PWRFC Hall of Fame

2018

If you would like to help select our next Hall of Fame Inductee for 2018, please email president@pwrfc.org.

Inductees are announced on Friends and Family Day.

There were no nominees for 2016 and 2017

2015

Coming soon...

2014

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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

  • 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

  • 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

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.


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.

Selection Criteria

Inductee must display at least one of the following characteristics:

  • Membership on USA team, Territorial or Union all-star squad
  • Membership on PWRFC championship teams
  • Acknowledged superiority of skill relevant to positional category
  • Lofty display of sportsmanship
  • Production of an extraordinary playing record
  • Longevity of participation in the game of rugby
  • Overall contribution to PWRFC in the capacity of administrator, manager, coach, referee or other recognized personality of the game

Inductee must display all of the following characteristics:

  • Member of PWRFC for a minimum of 3 total years
  • Retired for a minimum of 2 years

Exceptions to aforementioned criteria:

  • In the case of the death of an active member, or a member who retired fewer than 2 years ago, the deceased member is eligible at the time of the next election, immediately following death.
  • Any player, administrator, manager, coach, referee or other personality who has been elected to the Hall Of Fame, and and who later brings the game and/or the Hall of Fame into disrepute, can be expelled at the discretion of the Selection Committee.

Induction procedures

  • Inductees will be chosen by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee and honored at PWRFC’s Annual Friends and Family Day in May each year
  • The 5-member Selection Committee will be appointed the in January prior to Friends and Family Day by the current board (see details below), and no one can serve on the Selection Committee for more than 3 consecutive years
  • The Selection Committee will make a call for nominations to the current and retired members
  • All nominations will be considered and the Selection Committee will make the final appointments
  • There will be a maximum of 2 inductees per year
  • If there are no viable candidates, the Selection Committee reserves the right not to induct anyone

Selection Committee Framework

  • One PWRFC Board Member, who is also a current player. If there are no viable options, the PWRFC Board will select a current player at their discretion.
  • Four retired players, each representing a different decade in PWRFC’s history.