BC Women's XVs 2019

June 10 2019

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BC Women Defeat Prairies by 223 to 40 Aggregate Over Four Matches

It looks like the women's Best of the West was a bit one sided with BC scoring four wins by an aggregate of 223 to 40 with 62-10, 67-5, 63-7 and 31-18 wins. Whether BC was playing Alberta or Prairie teams changes based on the pre or post tournament BCRU news article.

The live stream didn't really materialize as internet connection from the Kelowna venue was spotty.

Next action for some of the players will be the Canadian Club Championship in August in Toronto. Capilano will represent BC and Edmonton Lep Tigers and Winnipeg Wasps will battle it out to represent the Prairies. National team players will participate in the Super Series starting June 28th in San Diego, the Series involves Canada, USA, England and NZ.

from BC Rugby

BC’s senior women’s sides impressed at the Best of the West tournament in Kelowna this past weekend, as both the Blue and Gold squads defeated their opponents, Alberta White and Alberta Black.

BC Blue had several chances to score in the opening minutes of their Friday match with Alberta White which were thwarted at the last moment by deflected offloads, but it wasn’t long before Macy Munson scored a penalty kick followed immediately by Kaitlyn Cumming dotting down for the first try of the match. Munson added two tries in the half as BC took a commanding 25-5 lead.

“It was one of those games where everything clicked,” said BC Blue head coach Dean Murten. “We played some high tempo rugby, which stemmed from the quality of ball we were producing at the breakdown.”

BC Blue played another strong half of rugby in the second, scoring six tries in the half as the game finished 62-10 for the hosts.

“Without the ball we showed a great attitude and commitment to stop Alberta scoring,” added Murten. “Alberta had several big ball carriers and applied a lot of pressure on our line at certain times of the game, but we stood strong for these phases.”

BC’s Gold side came flying out of the gate in their first match as Sabrina Poulin struck first for BC against Alberta Black. Not long after, Paige Farries scored two tries in two minutes to extend the lead to 15. Before 20 minutes had passed, Paige Farries had scored another two tries in two minutes for four on the day. By the halftime whistle, BC Gold had already scored 50, and allowed just a single try for the opposition. BC was a stone wall on defence in the second half and added 17 points to take the match 67-5.

“We were really happy with our first half, we had excellent line speed and applied serious pressure on defence which allowed us to turn over the ball,” said BC Gold head coach Julien Canet. “Our attack from set piece and turn over ball was dynamic and we were able to play wide, expansive rugby.”

BC Gold then took on Alberta White on Sunday in the third match of the tournament, and produced a similarly cohesive performance, going up 15-0 inside 25 minutes. Alberta pulled back 7 points before the end of the half, but BC Gold turned on the jets in the second half to score 48 unanswered points. This time it was Jordyn Myers who bagged four tries, two of which came within a minute of each other. BC Gold took the match by an impressive 63-7 scoreline.

The final match of the tournament was the most exciting, as BC Blue took on Alberta Black. Alberta scored the opening try of the game just 5 minutes in, and seemed in control after half an hour as they took a 13-0 lead. BC Blue was able to claw back into the match with a late try and conversion to cut the Alberta lead to 6, and a quick try just before the whistle put BC Blue within one. The second half was all BC, as a quick try and conversion less than 3 minutes in gave the BC Blue side their first lead of the game. The two squads traded tries back and forth, but BC Blue held the lead after 40 minutes to win 31-18.

“We went into the half 13 – 7 down. At half time the talk was around trust the process, being more direct and keeping the Wolfpack under pressure,” said Murten.

“Things eventually started to come in the second half of the game. The players worked extremely hard as the temperature started to rise.”

Photos from the matches are available online at bcrugby.pixieset.com.

BC Women's XVs Teams Face Top Prairie Teams in Best of the West Tournament June 7th and 9th in Kelowna

Instead of the National Women's tournament this year it's a Best of the West competition for both men and women. The BC women are putting in two teams as are the Prairies. The men's competition is slightly different, just one team per region and one game in Calgary and one in Vancouver.

Due to the size of the country and the limited funds there's some sense in making it a regional tournament and putting the location in Kelowna which requires fairly equal travel for all teams. The BC women's teams are further broken down regionally to an Island and Mainland squad, again based on a common sense approach that recognizes financial considerations.

The BCRU have indicated they're working on a live stream but haven't committed to whether that will actually happen or not.

from BC Rugby

Vancouver, BC – June 4, 2019: BC Rugby is delighted to announce the 2019 Senior Women’s XV squads ahead of the Best of the West Tournament taking place this weekend. The two teams, BC Senior Women Blue and BC Senior Women Gold, will compete in in fixtures against two Prairie Wolf Pack sides on June 7 and 9 at the City Park Sports Field in Kelowna, BC. The fixtures will pit the top talent from BC and Alberta head to head in an idyllic setting on the shores of the Okanagan.

14 players from the 2018 BC Senior Women side will feature on one of the BC Rosters, while 3 players join from last year’s U20 Women’s side. Eight selected players are involved with the Canadian women’s national team, including Gillian Boag, Tyson Beukeboom, Chanelle Edwards-Challenger and Madi Gold among others.

“Best of the West is an amazing opportunity to develop more depth in our region, play elite teams and create a high-performance program for Senior Women,” said Team BC Gold head coach Julien Canet. “The women have been training together since January working on skill development and team culture, and the team has really started to gel.”

“I am excited to see how the new competition structure will work, merging the senior women and U20 is a great way to go,” said BC Blue head coach Dean Murten. “The mainland team have not spent much time together as a team so the priority is to get everyone on the same page understanding some basic policy and doing the basics outstanding.”

BC’s Blue and Gold sides will face off against Black and White sides from the Prairies Wolf Pack.

“All the players in this competition are good rugby players so no need to spend a lot of time working on skills,” Murten added.  “The Wolf Pack will have two very strong teams and play a good style of rugby, they will be hard physical teams, we much match them in that department whilst trying to play a fast game.”

BC Rugby are working to deliver a live stream for all four matches on the BC Rugby Facebook page (weather/internet permitting).


June 7th
4:00PM - BC Blue vs Alberta White
6:00PM - BC Gold vs Alberta Black

June 9th
10:00 AM - BC Blue vs Alberta Black
12:00 PM - BC Gold vs Alberta White

BC Blue Roster
Lyric Atchison - Vancouver Thunderbirds, (North Vancouver, BC)
Brooke Bazian - Castaway Wanderers, (Kamloops, BC)
Gillan Boag - Capilano, (Vancouver, BC)
Christina Burnham - Capilano, (Vancouver, BC)
Mackenzie Carson - UBC Thunderbirds, (Abbotsford, BC)
Karina Christiansen - Capilano, (North Vancouver, BC)
Kaitlyn Cumming - Capilano, (Kamloops, BC)
Hunter Czeppel - Vancouver Thunderbirds, (Abbotsford, BC)
Madi Gold - UBC Thunderbirds, (Merville, BC)
Katie Grudzinski - Burnaby Lake, (Vancouver, BC)
Gabrielle Hindley - Burnaby Lake, (Burnaby, BC)
Viviana Johnson - Vancouver Thunderbirds, (Mission, BC)
Kally King - Vancouver Thunderbirds, (Kamloops, BC)
Natasha Lalonde - Burnaby Lake, (Surrey, BC)
Heather Muir - Capilano, (North Vancouver, BC)
Macy Munson - Capilano, (Kamloops, BC)
Mikela Nelson - Capilano, (North Vancouver, BC)
Abbie Parsons - Bristol Bears Women, (Abbotsford, BC)
Emma Pfleiderer - Acadia Axewomen, (Williams Lake, BC)
Ashlynn Smith - Abbotsford, (Abbotsford, BC)
Emily Van Gulik - Burnaby Lake, (Vancouver, BC)
Leyhana Van Vugt - Burnaby Lake, (Port Moody, BC)
Jessica Vander Zaag - Meraloma, (Vancouver, BC)
Tess Woldring - Vancouver Thunderbirds, (Burnaby, BC)

BC Gold Roster
Ada Okonkwo - UVic Vikes, (Winnipeg, MB)
Chelsey Minter - Westshore, (Victoria, BC)
Nicole Shaver - Castaway Wanderers, (Victoria, BC)
Elissa Alarie - Westshore, (Victoria, BC)
Lauren Sargent - Castaway Wanderers, (Victoria, BC)
Hazel Domingo - Castaway Wanderers, (Winnipeg, MB)
Julia Folk - Castaway Wanderers, (Victoria, BC)
Chanelle Edwards-Challenger - Castaway Wanderers, (Victoria, BC)
Ciara Malone - Castaway Wanderers, (Delta, BC)
Sara Einarson - Castaway Wanderers, (Regina, SK)
Paige Farries - Westshore, (Red Deer, AB)
Paula Simpson - Comox Valley Kickers, (Courtenay, BC)
Sya Trafford - Castaway Wanderers, (Victoria, BC)
Sabrina Poulin - Castaway Wanderers, (Victoria, BC)
Camille Irvine - Queen's Gaels, (Victoria, BC)
Renee Gonzalez - Westshore, (Victoria, BC)
Tyson Beukeboom - Cowichan, (Duncan, BC)
Jordyn Myers - UVic Vikes, (Nanaimo, BC)
Amanda Thornborough - Westshore, (Victoria, BC)
Brodie Schmidt - Guelph Gryphons, (Uxbridge, ON)
Alexie Pusch - Westshore, (Victoria, BC)

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