The first game put UT Austin Women against Colorado College Women in a very entertaining match, but it was UT Austin that proved to be the better side on this evening. I apologize to UT Austin and Colorado Women for not paying attention to the score, but UT Austin did win the match.
The next match put the UT Dallas Women vs TCU Women, TCU had transmitted to us earlier in the week that they would only be able to field a 7's team. Meaning that the 16+ ladies that we have wanting to play at UT Dallas would have to be split again.
The line up for this match #1:
1. Ariel, 2. Elyse, 3. Natch, 4. Alyssa, 5. Judit, 6. Emily, 7. Stephanie
Reserves: Melissa in for Ariel, Samantha in for Judit
The game was played, but it was TCU that made the attack, and put points on the board early and often. The UT Dallas ladies played hard, never gave up, but in the end it was all TCU. The final score was TCU 27, UT Dallas 7.
UT Dallas lone points were scored by Stephanie (Try) and Alyssa (Conversion)
The TCU Women vs UT Dallas Women second game was played after the UT Dallas Men's match. This match was a tale of 2 teams. They came out with a purpose and while UT Dallas had to give TCU one player because they were short. UT Dallas Women played much better in this game.
The line up for game 2:
1. Guadalupe, 2. Vic. 3. Laura, 4. Alyssa, 5. Lisa, 6.Samatha, 7. Marie
Cora played for TCU and played quite well, would have liked it if the teams we play all have enough players so that we don't have to give our players to every team coming in.
In this game, it was all UT Dallas, they ran, tackled did everything that was needed to bring home the win. The was an entertaining match to watch for those able to watch. I on the other hand had weather to watch out for and sure enough, the second half was called off because of lightning within 10 miles of the field.
With the game being called, there was mixed reactions to this TCU was happy to get away with a split and earn a single bonus point for the tie. Colorado College on the other hand wasn't so happy, more on that later.
Scoring for UT Dallas Ladies in the second game was: Trys - Lisa (1). Alyssa (1) and Alyssa converted her Try. The final score of the shortened match - UT Dallas 12, TCU 0
Originally scheduled was going to be UT Dallas Women vs Colorado College Women in our first full 15's rugby match. This was to be a friendly match, to give all the girls an opportunity to get some playing time, not only for UT Dallas Women but also for Colorado College. They had a number of ladies that hadn't had an opportunity to get in the first game of the day. Their coach wasn't at all pleased with the call to end the games because of lightning, but it wasn't in my control. And off Colorado College went into the night, while all the matches were good, hard, clean and entertaining, I doubt that we get another chance to host them again in the future.
Now for the UT Dallas Men vs Colorado College Men match of the day. Since we were hit with a number of players taken ill, we played the healthy players who showed up and this was a great opportunity for a lot of players that haven't gotten a lot of playing time, to get some serious time against this visiting college side.
The line up for this match:
1. Jonathan, 2. Connor, 3. Maika, 4. John, 5. Weston, 6. Matt, 7. Elliot, 8. AJ, 9. Andrew, 10. Reece, 11. Zach, 12. Alex, 13. Stephen, 14. Graham, 15. Joe.
Reserves: Dominic in for 10. Justin in for 14. Graham in for 15, Mohammad in for 7, Alejandro in for 11, Christian in for 6, Tommy in for 13, Daniel in for Tommy (played hooker, moved AJ to outside center)
In this match Colorado College was a bit more fluid in their attack that we were and that is something that I as the coach take the blame for. I thought we would be better prepared, but with so many of our starters out, the continuity we normally had was not present. On a positive note, this did open the eyes of a lot of players, they now know the importance of running hard, bringing defensive pressure and all around catching and passing before the opposite defense gets on top of them.
In all the match began not so good, but developed into a very good match to watch. Trys scored by UT Dallas - Weston (scoring his first Try in 2 1/2 years), AJ (1), Dominic, (1). Alejandro (1) and Alex converting 2 of the 4 trys. The final score UT Dallas 24, Colorado College 37.
On Nov. 2 - our ladies have the weekend off, so no rugby for them. But the UT Dallas Men travel to Longview to take on LeTourneau University in our 3 league match of the year.
I expect LTU to be a better team than the team we met last year, currently they are 1 - 1, beating MSU and losing to SMU. They gave us fits when we traveled to Longview last year and I fully expect them to bring us a game. Directions to Longview wil