Rambelle Rugby Represents Texas

Rambelles travel to Florida for tournaments

By Eunice Tibay
On February 1, 2018

Photo contributed by Emily Hecox
Emily Hecox, senior, defends her teammate against their opponent.

Six members of Rambelle Rugby were given the opportunity to represent Texas and play Jan. 20-21 at the National Small College Rugby Organization Women’s 7s All-Star Championship at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Eight teams, composed of players from different colleges and universities across the country, competed in the tournament.

The six Rambelle Rugby members played for Team LoneStar, which featured players from Texas schools.

"We did super well, except we got last place, unfortunately," Emily Hecox said. "It was our first year ever competing in this tournament. It was the first year that Texas ever had representation, so it was really monumental for the spread of rugby."

Hecox, a senior who plays fly-half for Rambelle Rugby, also shared how she played a different position during the game than her usual.

"I also had a lot of fun because I normally play what’s called a back in rugby, so I play in fly-half," she said. "But for this competition I played a prop, which is a forward position, so I got to learn a whole different position. I got to be involved in scrums and the lineouts instead of just being one of the primary ball-carriers, so it was super fun to learn a new position and not just always playing the same old thing that I’ve been playing."

Fly-half players in rugby carry the ball and kick or pass it to their teammates, while prop players bring the ball to the forward position.

Despite the team placing last, Hecox said that she had fun learning new skills and forming friendships with the players from different schools.

"They’re not just your competition;, they were your teammates in this," Hecox said. "So you got to form new relationships, learn new skills, meet different people--girls from all across the country--and I got to play a new position, so I got to learn more rugby skills, which is really cool."

In addition to Hecox, Aspen Escamilla, Zella Powers, Tori Clover, Becca Nyul, and Elly Mohr, other members of Rambelle Rugby, took part in the tournament.

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