Life Is a Pitch, Pt. 2

To say that Saturday was a cold and damp day would be an understatement. Players, coaches, and spectators alike were soaked to the bone after the matches held at Seattle University and Willamette University. Despite the rain, teams stated they had a great time!

Willamette University hosted Lewis & Clark and Western Oregon, where they played a round robin style of 10s.

Seattle University played three 40 minute mini matches, first against Eastern Washington University and third against the University of Puget Sound. UPS and EWU played the second mini match.

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances, Whitman College was not able to travel to Seattle U.

This Saturday Whitman, University of Puget Sound, and Willamette will be traveling to Lewis & Clark. The match will likely see a combined Lewis & Clark/Whitman team versus a combined UPS/Willamette team. Unfortunately, neither Western Oregon University nor Seattle University will be traveling to EWU as planned. It seems the torrential rains  combined with the stress of midterm has taken its toll, causing many a cold amongst the players.

Players of the match:

Emma Eikermann and Claire West from Lewis & Clark

Kari Millstein from Willamette

Miranda Eisen, Ashley Rot, and Summer Herout from University of Puget Sound

Jenna Abbassi, Emily Ludwig, Miranda and Mikhail from Seattle University

Jess and Alyssa (ROOKIES!!!) and  Lorie Ledoux from Eastern Washington University

Western Oregon University’s #8 was given player of the match by Willamette, however without a roster, we do not know who wore #8.

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The pictures featured at the beginning of this post are from this last weekend and photo credit goes to: @ups_rugby, @ianmartin3596, @emmaeik17, @sapphire.dragon, and @marimoore98.



Fall Match #2

This Saturday all seven of our CCWRC teams will be playing. This Saturday the Seattle U Redhawks will host Whitman College, University of Puget Sound, and Eastern Washington University. Kick off time is at 2:15 at Seattle U (901 12th Ave, Seattle 98122). Just as with last weekend’s match against EWU, it was expected SU, Whitman, and UPS would combine to play 15s against EWU. However, with a lot of recruiting both EWU and UPS will each field a full side. Perhaps Saturday’s match will be several short round robin matches of an SU/Whitman team vs UPS and then EWU.

Willamette University, who joined the conference this year, will also host their first home match of the season at Sparks Field on the Willamette U campus (950 Mill St SE, Salem 97301) with a 3:30 pm kick off. They’ll be playing round robin style 7s matches against Lewis & Clark and Western Oregon University. This should be a great series of matches as all three teams can field a full 15s side, but are choosing to play 7s. Forwards may be feeling indifferent about their upcoming match, but they shouldn’t because forwards can play some excellent 7s rugby (

If you’re in the Seattle or Salem area head on out to watch some rugby.

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Life Is a Pitch, Pt. 1


Playing rugby means you will always learn. You will learn a new playing style, a new tackling style, you will learn to be a good sport, a gracious winner, and a diplomatic loser. You will learn the art of balance. Balancing school, work, practice, a social life, and all life throws at you.

This past Saturday Western Oregon University, Seattle University, Willamette University, and Whitman College all experienced something new. This was their first time playing as combined teams to play two consecutive 15s matches against Eastern Washington University, a team that has been practicing together for a while.

One of the biggest challenges when combining teams together is melding different playing styles and the teams took on the challenge with grace. Eastern Washington won both of their matches, but both the WOU/SU and the Willamette/Whitman teams put numbers on the board. All of the teams should be proud of how they played regardless of the score of the match.

All of this weekend’s teams had a lot of rookies, who we hope have fallen in love with the game. Eric Populus was a sport and was the referee for both matches. Ian Martin, EWU’s head coach commented, “Kudos to the referee, Eric Populus, for explaining things during the games for the benefit of the new players”. Thank you Eric for taking the time to explain the hows and whys of rugby. Every now and again even the most experienced players need a refresher.

Players of the Match

Willamette named the following players:

Colleen Ford and Addie Oaks- EWU

Hassia, Ayana, and Laura-Whitman

Olivia and KayLyn-Willamette

Seattle University named the following players:

Julia Pascua-SU

Addie Oaks- EWU


Western Oregon University named the following players:

Malina Foley-WOU


Addie Oaks-EWU

Congrats to all of the players! There are many reasons why players are nominated as player of the match. It’s not always big hits and great runs. Sportsmanship and heart play a part as well.

We’re waiting to hear from Whitman College and Eastern Washington University as to who they nominated as player(s) of the match.

This Saturday WOU and Lewis & Clark College will be traveling to Willamette. Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, and Whitman will play a combined 15s match against Eastern Washington at Seattle University.

Photo: Western Oregon University





First Fall Match

This Saturday Western Oregon University, Seattle University, Whitman College, and Willamette University will be traveling to Eastern Washington University to play the fall season’s first round of matches. As numbers were initially thought to be low for some teams prior to the start of the season, the two matches against EWU will see a combined WOU/SU team and a combined Whitman/Willamette team taking on the Banshees.

Teams have been working hard at recruiting thus far and will take the field with rosters totaling more than twenty-three players. With such large rosters we should see some great play on Saturday!

Lewis & Clark College and the University of Puget Sound have a bye weekend due to school break.

Next Saturday, all seven of our CCWRC teams will take the field.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @ccwomensrugby and be sure to share your photos from this weekend including team pictures!