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Top-seeded Ridge Meadows Bruins geared up for provincial final
Ridge Meadows to battle United for Women's Second Division Championship on Saturday
 
Published Wednesday, May 1, 2013
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications

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VANCOUVER, BC - The undefeated Ridge Meadows Bruins will scrum down against United Rugby Club on Saturday, May 4th in the Women's Langara Fishing Adventures Division Two provincial final. The two sides will be contesting for the Ged Griffith's Cup in a match set for 11:30am at Stanley Park's Brockton Oval.

Ged Griffiths Cup - Women's Langara Fishing Adventures Division Two:
11:30am kickoff Saturday, May 4th at Brockton Oval, Stanley Park
United Rugby Club vs Ridge Meadows Bruins

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The Bruins eliminated defending champs Burnaby Lake in a 17-10 semifinal last week and will look to carry the momentum into saturday's clash.

"We have always been seen as the underdogs and I think this is the first year that we have been able to make a statement and put some threat behind our name as a team," said Ridge Meadows Captain Larissa Chatt. "This is the first year ever that we have gone undefeated and been ranked no.1 in our division going into the final."

The club that draws its player base from Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge started the season on the back foot as their first two opponents defaulted matches, seeing them start their spring campaign later than most of their opponents. The squad hasn't looked back, however, posting four straight wins and leading the league offensively with an average of 37 points per game.

"Dawne Carver, Lindsay HIll and [myself] have been our top scorers this year and have been able to pull out two to three tries per game. Bri Railian has stepped it up in kicking conversions finishing off our point scoring," added Chatt.

The coaching staff led by Jeremy Jakobsze, Malcom Knox and Alison Granholm have played key roles in the team's recent success. It's been quite a run for Chatt who was a founding member of the team during the 2001-02 season.

"I was one of the original girls who started the team and it has been a crazy journey to get the team to this point. I really feel like we have grown into a family and this is the first year where we all seem to be pushing harder for that extra mile," added Chatt.

This weekend's final will be against Coquitlam-based United Rugby Club, a team who last lifted the Ged Griffith's Cup in 2010. Their program is led by Steph Murphy, who coached the Fraser Valley senior women's rep side to a Ruth Hellerud-Brown provincial title this past February.

"This is the first year that I feel like winning is well within reach and I want all the girls to come out confident, but not arrogant," added Chatt. "This isn't the game for silly mistakes. We need to keep it clean and make smart decisions."

The Division Two Final will be followed by the Women's Division One Karen Moore Cup Final at 1:15pm. The match will feature top-ranked Kamloops Rugby Club and the Nanaimo Hornets.

Ridge Meadows:
1-Michelle Kieselbach; 2-Jennifer Collins; 3-Kelsey Cowie; 4-Acacia Felber; 5-Vanessa Johnston; 6-Sophie Towne; 7-Cortney Small; 8-Katie Zadorozny; 9-Larissa Chat; 10-Brittany Railian; 11-Dawne Carver; 12-Kate Towne; 13-Stephanie Janum; 14-Samantha Scales; 15-Aphra Taylor
Reserves:
16-Kelsey Huggan; 17-Ruth Desterke; 18-Lindsay Hill

United:
1-Jordan Barrone; 2-Elysia Saundry; 3-Catherine DeVaal; 4-Mackenzie Fawcett; 5-Karli Bartlett; 6-Stephanie Ruelas; 7-Raeann Galuska; 8-Nicole Lyons; 9-Katherine Siemans; 10-Florina Feraru; 11-Nicole Brenner-Rae; 12-Trixie Pacis; 13-Lauren Crawford; 14-Seam Wi; 15-Samantha Maddalozzo
Reserves:
16-Bailey Pearce; 17-Ashley Morrison; 18-Zoha Rashidi; 19-Sarah Russell

Match Officials:
Referee-Dave Holmes; Assistant Ref-Conan Cooper; Assistant Ref-Nia Parsonage

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Ged Griffiths Cup Winners History:
2011-12: Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
2010-11: Nanaimo Hornets
2009-10: United Rugby Club
2008-09: Delta Brit Lions
2007-08: Capilano RFC
2006-07: Abbotsford RFC
2005-06: Capilano RFC
2004-05: Velox Valkyries

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BC RUGBY WOMEN'S LEAGUES

Women's Langara Fishing Adventures Division Two - Sat. May 4th:
11:30am PROVINCIAL FINAL - GED GRIFFITHS CUP:
United Rugby Club vs Ridge Meadows (Brockton Oval, Stanley Park)

Women's Big Kahuna Division One - Sat. May 4th:
1:15pm PROVINCIAL FINAL - KAREN MOORE CUP:
Nanaimo Hornets vs Kamloops RFC (Brockton Oval, Stanley Park)

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