Get to know Fear the Bows, the first all-girls grades 5 & 6 rugby team in Rugby Oregon history! All are multi-sport athletes who now add rugby to their list of favorite sports to play. And playing sports is what they do! Five of the eleven play competitive soccer together. Six play competitive basketball together (one plays against them!). One of them is a Junior Rodeo Champ. And they also have a dancer, a gymnast and a football player! And all eleven now play Rugby together!
Team Momager Extraordinaire, Meagan English, shared that she was "really nervous we would barely have enough kids to play Rugby this year (with only 7 signed up right before the deadline) so we did a little free practice to get people to try it out, and filled up! We were also EXTREMELY lucky that Emily Reece and Emily Colvin, former Rugby Players for Canby High School through Rugby Oregon, volunteered to come coach the girls this season, and plan to return until they reach High School!"
While FTB are quite serious about their game, their fun side is always in tact. Every player has a nickname: Timmy, Tommy, Gertie, Dad, Ramen, Pablo, Cacus, Adopted Evily Sweet Aunt Sherry, Red, Bob and Michael. Even the coaches and team parents are in on the action and go by Fish, Lunch, Pieces and Tall Emily (what happens when two coaches are named Emily).
When asked if they'd be back here's what they had to say "Yes! At this point, it sounds like most of them hope to play again and represent Canby and our southern cities in Rugby! In fact, many of them were begging to try to play up to tackle next year (and the three 6th graders will!), but since the majority of our team are 5th graders, we hope to come back next year and do even better!"
Congratulations to Fear the Bows on an awesome first season of rugby together!