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2014 Fall Season in Full Swing!

It is nice to write to you all with news about Amazon rugby actually happening! I hope that we’ll get to see all your shining faces in the coming weeks! In the meantime, here is an update on what we’ve been up to!
Week 1 D2: 
The Zons opened the season with a big win against Menagerie up at the All-Minnesota tournament in Rogers, MN. Lots of new faces on the field, but our new crop of Zons wore the Orange and Blue well! Final score 58-17.
Week 2 D2:
This past weekend, the Zons traveled to Madison to take on Wisconsin Women. The Zons came out strong in the first half dominating possession, but couldn’t quite take advantage of their field position. Going into the second half down 21-5, the Zons worked hard but couldn’t tip the scales in their favor. An always strong Wisconsin side continued to use their speed on the outside and won the contest 52-5.
Week 1 WPL:
The Zons hosted the Atlanta Harlequins this Sunday in their season opener. It was a beautiful day for rugby! Although they had a slow start, the young squad worked through some issues and came out hard in the second half. Focusing on hard-nosed forward play, the Zons overcame a halftime tie to win the match 38-12. 

Annual Golf Tournament a Success!

The golf tournament was a great day in the sun for the Zons! We met some new faces and welcomed our old friends on the course. The day was lots of fun and helped the Zons raise over $7k for our season. A big thank you goes to Tiff’s and to all of our hole sponsors and everyone who came out to golf!
Amazon Match Programs Coming Soon!

A big thanks to Anna Brown and Carla Schleicher for their hard work making awesome programs that we will have for sale at our home matches this year! The programs feature fun facts about all the current players and coaches as well as a great overview of the Zons as a club, rugby as a sport, and a quick rundown of the rules so everyone can enjoy the match! All proceeds go to help the club!
Upcoming Schedule:

9/21: Amazons WPL vs. DC Furies at the Eagan Community Center Kickoff at 10am
9/27: Amazons D2 vs. Milwaukee Scylla at the Eagan Community Center Kickoff at 10am
9/28: Amazons D2 vs. Palmer at the Eagan Community Center Kickoff at 10am
         Amazons WPL @ New York Kickoff at 12:30pm (11:30amCST)
10/4: Amazons D2 vs. Wisconsin Women at the U of M Rec Fields Kickoff at 9:30am
10:12: Amazons WPL @ DC Kickoff at 10am (9am CST)
10:19: Amazons WPL vs. New York at the Eagan Community Center Kickoff at 10am
10:26: Amazons WPL @ Atlanta Kickoff at 12pm (11am CST)

Lots of things happening for the Zons this season, we are working hard to continue the tradition of great Amazon rugby! As always, thanks for reading everyone, see you soon at the pitch!!

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)