Moving past our regular season, the Pittsburgh Forge was now back in the Buffalo Women’s crosshairs. Combined efforts from captain’s Chelsea Palmer and Jenna Hutzler to keep the girls determined, humble and hungry were finally coming to fruition. Practices were becoming harder physically and more difficult mentally. Pittsburgh was waiting for them and Buffalo wasn’t prepared to lose again, not at the second round of playoffs.
En Route to Pittsburgh
At 5:45am on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 — BWRC embarked for Pittsburgh, unaware of what was going to unfold for them. As they ventured south, they hit a complete white out, unleashing weather Buffalonians are both accustomed to and plagued with in the worst times. Despite spin outs, tractor trailer accidents, major route closings, detours and replaced windshield wipers, the team made it past the worst, but still due to be late for the 11am kickoff. In a show of unparalleled sportsmanship, Pittsburgh agreed to push back the kickoff until all of BWRC can arrive to the game, at 1pm. A disjointed and stressed herd arrived in Pittsburgh ready to play the game they’ve been dreaming of since September. As the first whistle blew, Buffalo came out with a first half hunger that Hann knew was always in them. Within the first 25 minutes Buffalo had put three tries on the board with Emma, Colleen and Mason, and was gunning for more. Pittsburgh responded before half with their own try to try and regain control of their hometown advantaged playoff game. Despite a second try in the second half from Pittsburgh, it just wasn’t enough, as Trisha John hammered the final nail into the proverbial coffin with a try in the final 15 minutes of the game. The Forge handled their loss with respect, and let their sportsmanship speak for itself. Buffalo Women’s Rugby Club had clinched the Midwest East Divisional Championship under their belt with a 22-10 win.
Buffalo Women’s Rugby Club moves forward to Chicago for Midwest Championships to compete against Milwaukee Scylla, a team which took the championship two years ago from Buffalo’s grasp in the final minute of the match. Scylla continued on to win the DII National Championship. BWRC looks to continue their winning streak and head to East Coast Championships for the first time in club history. And with the way these women play and battle for each other, it doesn’t seem like fate should treat them any other way.