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Posted November 28th, 2011 - Updated 11/29/11

 

                                                                                                   

 

Below is the Player and Staff Roster for the National All Star Championship that was held on the

19th and 20th of November in Florida

Below the Rosters is the latest U19 Girls' Thunderbirds 'Press Release'

Scores:  MW  U19 Thunderbirds - 54 vs. Southern California Griffins - 0  ||  MW  U19 Thunderbirds - 5 vs. USA U20 Eagles - 0

Championship Match:  Midwest U19 Thunderbirds - 22 vs. Northeast All Stars - 14

To view the introduction of the Team and the Staff through a slideshow click here

 

   

THUNDERBIRDS ROSTER for the NASC

THE FORWARD PACK:

 Position

 Club

Talia Carrasquillo

Hooker

University of Northern Iowa

Ell Donelson

Lock

Dearborn High School, MI

Patsy Ford

Prop

Akron Rugby Club

Allison Hale

Flanker

Indiana University

Kim La Mons

Prop

University of Northern Iowa

Tori Langhans 

Flanker

Winona State University

Crystal Nye 

Flanker

University of Northern Iowa

Mary Jo Reddy

#8

Ohio State University

Lariana Santiago

Hooker

North Central High School, IN

Andrea Peeters

Lock

Wisconsin Rugby Club

Karen Strunk

Prop

North Central High School, IN

Meredith Strunk

Lock

Indiana University

THE BACKS:

 Position

 Club

Ashley Akonta

Wing

University of Notre Dame

Talia Carrasquillo

Center

University of Northern Iowa

Emily Eades

Scrumhalf

Penn High School, IN

Wren Felton  

Flyhalf

Rockford High School, IL

Alexis Getz

Fullback

Lakewood High School, OH

Hailey Koehler

Wing

University of Minnesota

Missy Mattson

Wing

Purdue University

Drea Mertins

Flyhalf

Kettle Moraine High School, WI

Mariana Mesa

Fullback

North Central High School, IN

Brookelyn Netherland

Center

Warsaw High School, IN

Victoria Pellagalli

Scrumhalf

St. Joseph's High School, OH

Abby Ritter

Fullback

Grand Valley State University

Debbie Stenoien

Scrumhalf

University of Minnesota

Karlee West

Flyhalf

University of Northern Iowa

Kaisee Wiesmueller

Center

University of Northern Iowa

INJURED:

 Position

 Club

Lauren Becker

Prop

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Masie Duncan

Center

Indiana University

Katie Johnson

#8

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

30 Players

 

 18 Clubs

   

 

 

THUNDERBIRDS STAFF

Name:

Position

Club Affiliation

Chris Hopps

Head Coach

U19 Thunderbirds Head Coach

Garrett Fisher

Assistant Coach - Forwards

U19 Thunderbirds

Nic Lovatt

Assistant Coach - Backs

U19 Thunderbirds

Steve Murra

Assistant Coach - Backs

University of Northern Iowa Head Coach

U23 Thunderbirds Head Coach

Brittany Houston

Manager

University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Collegiate All American and NASC MVP

 

 

 

The Midwest U19 Girls' Thunderbirds used a powerful forward pack, sharp finishing wide, and a trademark stifling defense to bring home its 2nd National All Star Championship.

 

The Thunderbirds went to Florida with a large squad of 27 players due to the expanded 3 match layout for the Tournament.  That proved to be a good decision as the heat and intensity was a factor for all of the Teams participating.  The Thunderbirds featured players from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. 

 

Southern California Griffins:  Southern Cal looked daunting boasting powerful school programs and momentum built from last year’s event.  The Midwest Girls came out firing though and were able to touch down 46 seconds after kickoff.  After that it was a back and forth affair with the MW using defensive pressure and set piece authority to disrupt possession and keep pressure on the Griffins.  The Thunderbirds scored twice more before half time with Fullback Lexi Getz hitting 2 of 3 in the half for a 19 to 0 lead.  In the second half the pressure started turning into points as the Midwest scored 33 points for a 54 to 0 victory. 

Lineup: 

Pack:  Ford, Hale, La Mons, Langhans, Nye, Peeters, Santiago, M Strunk

Backs Akonta, Getz, Mattson, Mertins, Netherland, Stenoin (C), Weismueller

Tries:  Akonta, Hale, Mertins (2), Mattson, Nye, Stenoin, West  |  Conversions:  Getz (3), West (2), Mesa (2)

Player of the Match:  Crystal Nye

 

USA U20 Eagles:  In what would provide the sternest test of the tournament and an intensity fitting of a final the Midwest Girls started off fast again with Captain and #8, Mary Jo Reddy, punching in a tight ball after only 3 minutes.  The Eagles broke for 50m plus 3 times in the match, but each time the relentless Midwest defense kept from breaking.  Absorbing enormous pressure the Thunderbirds were able to keep the Eagles from punching over.  Karlee West was immense, making a massive amount of tackles from Flyhalf and routinely breaking the USA line, and won 5 to 0 after a masterful Catch and clearance from Fullback Lexi Getz.

Lineup:

Pack Carrasquillo, Ford, Hale, LaMons, Nye, Reddy (C), K Strunk, M Strunk

Backs Akonta, Koehler, Netherland, Ritter, Stenoin, Weismeuller, West

Tries:  Reddy

Player of the Match:  Karlee West

 

Northeast All Stars:  In the National Championship match the Thunderbirds faced the Northeast All Stars who themselves were bruised and battered.  The Thunderbirds used the same recipe of set piece and defensive dominance to pound out a 22 to 0 lead at halftime.  That lead would be tested by the Northeast's outstanding Fullback as she raced to 2 tries in a hard comeback effort.  The Midwest stood firm and used their rotation allowing for fresh legs to finish off the match and held off the Northeast for a 22 to 14 win.  Those 14 points were the first surrendered in 8 matches this year for the relentless Thunderbirds.

Lineup: 

Pack Carasquillo, Ford, Hale, La Mons, Langhans, Peeters, Reddy (C), K Strunk

Backs Akonta, Getz, Mattson, Mesa, Ritter, Stenoin, West

Tries:  Akonta (2), Netherland, K Strunk  |  Conversions:  Getz (1)

Player of the Match:  Mary Joe Reddy