Photo: Jackie Finlan
The Women’s Premier League (WPL) has wrapped up its regular season and the national championship matches are now penciled in. Games will occur Friday, Oct. 26 and Sunday, Oct. 28 at Life University in Marietta, Ga.
First up, the four title contenders. Blue Conference’s San Diego and Glendale had guaranteed their semifinal berths last weekend, so this final round was for seeding. The Surfers got their bonus-point win against ORSU, thereby securing first, and Glendale posted a 85-12 win over Chicago North Shore. The latter occurred in Glendale, just a couple of hours after day one of the HSBC USA Women 7s tournament ended.
Twin Cities also secured the top seed out of the Red Conference last weekend, and the second berth went to New York after its 24-15 win over Beantown in Boston.
SEMIFINALS – Friday, Oct. 26 (EST)
3:30 p.m. San Diego vs. New York
5:30 p.m. Twin Cities vs. Glendale
FINALS – Sunday, Oct. 28
3:30 p.m. 3rd Place
5:30 p.m. Final
The bottom six teams are arranged differently. Both 3rd place teams Berkeley and Atlanta will play each other Friday. The winner will advance to the 5th place match, while the loser will head to the 7th place match Sunday.
The conferences’ 4th and 5th place teams will contest a play-in of sorts on Friday. Within that quartet, the winner with the larger point differential will compete in the 5th place game, and the winner with the smaller point differential will play for 7th. The two losers from Friday play for 9th.
5TH PLACE PLAY-IN – Friday, Oct. 26
#1 10:00 a.m. ORSU v D.C. Furies
#2 11:45 a.m. Beantown vs. Chicago North Shore
5TH PLACE SEMIFINAL
#3 1:45 p.m. Berkeley vs. Atlanta
PLACING ROUNDS – Sunday, Oct. 28
10:00 a.m. 9th Place: Loser #1 v Loser 2
11:45 a.m. 7th Place: Loser #3 v Winner #1 or #2 with smaller PD
1:45 p.m. 5th Place: Winner #3 v Winner #1 or #2 with larger PD
FULL SCHEDULE FROM USA RUGBY: