TALE OF THE WEEKEND
VICTORIA—The Vikes women’s rugby team will play on home turf for the first time this season when they host the University of Calgary Dinos, September 23 at Wallace Field. The game will get underway at 5:00 p.m. and will pay tribute to the late Jenny Vincent.
The last time these two teams met it was the Dinos that took the victory by a score of 27-10 in Victoria.
LAST TIME OUT
The 2016 schedule got off to a great start for the Vikes. They defeated the University of British Columbia in Vancouver 47-17, on the strength of 27 and 17 point streaks— broken by only one UBC try —to end the game.
The game will be the season opener for the Dinos, a team that finished last year with a perfect 4-0 record in Canada West regular season play. Calgary rebounded from semi-final loss in the playoffs to claim third spot in the Canada West.
The Dinos enter the season seeded second in the Canada West coaches pre-season poll with the Vikes being the only team ahead of them.
BY THE NUMBERS
1: The Dinos lost just once last year. Unfortunately for them it came in the playoffs, costing them a shot at the Canada West title.
6: The number of Vikes that scored a try in their opening game win against UBC.
7: The Dinos have scored seven straight victories over the Vikes, a streak that goes back to 2011
Brittany Waters, Vikes head coach
“Last season was one of our most successful seasons to date and we gained a lot of valuable experience. We are aware though, that we need to get better every game and build on our previous performances. Our outcome versus UBC last weekend was positive but there is much to improve upon and this will be a great opportunity to continue to get better.”
“Calgary is a strong team who will be looking for vengeance this year as they were bumped out of Nationals after some upsets at CanWest. I expect them to be strong and we will have to battle for 80 minutes. They have a strong pack and speed out wide so they will be a good match up for us.”
Jess Neilson, fourth-year Fly Half
“UBC gave us a really good run for our money. They came out in the first half really gunning for us. It was a good challenge for us to be resilient and push back in the second half.”
On the Jenny Vincent Memorial Game: “It’s been a highlight for me every year that I’ve been a Vike, it’s a special game. I haven’t won it yet in my four years here. There’s a lot of girls on the team that really want to get the win this week.”
Friday, Sep. 23 – 5:00 p.m. – vs University of Calgary Dinos – Victoria, B.C.
University of Calgary (2015: 4-0-0)
CIS Top Ten: N/A
Canada West Pre-Season Ranking: 2