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Asst. Captain Lauren Leonardi (junior) takes off on her game-winning run on the game’s last play.

Sussex, WI–Hamilton completed their regular season with a thrilling win against the B team of the country’s #1 ranked club, DSHA. Lauren Leonardi’s 40-meter breakaway put her team ahead on the last play of the game.

DSHA’s B team struck first when their #8 fought her way to a 5-0 lead. Hamilton’s number 8, Captain Hannah Pfersch answered back with a try of her own that put Hamilton ahead 7-5, but DSHA was not behind for long, as they added another try, putting them up 12-7 right before the half.

Hamilton came out strong in the second half, and Pfersch used a quick lineout to give the Hamilton a 12-10 lead that held for most of the half until DSHA was awarded a penalty, just meters from the try. Opting for a more conservative approach, DSHA took the kick and went ahead 13-12.

Hamilton became disorganized and frantic in the final five minutes, as they tried to avoid the loss, but they were able to get the ball down to Leonardi who found a small hole in DSHA’s back line. DSHA was able to get a hand on her, but she was able to break through the arm tackle before going on a long run for the go-ahead score that sent Hamilton’s Hooligan Fan Club into a frenzy.

Hamilton finished the regular season 2-2 and are now slated to play Fox Valley at home on Saturday in the league’s fifth-place semi-final.

Fantastic Five

  • Lauren Leonardi
    • Took the game in her hands with a magnificent run.
  • Hannah Pfersch
    • Hannah had two huge tries to keep the team in the game.
  • Alex Werra
    • Converted a kick, had some great runs, and made big tackles.
  • Calla Dane
    • Had her best performance of the season, played with passion.
  • Angel Junkert
    • Struggled with some throws in the weather, but perfectly executed the most complicated throw at exactly the right time.

Written by hamiltonrfc

Hamilton RFC was started in 2017 and calls Sussex, Wisconsin home. Currently, the club only has a girls' side.