The two day Ruggerfest tournament proved a good challenge for the Severn River honey badgers. They walked away with the third place trophy in the Club Division after three tough matches in two days.
Saturday, the warmest day of the season thus far, put the honey badgers to the test as they kicked off against a combined Brandywine/Buffalo team at 1:40pm. A guest appearance from former honey badger Colleen Cribbs, now a starter for the Glendale premier side in Colorado, gave the honey badgers an excellent boost from the first whistle. Contributing all three of the team's tries from her new found wing position, Farrah Douglas (normally a prop) burned the competition. Another excellent game at scrumhalf from Tina Schafer and solid support from the entire pack gave Severn the 17-5 win over Brandywine/Buffalo to start the weekend. The second game against a young, tough side from UVA proved to be a challenge for Severn. The honey badgers suffered a heartbreaking 19-14 loss to despite the packs domination in the mauls and scrums. Outside center, Aly Jost managed to break through the UVA line twice during the match, while kicker Rayne Trouwborst followed each try with points through the uprights. In spite of the loss, Severn earned a spot in a semi-final match on Sunday versus the Old Girls.
After some much needed ice and rest the honey badgers returned to Rosecroft Raceway, Sunday morning for their 9:10 match. The Old Girls, a mashup crew of old girls from around the region, turned out to be too much for Severn as they were defeated 19-0. Some exceptional play to note from the match came from rugby vets, Farrah Douglas, with a number of breakdown poaches, Dee Crovo, with several play saving tackles and Tina Schafer, with a fearless defense in midst of women twice her size.
Severn also lent Glendale a hand with their 1st place finish in the premier division with some minutes from honey badgers; Jazz Harrison, Farrah Douglas and Hannah "Scrappy" Whiteley. This Saturday the honey badgers forge ahead to face Whitehorse Rugby Club, away in Phoenixville, PA at 11:00am.
Match 1: Tries: F. Douglas (3) Conversions: R.Trouwborst (2 of 3)
Match 2: Tries: A.Jost (2) Conversions: R.Trouwborst (2 of 2)