Champions Crowned at Junior Girls’ Club Finals in Vancouver

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    Castaway Wanderers RFC retained the U19 Girls' Club Championship with a 70-10 win over Abbotsford RFC

    The 2019 BC Rugby Junior Girls’ Club titles were decided during an exciting day of competition held at the UBC Thunderbird Stadium this weekend. Castaway Wanderers RFC and Abbotsford RFC contested both the U16 and U19 Finals, each team walking away with a victory. Abbotsford RFC took the U16 Title while Castaway Wanderers took the U19 Final. A mix of Westshore RFC and James Bay AA, playing as WestBays, claimed the U16 third-place match over a spirited mix of United RFC and Ridge Meadows Bruins RFC.

    BC Senior Women's XV Exhibition match rounds off an exciting day of female rugby
    BC Senior Women’s XV Exhibition match
    rounds off an exciting day of female rugby

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    Awards were handed out by BC Rugby Board members Tanya Donaldson and Brad Baker and the players were treated to an exhilarating BC Senior Women’s XV exhibition batch between BC Blue and BC Gold. This provided a fantastic spectacle for the younger athletes watching from the stands as twilight settled over Thunderbird Stadium.

    Rounding off the day in style, the BC Senior Women’s XVs squad held an exhibition match between the BC Blue and BC Gold teams. This was a great showcase for the younger girls to aspire to but also to highlight the path a female athlete can take in BC. While there were some familiar veterans of previous years on the field including Tess Woldring, Laura Russel and Amanda Thornborough, it was exciting to see a swathe of new faces pulling on the BC Senior Women’s colours.

    The action on the field was fast and furious, both teams relishing the chance to stretch their legs and apply some training ground strategies in a proper match. In total 11 different clubs or teams were represented on the field, showing great promise for the future at both club and Provincial level.

    Speaking with Darcy Patterson, Rugby Development Manager – Women & Girls, it was clear that games like this are intended as a sign of things to come. “We wanted to provide a high-level competitive matchup up so we can build that foundation within athletes born or based in BC. The more strong competition we can provide domestically, the stronger rugby will be in BC and Canada.”

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    Given the satisfaction of both the players and the spectators, it seems likely that more of these matches would be welcomed. Not only do they help provide more consistent game time and high-level performance from the top female players in BC, but they serve as a great visual example of aspiration and progression for the girls currently competing at the junior levels. “The next step for Women in BC is participating in club rugby or CanWest 7s starting in mid-January,” said Patterson, “then the Senior program will start again in the Spring, commencing with a Best of the West tournament vs Alberta at the end of June.”

    BC Rugby would like to thank everyone who donated over the weekend. Finally, a huge thank you to the team staff, therapists, coaches, parents, match officials and UBC for helping to make the 2019 Junior Girls’ Club Finals such a success.

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    Results

    U16 Bronze – WestBays* 27 – 14 United **
    U16 Gold – Abbotsford RFC 46 – 29 Castaway Wanderers  RFC
    U19 Gold – Abbotsford RFC 10 – 70 Castaway Wanderers RFC
    Senior Women’s Exhibition – BC Blue 34 – 10 BC Gold

    *(Westshore RFC & James Bay AA)
    **(United RFC / Ridge Meadows Bruins RFC)

    BC Senior Women’s XV Team Rosters:

    BC Gold:
    1    Chelsea Minter    Westshore RFC
    2    Erin Geddie    Westshore RFC
    3    Ada Okonkwo    University of Victoria
    4    Regan Casey    University of Victoria
    5    Kate Field    Brit Lions RFC
    6    Peyton McNeil    Vancouver Thunderbirds
    7    Karina Christianson    Capilano RFC
    8    Sarah Bill    Capilano RFC
    9    Caity Mattison    Westshore RFC
    10    Shannon Craig    Capilano RFC
    11    Heather Muir    Capilano RFC
    12    Amanda Thornborough (C)    Westshore RFC
    13    Sya Trafford    Westshore RFC
    14    Olivia Burns    Capilano RFC
    15    Paula Simpson    Nanaimo Hornets RFC

    16    Caleigh Silversides    Kamloops Rugby Club
    17    Vlada Schevchenko    Kamloops Rugby Club

    BC Blue:
    1    Tess Woldring    Vancouver Thunderbirds
    2    Zoe Williams     University of Victoria / Castaway Wanderers RFC
    3    Mikiela Nelson     Capilano RFC
    4    Kendra Roberts    Vancouver Thunderbirds
    5    Nicola Jones    Capilano RFC
    6    Thea Flundra    Kamloops RFC
    7    Emmy Baker    Vancouver Thunderbirds
    8    Laura Russell (C)    Cowichan RFC
    9    Julia Folk    Castaway Wanderers RFC
    10    Alayna Scramstead     Vancouver Thunderbirds
    11    Jessica Piotrowski    Simon Fraser University
    12    Shoshanah Suemanutafa    Vancouver Thunderbirds
    13    Madi Gold    Vancouver Thunderbirds
    14    Kira Katan    University Fraser Valley
    15    Sara Einarson    Castaway Wanderers RFC