Trinity Western University - January 2020

January 19 2020


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Trinity Western Spartans Defeat University of Washington 36-31: Women Place 6th in CanWest 7s Tournament



from TWU Media - Mark Janzen

SEATTLE – Trinity Western’s Ethan Bernardin (Langley, B.C.) scored three tries and Daniel Clement (Edmonton) dotted down the game-winning try just before the final whistle, as the Spartans beat the University of Washington 36-31 Saturday afternoon.

With the score tied in the waning moments, a hard-charging Clement, who started at No. 8 for the first time this year, muscled his way across the line to score at the death.

Sam Wegert (Langley), who captained the TWU side, and Keegan Marengo (Edenvale, South Africa), who was playing in his first game as a Spartan, each added one try to the TWU cause. Marengo converted on three of the Spartans six tries.

The win sees the Spartans improve to 2-2 overall in what is their first season since the rugby program relaunched at TWU in 2019.

The contest was back and forth from start to finish. Bernardin opened the scoring midway through the opening half with his first of the afternoon but the Huskies equalized a few minutes later. Shortly thereafter TWU went ahead again on Bernardin’s second try only to see UW reply before halftime, putting the teams on equal terms, 12-12, at halftime.

The Huskies tallied a converted try early in the second half, but back-to-back Spartan tries from Wegert and Marengo once again put TWU ahead. However, UW tied the game soon after, making it 26-26.

Inside the final 10 minutes, TWU went ahead when Bernardin completed his hat trick, but the Huskies came right back to make it 31-31 with less than five minutes to play.

With the game hanging in the balance, the Spartans pressed forward, putting together several phases in the lead up to Clement’s game-winning try.

QUOTABLE

Andrew Evans – TWU Head Coach

“It was a roller coaster. The Huskies are very well-coached and they have some phenomenal athletes, who are world-class specimens. It gave our defence a big challenge just to get them down. Their No. 13 in particular – if you don’t get him around the ankles, it takes five men to take him down. They were able to score a bunch of points against us and I don’t think we were expecting that kind of attack from some of their individual athletes.

“I was very pleased that we closed it out with a win. It was a team effort to build phases to get that try at the end. I think that’s a testament to the team coming together as a group since we’ve come together in September. They executed their skills and patterns to get that last try, so it shows that what we’re doing is working. Now it’s just about building that experience level and composure to keep teams off the score line as much as possible and for us to build our own score line.”

NOTABLE

· Bernardin now has five tries in TWU’s four games this year, including a pair of tries in a game against UBC Okanagan last fall.

· Including this year’s West Coast 7s tournament and the Viking 10s tournament, TWU has now earned wins over five American programs, including the University of Washington, Western Washington University, San Jose State, UC Davis and the California Maritime Academy.

NEXT UP

TWU is back on the road next Saturday when they travel to play the University of Oregon at Riverfront Field at 1 p.m.

TWU ROSTER

1. Ben Graci – Edmonton, Alta. | Nor’westers AA
2. Scott Bowers – New Westminster, B.C. | Riverside
3. Mackenzie Nordli – Nanaimo, B.C. | Nanaimo
4. Erik Niebuhr – Surrey, B.C. | Bayside Sharks
5. Nick Halladay – White Rock, B.C.
6. Brian Carlson – Langley, B.C. | D.W. Poppy
7. Nate Schroeder – West Kelowna, B.C. | Mount Boucherie Secondary
8. Daniel Clement – Edmonton, Alta. | Edmonton Clansmen
9. Ethan Kelt – Port Coquitlam, B.C. | United Rugby Club
10. Keegan Marengo – Edenvale, South Africa | Golden Lions
11. Markus Rauch – Abbotsford, B.C. | Robert Bateman Secondary
12. Sam Wegert (C) – Langley, B.C. | R.E. Mountain
13. Oliver Feagin – Harbor City, Calif. | Carson
14. Ethan Bernardin – Langley, B.C. | R.E. Mountain Secondary
15. Khyree Poole – El Cajon, Calif. | OMBAC Rugby
16. J.P. O’Gorman – St. Charles, Miss. | Francis Howell Central
17. Josh Halladay – White Rock, B.C.
18. Caleb Gerth – Langley, B.C. | Brookswood
19. James Aalhus
20. Nate Lieuwen – Langley, B.C.
21. Jacob Sousa – Langley, B.C. | R.E. Mountain Secondary
22. Ben Adkins – Nairobi Kenya | Rift Valley Academy
23. Tim Bamgbade – Surrey, B.C.



Trinity Western’s women’s rugby 7s team finished sixth overall in their first-ever tournament on the Canada West Rugby 7s Series.

On Day 2 of the eight-team tournament in Edmonton, the Spartans beat Fraser Valley 28-19 in the consolation semifinal to earn the first women’s 7s victory in school history. In the 5th-place match, the Spartans lost to Calgary 38-5.

Playing the Cascades in the consolation semifinal, the Spartans and UFV trading tries through the first half and early on in the second half. Sammi Thiessen (Abbotsford, B.C.) scored twice in the first half before Michelle Veerman Quezada (White Rock, B.C.) tallied in the second half, with both using outside speed to find space. With Tausani Levale (Abbotsford, B.C.) converting each of TWU’s first three tries, the Spartans went ahead midway through the second half, 21-19, with UFV having missed the conversion on their third try. Levale then scored herself, taking the ball from a penalty and using some fancy footwork to get past UFV’s defence, before diving across to put the game out of reach.

Against the Dinos, the game ended with almost an identical score line as their matchup on Day 1 (36-7). Calgary was able to take advantage their speed on the edges to secure athe win, scoring six tries to TWU’s one. Nicolett Duchesne (Surrey, B.C) scored TWU’s lone try of the match.

TWU finished the tournament scoring six tries, with Thiessen and Veerman Quezada each scoring twice and Levale and Duchesne finding the try area once apiece.

QUOTABE

Julia Sugawara – TWU Head Coach

“We improved and learned a lot over the course of this weekend’s tournament. The team showed fantastic effort and incredible heart right to the final whistle. While we are happy with our performance in certain instances, we know there is more we can accomplish this season. We will be focusing on those areas over the next two weeks and we will be ready to put or efforts to the test again at the UBC stop.”

Sammi Thiessen

“It felt good to win a game today and have the opportunity to score twice. The development of our team is really coming along and this is only the beginning. I’m looking forward to getting stronger individually and as a team.”

Nicolett Duchesne

“It felt great to be part of a team that feels more like a family. It was a tough weekend overall, but we came together and supported one another right to the end.”

UP NEXT

The Rugby 7s season will continue in two weeks, with the UBC Thunderbirds hosting the second tournament in Vancouver.

SPARTANS ROSTER

Ashley Jacob – South Surrey, B.C. | (Earl Marriott)
Niki Duchesne – Surrey, B.C. | Bayside Sharks (Elgin Park)
Madison Fleischer – Bellevue, Wash. | (Richmond Christian)
Tausani Levale – Abbotsford, B.C. | Canada 7s (Abbotsford)
Sammi Thiessen – Abbotsford, B.C. | Abbotsford RFC (Yale)
Laralee Gadsby – Kitchener, Ont. | Conestoga College (Huron Heights)
Abby Johnson – Kamloops, B.C. | Columbia Bible College (Kamloops Christian)
Kate Fedoruk – Richmond, B.C. | Richmond RFC (R.A. McMath)
Jensen Schmidt – Nanaimo, B.C. | (Dover Bay)
Issy Scholtens – Langley, B.C. | (Credo Christian)
Michelle Veerman Quezada – White Rock, B.C. | (Mission)
Sara Eskildsen – Mexico City, Mexico – Wallabies RFC Mexico (Avon View)



Trinity Western Women Head to Edmonton for CanWest 7s; Men Head to Seattle for XVs Match vs University of Washington Huskies



from TWU Media - Mark Janzen

Women's Rugby

Trinity Western’s women’s rugby 7s team will play in its first-ever tournament as the Spartans make their debut in the Canada West Rugby 7s Series this Saturday and Sunday at Foote Field Dome in Edmonton.

The first-year program will be led by former Canadian national sevens player Tausani Levale (Abbotsford, B.C.), who has experience on the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series and joined the Spartans after helping Canada capture a gold medal at the 2019 Pan American Games. The TWU side will be coached by three-time Women’s Rugby World Cup star for Canada Julia Sugawara.

The Spartans will play their first official contest in program history against the two-time defending Canada West champion Victoria on Saturday at 11:18 a.m. (MT). Along with the Victoria, the Spartans Pool A opponents include Calgary (1:30 p.m. MT) and Alberta (4:04 p.m. MT).

The Edmonton tournament, which runs Saturday and Sunday, is the first of three this season along with tournaments in Vancouver (February 1-2) and Victoria (February 29 - March 1).

After a successful three-year pilot project with partners B2Ten and Rugby Canada, the conference renewed its commitment to the fast-paced Olympic sport last year, meaning another CW rugby 7s champion will be crowned in the coming months, as the Vikes take aim at a three-peat.

This year will see an expanded field as TWU and UBC Okanagan are set to make their debut along with the original six teams of Alberta, Calgary, UBC, Victoria, Lethbridge, and Fraser Valley.

It's an exciting step in the sport's development, as the conference and its members continue to pursue a path towards a sanctioned U SPORTS championship event.

A complete look at the tournament schedule can be found below, with daily scores available here.

SPARTANS ROSTER

Ashley Jacob – South Surrey, B.C. | (Earl Marriott)
Niki Duchesne – Surrey, B.C. | Bayside Sharks (Elgin Park)
Madison Fleischer – Bellevue, Wash. | (Richmond Christian)
Tausani Levale – Abbotsford, B.C. | Canada 7s (Abbotsford)
Sammi Thiessen – Abbotsford, B.C. | Abbotsford RFC (Yale)
Laralee Gadsby – Kitchener, Ont. | Conestoga College (Huron Heights)
Abby Johnson – Kamloops, B.C. | Columbia Bible College (Kamloops Christian)
Kate Fedoruk – Richmond, B.C. | Richmond RFC (R.A. McMath)
Jensen Schmidt – Nanaimo, B.C. | (Dover Bay)
Issy Scholtens – Langley, B.C. | (Credo Christian)
Michelle Veerman Quezada – White Rock, B.C. | (Mission)
Sara Eskildsen – Mexico City, Mexico – Wallabies RFC Mexico (Avon View)

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Pool A (2019 finish)

Victoria (1)
Calgary (4)
Alberta (5)
Trinity Western

Pool B (2019 finish)

UBC (2)
Lethbridge (3)
Fraser Valley (6)
UBCO

Saturday, January 18

Session 1:

10:12 a.m. - Lethbridge vs. Fraser Valley
10:34 a.m. - UBC vs. UBCO
10:56 a.m. - Calgary vs. Alberta
11:18 - Victoria vs. Trinity Western

Session 2:

12:46 p.m. - Lethbridge vs. UBCO
1:08 p.m. - UBC vs. Fraser Valley
1:30 p.m. - Calgary vs. Trinity Western
1:52 p.m. - Victoria vs. Alberta

Session 3:

3:20 p.m. - Fraser Valley vs. UBCO
3:42 p.m. - UBC vs. Lethbridge
4:04 p.m. - Alberta vs. Trinity Western
4:26 p.m. - Victoria vs. Calgary

Sunday, January 19

Morning session:

9:50 a.m. - A3 vs. B4
10:12 a.m. - A4 vs. B3
10:34 a.m. - A1 vs. B2
10:56 a.m. - A2 vs. B1

Afternoon session:

1:30 p.m. - 7th-place game
1:52 p.m. - 5th-place game
2:14 p.m. - 3rd-place game
2:36 p.m. - 1st-place game

Men's Rugby

Trinity Western’s men’s rugby team will travel to play the University of Washington this Saturday, taking on the Huskies at the on-campus IMA Sports Field in Seattle at 1 p.m.

SCHEDULE

Jan. 18 @ University of Washington – IMA Sports Field | 1 p.m. (PT)

The contest will see South African flyhalf Keegan Marengo (Edenvale, South Africa) make his Spartans debut, as he joined TWU this semester. Marengo has experience with the Johannesburg-based Golden Lions in U19 Currie Cup (2017).

Joining Marengo amongst the backs is Ethan Kelt (Port Coquitlam, B.C.), who starts at scrumhalf, while Markus Rauch (Abbotsford, B.C.) and Ethan Bernardin (Langley) slot in on the wings. Sam Wegert (Langley) will captain the side from inside centre alongside Oliver Feagin (Harbor City, Calif.).

The front row features props Ben Graci (Edmonton) and Mackenzie Nordli (Nanaimo, B.C.) with Scott Bowers (New Wesminster, B.C.) once again hooking.

Nick Halladay (White Rock, B.C.) earns his first start as a Spartan in the second row, alongside Erik Niebuhr (Surrey, B.C.).

The back row features Brian Carlson (Langley), who gets his first start for TWU at blindside flanker, while Nate Schroeder (West Kelowna, B.C.) is back on the open side and Daniel Clement (Edmonton) takes the No. 8 jersey for the first time this year.

TWU is 1-2 in 15s action this year, beating UBC Okanagan before losing to the Surrey Beavers and D1A No. 4-ranked Saint Mary’s College.

ROSTER

1. Ben Graci – Edmonton, Alta. | Nor’westers AA
2. Scott Bowers – New Westminster, B.C. | Riverside
3. Mackenzie Nordli – Nanaimo, B.C. | Nanaimo
4. Erik Niebuhr – Surrey, B.C. | Bayside Sharks
5. Nick Halladay – White Rock, B.C.
6. Brian Carlson – Langley, B.C. | D.W. Poppy
7. Nate Schroeder – West Kelowna, B.C. | Mount Boucherie Secondary
8. Daniel Clement – Edmonton, Alta. | Edmonton Clansmen
9. Ethan Kelt – Port Coquitlam, B.C. | United Rugby Club
10. Keegan Marengo – Edenvale, South Africa | Golden Lions
11. Markus Rauch – Abbotsford, B.C. | Robert Bateman Secondary
12. Sam Wegert (C) – Langley, B.C. | R.E. Mountain
13. Oliver Feagin – Harbor City, Calif. | Carson
14. Ethan Bernardin – Langley, B.C. | R.E. Mountain Secondary
15. Khyree Poole – El Cajon, Calif. | OMBAC Rugby
16. J.P. O’Gorman – St. Charles, Miss. | Francis Howell Central
17. Josh Halladay – White Rock, B.C.
18. Caleb Gerth – Langley, B.C. | Brookswood
19. James Aalhus
20. Nate Lieuwen – Langley, B.C.
21. Jacob Sousa – Langley, B.C. | R.E. Mountain Secondary
22. Ben Adkins – Nairobi Kenya | Rift Valley Academy
22. Tim Bamgbade – Surrey, B.C.



About Spartan Athletics

As official members of U SPORTS, the Spartans currently compete in 11 sports in the Canada West conference, including women’s and men’s soccer, volleyball, basketball, cross country and track & field, as well as women’s rugby sevens. TWU also competes in the British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) in men’s hockey and as an independent team in men’s rugby. The men’s and women’s hockey programs will begin playing in Canada West and U SPORTS in 2020-21. Since TWU entered U SPORTS in 1999, the Spartans have won 12 U SPORTS team championships and 27 Canada West team championships and two BCIHL championships.

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