UBC Okanagan women’s rugby squad were unable to hang on to a win and an upset of the veteran Bayside Rugby Club. Fall (38-29)
KELOWNA, BC – The UBC Okanagan Heat women’s rugby team has entered their sqad this fall into the BCRU (BC Rugby Union) Premier Division during the September – October preseason. On Saturday at the Parkinson Recreation Centre the Premier league team lost their second match of the year 38-29 to the visiting Bayside club from Surrey.
In the first half of their first Premier division match the Heat gave up nearly 50 points in the first half while scoring zero, before falling 52-0 to Burnaby Lake. On Saturday in the Heat’s second Premier league match the Kelowna squad fared much better.
Veteran member of the Heat, Monique Beaulieu, was pleased with her team’s play and improvement from the first game saying, “we did better in defence coming up off the line and closing the gap. Our forwards were more mobile than theirs and we were able to gained those crucial inches with our crash balls setting up a good platform for the backs. When we sent it wide we were able to use our speed on the outside with an overlap to our advantage.”
The speed was evident early on as UBC Okanagan was the first team on the board with an early try by the speedy back Kate Smith.
Another veteran, forward Jordan Pittman, agreed with Beaulieu on the team’s improvement and advantage in speed. “The Bayside game was a fun one,” commeted Pittman, “we competed with them well. They were a predominantly forward team, their girls were much larger than our forwards. We still did pretty well with ball retention though, and it let us show off our speed in the backs.”
Bayside fired back and struck for three tries in the first half, completing the conversion on two of the three. The score at the break was close but the veteran Bayside squad held a slim 19-12 lead on the Heat.
The Heat’s Danielle Ferns scored right out of the break after a Bayside penalty and completed the conversion to draw UBC Okanagan even at 19, a stalemate ensued until Smith scored her second of the match to put the upstart Heat up 5 (24-19).
Chloe Worrall scored to put the Heat up five again after Bayside evened the match at 24. Worrall a forward scored on a strange play after all the UBC Okanagan backs got tied up in a maul, and left all the forwards to make the passing line. The ball went through Charlotte Hall, Monique Beaulieu, and Jordan Pittman in a neat little line that found Chloe on the wing with the overlap.
Bayside scored the final 15 points to win on the road in comeback fashion.
The Heat are now 0-2 and things will not get easier for the team looking for their first win. This Saturday (Oct. 3) the team will travel to Saturday Seattle to play the undefeated Seattle Saracens at Magnuson Park.