Old Pueblo Lightning Women's Rugby wrapped up the 2017 competitive season with the best showing in its history. At the end of regular league play, Lightning finished on top of the standings within the Southern California Rugby Football Union (SCRFU) women's Division II for the second year in a row.
The final win over the Las Vegas Slots earned Lightning home field advantage for the first round of SCRFU playoffs. In the semifinals, the team defeated Ventura 23-22 with a penalty kick in the last minute of the game. Check out the Tucson Sentinel for a full recap.
Lightning faced Pasadena in San Diego for the SCRFU D2 Championship. After trailing 24-15 at half-time, the Lightning mounted a second half comeback, culminating in a last-minute try to win the championship game 27-24. Read the full game recap on The Rugby Breakdown.
The championship win earned Old Pueblo Lightning a spot at the USA Rugby Club National Championship Series that kicked off at home in Tucson. First up, the team faced the St. Louis Sabres on Saturday, May 20th in the grand stadium at Kino Sports Complex. With hundreds of hometown fans cheering, Lightning posted points early and held the lead throughout the game, winning 30-15. Recap on Tucson Sentinel.
On Sunday, Old Pueblo faced San Francisco Golden Gate in the national semifinals and ultimately lost to a well-trained side that capitalized on Lightning's mistakes. Recap on Tucson Sentinel.
Old Pueblo Lightning has grown tremendously over the past two seasons thanks to dedicated coaching by Swing Depoint and a hard-working board that focused on player recruitment. The team looks forward to continued success and opportunities to share the sport of rugby with more Tucsonans in the 2017-2018 season.