Canada West Women's Rugby

September 14 2017


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Women's University Season Starts This Weekend in BC with Alberta @ UBC on Friday and @UVic on Sunday


by Canada West Communications

Alberta travels to UBC (Friday, Sept. 15) and Victoria (Sunday, Sept. 17) to open the 2017 Canada West rugby 15s season.

Lethbridge and Calgary open their seasons in a week, as the Alberta rivals meet in Lethbridge.

The 2017 CW championship goes Oct. 20-22 in Calgary, before the U SPORTS national tournament in Lethbridge Nov. 2-5.

COMPLETE RUGBY SCHEDULE

The Pandas, who finished third in the conference regular season a year ago, take on UBC Friday (4 p.m. PDT), before travelling to Vancouver Island to take on the Victoria Vikes Sunday (11:30 a.m. PDT).

Both the Lethbridge Pronghorns and defending CW champion Calgary Dinos open conference play next week, when a pair of inter-provincial rivalries take centre stage, as the Dinos and ‘Horns open the season Thursday, Sept. 21, while Victoria hosts UBC Sunday, Sept. 24.

Unsurprisingly, the Dinos enter the season the favourites to repeat, topping the conference’s annual pre-season coaches poll with 16 points – the maximum total available. Calgary earned the program’s first CW title last season and returns a strong core of veterans, led by fifth-years DeLeaka Menin, who was the 2016 CW MVP and part of Canada’s recent squad at the Women’s Rugby World Cup, and Emily Tuttosi, who was a CW all-star a year ago.

For the second consecutive season, the CW championship runs through southern Alberta, as Calgary hosts the four-team tournament Oct. 20-22 after Lethbridge hosted the event a year ago.

Speaking of Lethbridge, that’s where the nation’s top university rugby 15s teams will look for U SPORTS gold November 2-5, as the ‘Horns host the event for the second time ever after being crowned national champions on home turf back in 2008.

2017 CW women’s rugby pre-season coaches poll

Place / Team / Points (First-place votes)

Calgary / 16 (4)
Victoria / 13 (1)
Alberta / 8
Lethbridge / 7
UBC / 6
NOTES: First-place vote worth 4 pts., second-place worth 3 pts. etc.

Alberta Pandas

2016 CW regular season record: 2-2, 3rd

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Courtney Holtkamp/ #8/ 1st/ Rimbey, AB/ U18 Team Canada
Lora Lee/ Full Back/ 1st/ Rimbey, AB/ Red Deer Titans
Heidi Peake/ Wing/ 1st/ Edmonton, AB/ Edmonton Lep-Tigers

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Amee Svatos/ #8/ Canby, Oregon/ 5
Amanda Smith/ Scrum Half/ Sherwood Park, AB/ 5
Sara Haring/ Lock/ Sturgeon County, AB/ 5

UBC THUNDERBIRDS

2016 CW regular season record: 1-3, 4th

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Alayna Scramstad / Scrum-half/fly-half / 1 / Lashburn, Sask. / Canada U-18
Sarah Klok / Prop / 1 / Abbotsford, B.C. / Yale Secondary / BC U-18
Danika Elias / Flanker / 2 / Port-au-Prince, Haiti / Acadia University
Shoshanah Seumanutafa / 1 / Outside centre / back three / Surrey, B.C. / BC U-18
Delaney Aikens / Fullback/winger / 1 / Briercrest, Sask. / Shawnigan Lake School

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Taylor Kapaiwai / Hooker / Kelowna, B.C. / 5
Stephanie MacKinnon / Lock / Black Creek, B.C. / 5
Jen Blume / Hooker / Kitscoty, Alta. / 4
Mackenzie Lee / Inside centre / Langley, B.C. / 4
Ciara Malone / Wing / Delta, B.C. / 5

CALGARY DINOS

2016 CW regular season record: 4-0, 1st

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Alyson Macdougall/Back row/1/Calgary, AB/U18 Canada
Berlyn Seselja/Scrum half/1/White Rock, BC/U18 Canada

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Natasha Loucks/8 man/ Calgary, AB/ 5
Kelcey Leavitt/Wing/ Calgary, AB/ 5
Vanessa Graham/ Centre/ Calgary, AB/ 5

LETHBRIDGE PRONGHORNS

2016 CW regular season record: 0-4, 5th

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Sarah Gordon / Fly Half / 5th year / Surrey, B.C. / Canada U20
Hannah Lopez / Full Back/ 1st year / Carlsbad, California / USA Sevens
Brittany Orr / Outside Centre / 5th year / Fort Macleod, Alta. / Canada Sevens 2012
Genna Wright / Inside Centre / 1st year / Taber, Alta / WolfPack
Charlie Mitchell / Prop / 1st year / Calgary, Alta/ WolfPack
Sara Cline / Hooker / 1st year / Edmonton, Alta / Canada U20
Bradee Ellingson / Prop / 1st year / Raymond, Alta / Raymond High

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Nicole Ronsky / Wing / Calgary, Alta. / 5 years
Frederique Tremblay / Hooker / Calgary, Alta. / 5 years

VICTORIA VIKES

2016 CW regular season record: 3-1, 2nd

Key additions (name / position / eligibility / hometown / last team):

Shaye Tudor / Flanker / 1 / Victoria, BC / Canadian U18 team
Renee Gonzales / Flanker / 1 / Toronto, ON / Lindenwood University
Sasha Guedes / Scrumhalf / 1 / Gatineau, QC / John Abbott College

Key losses (name / position / hometown / years with program):

Shannon Fitzpatrick / Lock / Calgary, AB / 5
Chelsey Minter / Prop / Sidney, BC / 5

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