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SoCal Names Griffins for LVI 15s

  • 27 Feb 2019

LAS VEGAS – Twenty-three players have been identified (from the 50 that expressed interest) to take part in a 15-a-side match against Phoenix Rugby (Florida) on Saturday, March 1 at 11 a.m. near Sam Boyd Stadium during the weekend of the LVI.

After two tryout weekends and two practices, the Griffins players and staff are eager to reboot the program with a statement. Updated roster below.

The Griffins program draws players from Southern California, Arizona, Las Vegas, and New Mexico D1, D2, D3 senior women clubs. The program seeks to create a viable and sustainable endeavor that allows for the growth of women’s rugby in the region, exposes players to new types of challenges and competition, and fosters community among players and coaches.

In the future, the Griffins program is looking to adjust the matches to a pre-season schedule, perhaps in conjunction with other 15-a-side All-Star activity that occurs in December.



Angela Baker – Belmont Shore

Serena Cox – Santa Barbara Mermaids

Nina Freelander – Tempe

Denise Manacop – Fullerton

Kimberly Molliner – Santa Monica

Ruby Parks – Old Pueblo Lightning

Cari Pick – Tempe

Cassandra Rincon – Old Pueblo Lightning

Molly Shamieh – Pasadena

Jessica “Puppy” Szakacs – Old Pueblo Lightning

Honoree “Honey” Tuazon – Santa Barbara Mermaids

Kaitlynn Verheyden – Old Pueblo Lightning

Amelia Wagner – Fullerton


Crystal Brown – Belmont Shore

Sydney Dudley – Old Pueblo Lightning

Judith (Judy) Gramajo – Old Pueblo Lightning

Tatum Hale – Old Pueblo Lightning

Erica Hiddink – Tempe

Heleni Kuma – Tempe

Sonya Livingston – Pasadena

Alex Rath – Old Pueblo Lightning

Sam Santos – Tempe

Nancy Woo – Belmont Shore

The Griffins are coached by Swing DePoint (Old Pueblo Lightning of Tucson), Anita Bradbury (Belmont Shore WRFC), and Ashley Loftus (SCRFU Coach at large). Team managers include Julie Gould and Leah Wills.

Contact Details

Head Coach/Defense Swing DePoint

Forwards Coach Anita Bradbury

Backs Coach Ashley Loftus

Leah Wills

Julie Gould


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