Life West Gladiatrix: looking to the future (WPL)

Life West Gladiatrix: looking to the future (WPL)

National DI Club Champions, Life West Gladiatrix took on Central Washington University at Cal Maritime Academy in Vallejo last Saturday. In what is the only game scheduled for this spring season, after a hectic 2018 Spring and Fall season that culminated in Life West winning promotion to the Women’s Premier League (WPL) in the Fall of 2019. The purpose for the game was in part, to help promote Life Chiropractic College West to potential future students and in part, to keep the rugby program ticking over whilst the wait for summer club sevens and then the competitive Fall season continues. “We are trying to reach out to elite rugby colleges to let players know that we have postgraduate rugby scholarships available for any players who wants to continue their rugby development” said Athletics Director, Adriaan Ferris. “We are in the unique situation that we can offer aspiring young players the opportunity to continue their rugby career whilst pursuing higher education in a Doctorate of Chiropractic course” noted Ferris. The games are proving invaluable against quality opposition, having taken on Lindenwood University, Life University and now Central Washington, the Gladiatrix are keeping abreast of the talent that exists at the elite D1 level.     Any player who is interested in studying towards becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic should contact Adriaan Ferris, Athletics Director aferris@lifewest.edu...
Pacific Rugby Premiership Player Of The Week: Tesimoni Tongauiha

Pacific Rugby Premiership Player Of The Week: Tesimoni Tongauiha

By Alex Goff (FloRugby) Life West thundered past OMBAC last weekend in the second round of the PRP, blindside flanker Tesimoni Tongauiha was in the middle of it all. “He was hurt most of last year and he has worked hard to come back this season,” said Life West captain Devereaux Ferris. “To see him get around the park the way he did and the difference he made, he’s a great asset to have.” Tongauiha adds an extra dimension of speed and athleticism to the Life West pack. His size – height and power – make the blindside flanker more like an extra No. 8 on the field. And as you see in the highlight, he showed some soft hands, and a solid work rate in the #6 jersey. Tesimoni Tongauiha is our Samurai PRP Player of The Week for Round 2. For the video link click...
Opening Round win for Life West in the Pacific Rugby Premiership

Opening Round win for Life West in the Pacific Rugby Premiership

Article by Alex Goff (FloRugby) The Pacific Rugby Premiership kicked off this weekend and already things are different from last year. Life West emerged as a real contender with a powerful performance at SFGG’s home field on Treasure Island. Showing tons of pace and plenty of power in the breakdown, the Gladiators defeated SFGG 45-18. The Gladiators scored in the first few moments when flanker Tesimoni Tongauiha powered through several tacklers to get to the line. The center pairing of Meli Ratumaimuri and Josefa Vuatalevu put SFGG under plenty of pressure. Vuatalevu scored a superb try, sidestepping several SFGG players to get over. Everyone seemed to get involved, with massive prop Fancy Namulauulu scoring on the wing. In the second half, SFGG was able to inch closer with a penalty and a try, but Life West scored three late tries that put the game away. SFGG captain Neil Barrett said his team needs a lot of work in the set piece, but added he felt they were improved in the second half. Life West captain Devereaux Ferris was pleased with the performance, but felt there is more to do. “I thought we played pretty well at times,” he said. “Our skill and fitness levels need to be up. Moving forward [we need to be] getting the boys more playing time.” Full article:...
Highlight: Our Story… Celebrating five years of growth

Highlight: Our Story… Celebrating five years of growth

The Life West Rugby program has only been around for 5 years. Check out our latest facebook story using the link below: https://www.facebook.com/LifeWestRugby/               “A key goal is to develop good people – true ambassadors for the college, chiropractic, the sport and themselves.” – excerpt from the facebook...
DI West Repechage – Life West v. Austin Blacks

DI West Repechage – Life West v. Austin Blacks

Life West Gladiators v. Austin Blacks – Saturday, May 6th, 2017 This past weekend our Gladiators traveled to Austin, Texas to face the second place team from the Red River, the Austin Blacks, in a Division I repechage match. The game was a rematch of last year’s National Semifinal between the Austin Blacks and the Life West Gladiators, and both teams were eager for another chance to test their fortitude on the Austin Blacks’ home pitch. Off the kickoff, the ball was cleared and the Gladiators earned a lineout in the Blacks’ 22. A long throw in lead to a maul 20 meters from the Austin line, and the Gladiator forwards charged forward with little resistance, with hooker Jay Finau picking up the first try of the day . First-five Gui Cazenave easily slotted the conversion and the Gladiators stepped out to an early 7 – 0 lead. In the 11th minute, the Blacks worked their way into the Gladiator half, stringing together several phases towards the goal line. The Life West defense held firm, and earned the turnover off an unplayable ruck. The ball was sent wide from the ensuing scrum to fullback Tyler Harrison, who took it to the halfway line. Quick ball was achieved, and a few phases later right wing Leki Latu took it up and offloaded to Harrison, who streaked down the right side, drew two defenders, and put a deft grubber inside to scrumhalf Devereaux Ferris to score under the posts. Cazenave again handled the conversion, and the score was 14 – 0 after 14 minutes. Off the kickoff, eightman Maka Tameilau broke three tackles and burst upfield,...