BC Rugby Women’s Team Unlucky in Ontario

    BC Finish Third Despite Three Wins at National Women's League

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    Photo: BC Rugby Senior Women's Team playing against Nova Scotia Keltics, 2016 National Women's League

    The BC Rugby Senior Women’s Team were unfortunate third place finishers at the 2016 National Women’s League, despite three from four wins at Fletchers’ Fields in Markham, Ontario.

    With several 2014 Women’s Rugby World Cup Silver Medallists leading the way, including Andrea Burk, Amanda Thornborough, Hillary Leith and Brittany Waters, BC’s campaign got off to a great start on Wednesday with a 22-12 win over eventual winners Équipe Québec. But it was the match against Ontario Storm that pushed BC off course. A slow start from the Team saw the hosts open up a 14-3 lead by half-time. BC Rugby came back strong in the opening of the second half to get back within touching distance but Ontario posted two more tries and the whistle blew with a final score of 26 to 15.

    Coached by Aaron Frisby, the BC Women returned the next day and put in a stellar performance against Nova Scotia Keltics, posting a 45 to 7 win and scoring a crucial bonus point to ensure that they were still within a chance of the Championship Title. But both Ontario and Québec had similar ideas and ensured bonus points were scored in their subsequent matches.

    Heading into the weekend, BC, Ontario and Québec had all recorded two wins and one loss but BC was down a bonus point and gaining that margin back wasn’t completely within the Team’s control. Any hopes were shot when Équipe Québec posted a bonus point win over the Prairie Wolfpack on Saturday and that was to be followed on theSunday by Ontario also gaining a bonus point win over Nova Scotia.

    Not to be deterred, the BC Senior Women completed their final round-robin tournament match against the Prairie Wolfpack and put in a great performance to record a 35-10 win, which also earned the Team another bonus point.

    The final standings had Ontario and Québec tied with a total of 18 points, with BC on 17 points. With the top two teams tied, it was the earlier head to head result that gave Équipe Québec the Title win, having defeated Ontario on the Friday 46 to 24. (Click here to see the standings table)

    The Women will now return to their BC Rugby Clubs where preparations for the 2016 Fall Season are underway. With the season kicking off on September 17th, it’s not too late to join up. Visit tryrugby.ca to learn more about the sport and find a local club near you.

    The 2016 BC Rugby Senior Women’s XVs Team:
    Tyson Beukeboom from Uxbridge, ON (Cowichan Piggies RFC / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Andrea Burk from North Vancouver, BC (Capilano RFC / Vancouver Wave)
    Gillian Boag from Calgary, AB (UBC Thunderbirds / Capilano RFC / Vancouver Wave)
    Laura Crowe-Hutcheon from Victoria, BC (Castaway Wanderers / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Kara Galbraith from Victoria, BC (Castaway Wanderers / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Louisa Hadley from Burlington, ON (UBC Thunderbirds / Capilano RFC / Vancouver Wave)
    Meaghan Howat from Guelph, ON (Westshore RFC / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Rosie Lang from Victoria, BC (Westshore RFC / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Mackenzie Lee from Langley, BC (UBC Thunderbirds)
    Hillary Leith from Vancouver, BC (Capilano RFC / Vancouver Wave)
    Carolyn McEwan from St. George, ON (Burnaby Lake RC / Vancouver Wave)
    Allison McCormack from Orangeville, ON (University of Ottawa / Vancouver Wave)
    Katie McNally from Guelph, ON (Castaway Wanderers / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Chelsea Minter from Sidney, BC (Westshore RFC / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Marlene Nedved from Edmonton, AB (Castaway Wanderers / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Jess Neilson from Vancouver, BC (UVic / Castaway Wanderers / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Elyssa Phillipson from Abbotsford, BC (Abbotsford RFC / Vancouver Wave)
    Brittany Sims from Victoria, BC (Westshore RFC / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Demi Stamatakis from Vancouver, BC (Simon Fraser University / Vancouver Wave)
    Amanda Thornborough from Brandon, MB (Westshore RFC / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Sya Trafford from Calgary, AB (Castaway Wanderers / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Brittany Waters from Vancouver, BC (Castaway Wanderers / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)

    Non-Travelling Reserves:
    Annie Arnott from Vancouver, BC (UBC Thunderbirds / Burnaby Lake RC / Vancouver Wave)
    Robyn Chrosciewicz from Surrey, BC (Bayside Sharks)
    Kaitlyn Cummings from Kamloops, BC (Kamloops Raiders RC / Vancouver Wave)
    Elijah Lacap from Surrey, BC (Simon Fraser University / Vancouver Wave)
    Ciara Malone from Delta, BC (UBC Thunderbirds / Burnaby Lake RC / Vancouver Wave)
    Lauren Sargent from Victoria, BC (Castaway Wanderers RC / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Courtney Sims from Victoria, BC (Westshore RFC / Vancouver Island Crimson Tide)
    Meghan Wellis of White Rock, BC (Abbotsford RFC / Vancouver Wave)

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