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Amazons WPL Win Season Opener

As with any season opener this match came with great anticipation, both teams coming into the contest with something to prove.  Atlanta is in their second year of WPL play after finishing well at nationals last year, and the Amazons are defending their national title.

It was a great day for rugby in Minnesota, sun shining and about 55 degrees at kickoff. After a few minutes of back and forth play, the Amazons struck first with Jamie Zarembinski dotting over the line. Conversion was missed, but Zons were up 5-0. Forward play continued to dominate, both teams plagued by penalties and handling errors, until Katana Howard broke the silence around minute 20. In her flyhalf debut with the Zons, Katana touched down a try that was converted by Jacie Vonada to put the Zons up 12-0. The Harlequins were not silent for much longer however, with #9 Amanda Carrington scoring at minute 27, no conversion Zons still lead 12-5. Atlanta with a lot of momentum at this point, continue to push the Zons back. With penalties starting to mount against the Zons, Atlanta pushed into the try zone again at minute 34. This time it was hooker Keta Sutton with the score, and conversion was made tying up the match 12-12. Back and forth play continued, but the neither team gained the lead before halftime.

In the second half the Zons came out hard with their forwards cleaning up some issues from the first half, and scoring in right away. Jamie Zarembinski put down a try at minute 21, it was converted by Jacie Vonada putting the Zons in the lead again at 19-12.  Atlanta answered this with a huge stanza of back and forth play, after 20 minutes of fight in the Harlequins’ half, the Zons finally got over the line again. This time it was Lynelle Kugler with the score, and Jacie following with another conversion to bring the Zons up to 26-12. This was followed by another forward try by front row sub Alissa Pehrson to bring the score to 33-12, and another try from Lynelle. Conversion was missed but the score of 38-12 carried through to the end of the match. Overall it was a strong match of forward heavy rugby.

Scoring:

Harlequins: 12

Trys: (2)
Amanda Carrington (@27)
Keta Sutton (@34)

Conversions: (1)
Jessica Wooden (@35)

Amazons: 38

Trys: (6)
Jamie Zarembinski (@6)(@44)
Katana Howard (@20)
Lynelle Kugler (@62)(@73)
Alissa Pehrson (@68)

Conversions: (4)
Jacie Vonada (@21)(@44)(@63)(@68)

Rosters:

Atlanta Harlequins

  1. Kassidi Wynter
  2. Keta Sutton
  3. Sharon Lau
  4. Kimberly Knipe
  5. Carly Harrington
  6. Angela Sun
  7. Madeline Vara
  8. Betty Wilbanks
  9. Amanda Carrington
  10. Lara Gartner
  11. Allie Price
  12. Rosiline Chou
  13. Jenna Grygier
  14. Briana Osetinsky
  15. Jessica Wooden
  16. Carmel Dixon
  17. Lauren Hart
  18. Shantel Nelson
  19. Becky Martin
  20. Judy Dikson

Twin Cities Amazons

  1. Ali Gillberg
  2. Jamie Zarembinski
  3. Andrea Vollmuth
  4. Morgan Johnson
  5. Anna Brown
  6. Mel Krug
  7. Lynelle Kugler
  8. Stacey Bridges
  9. Rachel Lentsch
  10. Katana Howard
  11. Kaelene Lundstrum
  12. Ashley Perry
  13. Jacie Vonada
  14. Kayla Finn
  15. Carla Schleicher
  16. Ashley Nelson
  17. Ashley Kastendick
  18. Alissa Pehrson
  19. Angela Ahrendt
  20. Amazons Kingzett
  21. Emilee Berkhalter
  22. Debbie Stenoien
  23. Tiffany Gjestvang

Annual Amazon Golf Tournament!

The Amazon’s most fun event and biggest fundraiser of the year is less than a month away! There are still slots open to join as a golfer, and it’s easier than ever this year with online tickets! Get your 4-some together and get your tickets, and don’t worry, if you are looking for teammates please send us a message and we’ll put you with a group!
Golfers get your tickets here:
Shotgun start at 1pm!
$95/person, 4-somes required – includes cart, greens fees, hole prizes and a steak dinner & drink of choice at Tiffany’s Sports Lounge.
Remember, this day is all about fun, but it also creates the income for our club for the whole year! Without the golf outing we don’t get team sponsored hotel rooms, team meals, or practice space, needless to say it is very important!
We also still need hole sponsors and volunteers for the day off the tournament, so if you can’t golf and still want to help you are in luck! :)
Hole sponsors are the largest source of fundraising we get from the tournament, we raise money by asking local businesses to “sponsor” a hole at our tournament. They get a free sign with their logo on it on the hole, which gets there name out to all the golfers, and they can send along business cards or flyers to put in the gift bags that are given to each golfer. Minimum amount to sponsor a hole is $150, but we will accept any amount over that!
Please contact us with any questions or if you are interested in volunteering or sponsoring! (twincitiesamazons@gmail.com)

Summer Updates!

Amazons Representing the US:
First of all, most of you know that we have some teammates currently representing the US with the Women’s National Team on their tour in the UK. The Eagles are playing Wales and England in preparation for the World Cup later this summer. Sylvia Braaten, Stacey Bridges, and Lynelle Kugler just left the country and they will play Wales on Saturday (June 28th), then England twice (July 2nd and 6th). Amanda (Worm) Kingzett has also been selected as a non-traveling reserve. I don’t have broadcast or streaming video details, but I will keep you all updated. Many Amazons have been involved in the Eagles preparation for WC and I want to congratulate all of them for their hard work!
Amazons at Pride (this weekend!)
This weekend is pride weekend in Minneapolis, and this year we have gotten into the parade on Sunday! A big thanks to Jade for putting lots of work in to make it happen! A few details for everyone:
We have space for 30-40 people on the float and currently only have 10-12 confirmed. This is open for any Zons current or alumni, so let’s fill up this float!
To be on the float:  Meet Jade on Sunday at the parking lot on the corner of 3rd and Hennepin, downtown Minneapolis between 10am and 10:30am. Jade will be providing coolers, but if you bring any beverages other than water they have to be in unmarked containers. Wear your best Amazon outfit and get ready to have a great time!
To help with the float: Meet Saturday at Mobo’s house (423 Pierce ST NE Minneapolis 55413) at 3pm, BYOB and pizza will be ordered so bring a little cash to chip in.
Amazon Summer Touch
Summer touch is now in its second week, I hope to see lots of you and lots of your friends tonight and Wednesdays for the rest of the summer out at Fort Snelling at 6:30pm! 

Amazon Apparel!!
Last but not least, we have new a new apparel order started through Rugby Athletic! This order includes sweatpants, training shorts, some game day apparel and also new t-shirts for our favorite Orange and Blue Nation!
I have worked with RA to make sure that the shipping process is much more simple, it is now included in checkout like any normal web store!
This order will also include getting new Orange warm-up shirts for the entire team, but I’m hoping we can all work together to get those free for every player! Right now they are $25 a piece, but the more t-shirts and tank tops we sell on this order, the cheaper the warm-ups get! Share with your friends and get the word out!
Link to the store: http://shop.rugbyathletic.com/collections/twin-cities-amazons
The store will be open until July 7th so that we can get all of the gear by season, and the t-shirts and tanks will be done even sooner.
For those of you who like to look at things and try things on, I will have samples of most of the stuff we are ordering at touch next week (July 2nd)!