(note - all these roster/logistics changes, a massive cold/cough, and a new job/pending move to Chicago have kept me from posting as frequently as I'd like. Stay tuned when I have a moment to breathe and write more! Dealing with 4 national unions to clear all our players permission to tour has been quite the effort.)
The same sort of network came into play 2 weeks ago when the LVI director, Jon Hinkin, contacted me to let me know he had 4 representational side Australians looking for a team to play with. I quickly got on email with their club contacts and, because we had some other Stars whom were initially interested but failed to pay deposts/respond to emails, had spaces open for them. The next day a New Zealander from Texas contacted me via the amazing Wendy Young of Your Scrumhalf Connection (whom I've played against when she was with the Austin Valkyries and also had as an amazing ref. She coaches University of Texas and one of our current Stars, Kristen Karsten, plays) emailed me about the very same players. It's definite rugby karma and the bonus of this magical network that's been cultivated over the years!
The Stars are please to have 2 sets of sisters from Australia join our rosters - the first are Krystle and Liz Gemmell who are taking a big tour of the US hitting up New York and Los Angeles prior to joining us in Las Vegas:
My name is Liz Gemmell and my sister is Krystle Gemmell; we live in Australia however we are proud natives of New Zealand. We come from a sporty family who love to watch and play rugby. We started playing rugby at a young age.