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Letter to the Editor: Lakewood Girls Rugby Team Has Many Reasons to Be Proud

Squad finished second in the nation following a tournament in California last weekend.

Editor's note: This letter was submitted by Lakewood Girls Rugby coach Andre Bruwer following the .

I am super proud of our Lakewood girls and our Lakewood parents and community who have helped year long with fundraisers.

It took more than just pure guts to achieve a second-in-the-nation finish. It took a community supporting us financially to help us get there, so a big “thank you” to everyone who stepped up and help our girls achieve what for some is only a dream.

What TV didn't show is that our girls walked on hot coals to get to the final, they faced up with a seven-time National Champion and undefeated Midwest Champion since 2003 and took them down, 19 points to 0.

They left nothing behind; they played their hearts out to get through to the final around. Unfortunately it did take everything out of us and we had nothing left to give in the final, we did ice baths, but when you come up against teams travelling with 40+ players to our 21, all you can do is close your eyes and hope their is still something in the tank. 

I am super proud of what our girls have done and their achievements deserve praise from all corners, they have worked from September through May in rain and snow, they have braved the elements and conquered many more hurdles than I would care to mention, but believe me, their is no team more deserving of a medal right now than our own Lakewood Girls Rugby Squad.

So congratulations ladies… "second in the Nation, baby."

-Andre Bruwer

Alexandra May 20, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Yeah!!!!!! (Genevieve' s mum)
Adrienne May 20, 2012 at 05:10 PM
So proud of all of you! Live your dreams Ladies!
leah May 21, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Congratulations to the players and coaches! All of the time and hard work that all of you put into your team payed off! We are so proud of all of you. Thank you to Andre and the coaching staff who are so dedicated to this team and the sport of rugby. Thank you for volunteering the many hours and your expertise to these girls. You have given them once in a lifetime opportunties and the confidence to know that they can accomplish great things on and off the pitch.

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