Sunday, October 16, 2016

Women's Premier League: Glendale Raptors v Berkeley All Blues

Glendale Raptors v Berkeley All Blues
Glendale's halfback combination sparkled

Warm and breezy with temperatures in the low 80s at kickoff of the Blue Conference derby between league-leading Raptors and the All Blues. Glendale looked to remain undefeated and in front of the hot San Diego Surfers, while the Bay Area club sought their initial result of the season.

A quartet of groundings on: a fine closing by fullback Colleen Cribbs; a slick Hannah Stolba-feed to outside center Christen Suda for the 5/8ths cross-and-ground; a second by Suda on a well-sold dummy and 50-meter scoot; and a fiver by tighthead prop, Melissa Polheber - the last converted by 
Stolba earning a 22-0 lead and the bonus-point in the opening quarter.

Berkeley struck back with fast close-order communication along the western touchline made for flyer Serena Liu’s weaving race to goal for the try that brought the scores to 22-5 in the 26th minute.

Glendale were firing on all cylinders, working the pill from breakdown with consistency, then the lightning offload and space for much front-foot luxury. Raptors would see a trio of groundings to close out the half at 41-5 on trys by: spry tighthead, Sarah Chobot; a dot by flyer Denali Graham; and a Stolba inverse feed to oncoming blindside, Carmen Farmer, and the six’ subsequent grounding - with Stolba good on two from three conversions.

All scores for Glendale in the second stanza as Raptors precision of transfer in traffic, continuity of forward momentum, daunting three-quartersline, and the savvy distribution choices by the Raptors pivot had the All Blues on the rear foot for much of that final forty minutes of play. A record of 77-5 to Glendale at time.

                Glendale – Try: Cribbs (2), Suda (2), Chobot, Polheber (2), Stolba, Graham, Farmer,                                               Brennan, Wypych, Shalosky; Con: Stolba (6);
                Berkeley – Try: Liu

Match Officials: Emily Hsieh (Referee); Derek Summers, Victor Bellavia (RAs)

Next up for Glendale, the all-important return engagement with San Diego Surfers in Southern California. Raptors had a famous comeback for two-point victory in September. Winner of the match on Saturday, October 29, will more than likely claim topspot in the division heading to playoffs. 

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