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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)!

Amazons Win 2013 WPL National Championship!

The Twin Cities Amazons have finished the 2013 WPL season undefeated and National Champions after a true championship match-up. The Zons took on two-time defending champions The Berkeley All Blues in the final match last Sunday at 3pm, what followed was nothing short of a great game of rugby.

While conference play proved fruitful for the Zons against the All Blues, it was not from lack of contest. The first match-up on Berkeley’s home soil ended in a nail-biting 22-21 victory for the Zons. Anyone who has seen the two teams play knows that it is a physical battle, both matching well in the forward pack and both stacked high with talent in the back line. The second match at home for the Zons was a huge moment for the team, not only did the Zons become the first team in the WPL to beat Berkeley twice in the same season, but they did it handily, putting up big points right away and not letting down to take the match 46-8.

Even with all of that said and done, the Zons went into Sunday’s match knowing that it would be the hardest match of the season. Any time two teams play each other 3 times in the same season it is a challenge, there are few surprises in game plan and it is just hard work and execution that decides the outcome. This championship final match was definitely no different and had the added pressure of playing a team that knows very well how to win national championships.

The Zons were the first to score with penalty kick made by Radtke to put the Zons up 3-0. This was quickly followed by a diving try by Berkeley’s flanker Nesburg, conversion was good by Bryson and the All Blues were up 7-3. After that the Zons kept the ball in Berkeley’s half for the majority of the time, but Berkeley fending off attacks well until Kugler found a gap and scored the Zons’ first try to take back the lead 8-7 Zons up. After that the Zon forwards finally got a payday after a well placed kick by Vonada when Brown and Bridges pounded their way in for a try. 13-7 Zons up to end the first half.

The second half Vonada started the scoring off with a tumbling try after a great set of offloads coming from the centers Kugler and Braaten. Zons up 18-7. This was followed by a long section of hard-nosed forward play back and forth for both teams. The All Blues were knocking on the door, but the Zons kept them out of the try zone, holding up a couple of try attempts before clearing the ball out of their red zone. Then Kingzett dotted down to bring the score to 25-7. Berkeley came on strong from this kickoff and put their lock Chou over the line to bring the score to 25-12, but the Zons made good use of time and ended the match with a kick to touch by Radtke.

A huge crowd of Amazon Alumni were in the stands for the whole weekend, at this point they joined the team on the field in celebration briefly before the medals ceremony. The well deserved MVP award was given to Lynelle Kugler, then the celebration began!

The Zons want to thank everywhere for their continued support this season and loved seeing all the Olde Girls at our matches both at nationals and our season games! Thanks for a great season!

 

Amazons Advance to WPL Final Match

The Zons took the field today against Beantown to play for their spot in the WPL Championship match. It was great rugby temperature for the tough forward matchup with the long time rivals in red and blue. Wind was strong, but the Zons pressed on to take the lead early on. Beantown never let up and kept the score to 26-0 at halftime. Beantown started the second half with fire and got two tries in quickly to bring the match to 26-10 the Zons looking to find their rhythm again. But the Orange and Blue didn’t stay quiet for long and ended the match 43-10. The Zons take on the winner of the Glendale vs. Berkeley match being played right now! More updates to come!