Canada Rugby League - Ravens

September 13 2017

Ravens - Canada Rugby League women's team

Canada Names Extended Squad for Women's 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia

The Canada Rugby League women's team, the Ravens, have named their extended squad for the World Cup to be held in Australia starting November 16th. There are 6 teams entered Australia, NZ, England, Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Canada. This is the 5th version of the World Cup with New Zealand winning the first three and Australia winning the last one in 2013. Needless to say NZ and Australia are considered favourites. Canada are in a pool with NZ and PNG and open against NZ on November 16th.

There are a lot of familiar names on the team from rugby union. Mandy Marchak, the iconic national XVs and 7s player from Capilano is probably the most widely recognized. Stevi Schnoor of the United Rugby Club is another well known name, possibly made more famous by her involvement in the LFL which was originally the Lingerie Football League and rebranded as the Legends Football League in 2013. Natasha Smith was on the non-travelling reserves for the Canada Women's team that came 5th at the recent World Cup in rugby union. Paige Ferries was on the Canada Women's U20 team in 2013 and has represented Canada in 7s for the Maple Leafs. Maira Acevedo has represented BC at the national championships and played 7s for the Thunder. We almost missed Andrea Burk on the list, another famous rugby union player who represented Canada at the World Cup in Ireland. She may be the only Canadian woman to complete a World Cup in Union and League in the same year, I'm sure a reader will be able to clarify that stat.

Other familiar names to BCRN readers include Gillian Boag representing BC at the nationals this year, also on the non-travelling reserves for Canada at the World Cup. Christina Burnham who plays for SFU, Sara Svoboda who was on the Canada U20 team and also played for the Maple Leafs in the 2016 Super Series.

We wish the team all the best and look forward to following their progress leading up to the World Cup.

from Canada Rugby League

Head Coach Mike Castle is pleased with the talent in the squad and is looking forward to fine tuning their skills over the next few months in the lead up to the historic tournament for the Canada Ravens.

“With all of our players transitioning from Rugby Union, I’ve been extremely impressed with not only the talent and athleticism on show during the recent trial games, but also eagerness to learn the game across the board.”

“We have had to make some really difficult choices in selecting this team, because of the wealth of talent available, which is a great sign for the future growth of the women’s Game in Canada, especially considering the game there is still so new.”

“We’re really happy with the squad we’ve identified, which includes some very experienced athletes, as well as some great young talent who will provide the foundation for the future success of Canadian Women’s Rugby League,” Castle said.

Canada Rugby League would like to congratulate the following women on their selection into the Ravens’ extended squad:

Hayley Drewniak (Alberta)
Paige Ferries (Alberta)
Janai Haupapa (Alberta)
Michelle Helmeczi (Alberta)
Brittany Jones (Alberta)
Kelcey Leavitt (Alberta)
Jade Menin (Alberta)
Krisrty Sargent (Alberta)
Liz Steele (Alberta)
Cheryl Armitage (Bradford Bulls – UK)
Maira Acevedo (British Columbia)
Gillian Boag (British Columbia)
Andrea Burk (British Columbia)
Christina Burnham (British Columbia)
Katie Grudzinski (British Columbia)
Lousia Hadley (British Columbia)
Natalie King (British Columbia)
Mandy Marchak (British Columbia)
Aliyah Rodomoninski (British Columbia)
Stevi Schnoor (British Columbia)
Natasha Smith (British Columbia)
Sya Trafford (British Columbia)
Barbara Waddell (Forrestville Ferrets – Aus)
Nina Bui (Ontario)
Mackanie Fane (Ontario)
Fedelia Omaghan (Ontario)
Megan Pakulis (Ontario)
Sara Svoboda (Ontario)
Natalie Tam (Ontario)
Tiera Thomas-Reynolds (Ontario)
Petra Woods (Ontario)
Kathleen Keller (Quebec)

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