The Florida Rugby Union Women’s team competed in the 15-a-side division of last weekend’s Atlanta 7s Rugby Festival, winning one game and losing two.

In their opening contest against the Cincinnati Kelts, the Florida ladies played a great defensive game but just couldn’t find the scoreboard in a 10-0 loss. Vicky Becerra (Fort Miami) made several thumping tackles, while Zoe Sanchez (Orlando) showed off her speed on a number of occasions.

Against the Harleblues in their second game, the FRU women really shined, coming away with a 29-17 victory. A first-minute penalty try was complemented by a pair of tries each from wings Mary Blizzard (Jacksonville) and Alison Beattie (University of Miami). Blizzard’s tries were particularly impressive, as she sprinted 50 meters for one score and 80-plus meters for the other.

In their final match, Charlotte were just too much for the Florida team, as they went down to a heavy defeat. Shannon Steele (Orlando) scored the only Florida try.

“I was so very proud of what this team was able to accomplish in such a short period of time,” said head coach Jason Schiessl. “We had two tryouts and one two hour session to put together a competitive team. That speaks volumes of the quality of players and the type of personalities on this team.”

Here is the complete roster, along with coaches and staff:

  1.  Alison Beattie – University of Miami
  2. Vicky Becerra – Fort Miami
  3. Danielle Becker- Eckerd College
  4. Mary Blizzard – Jacksonville
  5. Amanda Butler – Fort Miami
  6. Andrea Cammarano – Florida State University
  7. Cory Champer – Eckerd College
  8. Amanda Colton – Orlando
  9. Amber Cook – Indian River
  10. Michelle Durr – Eckerd College
  11. Ally Gallagher – Eckerd College
  12. Kristen Hanratty – Jacksonville
  13. Lindsay Jordan – Jacksonville
  14. Pam McCullough – Eckerd College
  15. Stacey Nemeth – Jacksonville
  16. Sam Norman – University of South Florida
  17. Foulso Ogundepo – Jacksonville
  18. Alex Pierce – Orlando
  19. Rayehanna Salkey – Florida International University
  20. Zoe Sanchez – Orlando
  21. Kristi Schnepp – Fort Miami
  22. Shannon Steele – Orlando
  23. Liz Yanuskeiwicz – Eckerd College

Head Coach: Jason Schiessl

Assistant Coach, Backs: Eyal Hakim

Assistant Coach, Forwards: Mike Lane

Conditioning: Alexander Chriest

Manager: Ross Devonport

For Further Information Please Contact

Ross Devonport, Team Manager



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