April 23, 2018
The Atlanta Harlequins are excited to announce that Kittery Wagner Ruiz will be joining the club as head coach of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) squad for the 2018 season.
Prior to joining Atlanta, Kitt was the head coach of the Glendale Merlins (formerly Raptors) as well as the assistant coach to the Women’s Junior All Americans, bringing a wealth of rugby knowledge both as a coach and player. Her player resume drips with excellence having earned spots as both a 15s Eagle (2007–2014) and a 7s Eagle (2008–2009), including appearances in two World Cups, a WPL National Championship with the Glendale Raptors (2014), as well as commitment to various other high-performance clubs, beginning in 2000.
By profession, Kitt has 13 years of experience as an educator in mathematics and takes pride in helping her students become both career and college ready. Hailing from Ft. Collins, CO, Kitt holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from SUNY Potsdam and a Master’s Degree in Mathematics from Boston University.
“We are thrilled to have Kitt join the Harlequin family. Based on her accomplishments as a player and a coach, and the fact that she is a pretty cool human being, Kitt will, without a doubt, motivate, challenge, and inspire our players. I am confident that the combination of her coaching skills and our grit will translate to an exciting brand of rugby both to play and to watch,” remarks Club Director, Patty Jervey.
The Harlequins welcome Kittery and her family to Atlanta and are eagerly anticipating an exciting WPL season.
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The (formerly known as) Southeast Harlequins Women’s Rugby Football Club came into being in 1984 as a select side for several teams scattered about the southeastern part of the country. At the end of the spring 1999 season, the team decided to honor this change in status with a change of name that includes ours host city, renaming the club to: the Atlanta Harlequins.
Dedicated to excellence, the Harlequins continuously strive to give national credibility to rugby in the South as well as in Atlanta. Committed to rugby excellence, it is our desire to bring rugby to the forefront as a viable sport for women. The Atlanta Harlequins currently field a WPL (Women’s Premier League) side, a Division II side, a girl's U19 side, and were the 2012 USA Rugby Women's Division I National Champions.
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Official Press Release
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The Harlequins traveled to Tuscon, Arizona this November to complete in the 9th annual WPL National Championships. Atlanta lost a hard fought first match to Chicago North Shore, 24-5, and missed out on a spot in the 5th place playoff. The Harlequins ended the weekend on a high note with a great 34-10 win against the D.C. Furies.
The team laughed, they cried, and in true #DWFA fashion they crushed the social! The Quins are excited to have this platform for growth in the offseason. Thank you to alumni, family, and friends that supported the Fall WPL season and trip to nationals!
After a great Fall season that ended with a 45-10 win over the Augusta Furies, the D2 squad is kicking off practices in the beginning of February! If you would like to join them, please contact: email@example.com
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WPL Week 4: Quins defeat New York 26-10 in New York.
WPL Week 3: Quins defeat D.C. Furies 19-14 at home.
WPL Week 2: Quins fall to New York 21-10 at home.
WPL Week 1: Quins fall to Minnesota Amazons 55-0 in Minnesota.
D2 Scrimmage v. Life: Quins & friends (Emory & North Georgia) fell to Life Women 38-10.
D2 Match 1: Match v. Columbia will be rescheduled due to Hurricane Joaquin. New date is TBD.
Atlanta Harlequins Announce Creation of U-19 Team
The Atlanta Harlequins are excited to announce the creation of a Harlequins U-19 team
With many inaugural players coming from the former Kennesaw Mountain High School Girls Rugby Club, the new Atlanta Harlequins U-19 team will be the third side fielded under the AHWRFC banner after the Women’s Premier League (WPL) squad and the Division II “Deuces” squad. The U-19 team will be comprised of players from around the Atlanta metro area, regardless of high school affiliation.
Practices for the 2015 Spring 15s season:
BEGINNING: Tuesday, March 3, 2015
TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 7:30–9 PM
Harmony Grove Soccer Complex 119 Harmony Grove Road Lilburn, GA 30047
Everyone is welcome to run around with us, regardless of age or experience! Bring cleats, a mouth guard, and water.
The Harlequins D2 squad's Spring 2015 Schedule is also set. See our Schedule page for more info.
Solidified As A Legend Candace Hall November 12, 2014
When I look around the world, I sometimes wonder – what makes one person stand out more than another? What makes one person a celebrity – a legend even? What makes this or that person a name to be remembered?
Sometimes it’s one or two things they’ve done that makes them a remembered person and makes them famous (or infamous, in some cases). Sometimes its endorsement deals. And then sometimes it's the thing that they do day in and day out. For years. For a lifetime even. Does the recognition always come? For some, it doesn’t. But this time – finally – the recognition has come for one particular name that needs to be remembered.
This coming Monday, World Cup Champion, former USA Eagle, and Club-Level National Champion Patty “Jeeves” Jervey will be inducted into the IRB Hall of Fame – a member of the first class of women to hold the prestigious spot.
Hailing from Marietta, Georgia, Patty’s 31-year rugby career (that’s still not over, I might add) started at the University of South Carolina. She later solidified her rugby career with a transfer to Florida State University – the same university that produced other female rugby greats such as Candi Orsini and Kathy Flores – where her position as a center (and sometimes wing) really took off.
While many rugby players consider retiring somewhere in their 30s or 40s, on her 50th birthday, Patty played in a friendly match against NOVA (Northern Virginia). And just this past weekend, played with the Harlequins in the 2014 Women’s Premier League National Playoffs, where this season she’s had a go at playing both 8-man and flanker.
Over the years, Patty’s relentless and lifelong dedication to the sport of rugby has earned her: A coveted spot as a USA Eagle, with her first appearance in 1989 A World Cup title (the USA defeated England 19-6 in the first Women’s Rugby World Cup in 1991) Four additional World Cup appearances as a USA Eagle (1994, 1998, 2002, and 2006) 40 caps (only recently surpassed by USA prop Jamie Burke) A record for the most international points scored with 178 total points A Division I National Championship (2012 with her club team Atlanta Harlequins) Coaching positions with USA Rugby South Women’s All Stars and the Harlequins
Patty’s legacy is one that is well known in the women’s rugby community, and now, she’s been given her place amongst rugby greats like All Black Jonah Lomu and Springbok Francoise Pienaar – a well-deserved spot for a player that has reached the highest levels of rugby and has had a hand in cultivating the sport both internationally and domestically.
As her teammate and on behalf of the Atlanta Harlequins, I’d like to give the biggest congratulations and three cheers to Patty Jervey on this and all of her accomplishments.
Stay Frosty, PJ.
Additional Media Coverage:
IRB Press Release | 2014 IRB Hall of Fame Inductee: Patty JerveyIRB YouTube | Hall of Fame Women InducteesUSA Rugby | IRB Hall of Fame Welcomes 15 New Inductees ESPN Scrum | Women Inducted to IRB Hall of Fame for First TimeGoff Rugby Report | Jervey Among 14 into IRB Hall of FameHarlequin Alumni Peg Davis YouTube | Patty Jervey IRB Rugby Hall of Fame 2014Getty Images | IRB Awards and Hall of Fame Inductions
9/28/14: WPL v. D.C. Furies: L – 24-19 | Video D2 v. Nashville: T – 15-15
10/4/14: D2 @ Jacksonville: W – 41-19
10/12/14: WPL @ New York: W – 48-5 | Video
For the latest WPL Nationals information, visit our 2014 WPL Nationals page.
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Harlequins A (National Qual. Matches): 22-0 over Orlando 29-5 over Vice City Sting 27-12 over Orlando (Championship Match)
Harlequins B (the FarleyQuins): 34-5 over Defiant 7s 21-7 over AAA 7s 36-5 over North Georgia 7s 29-10 over North Georgia 7s 29-17 over AAA 7s (Championship Match)
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