Not many women’s rugby players get the opportunity to play top level club rugby in the U.S., but not only did Jaime Albarelli play in this league, she captained her team the D.C. Furies.
Albarelli didn’t find the game of rugby until her freshman year of college at George Washington University. “I was looking for a way to stay active and make some friends and decided to try out the first practice. The rest is history,” explained the utility player.
During her time in college, Albarelli stood out on the pitch. She was selected to MARFU(Mid-Atlantic Rugby Football Union) U-23 Collegiate All-Stars and the MARFU Senior Women’s 7’s All Stars.
With so much phenomenal rugby experience it was tough to nail down her favorite moment but Albarelli said it came during her junior year of college while playing at the Sweet 16’s in San Diego. “My family came to watch me play and we went further than anyone thought we would. We lost our elite 8 game in double overtime but I’ve never been prouder to be on a team” she described.
After a triumphant college season, the star athlete took her talents to the Women’s Premier League and joined the D.C. Furies. She played with the side for three years and captained them in 2014. “The WPL is an extremely competitive league that made me a better player. I was honored to be able to lead the team. I wish all players had the opportunity to play at that level,” said Albarelli.
After a move, the Massachusetts native found herself looking for a team to play with on the Gulf Coast, luckily for her Battleship Women’s rugby was starting up and was looking for top tier talent. “Battleship has been wonderful! I was nervous I would not be able to play for a bit when I moved so I was thrilled to hear a team was starting. We have a lot of new talent and their excitement and willingness to learn is awesome. It’s so great to watch them fall in love with the game,” explained Albarelli.
Battleship Women’s Rugby wrapped up their season last weekend after finishing in second place. The team will now look to rest and get ready for their spring season.