Canada Claim Third Place After USA Victory

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Rugby Canada Communications

March 31, 2013, Guangzthou, China (ISN) – Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team has continued their solid form on Day Two of the Women’s Sevens World Series in Guangzhou, China.

Game One: Canada 33 – 0 Brazil

Given that their last Women’s Sevens World Series outing in Houston was a disappointing seventh-place finish, their back-to-back victories in non-series tournaments in Las Vegas and Hong Kong showed that they hadn’t lost their talent. This is now confirmed on the official stage, as Canada has romped into the semifinals of the China Sevens after blitzing a hapless Brazil 33-0.

Julianne Zussmann set things off with a bang; she collected the opening kickoff, then sprinted and swerved her way to an untouched try. From there, the Canadians left nothing on the field, as Ghislaine Landry and Karen Paquin finished off great team tries to set Canada out to a 21-0 halftime lead. The depth of the squad has been evident all weekend, so the second half performance was no surprise either – Elissa Alarie scored a pair off the bench. Canada has been working as a unit all weekend and look well placed heading into their semifinal showdown with England.

Cup Semi Final: Canada 0 – 19 England

Canada’s undefeated run at the China Sevens has come to an end, as the women dropped a tough 19-0 decision to England in the cup semi final. England scored a try right off the bat, Alexandra Matthews sprinting in for a try inside the first thirty seconds. The English kept the game rolling, making life at the breakdown very difficult for Canada. A second try in the fifth minute for Kat Merchant took the game further away from Canada. Canada found much more possession in the second half, but couldn’t find a way through the strong English defence. A second try for Merchant – and a second conversion for Katy McLean – put the game away. Canada will now face the USA in the 3rd place game.

3rd/4th playoff: Canada 19 – 5 USA

A fitting end to a highly successful weekend, as Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team knocked off their North-American rivals 17-5 to claim the third tournament position. Led by a first-half try by Mandy Marchak, the Canadian women dominated possession, making life as difficult for the Americans as it was for Canada against England. Second half tries by Elissa Alarie and a second by Marchak looked to be the final tally, but Vanesha McGee scored near the final whistle.

Canadian National Women’s Sevens Roster

Name(Club) (Hometown)

Elissa Alarie, (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois Rivieres, QC

Jessica Dovanne, (Velox Rugby Club) Victoria, BC

Magali Harvey, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC

Jennifer Kish, Captain (Edmonton Rockers RFC) Edmonton, AB

Ghislaine Landry, (Toronto Scottish RFC) Toronto, ON

Mandy Marchak, (Capilano RFC) Winnipeg, MB

Karen Paquin, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC

Cheryl Phillips, (Toronto Scottish RFC) Scarborough, ON

Kelly Russell, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON

Ashley Steacy, (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB

Amanda Thornborough, (Brandon Barbarians RFC) Brandon, MB

Julianne Zussman, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC

Coaches and Staff

John Tait, Head Coach, National Women’s Sevens

Sandro Fiorino, Assistant Coach, National Women’s Sevens

Tyler Goodale, Strength and Conditioning Coach

Meaghan Howat, National Women’s Manager

Brad Curry, Physiotherapist

Guangzhou, China Sevens

March 30 – March 31, 2013

Day 1

Canada 33 – 5 Ireland

Canada 52 – 5 Japan

Canada 20 – 10 Australia

Day 2

Cup Quarter Final – Canada 33 – 0 Brazil

Cup Semi Final – Canada 0 – 19 England

3rd/4th Game – Canada 17 – 5 USA

Canada’s National Senior Women’s Sevens Team is proudly sponsored by Macquarie Financial, Trafigura and Own the Podium with Support from Sport Canada.