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Berkeley vs BASH

The finalists in the 1994 USARFU championship had to travel 3,000-miles to Amherst, Mass, to claim bragging rights for San Francisco’s Bay Area, where both fifteens originated. The clash for the club title saw Berkeley (East Bay) defeat BASH, the Bay Area Shehawks (San Francisco) 19-14 for the crown.

BASH were the defending champions.

The eight teams that comprised the quarterfinalists in the tournament represented, historically, the cream of American Women’s rugby. USA Rugby East sent powerhouses Florida State and Beantown. The Midwest offered Chicago and the Twin City Amazons. From the West, came Black Ice and University of Missouri. Finally, playing from the Pacific Coast were Berkeley and BASH.

Berkeley’s route to the championship started with a sound defeat of Beantown. The East Bay side were ahead 18-0 at the break and coasted to the first-round victory. Next up were Twin Cities where Berkeley scored at the two-minute mark. Ahead 10-5 at the half thanks to some Jen Crawford offloads, the team added ten-points in the second period for the 20-5 win.

BASH also started well with a 27-5 conquest of Florida State. The Pacific Coast fifteen had no trouble defeating Chicago 40-12 in the semifinal match.

In the final, BASH surged ahead 14-3 at the halfway mark. seemingly on the path to a second championship. But Berkeley – now playing with a wind advantage – chipped way at the BASH lead. Jen Crawford scored to reduce the lead to 14-10. Then, a penalty narrowed it to 14-13. Two penalties later, Berkeley led 19-14 to claim the title.

For the first time, the USARFU organized a four-team Plate competition, which was won by Boston against the Minnesota Valkyries by a score of 25-12.