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*** Late Post - The Old Girls Weekend took place May 20 - 22, 2022 ***


After pushing the event back a year due to COVID, the NS Old Girls finally got together to not only celebrate North Shore but the 10-year reunion of winning the division one national championship!

Huge shout out to Nova and Heidi for planning the weekend as well as Jenny and Alyssa who were roped in to help set-up and tear down. We all had a fabulous time learning how to build a balloon arch!


If you missed it...


Friday night there was a small meet-n-greet at Kaiser Tiger to kick the weekend off.


Saturday afternoon, we had dinner and drinks in our sparkle theme attire. We heard fun stories from old girls as well as the current team. We learned that Noby is the most tenured player (1998 - 2019ish), with Shortnay being the oldest. Current team player Meg wasn't even born when Noby and Short started playing rugby. (She was born in 2000, gasp)






After the party we took a historical tour or journey throughout Chicago. Stops included North Ave beach where Sabra walked us through how fantastic those cold winter sessions were on the windy lakefront as well as Revere Park which was home to NS training for as long as we can all remember. We sprinkled in some fun social spots like Liar's Club and Carol's where the band made an exception to play 'Fishin' in the Dark' during sound check. No trolley tour is complete without a stop at the Black Rock...or the condos that now reside where the Black Rock formerly stood. RIP.


Note: Please notice the lead singer of the Carol's band photobombing in the background...


We wrapped up the weekend on Sunday by attending the North Shore WPL match against Berkeley. North Shore wasn't able to pull out a win but it was great to see how much the team had progressed and always great to watch women's rugby at the highest level! The team dug the old NS battle axes out of storage and the Old Girls handed them out to woman of the match.



We hope to have more Old Girls events in the future. If you missed it or aren't getting emails, shoot a note over to president@northshorerugby.com and we will make sure you are added to all the communication channels.


Go North Shore!

Following the club's commitment to developing a rugby league section and victory at the Tampa 9s, Florida in May 2021, several players will try out for the USA National Team at a camp in Yorkville, IL the home of the Chiefs RFC. Players Lauren Trout, Kadie Sanford, Nicole Fisch (third player of the tournament), Erin Nelsen(all CNS), and Sarah Anderson (Chicago Women, player of the tournament) were identified at the Tampa event by the national team head coach, Garen Casey as prospects for the test team to play Canada in Vancouver, BC on October 9th, 2021.


Rugby League

CNS began its rugby league section to supplement its rugby union development in running with the ball, evasion, passing, and defense. The league season does not overlap the rugby union season and players from all union clubs are welcome to join CNS for its rugby league program. The goal of the program is to develop players and provide high-level playing opportunities in a positive and enjoyable club climate.


All levels of players are welcome to join the rugby league section. Field training is twice per week led by a Rugby League Level 3 coach. To learn more complete the player interest form by clicking here and a club representative will get back to you as soon as possible.



Chicago North Shore has begun a new sports nutrition coaching internship with the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago. One of our nutrition coaches is Radhika Patel. Radhika brings experience, insight, and professional preparation to the club until November 2021.


Welcome, Radhika.


Contact Radhika to set up a one on one appointment at: rpate33@uic.edu


From initiating nutrition and fitness campaigns at her local temple to teaching Human Anatomy/Physiology at Roosevelt University, Radhika has diverse personal, academic and professional backgrounds. She came into Nutrition and Kinesiology from her own personal experience with losing about 120 pounds, maintaining it, and increasing her own strength and endurance through regular resistance and cardiovascular training.


For the past three years, she has been working with various women’s groups to help educate women about the importance of their health, proper nutrition and regular physical activity. Radhika is a science geek but she is specifically interested in the relationship between nutrition and the human body. Her most recent research project was focused on understanding the association between diet quality, the gut microbiome and systemic inflammation.


Radhika has a Masters in Biomedicine with a focus in Immunology and a Masters in Nutrition with a parallel focus in Kinesiology. She has experience working with people of all ages in various different settings including nutrition and fitness education. She lives in the suburbs of Chicago and enjoys volunteer work, going out with her friends, and almost anything related to fitness and dance.


Contact Radhika to set up a one on one appointment at: rpate33@uic.edu


Welcome, Sean!


Sean is a student in the Master’s Coordinated Program in Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is excited to contribute his nutrition knowledge to the North Shore Women’s Rugby team starting with the 2021 season. Sean will graduate in December 2021 and sit for the Registered Dietitian Exam. He wants to continue to help athletes of all levels meet their full potential.


Sean has been a Personal Trainer for over 10 years working at Equinox and other clubs around the Chicago area. He currently manages private training clients while completing his education in dietetics. Sean also holds a certification as a Health Coach from American Council on Exercise (ACE). Recently, Sean was a dietetic intern at a Chicago gym catering to high performing athletes under the supervision of their Performance Dietitian. His experience working with clientele ranging from High School athletes to Master’s athletes in a variety of sports gives him a unique perspective in the fields of athletics and nutrition.


Sean lives in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and 3 boys. He is an experienced marathon runner and enjoys watching Chicago sports.


Contact Sean to set up a one on one appointment at: sclark47@uic.edu