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Teagan Hill-Norby & Ornella Bisamaza 2016 NSCRO Women’s Best Tackles of the Year

May 9, 2017

Teagan Hill-Norby & Ornella Bisamaza 2016 NSCRO Women’s Best Tackles of the Year

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Photo: NSCRO – Winner of the NSCRO Best Tackle of the Year, Teagan Hill-Norby of Northwestern College (L) and runner-up Ornella Bisamaza of Ohio Wesleyan University

National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Release: May 9, 2017 

Medford, NJ  09 May 2017 – Congratulations to Teagan Hill-Norby of Northwestern College, Iowa, the winner of the 2016 National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) Women’s Best Tackle of the Year and runner-up, Ornella Bisamaza of Ohio Wesleyan University.

In shortlisting the final tackles, emphasis was placed on technique, situation, and outcome. This eliminated “big hits” where the tackler may have resorted to mass over technique, “Judo-Style” tackles (where the tackler grabbed the ball carrier with their hands and then dropped their body weight), all tackles where the tackler placed their head in a dangerous position and, reckless tackles that caused harm to the ball carrier.

The final selection committee viewed the videos submitted without information on the name of the player or the team they represented. They felt that the winning tackle highlighted a desire to chase down the ball carrier, make a try saving tackle, and execute perfect technique for a tackle from behind.

  1.  Tackle around the waist, before slipping arms down the legs to bring the ball-carrier to ground.
  2. Then, quickly getting back to the feet to try and win the ball.

To view Hill-Norby’s winning tackle, click here : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVwfmQtB3Jg&feature=youtu.be.  The link to Bisamaza’s tackle can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecp8TTbLxkI&feature=youtu.be.

The final selection committee included:

  • Emily Record – Coach, Endicott College, Colonial Coast Rugby Conference
  • Kiyomi Knox – Collegiate Coordinator, Allegheny Rugby Union
  • Megan Clarke – Coach, Regis University, Rocky Mountain Rugby
  • Kelsie McDowel – Coach, Simpson College, NSCRO Independent
  • Steve Cohen – President, NSCRO

Hill-Norby’s team received a Rhino Senior Tackle Ring and she received a Rhino Vortex Elite game ball and an NSCRO t-shirt. Bisamaza’s team received a Rhino Senior Hit Shield and she received a Rhino Vortex Elite game ball and an NSCRO t-shirt.

Tackle ring, hit shield, and game balls were provided by Rhino Rugby, the official Equipment and Ball Supplier to NSCRO. To outfit your team with equipment, apparel and balls that facilitate improved performance, visit Rhino Rugby at http://usa.rhinorugby.com/.

About National Small College Rugby Organization

Since 2007, the National Small College Rugby Organization (NSCRO) has been at the forefront of fostering and developing small college rugby programs in the United States. NSCRO is comprised of more than 240 men’s and 135 women’s colleges and universities who participate in more than 30 leagues for an opportunity compete on a national level and showcase their abilities to a broader and larger audience.

By focusing on small colleges and universities, we help bring these schools, their teams and players exposure outside of their conference/union while also giving them a chance at a national title and ranking. NSCRO provides a responsive national organization dedicated to small colleges and universities which has helped legitimize rugby in the eyes of school administrators. The increased visibility and recognition from NSCRO has led to better school support, greater on-campus interest in rugby and more alumni involvement.

NSCRO is “The Home of Small College Rugby in America”.

For more information, visit www.nscro.org and follow us on facebook.com/nscrorugby, @nscrorugby on Twitter and on @nscrorugby on Instagram.

 

 

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