Beantown Relishes Attack on Furies
Tuesday Sep 15, 2009 in Women Clubs
Week two of the Women’s Premier League generated a blowout on each coast. While Berkeley ran over Twin Cities out West, Beantown took the visiting D.C. Furies to school, posting a 75-7 win and running in 13 tries.
“Beantown’s an excellent team,” said DC captain Liz Dilley. “We would fight and fight on defense, but if we missed one tackle, they would break through with several running options in support. At this level, a missed tackle, lost scrum, turnover in the ruck, or dropped ball means something totally different than it did in the past for us.”
“We played the Furies during DI Sweet 16s last year,” Beantown coach Richard Ashfield said, “and while we anticipated the win, we didn’t expect it by this much.”
Beantown has emerged as the early favorite in the East, and its coaches are pleased that the athletes are not overconfident in their lead.
“The games are only going to get harder as the season progresses,” Ashfield continued, “so the coaches are happy that the players buckled down during practice last week to correct some issues we saw against New York,” a match that Beantown won 26-10. The goal was to be more physical at the point of contact and better alignment in the back line.
With the exception of a mental lapse that allowed a soft try from D.C.’s Beth Noto (converted by Emily Miller), Beantown righted its wrongs and dominated the breakdowns, which set up an attacking platform for nine players to score tries.
“Everyone stepped up and performed,” Ashfield said, “but our loose forwards really played well – Liz Terry, Mel Denham, Kristin Bonomo and Katy Augusten, who came on as a sub.”
Eagle centers Amy Daniels (3) and Emilie Bydwell (2), along with fullback Katie Dowty (2) were multi-try scorers. Denham, Terry, Augusten, Kelly Seary, Yancy Graf and Jamie Howard also put in five-pointers. Emily Jones (3) and Ashley Snyder (2) slotted the extra points.
As for the Furies, who are 0-2 in their conference, each loss is tinted with lessons learned.
“That’s the great thing about the Furies,” Dilley said. “They are so analytical, and we are starting to see what needs to happen to take our game to the next level.” For instance, Dilley praised the back line, which she felt outshined the pack, and whose hard work was rewarded with some line breaks.
“We are up for meeting the challenge in front of us,” Dilley said. “I think you will see marked improvements from us every week.”
The players will enjoy some lighter contact this week, as the league approaches a bye weekend. When competition restarts in two weeks’ time, D.C. will host New York (1-1), while Beantown will travel to Keystone (1-1).
Tries: Daniels (3), Dowty (2), Bydwell (2), Denham, Terry, Augusten, Seary, Graf, Howard.
Conversions: Jones (3), Snyder (2)
D.C. Furies 7
- Jackie Finlan