Stanford Women’s Alumni

SWR Alumni Match 2016 SWR Alumni and Undergrads after the match: Credit: Emma Coleman

The Stanford Women’s alumni returned to The Farm ready to celebrate the achievements of Vix Folayan ’06 at Rio 2016. The alumni taught a lesson to the undergrads as they showed they had too much fire power for the inexperienced team. The match was played in great spirits as the undergrads kept looking for opportunities during the course of the four quarters but the alumni ran out victors.

 

Through the eyes of our undergrad – Emma Coleman:

 

It was a clear and sunny day when the rugbaes took to the field. The wind whipped the smell of burgers from the grill out onto the pitch in a taunting manner. The sun swooped its way through the sky to beat down on the ladies in White as Richard rallied the troops, stating, “yes, these alumnae are good, but they’re old! They don’t have the stamina to keep up with you!” Ohoho Richard. Funny joke indeed, you tricky minx.

For though the ladies in White pushed valiantly on against the beating tide led by their former comrades, the day resulted in a loss. 54 to 5 to be exact. The most stinging betrayals were scored by Chelsea in the eighth minute of the game, and Maya in the sixteenth. Those traitors pretended to be on our side a few mere months ago, learning our ways and plays, only to stab us in the back, or in the appendix, as TayTay experienced. Shameless apostates.

Vix Folayan Returns to Steuber StadiumTo conclude the game, Josh delivered unto Vix a plaque commemorating her achievements as a rugby goddess, and she was then ascended into heaven on a chariot of angels singing the SWR fight song in perfect vibrato.

Reviews of the match are as follows:

“I feel like I was assaulted with a baseball bat EOM” –Hooker Kathryn Treder

“I never want to be hit by an Olympian again. I hate everything.” –Number 8, Michaela Derby

“Where is my appendix.” –Number 9, Olivia Tayback

A joyous day for all, truly. We thank the alumnae for their continued presence to keep us humble and full of aspiration to one day be as good as them.

Rugby Returns to the Olympics

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The last time rugby was played in the Olympics the year was 1924. Today in Rio, rugby returns to the Olympics. The form is different but the ethos of the game remains the same. After two years of qualifications, the gold medals will be decided at Deodoro Stadium.

 

So how does it all breakdown? The women will compete from August 6-8 and the men will compete from August 9-12. Each competition will be compromised of twelve teams: the top four teams from the 2014-15 World Rugby Sevens Series, six regional qualifiers, one repechage nation and hosts Brazil. There will be three teams with the top ranked teams automatically advancing and the next best five teams making the knockout rounds.

 

Team USA will be defending the gold medalist after winning in 1920 and 1924. Amongst the ranks of the two victorious Team USA squads were 13 Stanford graduates. In 1924 final, Stanford ruggers accounted for eight of the fifteen to take the field. In Rio 2016, the game will look a little different with the abbreviated Rugby Sevens being contested by both men and women.

 

The Stanford Rugby tradition will continue in Rio 2016, Vix Folayan (’06) will be one of the game breaks for Team USA Women’s Sevens. Folayan started playing rugby for the Cardinal as a junior as an integral part of the back-to-back Cardinal championships in 2005 and 2006. The track crossover started on the wing, but shifted to flanker to give her more opportunities to show off what would become her trademarks: pace and power. After her graduation, Folayan reverted back to the wing as she played for the Berkeley All Blues, before moving to the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista as a full time resident athlete in 2013.

 

Folayan and her USA Women’s Sevens teammates will be in Pool A against top seeded Australia, Fiji and Columbia. The USA Men’s Sevens was also drawn in Pool A against top seeded Fiji, Argentina and Brazil. The matches will be broadcast on NBC networks.

 

Stanford Finish 4th at USA Rugby College 7s National Championships

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Cary, NC – Stanford Women’s Rugby traveled to Cary, NC for the 2016 USA Rugby College 7s National Championships. The Cardinal qualified for nationals by winning the Stanford Sevens during fall quarter. The team prepared through the spring quarter and was drawn in Pool B with Life University (GA), University of Virginia and Texas A&M.

 

With a loss in last year’s quarterfinals to UVA, Stanford was expected to struggle in their opening match of the tournament. After settling into the match, Stanford scored each side of half time to go up 12-0 with tries to Maya Theuer and Madda Wilson. UVA hit back with a try before Fiona Meyer-Tereul iced the game with a long range try. The final score was 19-5.

 

Saturday opened against Texas A&M in the stadium. The 24-0 win was marked by a hat trick to Maya Theuer and a solo try to Madda Wilson. It was a good defensive start to the day with great hustle shown by the team.

 

In the last match of pool play, Stanford was meet Life University. With a score line of 7-0 at half time, the Cardinal had hung tough but a few handling errors proved costly with Life running away with the match 24-5. The solo try being scored by Olivia Bernadel-Huey.

 

The final match of the day was the quarterfinal with the Cardinal seeded #5 taking on #4 Central Washington University. CWU, a varsity program,  started strongly and with 3 minutes left looked to have an unassailable lead 19-7 after a try and conversion to Olivia Berndel-Huey. However, a yellow card and a penalty try created an opportunity for the Cardinal at 19-14. With a scrum near midfield, the Cardinal fed the ball and moved it wide to Maya Theuer, who got outside her opponent and cruised for the try to draw the game. With only seconds left, the captain, Olivia Bernadel-Huey kicked the conversion for the first Cardinal lead at 21-19. Off the kick-off, a connected Cardinal defense forced the error and Stanford moved onto the semi-finals.

 

With Tropical Storm Bonnie looming, USA Rugby moved all matches ahead on Sunday. Stanford was bested by Life University in their semi-final that was marred by the torrential rain. Unfortunately, Stanford could not adapt to the conditions and eventual champions Life University ended the Cardinal hopes with a 26-0. The Cardinal ended in the tournament with a loss to finish in 4th place overall.

Stanford Women’s Rugby capped the 7s season with a fantastic tournament performance, that saw them in the improve on their finish from 2015. Thank you for all the support from parents, siblings, friends and alumni in Cary, NC and watching the live stream.