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Berkeley All Blues Women's Rugby Club

7s Season Schedule

(updated June 9, 2016)

6/04  Ethos 7s
(Corte Madera, CA) 
6/11  NorCal Series #1*
(Colusa County, CA) 
6/18  Silicon Valley Tournament
(San Jose, CA) 
6/25  NorCal Series #2*
(Sacramento, CA) 
7/02  BYE
7/09  NorCal Series #3*
(Silicon Valley, CA) 
7/16  ORSU 7s Tournament
(Portland, OR) 
7/23  ARC1’s 7s Nationals Qualifier*
(San Francisco, CA) 
7/30  BYE / Training 
8/06  Pre-Nationals Retreat*
(TBD local) 
8/13-14 7s Nationals Championship*
(TBD) 

*competitive side only

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40 more days 'til
Rio 2016!

Get excited! It's the first time since 1924 that rugby will be included in the lineup.  In Rio, 7s rugby will make its  debut, with both men's AND women's sides. PLUS, We have 5 All Blues-homegrown Olympic hopefuls currently in training for the US and Colombian teams. We will learn more about them in the upcoming months, so stay tuned! 

Congrats to
the raffle winners!

Bridget DeSantis, Lisa Dombroski and Mango Sharp all won tickets to either see the Men's Eagles compete with the Italian team (6/18) and Russian team (6/25) as part of the 2016 USA Men's rugby summer series. Thanks to everyone who entered the raffle by donating, and keep an eye out for the next one!

Image: usarugby.org

Alumnae Brunch Success!

Thank you to everyone who came to our event on June 5th! We hope you all had a great time! Special thanks to our volunteers Lisa, Bridget, Kathryn, Kyra, Meeko, Christina and so many more for making the magic happen.  See you at the next one!

Pictures from the event are posted on our website!

 

Player Profile: 
Bulou "Kendra" Mataitoga

Full name: Bulou Salaseini Lelevakawalu Mataitoga 
Rugby nickname: Kendra
Hometown: Suva, Fiji
Position(s): Wing, Center
All Blues since: 2013
 
Kendra is no stranger to rugby, growing up in Fiji where it is the national sport.  Her parents loved the game and she grew up watching 7s.  When she stopped running track and field, she decided to give rugby a try.  When she moved to the Bay Area, she first started practicing with the Cal Women’s rugby team.  At the time she was looking for a way to play more competitive rugby, and at Brandon Sparks’ suggestion (Cal rugby’s coach at the time), she checked out an All Blues practice and found that she loved it.   
 
Kendra said that she liked how players on the team claim to be playing their “last season” only to come back for another.  But this way, she “always get[s] to play with the OGs.”  She listed a lot of “All Blues OGs” that have helped her grow in the game, especially when she was starting out as one of the youngest players on the team.  She especially noted Irene Gardner, Ruth Bryson, and Jessica (JT) Turner.  She called Irene “a magician,” and by playing next to her she learned a lot about seeing the open space on the field.  Ruth Bryson’s “tricky ways” were “fun” and helped her see how to manipulate the defense.  JT “always plays with swag” and “if you have a question about footy, she’s got 20 answers.”
 
As an All Blue, Kendra’s best memories included getting a huge black eye from her first game.  She also noted 7s Nationals in 2014, which involved getting lost in the beer garden with Frances and then flying home the following morning painted blue, as per the social theme. 
 
Her spirit animal is an elk and she knows this because she googled it.
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The monthly Player Profile series aims to highlight an All Blue currently playing during each of the 3 seasons. Curious about someone in our community? Let us know who you'd like featured!

 

Upcoming Events

June 25-26      SF Pride fundraiser
                         Saturday and Sunday
                         
Booth A10A, 10 AM-5 PM

Visit our booth at Pride! A portion of the proceeds benefit our club. Our booth is A10A. It is a large cocktail booth located on Grove between Polk and Larkin. Look for your good looking All Blues servers in the lilac AB tanks. There will also be rainbow All Blues sunglasses available for $7 for team members or $10 for non-team members.
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