Demons women rugby looks to continue domination moving forward

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Demons women rugby looks to continue domination moving forward

Henry Barth

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After a dominant first ever season, the Glenwood Springs Rugby women look to inspire others to play the sport and keep the the program running.  The rugby demons went undefeated against every team except Summit, ending the regular season with a 14-2 record. They played Summit 3 times over the course of the season, losing twice and tying once.  Summit has the best women’s rugby programs in Colorado and one of the best in the nation. Summits varsity team, coached by Karl Barth, has not lost in seven years, while playing teams from Colorado.

 

The Glenwood Springs Rugby Team was founded just this past 2018 season, grasping all the rules and plays was hard for the team at first.  Captains Ximena Gutierrez and Michelle Marshell took hold and led the team to their first win against Monarch. Throughout the season, the team could set the pitch more efficiently and shift plays to the outside more effectively, where there is more room to run the ball.  

 

After a dominating regular season, the rugby women entered the Colorado Rugby Playoffs seeded fourth.  Losing their first game to Summit, demoted the rugby demons to the losing brackett, but they made a heroic comeback, winning the next two against Palisade and Monarch.  The two last second wins, placed the rugby demons in third, moving up a spot in the Colorado rankings.

 

Seniors like Kendall Mueller, Erin Hassel, and Ximena Gutierrez look to pursue there rugby careers in college.  Upcoming underclassmen look to encourage others and continue to help the program grow.

 

 

 

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Demons women rugby looks to continue domination moving forward