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In 1999, the Berkeley All-Blues won their third consecutive Women’s National Club Championship defeating rival Beantown 32-10. The game was played in Lemont, a Chicago suburb, organized and run by the Chicago Blaze and Chicago North Shore.
The event featured the top eight women’s clubs to compete for the Cup and Plate Divisions. The Cup competitors included Berkeley (San Francisco), Emerald City Mudhens (Seattle), Beantown (Boston) and the Maryland Stingers. The Plate Division featured clubs from the Minnesota Valkyries, New York RFC, Twin Cities Amazons, and Wisconsin RFC.
In the semis, Beantown edged Maryland 17-12, led by three tries from scrumhalf Hillary Woodruff. Berkeley crushed the Mudhens 67-0 in the other semifinal game. Berkeley led 29-0 at the break, and scored five tries in the second period.
In the final, Berkeley’s speedy backline exploited holes in the Beantown defense, and led 1ed 20-0 at the half. The score reached 25-10 until Berkeley cruised in for a converted try to make it 32-10 at the whistle.
Maryland overpowered the Mudhens 107-0 for the consolation.
In the Plate Division, New York beat the Valkyries 13-10 for the title while the Amazons defeated Wisconsin 20-5 in the Plate consolation.