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EIRA Girls Open European Tour With Win in Spain

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EIRA Girls Open European Tour With Win in Spain

EIRA U18 Girls vs Catalonia U19s July 6. Photo Pat Moroney / TryZone Photo.

Eagle Impact Rugby Academy girls U18s opened up their tour of Spain with a victory over the Catalonia regional U19 team.

EIRA will also be taking a girls team to Ireland this summer.

Catalonia is the region that centers on Barcelona and borders Andorra and, crucially, Southern France, and they share some cultural aspects of life, including a love of rugby.

EIRA just recently arrived in Europe and got in two good sessions at the Camp Municipal De Rugby La Foixarda in Barcelona. It has been a bit of a whirlwind for the team as they arrived in Spain just 36 hours before game time.

Two sessions, apparently, were enough, as the EIRA girls won 26-5. Tahna Wilfley, Erin Croke, Teagan Barth, and Lucy Walker all scored tries for the tourists, while Caitlin Moroney converted two and Molly Kennedy added one.

The game was played in great spirits and at a high pace and the Eagle Impact payers did very well to create a good team atmosphere, adapt to a new country and unfamiliar opponents, and were ready to play.

Twenty-six players from 13 states are on this tour with eight having toured twice before with EIRA and 10 more having been on the 2023 tour to Ireland. So this is a fairly experienced touring side.

Next up are two games on Jul 9:  Valencia, Campo de Rugby del Río Tramo III and then after that 


 on July 9, and then Santiboiana, Unió Esportiva Santboiana. 

EIRA U18s – Europe Touring Roster
Teagan Barth — Summit HS, Colo., wing
Taylor Cohen — San Mateo Wolverines, Calif., lock/flanker
Katija Crawford — Pasefika, Hawaii, lock/flanker
Erin Croke — Regis Jesuit, Colo., flanker
Esme Gates — Hammers RC, Colo., center
Soryah Hart — Westside Revenge, Ind., flanker
Margaret Kennedy — Aspetuck, Conn., scrumhalf 
Rachel Kissinger — Celina, Texas, prop
Giselle Long — Westside Revenge, Ind., fullback
Amber Makowski — Aspetuck, Conn., flanker
Carolina Martinez — Sparta-Rockford, Mich., wing 
Caitlin Moroney — Morris, NJ, hooker 
Kiernan Myles — Knightmare, Pa., center 
Carys Phillips — The Woodlands, Texas, center 
Hazel Pron — Regis Jesuit, Colo., scrumhalf 
VeVe Rice — Mira Costa, Calif., flyhalf
Raven Robinson — Marin Highlanders, Calif., prop
Cecelia Rose — Green Bay Banshees, Wisc., scrumhalf 
Mia Sather — Minnetonka, Minn., prop
Jordynn Shannonhouse — Regis Jesuit, Colo., hooker 
Reese Smith — Aspetuck, Conn., lock
Osooso Sulunga — Pasefika, Hawaii, flyhalf 
Lucy Walker — East HS, Colo., center 
Mallory Weronko — Sparta Rock, Mich., hooker
Tahna Wilfley — Colorado Gray Wolves, scrumhalf 
Sara Zavieh — Atlanta Valkyries, Ga., center