02/11/17 – Life West D1 v. Olympic Club & Berkeley All Blues

02/11/17 – Life West D1 v. Olympic Club & Berkeley All Blues

It was a perfect rugby day at Cal Maritime on Saturday. In the first match of the day, the Gladiatrix took on the Berkeley All Blues for their third – and toughest – D1 match of the season. In the face of tough All Blues defense, the score was 10 – 7 at the half, and it wasn’t until the second half that the Gladiatrix were able to pull away, finishing with six tries on the day for a 32 – 12 final score. Students Amy Naber, Jordan Gray, and Sarah MacArthur featured, and second quarter Aubrey Huey was named player of the match. Next week they face Colusa RFC away. In the men’s match, our D1 side took on Olympic Club in an excellent match. Similar to the women’s game, it was not until the second half before the Gladiators were able to dismantle the Olympic defense. At the half, the Gladiators lead Olympic Club 14 — 12, with tries by Dev Ferris & man of the match Maka Tameilau. Second-quarter flyhalf Gui Casenave handled the kicking duties, and first-quarter flanker Zach Bronte was strong in kickoffs, lineouts, and defense. At the final whistle, Life West finished strong at 38 – 20. Next week’s D1 match is away against the Sacramento Lions. Lastly, a shoutout is needed for Athletics Director & Head Coach Adriaan Ferris for suiting up for the B side...

01/28/17 – D1 Gladiators & Gladiatrix

Our Life West Gladiatrix travelled to San Jose and came out with a convincing 85 — 0 win, with strong performances by forwards Sarah McArthur, Mele Taumoefolau, Jordan Gray, and backs Mata Hingano & Morgan Rovetti. They face SFGG at Treasure Island this weekend, and go ahead 2-0 in their inaugural D1 season. At Sunset Field in Hayward, the Gladiator Cal Cup side hosted the Glendale Raptors from Colorado for a high-level exhibition match. Although flowing and creative rugby was played by both sides, the Raptors came out on top 50 — 19 at the final whistle. In the final match of the day, the men’s D1 season started off with a bang, facing cross-town rivals EPA in a hotly contested slugfest that stayed close until the end, with the Gladiators coming out ahead 30 — 27 with students Charlie Brennan, Sean Riley, Placido Castrejon, Tyler Harrison, Moses Villarreal, and Tyler Hutcherson featuring. Next weeks’ D1 match will be against...

Cal Cup Championship & Gladiatrix D1

Life West were on a mission at the start of the Cal Cup to win the championship in their inaugural PRP season, and they looked to complete that task this weekend against OMBAC from San Diego. However, they were unable to overcome their opponents 22-26 in a thrilling final at Treasure Island in San Francisco. OMBAC started out strong with a try in the seventh minute. Life West then replied through a penalty against the wind with a brilliant 40m penalty from fly half Guillaume Cazenave not long after. But the back and forth match continued as OMBAC exploited a turnover to score in the corner, putting the match at 12-3. Towards the end of the first half, Life West made a push but were prevented from scoring a try, despite OMBAC receiving a yellow card. Life West got out to a strong start in the second half when Cazenave scored Life West’s first try. That made it 20-8. The Gladiators then continued the push with lock Alex Pedjase scoring a try in the 50th minute to make it 20-15. However, two penalties by OMBAC gave them the gap they needed. Life West made one last push that saw Siupeli Sakalia get a try with just a minute left, but were unable to score again off the restart. Congrats to OMBAC on the championship and our Life West Gladiators on the great season. The Life West Gladiatrix also had their first league match of the season, emerging victorious over the Sacramento Amazons 83 — 10 with strong performances from students Hali Deters, Jordan Gray, Amy Naber, and Tiara Littleton to start...

Cal Cup – Week 5 Match Report

With both Life West’s and SFGG’s season on the line, the fifth round of the inaugural Cal Cup looked to be a hotly contested match. Sitting at the top of the table going in to this weekend’s match, the Gladiators needed a tie or a win to move on to the finals next weekend. The first score of the match came off the boot of Life West student and flyhalf Guillaume Casenave for the 3-0 lead. After an ensuring try by SFGG, the Gladiators responded with a try of their own through scrum half Dev Ferris, converted by Casenave for a 10-7 lead. Golden Gate, not to be deterred, soon pushed to a 24-10 lead, but Life was able to respond in the closing minutes of the first half with a powerful scrum and try under the posts by flanker Siupeli Sakalia for a score of 24-17 at the break. The second half opened with intensity, with Golden Gate and the Gladiators scoring a try each in the opening minutes and SFGG adding another penalty for a 34-22 lead with 20 minutes remaining. It was to be the last points scored by SFGG. Two tries down, Life West found momentum following an SFGG yellow card with a try through Huluholo Moungaloa, and were able to retain possession on the kickoff through a brilliant take by first-quarter student Zach Bronte. In the 77th minute, Life West was awarded a five-meter penalty, and flanker Siupeli Sakalia took the pass from scrumhalf Ferris and barged over for the winning try. With another perfect take by flanker Bronte, Life West was able to...

Cal Cup – Week 4 Match Report

The Cal Cup continued on in the New Year with an exciting weekend of rugby, with the Life West Gladiators looking to defend their unbeaten 3-0 record and top-of-the-table position as they visited OMBAC in San Diego. Life West was first on the board in the seventh minute as a sleek set piece play from a lineout saw scrumhalf Devereaux Ferris dot down. OMBAC responded with back-to-back tries in the 19th and 24th minutes, and added another penalty in the 30th for a 15-7 lead. The Gladiators countered through a converted Anthony Muñoz try in the 35th minute, narrowing the deficit to one point. However, just before the half, OMBAC answered back with a try going ahead 25-14 at the half. Life West came out charging scoring first in the second half through first quarter student and UCLA All-American flanker Zach Bonte, closing the gap for the Gladiators to four points at 25-21. The teams continued to trade blows through the middle of the second half, with OMBAC crossing the whitewash in the 50th minute and Life responding through a quick tap try through vice captain Ferris, cutting the OMBAC lead to seven. However, OMBAC continued to press with two penalties in the last ten minutes of the match and USA Eagle Todd Clever crossing in the 76th minute with a try to give OMBAC the 46-28 victory. Life drops to 3-1 but remains at the top of the Cal Cup table with 16 points. OMBAC and SFGG, also 3-1, sit right behind with 15 points. The last match against SFGG is effectively a semifinal, the decider for the...