GLENDALE, Colo. – The high scoring Norwich duo of Rose Bernheim (Andrews AFB, Md.) and Joya Clark (Scotia, N.Y.) excelled in a new jersey at the National All-Star Championships. Selected to represent the US under-20 Women's National team in competition against the best under-23 players from around the country, Bernheim and Clark teamed up for 4 total tries and the tournament championship.
The opening match pitted the u20s against the South Collegiate All-stars. Bernheim was selected to wear the 15 jersey and Clark was selected at 11. USA dominated most of the match, but gave up 3 tries in the second half in the 53-17 win.
Clark scored in the first half on what was referred to as a "Norwich" try. Receiving a kick inside the USA 22, Clark took advantage of space on the wing and began the counter. She passed to Bernheim as pressure increased and Bernheim raced down the sideline. Bernheim was caught just before scoring, but she managed to pop the ball off to Clark in the tackle. Clark, who supported Bernheim step for step, sped in for the try.
Just minutes later, Bernheim found herself in a similar spot, tiptoeing down the sideline with a couple players to beat. This time her afterburners kicked in and she scored 20m ahead of the closest defender.
The championship match was played at Infinity Park - a dedicated rugby stadium in the heart of Glendale. Bernheim once again donned the 15 jersey in red, white, and blue and Clark was given a reserve jersey.
Bernheim scored the opening try as she took a pass from tournament MVP Meya Bizer. She scored again in the second half to tie teammate Natalie Kosko as the tournament's leading try scorers.
Clark entered the game early in the second half and made a try saving tackle in the corner to keep the defensive clean sheet in the 56-0 victory over the West Collegiate All-stars.
Norwich head coach Austin Hall, who coaches the backfield for the U20 National Team, was thrilled by the Norwich players' success. "This was a great week for the women's national team and certainly our Norwich players excelled on and off the field."
In addition to her recent success with the U20 WNT, Bernheim also spent a week in Chula Vista, Calif. with the Women's 7s National team as well.