May 16, 2014, AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS (ISN) – After opening with two wins over Brazil and Netherlands, Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team fell to 2–1 on Day One at the Amsterdam Sevens with a 10–5 loss to England.
With the loss, Canada finishes second in Pool C and will face their rivals from USA in the Cup Quarterfinals.
(Starting seven vs Brazil: Bianca Farella, Paige Farries, Ghislaine Landry, Mandy Marchak, Kayla Moleschi, Karen Paquin and Kelly Russell)
Canada controlled the match right from the kickoff, as Mandy Marchak scored a try just 20 seconds in after Brazil was unable to contain possession off the kick. A great set of hands from Mandy Marchak to Karen Paquin to Kelly Russell resulted in Canada’s second try of the half and gave Canada an early 14-0 lead.
Ghislaine Landry would add to Canada’s lead, touching down after the hooter had sounded to give her team a comfortable 21-0 lead at the break. The second half was much of the same for Canada. Bianca Farella scored her team-leading 23rd try of the season while Captain Jen Kish ensured the clean sheet with a couple of thunderous tackles in the closing moments.
CANADA 21-5 NETHERLANDS
(Starting seven vs Netherlands: Bianca Farella, Jen Kish, Ghislaine Landry, Mandy Marchak, Kayla Moleschi, Karen Paquin and Kelly Russell)
It was Netherlands who opened the scoring early, as Kelly van Harskamp gave the hosts an early 5-0 lead with a try 1:36 into the match. However, Canada would demonstrate just how strong they are, as they won countless breakdowns as a result of overpowering the Dutch.
All three of Canada’s tries came as a result of winning or retaining possession at the point of contact. Kayla Moleschi scored a try while Ghislaine Landry had two tries and three conversions, giving her 16 points for the match. Landry’s second conversion of the match put her over the century mark for all-time points scored in the Women’s Sevens World Series.
CANADA 5-10 ENGLAND
(Starting seven vs England: Bianca Farella, Jen Kish, Ghislaine Landry, Mandy Marchak, Kayla Moleschi, Karen Paquin and Kelly Russell)
England scored first and last and Canada was forced to defend for most of the match as the English took top spot in Pool C with a narrow victory in the final match of Day One. After England opened the scoring four minutes in, Mandy Marchak brought Canada even with her second try of the day and both teams went into the break tied 5-5.
Just like they did in the first half, England controlled much of the possession in the second half, eventually finding a break on the outside to go up by five points. After England missed a penalty kick, Canada did have a chance to even things up in the dying seconds, but Bianca Farella was pushed into touch with the try line in sight.
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The final round of the IRB Women’s Sevens World Series in Amsterdam will be streamed live on wsws.irb.com on Friday and Saturday.
Canada 28-0 Brazil
Canada 21-5 Netherlands
Canada 5-10 England
Canada vs USA – Cup Quarterfinals at 12:22 pm local time (6:22 am ET / 3:22 am PT)
Canada’s Women’s Sevens Roster for Amsterdam 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
Manager: Meaghan Howat
Canada’s Women’s Sevens Team is proudly sponsored by Sport Canada and Own the Podium.
Photo credit Ian Muir