By Elisabeth Ford
The Hofstra University Women’s Rugby Football Club is packing up as the season comes to an end, but not before bringing their A-game to their matches, tournaments and especially practice.
Club member Sarah Purschke said the team’s effort paid off this fall. “This season was a game changer for us. We really proved ourselves on a bigger stage,” Purschke said. “With all the hard work we put in this season, we ended up at the tristate championship as well as the [National Collegiate Rugby] regional playoffs. It was super rewarding, as it was the first time in program history.”
According to GetInvolvedHU, the women’s rugby club welcomes all girls on campus, no matter their background in the sport. The club says:
“One of the great things about this sport is that there is a position for everyone: Big or small, short or tall, rugby could be for you! No prior rugby or sports experience is necessary to join the team, and we are always welcoming new girls to our rugby family!”
During a recent practice, players worked on endurance, coordination and skill. Not only did they show up for the sport, but also for their team. While the girls stepped up to the cones for drills, their teammates loudly cheered them on.
“I would say it is such an accepting family-like atmosphere. We all want the best for this team and each other,” Purschke said of the club.
See the photos below for a glimpse at the women’s rugby team practice.