May 14 2014 ISN – Langford, BC – With another top-three finish in the Women’s Sevens World Series all but guaranteed, Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team will look to cap off the season with their strongest effort yet at the Amsterdam Sevens.
Barring a last place performance, Canada will finish in third place in the WSWS standings because they have an 18-point lead over England and Russia, who are tied for fourth. Their 64 points trail only New Zealand (76) and Australia (74).
While it will be the second straight year the team has placed in the top-three, to have the position pretty much locked up heading into the final tournament speaks to how greatly the team has improved.
Last year Canada finished with 52 points in the four-tournament season, 22 points behind series champions New Zealand. However, through four events this season Canada has cut that point differential almost in half, sitting just 12 points behind the Black Ferns heading into Amsterdam.
Much of the reason for closing the gap has to do with consistent results. After making two Cup Semifinals last year, the team has made the Cup Semifinal at every event this season.
The one thing missing is a Cup title.
Canada will look to change that this weekend in the series finale as they return to the grounds where they finished runners-up last year in a captivating final with New Zealand.
As always, head coach John Tait will look to have his team finish Day One at the top of their pool, setting up a favourable matchup on Day Two.
In Pool C they have been grouped with Brazil, England and tournament hosts Netherlands. The good news for Canada is they are undefeated against all three teams this season.
Canada beat Brazil 40-7 in Sao Paulo while the two teams tied 12-12 in Dubai.
They have won both matches versus England this season, a 26-0 win in the third/fourth place match in Sao Paulo and a 19-10 Cup Quarterfinal win last month in Guangzhou.
Because the Dutch have only played in two of the four tournaments this season, the two teams have only played once, a 17-5 win for the Canadians in Sao Paulo.
Bianca Farella will be a player to keep an eye on as the Montreal native trails Emilee Cherry of Australia by just two tries for the overall series lead while Saskatoon’s Kayla Mack will be making her National Sevens Team debut.
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Watch LIVE on Friday at www.wsws.irb.com!
Canada vs Brazil at 7:45am ET/4:45am PT
Canada vs Netherlands at 10:32am ET/7:32am PT
Canada vs England at 1:16pm ET/10:16am PT
Canada’s Women’s Sevens Roster for Atlanta Sevens – Name, (Club) Hometown
Elissa Alarie – (Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue Rugby Club) Trois-Rivieres, QC
Bianca Farella – (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Paige Farries – (Druid RFC) Red Deer, AB
Julia Greenshields – (Sarnia Saints) Sarnia, ON
Sara Kaljuvee – (Toronto Scottish RFC) Pickering, ON
Jennifer Kish – (Edmonton Rockers RFC) Edmonton, AB (Captain)
Ghislaine Landry – (Toronto Scottish RFC) Toronto, ON
Kayla Mack – (Wild Oats RFC) Saskatoon, SK
Mandy Marchak – (Capilano RFC) Winnipeg, MB
Kayla Moleschi – (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC
Karen Paquin – (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Kelly Russell – (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON.
Canada’s Women’s Sevens Staff
Head Coach: John Tait
Assistant Coach: Sandro Fiorino
Performance Analyst: Ben Herring
Athletic Therapist: Sandeep Nandhra
Strength and Conditioning: Tyler Goodale
Manager: Meaghan Howat