The Village Lions Women are eagerly awaiting their matchup against Danbury this weekend and hoping to rightfully take First Place in competitive Empire Geographic Union (EGU). For several years the Leonas have had challenging playoff battles clubs in the NY/NJ area. When we celebrated the club’s 30th Anniversary in May, we drew in tremendous support and excitement around the club from all over the world. We heard from some of the Lions greats about the Leonas’ efforts from 2002-2008 when the Women’s team regularly earned a spot in the DII National Championship, winning the National Championship in 2002, and following with third- (2005, 2008) and sixth-place finishes (2004, 2007).
The stars were aligned when we hired Cobus Gomes as our new coach for the Women’s program. We were immediately impressed by his professional attitude and rugby acumen, having played for provincial South African teams The Sharks and The Golden Lions. Our experienced veterans have combined with a skilled rookie class out of great college programs, driving forward momentum to invigorate the program. The 2019 Village Lions are no longer interested in finishing second place. Since the beginning of the season the Leonas have put up an impressive 250 points for with only 68 points against over seven matches, largely crushing the local competition with relentless offense and fearless defense. We anticipate fantastic competition against Danbury this Saturday, but can’t help but look forward to showcasing our skills and talent on the National stage.
– JP Lindsey, President Village Lions RFC