Friday, June 2, 2017

Women's DI & DII Club Championship Preview

The club championships start tomorrow and to help get you ready we take a look at the women's DI and DII finals.

DI: Life West vs. Raleigh (Saturday at 7:00 p.m. et/4:00 p.m. pt)

To say that the Life West Gladiatrix have been dominant this year would be a massive understatement. The team has decimated their opponents this year without losing a game. Their closest win was by 32-12. The went over the century mark twice in the season and came close several more times. In total they outscored their league opponents 651 to 39. In the playoffs they won 71-5 and 73-12 over some very good teams. All of that said, they are heavy, heavy favorites coming into their match against Raleigh.

For their part the Raleigh Venom had a great season in the very tough Mid-Atlantic. They only had some setbacks against NOVA, a traditional powerhouse in women's rugby. They had to work more than Life West in the playoffs but still picked up a big 41-10 win over previous women's finalist Beantown and a more narrow 18-10 revenge win over NOVA.

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The pressure is on Life West to deliver the big win. They are a team that could challenge for a WPL title if they were in that competition and they are expected to beat Raleigh. However, if the Venom can jump out to an early lead and rattle Life West they may be able to pull out the surprise.

DII: SFGG vs. Milwaukee Scylla (Sunday at 3:00 p.m. et/12:00 p.m. pt)

If the women's DI final ends up being lopsided the DII final could turn out to be intense. SFGG and the Milwaukee Scylla enjoyed a similar path to the final with comfortable and not-so comfortable wins in the playoffs. SFGG first ran over HARC before beating Old Pueblo. Milwaukee had a tight match against Harrisburg before beating Providence with ease. Milwaukee also breezed through league play with a 6-0 record. SFGG finished second to Life West in NorCal but looked strong throughout.

For a more in-depth look at both teams you should check out Jackie Finlan's look at Milwaukee and SFGG.

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