Canada U18 Women

April 09 2016

Canada Improve Performance in Match 2: Narrow Loss 17-12 to England


posted April 9 2016
from Rugby Canada

Canada's women's U18 team narrowly lost 17-12 in Game 2 of their series against England's Talent Development Group Saturday.

Canada got tries from Sydney Smith and Danielle Grant. Canada lost Game one 41-17 as Taylor Black, Kendra Roberts and Sophie de Goede scored tries with de Goede adding the lone conversion.

Reaction from head coach Dan Valley:

"Our athletes should be really proud of the effort they put in today - it was a gutsy performance in some challenging conditions. We lacked discipline around the defending breakdown, but if we line up our performance today and our performance on Tuesday, the girls did an exceptional job eliminating the mistakes that cost us in match #1. We've talked a lot about incremental gains and the idea of being better every day, and today our athletes made exponential gains that were a reflection of the process we asked them to engage in over the course of our tour. Hopefully this process will continue to serve them well for the remainder of their careers playing for Canada."

"Today we were much more organized with our defensive width and had greater clarity and better execution of our assignments - as I mentioned earlier, we were a bit sloppy contesting their possession and were punished with two yellow cards, but on the positive side, we were able to disrupt the English attack to a much greater degree today. On attack we were much more confrontational with ball-in-hand and our support lines were much more decisive."

"Overall, the tour was a massive success. I fully understand that it would have been nice to come away with at least one win, but the experience these athletes were able to gain over the past 10 days competing (and preparing to compete) against the top U18 and U19 talent from the England TDG is invaluable. "

"Although I believe that winning is a learned behaviour, and that it's critical that at some point our athletes learn how to win on the international stage, this tour was as much about the process of preparation, performance, recovery, and analysis as it was about simply beating England TDG. We've tried to provide the athletes with the tools to go back to their provinces, regions, high schools and clubs and continue to develop. There are future NSWT athletes in this group and that's really exciting. I'm looking forward to getting back to work once we get home. "

"I'd like to thank our athletes and our staff for all of the work that went into making the tour run as smoothly as it did - we asked a lot of our athletes over the last 10 days, and they responded every single time."

Canada’s Women’s U18 Team to face England U18 Talent Development Group (Name, Hometown, Province):

1. Tanika Bonneville (Bayside Sharks), Surrey, BC
2. Mackenzie Carson (Abbotsford RFC), Abbotsford, BC
3. Kendra Roberts (Souris Sabres), Souris, MB
4. Keegan Brantner (Lethbridge), Taber, AB
5. Harley Tucker (Calgary Hornets), Black Diamond, AB
6. Alex Liepmann (Barrhaven Scottish), Ottawa, ON
7. Shaye Tudor (Castaway Wanderers), Victoria, BC
8. Sophie de Goede (Castaway Wanderers), Victoria, BC
9. Taylor Donato (Ottawa Irish), Ottawa, ON
10. Annie Kennedy (Kingston Panthers), Kingston, ON
11. Taylour Hurd (Oakville Crusaders), Oakville, ON
12. Maddi Cohoon (Brantford Harlequins), Brantford, ON
13. Daniella Grant (Aurora Barbarians), Stouffville, ON
14. Darcie Weir (Calgary Irish), Strathmore, AB
15. Dawson German (Comox Valley Kickers), Courtenay, BC
16. Sarah Klock (Abbotsford RFC), Abbotsford, BC
17. Sydney De La Mare (St. Albert RFC), St. Albert, AB
18. Holly Phillips (Bow Valley Grizzlies), Canmore, AB
19. Danika Elias (Abbotsford RFC), Chilliwack, BC
20. Rylee Stone (Calgary Rams), Turner Valley, AB
21. Taylor Black (Oakville Crusaders), Oakville, ON
22. Sydney Smith (Valley Bulldogs), Middleton, NS
23. Emilie Merilainen (Belleville Bulldogs), Batawa, ON
24. Brooklynn Feasby (Oshawa Vikings), Port Perry, ON

Canada’s Staff:

Head Coach — Dan Valley
Assistant Coach — Duncan McNaughton
Assistant Coach — Ricky Coombe
Manager — Heather Vesh
Therapist — Amy Stefaniuk
Rugby Canada Development Coach - Sean Dunleavy

Canada’s Schedule:

April 5 — Canada 17-41 England U18
April 9 — Canada 12-17 England U18



Canada Name Team for Second Match vs England - Nine Changes Made


posted April 8 2016
from Rugby Canada

Women’s U18 head coach Dan Valley has made nine changes to his starting lineup for the second game against England’s Talent Development Group (TDG).

Canada fell 41-17 in Game 1 but did get tries from Taylor Black, Kendra Roberts and Sophie de Goede, who also had the lone conversion.

"We've had a good few days of preparation and the girls are feeling confident that we've addressed the areas the English were able to experience some success last match,” Valley said. "We're looking to apply significantly more pressure through the midfield off of set-piece and in open play and to do a better job disrupting opposition ball at the breakdown while maintaining width on defense.

“Communication while defending the edges of the pitch will be critical in us achieving a successful result tomorrow."

Tanika Bonneville, Mackenzie Carson and Kendra Roberts start in the front row while Keegan Brantner and Harley Tucker start at lock. Alex Liepmann and Shaye Tudor join de Goede in the back row.

Ottawa’s Taylor Donato starts at scrum-half again while Annie Kennedy starts at fly half. Taylour Hurd and Darcie Weir line up on the wings with Maddi Cohoon and Daniella Grant in the centres. Courtenay’s Dawson German starts at fly half.

“This will be a good test for our athletes - to see how well they've been able to analyze past performance and make the adjustments in a short period of time."

Kickoff for Saturday’s game is 9:30am ET/6:30am PT and Rugby Canada’s twitter account will provide updates where available.

Canada’s Women’s U18 Team to face England U18 Talent Development Group (Name, Hometown, Province):

1. Tanika Bonneville (Bayside Sharks), Surrey, BC
2. Mackenzie Carson (Abbotsford RFC), Abbotsford, BC
3. Kendra Roberts (Souris Sabres), Souris, MB
4. Keegan Brantner (Lethbridge), Taber, AB
5. Harley Tucker (Calgary Hornets), Black Diamond, AB
6. Alex Liepmann (Barrhaven Scottish), Ottawa, ON
7. Shaye Tudor (Castaway Wanderers), Victoria, BC
8. Sophie de Goede (Castaway Wanderers), Victoria, BC
9. Taylor Donato (Ottawa Irish), Ottawa, ON
10. Annie Kennedy (Kingston Panthers), Kingston, ON
11. Taylour Hurd (Oakville Crusaders), Oakville, ON
12. Maddi Cohoon (Brantford Harlequins), Brantford, ON
13. Daniella Grant (Aurora Barbarians), Stouffville, ON
14. Darcie Weir (Calgary Irish), Strathmore, AB
15. Dawson German (Comox Valley Kickers), Courtenay, BC
16. Sarah Klock (Abbotsford RFC), Abbotsford, BC
17. Sydney De La Mare (St. Albert RFC), St. Albert, AB
18. Holly Phillips (Bow Valley Grizzlies), Canmore, AB
19. Danika Elias (Abbotsford RFC), Chilliwack, BC
20. Rylee Stone (Calgary Rams), Turner Valley, AB
21. Taylor Black (Oakville Crusaders), Oakville, ON
22. Sydney Smith (Valley Bulldogs), Middleton, NS
23. Emilie Merilainen (Belleville Bulldogs), Batawa, ON
24. Brooklynn Feasby (Oshawa Vikings), Port Perry, ON

Canada’s Staff:

Head Coach — Dan Valley
Assistant Coach — Duncan McNaughton
Assistant Coach — Ricky Coombe
Manager — Heather Vesh
Therapist — Amy Stefaniuk
Rugby Canada Development Coach - Sean Dunleavy

Canada’s Schedule:

April 5 — Canada 17-41 England U18
April 9 — Canada vs. England U18


Canada U18 Women Lose to England Talent Development Group 41-17: Next Match Saturday


from Rugby Canada
posted April 6 2016

Canada's women's U18 team lost 41-17 to England Talent Development Group Tuesday to open their tour.

Canada got tries from Taylor Black, Kendra Roberts and Tanika Bonneville while Sophie de Goede had the lone conversion.

Reaction from head coach Dan Valley

"Overall, although the outcome wasn't the one we wanted on the scoreboard, I was happy with the effort the athletes put in today. They loved the experience - the intensity, pace and physicality of the match were high from start to finish. It was a great introduction to international rugby for our program."

"We did a very nice job matching their physicality - we were able to be effective at the breakdown without having to over commit, which allowed us to try and play the style of game we wanted. Execution wasn't always there, but the intention certainly was.

"Our forwards did a really nice job giving us a platform from which to attack at set-piece.

"We were a bit passive on attack at times, especially early on in the match. Although we improved as the match went on, there were still opportunities that were available to us that will be very apparent on video. We also need to work on recognizing the opportunities the English were trying to exploit and do a better job taking them away.

"The athletes are really excited to get back to work analyzing their performance and continuing to move forward. Part of the challenge preparing for today was that we really didn't know what to expect. Now we have a better idea of who we are, and who the English are, and can begin to pull our performance to pieces to look at what we did well and where we need to put the work in. That review and reflection process that the athletes will engage in over the next few days will be a really important piece of the puzzle for them as they continue to move forward with their playing careers."

Canada’s Women’s U18 Team to face England Talent Development Group (Name, Hometown, Province):

1. Holly Phillips (Bow Valley Grizzlies), Canmore, AB
2. Mackenzie Carson (Abbotsford RFC), Abbotsford, BC
3. Sarah Klock (Abbotsford RFC), Abbotsford, BC
4. Harley Tucker (Calgary Hornets), Black Diamond, AB
5. Sydney De La Mare (St. Albert RFC), St. Albert, AB
6. Rylee Stone (Calgary Rams), Turner Valley, AB
7. Danika Elias (Abbotsford RFC), Chilliwack, BC
8. Sophie de Goede (Castaway Wanderers), Victoria, BC
9. Taylor Donato (Ottawa Irish), Ottawa, ON
10. Taylor Black (Oakville Crusaders), Oakville, ON
11. Emilie Merilainen (Belleville Bulldogs), Batawa, ON
12. Sydney Smith (Valley Bulldogs), Middleton, NS
13. Daniella Grant (Aurora Barbarians), Stouffville, ON
14. Brooklynn Feasby (Oshawa Vikings), Port Perry, ON
15. Annie Kennedy (Kingston Panthers), Kingston, ON
16. Alex Liepmann (Barrhaven Scottish), Ottawa, ON
17. Kendra Roberts (Souris Sabres), Souris, MB
18. Tanika Bonneville (Bayside Sharks), Surrey, BC
19. Keegan Brantner (Lethbridge), Taber, AB
20. Maddi Cohoon (Brantford Harlequins), Brantford, ON
21. Taylour Hurd (Oakville Crusaders), Oakville, ON
22. Darcie Weir (Calgary Irish), Strathmore, AB

Unavailable due to injury:

Shaye Tudor (Castaway Wanderers), Victoria, BC
Dawson German (Comox Valley Kickers), Courtenay, BC

Canada’s Staff:

Head Coach — Dan Valley
Assistant Coach — Duncan McNaughton
Assistant Coach — Ricky Coombe
Manager — Heather Vesh
Therapist — Amy Stefaniuk

Canada’s Schedule:

April 5 — Canada 17-41 England TDG
April 9 — Canada vs. England TDG


Canada U18 Women in England for 2 Game Series


Rugby Canada media release
posted March 31 2016

Canada’s women’s U18 team has arrived in England ahead of their two match series against England U18.

Head coach Dan Valley selected a squad of 24 back in February after a number of regional camps took place earlier in the year.

“Our staff is really excited about the team we're taking to the UK for our series with England,” head coach Dan Valley said. “We're athletic, we're big, we're fast, and our skill development is continuing to improve. Although we don't know much about the England side we'll be competing with, the group we've selected will be able to play a style of rugby that is very much aligned with what Francois and his staff are looking for at the senior level.”

Canada will take on England U18 on April 5 and 9 at Bicton College in Devon.

"It is very exciting for an inaugural U18 women's tour to be underway,” said Rugby Canada’s National Women’s Manager Meaghan Howat. “A lot of work from the coaching staff has gone into ensuring the athletes are ready to compete. It will be a great experience for our youngest talent to get a taste of international competition as they start their careers in the national program.”

Neither game will be streamed live but follow Rugby Canada on Twitter for updates.

Canada’s Roster for tour to England (Name, club, hometown):

Taylor Black (Oakville Crusaders), Oakville, ON
Tanika Bonneville (Bayside Sharks), Surrey, BC
Keegan Brantner (Lethbridge), Taber, AB
Mackenzie Carson (Abbotsford RFC), Abbotsford, BC
Maddi Cohoon (Brantford Harlequins), Brantford, ON
Sophie de Goede (Castaway Wanderers), Victoria, BC
Sydney De La Mare (St. Albert RFC), St. Albert, AB
Taylor Donato (Ottawa Irish), Ottawa, ON
Danika Elias (Abbotsford RFC), Chilliwack, BC
Brooklynn Feasby (Oshawa Vikings), Port Perry, ON
Dawson German (Comox Valley Kickers), Courtenay, BC
Daniella Grant (Aurora Barbarians), Stouffville, ON
Taylour Hurd (Oakville Crusaders), Oakville, ON
Annie Kennedy (Kingston Panthers), Kingston, ON
Sarah Klock (Abbotsford RFC), Abbotsford, BC
Alex Liepmann (Barrhaven Scottish), Ottawa, ON
Emilie Merilainen (Belleville Bulldogs), Batawa, ON
Holly Phillips (Bow Valley Grizzlies), Canmore, AB
Kendra Roberts (Souris Sabres), Souris, MB
Sydney Smith (Valley Bulldogs), Middleton, NS
Rylee Stone (Calgary Rams), Turner Valley, AB
Harley Tucker (Calgary Hornets), Black Diamond, AB
Shaye Tudor (Castaway Wanderers), Victoria, BC
Darcie Weir (Calgary Irish), Strathmore, AB

Non-travelling reserves:

Jasmine Ing (Guelph Red Coats), Guelph, ON
Chanelle Lindegaard (Barrie RFC), Barrie, ON
Natasha Naismith (Brampton Beavers), Orangeville, ON
Paige Olmstead (Red Deer Titans), Red Deer, AB
Nikki Pahl (Markham Irish), Markham, ON
Alayna Scramstad (Lashburn Lucky RFC), Lashburn, SK

Canada’s Staff:

Head Coach — Dan Valley
Assistant Coach — Duncan McNaughton
Assistant Coach — Ricky Coombe
Manager — Heather Vesh
Therapist — Amy Stefaniuk

Canada’s Schedule:

April 5 — Canada vs. England U18
April 9 — Canada vs. England U18

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