Tonight, on the turf pitch at Infinity Park in Glendale, Colorado, I ran around with two awesome teams, whose scrums were chatty and giggling through most of the game. Hard to not smile in moments like that. It was exciting, too! Score was Life West 34, New York 31. Life West will meet Glendale in the final on Sunday. All I gotta do is hang out with my friends and watch! It’s been a great weekend so far – just trying to soak it all in and cherish every moment, which I’ve been conscious of all season. So grateful for all of it – getting the game plan right, quick ball from rucks, traveling and seeing friends, etc. Equally as grateful for the disappointments and frustrations, because dealing with that stuff is what being a sportsperson is all about.
I began refereeing in 2008, and in November of 2013, I got a call from the late, great Mike Cobb, saying I’d made the National Panel for both 7s and 15s. We only had a 7s panel for a year but that was pretty special. There were lots of finals I’ve been trusted to do, but I never got to do a WPL final. It’s kinda the one that got away – 2015 should’ve been my year, 2016 definitely would’ve been if not for that unfortunate twist of fate (having my knee kicked out from under me.) But hey! You control the controllables and accept that NO ONE owes you ANYTHING. Still pretty sure I have the record for most WPL semifinals (at least 4), and up there for most WPL matches refereed as well, so I had lots of time in many very special games with the top women players in the country.
Anyhow, it’s November 2019, and it’s time to move on from the National Panel. USA Rugby is evolving, and I’m evolving as a rugby person. There’s one last challenge to finish out the year and then, at the very least, I can look back and say, I went for it.