The Womens Rugby Club
in the Bloomington-Normal area, had its humble beginnings in the spring of 1976 when "Sweet Mary Wilson" from the University of Illinois "MotherRuggers"
decided it was time to start a team at ISU. After engaging the coaching talents of Marty and Michael Zurn. Mary returned to
U of I and during her career as a "motherRugger" never failed to give us encouragement and advice, a true advocate of the
spirit of the game.
Hours of hard work determination
and the coaching ideas of Marty and Michael (better known as "Zurn Brothers, Inc.") led then known as, Bloomington Betterhalves
to an impressive six season record of 38 wins 5 losses and 3 ties. Sweet Mary Wilson is currently teaching somewhere in Utah,
Marty is fighting fires in Eugene Ore., and Michael now happily married our former select side outside center, is living in
ISU Women's Rugby Club
is a member of the Midwest Womens Rugby Football Union, which has grown from its original five full member teams at the time
of its conception to include some 20-30 teams throughout the Midwest. After experiencing organizational problems in its seventh season and folding in
its eighth season the ISU Womens Rugby Club took a hiatus.
In 1991 the team was
re-built and back on the pitch. At which time the team took it's current form as the pink and blue ladies from Illinois State University. The team took almost a decade to come back into its own as a powerhouse in Illinois Rugby Football
Union as well as in the Midwest.
In 1999, the Pink and
Blue accomplished perhaps its greatest feat to date. Lead by Meaghan White and Lyn Weissmeller among others, the ladies battled
to win the Midwest final four and earn a berth to the first ever National Division II final four.
In the Spring of 2000,
ISU made the treck to Ohio State University for Nationals. Where after a disappointing first round, took third place in the
In 2000 Coach Laura
Drumm, who was known as "Coach" from 1994 -2000, moved on to Chicago. Here is her farewell letter.
The ladies, now dubbed
the "Fighting Highlighters" ( if you have seen the current jerseys you know why they are called that) have yet to accomplish
a repeat of the 1999 season.But did have a close run for the National Championship spot in the 2005 season. The girls competed
at San Jose, CA in the USA Rugby Play-off Series. They fell short of the top 4 spots in their division, but show promise to
grow in the future and fight their way back into the Play-off's as well as to stay in the National Spotlight.