Friday, October 11, 2019

Women's Premier League Rugby - Finish Line in Sight!

Women’s Premier League

With either one or two fixtures left on their leagues schedules, Women’s Premier League Rugby action is completing its cycle for 2019. The league is off this weekend and when play resumes October 19/20, there will be definition and determination of sequencing on tap. One thing is certain, reigning champs, San Diego Surfers, are out of the running, so there’ll be a new titlist come the Grand Final on Sunday, November 3.

East Conference:
                Atlanta Harlequins have claimed the conference already and have qualified for playoffs as the first seed in that group. The concentration is on number two in the bracket as Twin Cities Amazons, with 16 table points, are currently second-placed, but their close-chasers, New York and Beantown, have a match in hand the ‘Zons and can overtake them with wins in their last two fixtures, though Beantown will need one of those victories to be a bonus-point.

                New York play Twin Cities at noon on Sunday, October 20 in the Big Apple and that outcome will result in one of the sides dropping out of the running for extra time at the conclusion of the league schedule; winner will yet be innit, loser must turn their attention to recruiting for 2020. Twin Cities Amazons, should they earn bonus-point victory, will have secured runnersup position and qualified for the playoffs.

                Beantown, with 13 table points and currently in fourth position in their group, have a home fixture with Chicago North Shore on October 19, the RugbyDay, and should they be successful in that endeavor, then it’ll be a come-to-bejesus meeting at New York for the right to advance to the WPL semifinal round on the last league action of 2019, Sunday, October 27.

West Conference:          
                Life West Gladiatrix, presently at the head of their group, are off on 19/20, and will finish in first place at the conclusion of their road fixture at Oregon Sports Union on Saturday, October 26, with victory on the day.

                Glendale Merlins and Berkeley All Blues have a game in hand Glads, but excepting  a loss by Gladiatrix at ORSU, Life West will top the table at season end. Merls control their own destiny as they’re at ORSU on the 19th and can reserve their playoff berth with victory on that day. Berkeley must receive help from ORSU regarding the Glendale game to remain in the hunt.

Remaining Schedule:

Oct 19  
                San Diego Surfers (11) v (18) Berkeley All Blues at 2pm MST       
                Oregon Sports Union (0) v (24) Glendale Merlins at 4pm MST
                Beantown Rugby (13) v (6) Chicago North Shore at 8pm MST
Oct 20  
                New York Rugby (15) v (16) Twin Cities Amazons at 2pm MST

Oct 26  
                Atlanta Harlequins (30) v (6) Chicago North Shore at 1pm MST
                Oregon Sports Union (0) v (31) Life West Gladiatrix at 4pm MST
                Glendale Merlins (24) v (11) San Diego Surfers at 4pm MST

Oct 27  
                New York Rugby (15) v (13) Beantown Rugby at 2pm MST

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