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Kerri Heffernan, Beantown, with the ball

In May 1987, the ninth Women’s Club Championship was contested in San Diego between the perennial rivals Beantown RFC of Boston against Florida State. These two clubs had won seven of the eight prior events, dominating women’s rugby in the USA. The other victory came from the Belmont Shore Landsharks in 1981. 

Both fifteens experiences different paths to the finals; Florida State easily beat New Orleans Half Moons 18-0 and Minnesota 24-0. Beantown narrowly defeated Chicago 8-0, and then Belmont Shore 12-4.

A generous crowd of some 600 assembled at Robb Field to view the finale.  

Beantown won 6-4 in a match that Referee Ed Todd (NCRFU) described as, “The final was everything I expected. It was the best game of the weekend.”

After a seesaw opening in the first forty-minutes, Florida State winger Karen Davis went in for the try. Conversion missed and the southerners were up 4-0. With a few minutes left in the first half, Beantown winger Carmen Morrison intercepted a pass, scoring under the posts. Conversion made, and Beantown were up 6-4.

The second half turned into a defensive struggle. Florida State missed a 22-meter penalty in the waning moment of the game. Victory to Beantown, which could chalk up three wins against their rival in 1987.  The win also tied the national championships at four each for the two clubs.

Importantly, the game showcased 20 Eagle candidates.