team,” senior wing Sam Ernest said. “Exponentially, we are practicing and putting heart into our play rather than worrying about being a consistently dominant team.”

With the rarity of having a women’s rugby team in today’s high schools, there is an ever-growing obviously a lot to desire for a sport that, before college, is not accessible. The experience is completely new for many of the players, especially for incoming freshmen. 

Most people believe that three semesters worth of experience is required in order for players to adjust to a new sport. However, with that being said, the team has to improve on some aspects of its game. Chemistry is a huge part of any sport, and although the Badgers have struggled with firing up the pitch as a whole team, a structure of communication will undoubtedly generate better results. 

As the season progresses, the Badgers will continue to represent themselves by playing for the team and its values. Club sports are often overlooked as small organizations, but the Badgers refuse to let any sort of misconception slow them down. Having built off of last season’s progress, the team is hoping that this year’s experience will allow them to play competitive rugby. Despite suffering multiple losses to injuries this season, the Badgers are looking stronger than ever. 

“Learning the complete sport of rugby is still something that the entire team is working on,” sophomore inside center Michelle Vayner said. “Everyone is growing and the confidence of our team is boosting off the love we have for each other and the game. Engaging in the game will result in improving our work and the betterment of the team’s future.”

The club team’s character is one of the biggest reasons behind its progress to the campaign, and although the team’s structure is assembled around friendship and love for playing as a family, the Badgers hope that improving on the fundamentals of rugby takes their game to the next level. 

Acquiring a new shed in comparison to the plethora of new equipment that the men’s rugby team has received this season, the Badgers are looking for more support from the college and fans. 

“We want to see our dedication on the field change the image that small club sports currently hold,” Vayner said. 

The Badgers will be playing their second-to-last home game of the season against Syracuse on Saturday, Oct. 7, where they will have the opportunity to put their teamwork-based style of play to the test. The team’s last home game will be against Colgate University on Saturday, Oct. 21. Despite all odds, the Brockport Badgers have shown that they have what it takes to be an aspiring              club sport.

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