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Once upon a time, USA Women played in an Inter-Territorial Tournament to showcase the best players in the nation, an audition for the USA Women’s National team. For years, the event was held in New Orleans, but in 1990, it moved to Long Beach, California, in late January 1990.
The tournament was hosted by the Belmont Shore Women’s RFC.
Four fifteens representing All Star squads from the East, Midwest, Pacific, and West squared off in a round-robin format. Each region played three matches.
It was the East going 3-0 that were declared the victors, earning the title with 4-3 narrow win against the Midwest. The losing team was up 3-0 at the end of the first half. Finally, the talented future US Hall of Famer, Candi Orsini, broke in for a try (4 points in 1990) to give the East a well fought victory.
The East creamed the West 34-0 in the opening round with Patty Jervey running in for three tries and kicking three conversions. The East edged out the Pacific Coast 11-10 in the fourth match, as the losing XV nicked in for a last minute try but missed the two-point conversion that would have been the margin of victory.
The Midwest beat the West 14-4 but lost to the Pacific Coast 29-4.
The Pacific Coast went 2-1 and ended with the best point differential at 55-15. The one-point loss to the East proved the difference between first and second place. Outstanding for the Pacific Coasters were Chris Harju (15 points, most in the event), Cassi Law and Teresa Mauldin tallied eight points apiece.
The West (0-3) scored only four points in the tournament.