WAYNE – After securing a spot in the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) 2017 Women’s National Playoff Final Four, the Wayne State College women departed for Georgia Wednesday late afternoon.
Around 2 p.m. about 30 members of the Wildcat women’s rugby team as well as a few members from the guys team helping film and keeping stats, loaded the bus near Rice Auditorium on the campus of Wayne State College.
The Wildcat women graduated 12 seniors from last year’s team, but according to head coach and founder, Darrin Barner the team has worked really hard.
“What we did in October and move through the Thanksgiving weekend to get to the Final Four,” said Barner. “I’m really impressed of how well this team has advanced just in the last six weeks to where we’re at. I’m feeling really good about this weekend.”
WSC defeated SUNY Oneonta on Saturday, November 11 and knocked out Colorado College the next day to be crowned Region 4, West Champions. WSC will face Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday, December 2 at 11 a.m. CT with the winner advancing to the 15’s National Championship game on Sunday, December 3 at Noon CT. Bentley University will face York College of PA also on Saturday from Life University in Marietta, Georgia.
The trip is about 18 hours on the bus, with the team stopping in Nashville.
“We’ve worked hard, we kind of deserve a little bit of a mini-vacation on this trip,” Barner added. “So, we’ll have a little fun, little sight-seeing, but then you know we’re going to be all buckled down on Thursday night as we prepare for the weekend.”
Go to nscro.org to stream the games this weekend. Wayne State College is a three-time 7-on-7 champion in the Spring (2014-2016) and have been crowned 15-on-15 champions three times as well in the Fall (2012-2013/2016).