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The Eastern Women’s 7s Championship in 1993 contested at Columbia, South Carolina, represented a further indication of the growth and popularity of the sevens game for women rugby players in the United States. This marked the third year of the popular event.
The title was won by the Maryland Stingers for the third consecutive year, led by Most Valuable Player and Eagle center Julie Drustup. The Stingers romped over the Maulie Maguires 40-5 in the final. Other Stingers that performed well were Anita Pease, Sue Parker, and Lisa Schofield.
In all, six teams qualified for the chance to compete for the Eastern 7s by finishing in the top two places in three previous tournaments. The other four were Southeast Harlequins of Atlanta, the NOVA Piranhas, Chesapeake, Maryland, and, finally, Eno River, North Carolina.
In the semifinals, the Stingers beat NOVA 49-0 while the Maguires prevailed over Southwest 14-0.
The Stingers, the number one seed, relied on the efficient conversions from Drustup and Parker, combining for 18 total out of 20 success rate.
Team lineups follow:
Stingers – Drustrup, Peltz, Hairston, Schofield ©, Pease, Jones, and Parker
Maguire’s – Grubb, Crockart, Novak, Batzel ©, Spirk, Saras, and Noden.
Still, by 1993, there was not yet a National Women’s 7s, an idea whose time would come eventually.