PWRFC Hall of Fame

Selection

Selection Criteria

Inductees will be announced each year at Friends and Family day. A new selection committee will be selected following the announcement. To volunteer for the selection committee please contact president@pwrfc.org.

2013

Michelle “Beast” Taft Morris

Played with Philly from 1992 to 2003, and served as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, vice captain and assistant coach...but not all at once! Even after retiring as an active Philly player, she rounded out a decade of making Pumpkinfest a huge success as the tournament chair. A role which she says mostly made her “cry and drink a lot.” After the hall of fame induction, Beast joined in with other dedicated alumnae to make sure the beer didn’t outlast the party and shared these words of wisdom the current team: “You don't get inducted into the PWRFC Hall of Fame for leaving the party early!”

2012

Gary Manear

2012 inductee Gary Manear
  • Believed in women when no one else did
  • Mentally and physically prepped the team for the first nationals
  • Worked behind the scenes with statistics to ensure PWRFC qualified
  • Led the team to the first ever women's nationals where we got 8th place
  • Played for: Chesapeake, Whitemarsh
  • Coached: Hibernians

Ma Sorenson

2012 inductee MA Sorenson
  • A coach once told her "Some people treat rugby like a game, but you treat it like your love, and that will be your hardship"
  • 1975 began rugby at College of William and Mary
  • 19 years with PWRFC, 1978-1999
  • EXCEPT 83-85 with Maulie Maguires in Bethlehem
  • Went to Nationals in '81 (8th place), '97, '98
  • Select side: EPRU, Eastern Rugby Union, MARFU, USA Eagle 1990-2000
  • 25 international caps
  • Played in inaugural world cup '91, 1st place
  • Played in Wales, Canada, Scotland, Australia, Fiji, Amsterdam, and New Zealand
  • USA Rugby International Athlete 96-99
  • Coached PWRFC: 2002-2007
  • Assistant MARFU coach: 2003-2007
  • Scrum/forward coach at USA Women's Camps

2011

Angie Clark Rapalyea and Betsy Tomlinson

2011 inductees

Angie and Betsy met in the fall of 1975. Betsy knew some women in the Doylestown-area and Angie knew women in the Philadelphia-area who were interested in playing rugby. Neither had enough for a full side so they combined forces and, in the spring of 1976, founded Philadelphia Women's Rugby Club.

Philly's first match was at University of Delaware, which Philly lost 13-0. But next season's home rematch against Delaware ended in a win and Angie had the honor of scoring Philly's first-ever try!

Angie played pretty much every position in the pack until her retirement in 1983, but found her home at tight-head prop. She and Betsy ran the club for several years.

Betsy is still very involved in the rugby community and her children and grandchildren currently play for Doylestown RFC.