Nashoah, WI–Hamilton opened their season with a hard fought battle that quickly developed into a convincing 59-10 win. Of the 35 Hamilton players in attendance, 24 were playing in their first 15s game and 12 were playing in their first rugby game in either format (7s/15s). Lost in the big runs from the Torres twins for four tries was Meghan Rank’s 19-point performance that set a team record for most points scored by a Hamilton player in a 15s game. Rank scored a try and made 7 of her 9 conversation kicks, another team record.

Stevens Point came out looking to play the spoiler. They opened the game with a quick try and did well to keep posession of the ball, but Hamilton was able to use a barrage of tries and great defense to wrestle control of the game.

The stellar defensive effort saw Hamilton hold up two Stevens Point tries and stop a Stevens Point maul at the tryline.

Camille and Jasia Torres both scored a pair of tries. Graces Strelow, Grace Farrell, Olivia George, and captain Ayana Phelps also scored during the contest.

After a strong performance in the developmental match, Caitlyn Diemen was given some minutes at the end of the game, becoming the first Hamilton freshman to play in a 15s game since 2019. Diemen made a great run and offload, which seemed to setup Izzy Niebler for a try, but the play was called back due to a very close call for a forward pass.

Developmental Match Against Madison Exhibits Hamilton’s Great Potential

Prior to the varsity contest, Hamilton played two twenty-minute halves against the Madison Furies. The Furies were the D2 7s champions last spring, and they proved to be a formidable opponent for the Charger’s developing players. Hamilton didn’t let Madison score easy, and the Chargers showed good organization and a decent understanding of the game for young players. Hamilton coaches noted it was possibly the best debut by a developmental side in team history.

Players of the Game

All photos courtesy of Jake Dieman

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