Monica Orchard

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Rugby Position(s): Hooker / Flanker

In real life, I...: Work as a nurse

I got into rugby...: Started as a rugger hugger then decided I wanted to play instead

One thing I love about rugby is…: It's a true team sport and the singing
The best thing about the Hoplites is: Forging the way for Tyler rugby

Lyndsay Roberts

Nickname: Twitch

Hometown: Charleston, Sc

Rugby Position(s): Hooker

In real life, I….:  bartend

Favorite sports team: Texas Rangers

Favorite quote: "It's the fire in my eyes And the flash of my teeth, The swing of my waist, And the joy in my feet. I'm a woman Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, That's me." from And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

I got into rugby…: to learn something new and to get active again.

One thing I love about rugby is…:  Brings everyone together, no judgment, team work

The best thing about the Hoplites is:  The Camaraderie

Jessica Anne Smith

Nickname: Krakken

Hometown: Wylie, TX

Rugby Position(s): Scrumhalf

In real life, I...: Play fiddle to feather friend

Favorite Sports Team: Has four legs

Fun Fact: As a child, I thought God made a mistake; I should have been a horse. We did compromise, and he gave me horse knees.

Favorite Quote: *insert Monty python quote*

I got into rugby...:Accidentally, incidentally, coincidentally love it.

One thing I love about rugby is...: The regalia. And the mud.

The best thing about the Hoplites is...: The support.

Carley Bowden

Hometown: Katy, Texas

In real life, I….: Teach 6th grade Math in Whitehouse ISD. 

Favorite sports team: Welsh Rugby Union

Fun fact: I have a twin sister. 

Favorite quote: "Some trust in chariots, some trust in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God." 

I got into rugby…: To make new friends in Tyler through athletics. 

One thing I love about rugby is…: Well-intentioned men and women can play in a barbaric rivalry, yet still be friends afterwards. It's a good mix of friendship, honor, and sport. 

The best thing about the Hoplites is: (are) the teammates. 

Tiffany Fiesler

Nickname: Warthog

Hometown: Tucson, Az

Rugby Position(s): Flanker

In real life, I...: am an Athletic Trainer!

Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers

Fun Fact: Growing up in the hood, my nickname used to be Tiff-Money.

Favorite Quote: "Things have to get hard before they get easy" - My Dad

I got into rugby...: by a friend inviting me to practice and then I was all in ever since my first tackle.

One thing I love about rugby is...: the physicality. Being able to push yourself to greater limits.

The best thing about the Hoplites is...: the wonderful people on the team who are willing to do anything for each other.

Hoplite Honors: Woman of the Match v. the Shreveport Valentines & the Dallas Reds on 9/23/17

Jasmine Orchard

Nickname: Spaz

Hometown: Tyler, TX

Rugby Position(s): Wing

In real life, I...: Am a student at Robert E. Lee, run cross country, watch Netflix, an play the Tenor saxophone.

Fun Fact: I have a twin.

Favorite Quote: We're all mad here.

I got into rugby...: I got into rugby when my mom introduced it to me and I thought it was an awesome sport, so kept at it.

One thing I love about rugby is...: How much of a team sport it is when you can rely on them and know they will support you.

The best thing about the Hoplites is...: The great people and coach.

Jessica Jones

Nickname: Mermaid

Hometown: Troup, Texas

Rugby Position(s): Fullback

In real life, I...: am a Farrier

Favorite Sports Team: Any team my daughter is on

Fun Fact: I'm a 2nd generation Female Farrier

Favorite Quote: Shoot for moon, if you miss, you'll still land among the stars!

I got into rugby...: Another player on the team sent me a text with the address to practice & said to come if I wasn't scared.

One thing I love about rugby is...: Complexity

The best thing about the Hoplites is...: Team unity and a dedicated coach

Hoplite Honors: Player of the Tournament - Parrothead 7's in Tulsa 2017

Liz Allbright

Nickname: Microwave

Hometown: Rusk, Tx

Rugby Position(s): Fly half

Favorite Sports Team: Oh I have lots of those! I watch just about every sport so there's far too many to list.

Fun Fact: I was a cheerleader in Jr High. Haha. With Mermaid

I got into rugby...: through an old friend relentlessly asking me to come to practice. I finally worked up the courage and now I'm hooked.

One thing I love about rugby is...: It's not an individual sport, it requires teamwork. I love the challenge also.

The best thing about the Hoplites is...: They're not just teammates, they're a family.

Hoplite Honors: Hoplite of the Month: August 2017

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