Photo: Kate Buzby striding towards the try line during the Portugal GU19 Tryouts. Photo Credit: Alex Tosheff

Sunday, Dec. 10th the Institute of Rugby held open tryouts for the 2018 Portugal Girl U19 tour and athletes from all over Southern California attended hoping to earn a slot on the final 25 player roster.

The traveling team will depart Southern California April 1st and return April 9th. During their time in Portugal, they will play a mid-week game against a local women’s side before competing in the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival being held in Lisbon, Portugal April 7th and 8th.

Congratulations to the 25 Athletes selected to represent the Institute of Rugby for the 2018 GU19 Portugal Tour:

Name Primary Position School
Madeline (Mabel) Ames Scrum Half Chaparral High School
Phoebe Anderson Flanker Bonsall High School
Morgan Bitner Hooker Fallbrook High School
Kristin Bitter Fullback Torrey Pines High School
Isabella Blake Wing Mira Mesa High School
Kate Buzby 8 Man Coronado High School
Ivori Cochran Center Mira Mesa High School
Naomi Colin Lock Mira Costa College
Zoe Constantine Lock Poway High School
Isabella DeVore Fly Half Rancho Bernardo High School
Abby Fearey Flanker San Marcos High School
Sage Glass Lock Torrey Pines High School
Kayla Hansink Center Mira Costa College
Ferolita Igafo Prop Belmont Shore
Avalua (Lali) Lafitaga Prop La Costa Canyon High School
Saryn Laserna Center La Costa Canyon High School
Kimberly Mendoza Prop At Large
Leilani Mendoza Scrum Half Alliance Alice M. Baxter
Arielle Munsinger Hooker Fallbrook High School
Kailey Perez Flanker Great Oak High School
Abbey Savin Fly Half Great Oak High School
Mary Sullivan Prop La Costa Canyon High School
Kelly Tosheff Flanker La Costa Canyon High School
Skye Waid Center Torrey Pines High School
Maddison Zaben Wing Junipero Serra High School

Coaching Staff: 
Head Coach, Hannah Harper
Backs Coach, Alev Kelter
Tight 5 Coach, Talia Carrasquillo
Loose Forwards & Defense Coach, Kate Zackary
Athletic Trainer, Niki Diggs

Non-Traveling Reserves:

Avery Banalas Center Empire Rugby Club
Gabriella Cunningham Prop Poway High School
Julia Haigh Center Mira Costa College
Mia Hickmet Wing La Costa Canyon High School
Sophia Rizzotto Hooker Valley Center Jaguars