Squad notches first-ever victory

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    A team of nine girls piled into two cars early Saturday morning to put their hard work to the test. The TCU women’s rugby team played their inaugural game in The Woodlands and returned to Fort Worth with a win.

    Erin House, a freshman religion major and one of the team’s founders, said team members have been practicing since the team’s inception at the beginning of last semester. She said the proper steps are being taken for the team to become a recognized TCU organization next semester, and said they have the paperwork and enough upperclassmen interested, but they want to start with a fresh semester.

    However, nothing has stopped these women from playing their first match against another women’s team Saturday. The girls traveled to play against a Woodlands women’s squad, which is also looking to gain more actual game experience.

    House said the women practice three days a week, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 3 to 5 p.m. on Fridays. The Tuesday and Thursday practices are combined with the men’s rugby team and Fridays the girls practice by themselves to review everything in more detail, she said.

    The final score of the game was 10-5 with House and Kelsey Hannigan, a freshman psychology major, scoring the team’s two tries.

    House said a try is “kind of like a touchdown worth five points.”

    “Scoring my first try was an awesome accomplishment,” Hannigan said. “But the game-winning story is by far Rebecca Burke who, in the middle of the match, was tackled and had her ankle completely dislocated and broken so that it faced backward.”

    Burke, a freshman pre-major, said she will not be able to play for a couple months.

    The team currently consists of six freshmen, two sophomores and one senior.

    In order to play a full game, House said they need a minimum of 15 players, but they can play real games of seven on seven until they are big enough.