The bumps, bruises and scratches were all worth it for the Steamboat Women’s Rugby Charging Heifers on Saturday after winning the 49th annual Cowpie Classic at Ski Town Fields.
In their 11th season, the Heifers have won the Cowpie trophy several times already, but with the local men’s team struggling to get a win, the women knew they had to step up.
In the finals, Steamboat was up against the Boulder Babes, a team the Heifers had lost to earlier in the day on a last-second try. This would be their opportunity for revenge.
Veteran Shay Villeneuve was first to put points on the board with an early try for Steamboat. She said scoring first boosted the Heifers’ confidence.
“I just saw this beautiful opening, and I thought I was long enough and I thought I could make it,” Villeneuve said. “It set the mood for the rest of the game, put everyone’s spirits nice and high. It really got everyone turning and realizing this is something we can do.”