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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Crawford 10, Claremont 0

As a beautiful finish to their weekend in South California, Stanford Women's Rugby played Claremont College in a friendly game where both A-side and Crawford players joined in. Both Clementine Stip and Melanie Nacouzi got to practice the position of fly-half, with Melanie performing extremely well in her quick adaptation to this new position after only a few months of rugby in her pocket. Though the opponents' offense put the Cardinals on their heels a few times, they held strong and did not let Claremont score one try. Players Olabisi Ibrahim proved really aggressive on defense and broke the line several times on offense, always making yardage and scoring several tries. This game was also a shining moment for Charlotte Eilbert's as the scrumhalf scored her first try at this position, breaking through as she picked up the ball and ran on the side of the breakdown. This was also a formative game for the forwards as Alexandra Nana-Sinkam played her first game as a number 8 and made some great runs under the effective mentorship of Frances Wehrwein who led the forwards with her forceful tackles. Janae Grijalva also played a key role in the defensive work of the team. Though the team struggled a little bit at first to find its place on the field, their determination helped them regain dominance of the game. After a strong closure to the game, Claremont offered great food and songs, wrapping up the weekend in a delightful manner, punctuated by Mrs. Grijalva's delicious cupcakes! Special thanks to Claremont for their warm welcome and to the Grijalva family for being so amazing all throughout the weekend.