The New York Lady Magpies hosted the first women’s tournament of the 2010 season at on May 8. Three teams competed in the Big Apple for the first hit out of the year: the New York Lady Magpies, the Toronto Central Lady Blues, and the Reds, a fusion team comprised of players from Atlanta, Baltimore, Minnesota, Arizona, Milwaukee, and Denver.Â The tournament was a great success with tough tackling and determination at the ball under the hot sun in Yonkers, NY.
In the first game of the day, the Lady Magpies faced the Reds fusion team.Â There was no home field advantage in this match however.Â The Lady Magpies played 2 players down against a Reds team comprised of mostly former US Freedom players.Â The skill and experience of the Reds showed on the scoreboard with the Reds racking up 10 goals in the 1st half.
BW Lady Eagles Judith Stein and Eileen Geoghegan dominated in the middle winning most of the footy despite Erin Polulach’s fierce job in the ruck.Â Lady Pie rookie Rebecca Gallogly proved to be a natural kicking 2 goals in her first game ever.Â Without Jane Moore at fullback, the Reds wouldâ€™ve surely doubled their successes on goal.Â The Reds had to fight hard in the middle due to the constant determination at the ball of Andrea Casillas who seemed to be present wherever the footy was.Â With a squad comprised of half rookies and half vets, the Lady Pies walked away with their heads high despite the loss.
Goalkickers: Rebecca Gallogly 2
Best NY: 1) Rebecca Gallogly 2) Jane Moore 3) Andrea Casillas
Injuries NY: Odette Smolicz (Fractured ribs)
In a more evenly matched game, the Lady Pies took on the visiting Lady Blues.Â With the addition of the McHale sisters, NY seemed to crumb the footy all over the field denying the Blues of much action in the 1st half.Â Erin Polulachâ€™s stellar performance in the ruck for the Pies ensured that the black and white won most of the taps.Â However, the Blues possessed speed and agility in the middle often coming out of the center with the footy.
Jane Moore moved up the field to a more comfortable position at full forward and successfully scored 3 goals during the match.Â New York dominated the uprights with 7 goalkickers total.Â The Pies tiring in the second half opened up the doors for the Lady Blues to close the gap on the scoreboard and the Blues kept the pressure on the Lady Pies the entire 40 minutes.Â With ferocious tackling and struggles for the ball on the ground, these 2 squads battled it out until the end with the home team coming out on top for their second win in Lady Magpie history.
NY Goalkickers: Jane Moore 3, Erin Polulach 2, Bec Pearce, Andrea Casillas, Monica Robbins, Rebecca McHale, Christina Licata
Best NY: 1) Siobhan McHale 2) Rachel Sweeney 3) Monica Robbins
In the last match of the day, the Reds defeated the Blues in game that seemed dominated by the experience of the veterans of US Womenâ€™s Footy.Â The Blues, down some women, enlisted the aid of Lady Magpies Jane Moore and Siobhan McHale on the field.Â NYâ€™s McHale was voted best for the Blues picking the ball up and being the only goalkicker for the Canadian side.