British Columbia's senior women's provincial team were defeated 39-24 by Ontario in the opening round of the 2012 National Women's League Finals.
In a back and forth shootout, BC's four tries came up short as Ontario's Meghan Gibbs and Cheryl Phillips recorded late tries to secure the win.
"BC came out playing very sharp, scoring a converted try within minutes. We were very dangerous with the ball in hand but ended up making more handling errors than Ontario, keeping them in the game," said BC head coach Pat Fleck. "We were leading by six points with 20 minutes to play and then let Ontario score two quick tries to seal the game. Ontario then scored one more late try."
BC's tries were recorded by Brittany Waters (Meraloma), Stevi Schnoor (United), Jessica Dovanne (Velox Valkyries) and Emily Young (Burnaby Lake). BC's captain Julia Sugawara (Burnaby Lake) kicked two conversions to round out the scoring.
BC will now play Alberta on Friday at 2:30pm EST, while Ontario will play Quebec. Winners of Friday's matches will advance to the 2012 national championship final on Sunday.
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BC scoring vs Ontario:
Tries: Brittany Waters, Stevi Schnoor, Jessica Dovanne Emily Young
Conversions: Julia Sugawara x2
1. Corinne Jacobsen (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
2. Kim Donaldson (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
3. Hilary Leith (Capilano RFC)
4. Sarah Byers (Simon Fraser University)
5. Alicia Noger (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
6. Samantah Robb (Velox Valkyries)
7. Shannon Kane (Velox Valkyries)
8. Jesse Olynyk (Velox Valkyries)
9. Christina Burnham (Simon Fraser University)
10. Julia Sugawara (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) - Capt.
11. Natalie Tam (Velox Valkyries)
12. Stevi Schnoor (United Rugby Club)
13. Jessica Dovanne (Velox Valkyries)
14. Emily Young (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club)
15. Brittany Waters (Meraloma Rugby Club)
Jocelyn Barrieau (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), Amanda Campbell (Velox Valkyries)
Marlene Donaldson (Velox Valkyries), Sarah Gordon (Bayside Athletic Association), Sagal-Marie Kahin (Meraloma Rugby Club), Jozefina Kola (United Rugby Club), Devon Luca (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), Carolyn McEwen (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club), Paniz Pahlavanlu (United Rugby Club)
2012 NWL Schedule (EST Times)
June 28, 12:00pm - Game A: Ontario 39 - 24 British Columbia
June 28, 2:30pm - Game B: Alberta 31 - 16 Quebec
June 29, 12:00pm - Game C: Winner of 'A' (Ontario) vs (Quebec) Loser of 'B'
June 29, 2:30pm - Game D: Winner of 'B' (Alberta) vs (British Columbia) Loser of 'A'
July 1, 10:30am - 3rd/4th playoff: Loser of 'C' vs Loser of 'D'
July 1, 1:00pm 1st/2nd playoff: Winner 'C' vs Winner of 'D'
Match report from Rugby Canada
With day one of the National Women’s League finals completed, the crowd at University Laval watched on as Ontario defeated British Columbia by a score of 39-24.
In the second match of the day, Alberta defeated Québec 31-16.
The tournament kicked off with it’s first game at 12:00pm, which saw Ontario take on British Columbia. The game began with a quick score from Stevi Schnoor of BC, which gave the west coast time an early lead against last year’s runner up. Ontario than answered back almost mid way through the first half as Cheryl Phillips booted two back-to-back penalty kicks then followed it up with a try. Phillips was a force for the Ontario squad, scoring two penalty kicks, a try and a convert in the first half and three more converts in the second half. The first half finished with both teams trading tries, with Jess Dovanne scoring for BC and Megan Gibbs answering for Ontario. The match looked to be a very close, tight game with Ontario leading at half time by a score of 18-10.
The second half saw the BC team come out of the gates fast with two tries scored by Brittany Watters and Emily Young, converted by Julie Sugawara. From there on in, however, it was all Ontario with the team holding off the BC side while scoring tries from Emily Belchos, Arielle Dubissette and Lori Josephson. Ontario defeated Quebec by a final score of 39-24.
“We never like playing a game where we are down and having the pressure to come back but we kept it together,” said Ontario’s Cheryl Phillips.
With Ontario’s win over BC, both teams waited for the outcome of the day’s later game to see who they would match up against for day two of the NWL tournament.
1 :45 BC try by #12. Stevie Schnoor
15 :00 Ont. penalty by #10. Cheryl Phillips
18 :50 Ont. penalty by #10. Cheryl Phillips
23 :10 Ont. try by #10. Cheryl Phillips
36 :45 BC try by #13. Jess Dovanne
38 :30 Ont. try by #7. Megan Gibbs
40 :00 Ont. convert by #10. Cheryl Phillips
45 :45 BC try by #15. Brittany Watters
46 :43 BC convert by #10. Julie Sugawara
60 :30 BC try by #14. Emily Young
61 :25 BC convert by #10. Julie Sugawara
63 :50 Ont. try by #21. Emily Belchos
64 :30 Ont. convert by #10. Cheryl Phillips
70 :30 Ont. try by #13. Arielle Dubissette
71 :21 Ont. convert by #10. Cheryl Phillips
74 :00 Ont. try by #11. Lori Josephson
78 :00 Ont. convert by #10. Cheryl Phillips