Weekly Breakdown - Jan 6 - Jan 13
Another week, another exciting time for women! This past week includes women from football, soccer, hockey and golf!
Sarah Thomas became the first woman to officiate a playoff NFL game.
Sarah Thomas is making waves in the NFL again! This past weekend, she became the first female official to officiate a playoff NFL game. The game between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Chargers took place on Sunday January 13th. Thomas was first hired by the NFL in 2015 as the first female official to be hired by the league. We can’t wait to see what else she does for women officials in the future!
The NWSL had their 2019 Draft.
The NWSL 2019 Draft took place last week and it didn’t disappoint! Not only were underclassmen able to register for the draft this year, but there were some top prospects who didn’t enter at all. The first overall pick went to the Chicago Red Stars who drafted Tierna Davidson of Stanford. Following Davidson was Hailie Mace of UCLA who went to Sky Blue FC, Jordan DiBiasi of Stanford who went to the Washington Spirit, Samantha Staab of Clemson who also went to the Spirit, and rounding out the top five was Leah Pruitt of USC who went to the North Carolina Courage. Congratulations to all of the ladies who were drafted!
The Boston Pride and Boston Bruins are officially partners!
The NWHL and NHL have another partnership on their hands! The Boston Pride and Boston Bruins have partnered together to help grow the game of women’s hockey in Massachusetts. Dani Ryan, Commissioner of the NWHL, said this, “It's a multi-year deal and their support will help us offset various costs. A lot of the focus will be on marketing and promotional support and a commitment to grow the game in the Massachusetts area, from the grassroots all the way to the pros.” This marks the fourth partnership the NWHL has formed with the NHL, leaving only the Connecticut Whale without an NHL partner. Congratulations to the Pride on the new partnership!
Charley Hull won the season opener!
Charley Hull is setting the speed for the new golf season by winning the season opener, the Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Open. With this win, Hull now has her second Ladies European Tour trophy. The Open, which took place at Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, was a down to the wire win for Hull. She ended the Open with a total of eight-under-par 208 and just one stroke ahead of Marianne Skarpnord. Congratulations on the first win of the season, Charley!