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BC U16 women's squads set to debut at National Championships
Published Friday, August 2, 2013 3:00 pm
by Andrew Smith, with files from Marlene Donaldson

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VANCOUVER - The inaugural year for the Under-16 women's division at the Rugby Canada National Championships will feature two BC squads competing for a title at home in Vancouver. The four-team competition will run August 7-11 at UBC and will include Ontario and Alberta.

The coaching staff will be led by Rugby Canada Coach of the Year Jen Ross who will be working alongside Bayside AA rep Jodie Cornell. The coaching tandem have excelled at the regional level in recent years, winning back-to-back titles with the Fraser Valley Rugby Union.

Both teams will feature players debuting at the provincial XVs level although three members of the BC-Gold squad were a part of the first ever provincial girls sevens team that finished third at the Las Vegas Invitational this past February. The trio includes Abbotsford's Autumn Garrett, Victoria's Sophie de Goede and Cowichan's Ciel Arbour-Boehme.

Key players for the squad also include full back Caroline Crossley who honed her skills for the Castaway Wanderers this past season as well as Abbotsford's Nakisa Levale who excels in the centres.

Powering the front row as a prop will be Kadeja White who plays her rugby for school side Robert Bateman. Also suiting up in the front row is standout hooker Ruth Landicho of Clayton Heights.

The two teams kick off the National Festival with an all-BC derby, as the two will scrum down against one another on Wednesday, August 7th at 9:00am. The tournament format will feature a round-robin with the semifinals set for Saturday and the placement finals on the following Sunday.

For more information on the competition visit www.nationalfestivalrugby.com

BC U16 Women's Nationals Schedule:
Wed. Aug 7th, 9:00am: BC-Gold vs BC-Blue
Thurs. Aug 8th, 9:00am: BC-Blue vs Alberta
Thurs. Aug 8th, 10:30am: BC Gold vs Ontario
Fri. Aug 9th, 10:30am: Alberta vs BC-1
Fri. Aug 9th, 1:30pm: Ontario vs BC-2
Sat. Aug 10th: Playoff Rounds
Sun. Aug 11th: Placement Finals (11:00am bronze medal final, 1:30pm gold medal)

BC U16 Gold - Women's Provincial Team:
Ciel Arbour-Boehme (Cowichan Rugby Club / Brentwood College)
Cassie Baldo (Bayside AA / Earl Marriott Secondary)
Georgia Bellamy (Campbell River AA / GP Vanier)
Sophia Belsher (Robert Bateman)
Mackenzie Carson (Abbotsford RFC / Yale Secondary)
Caroline Crossley (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Oak Bay)
Sophie de Goede (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Lansdowne)
Autumn Garrett (Abbotsford RFC / Robert Bateman)
Taiid Hanes-Young (Bayside AA / Elgin Park)
McKenna Haz (Brentwood College)
Nakisa Levale (Abbotsford RFC / Abbotsford Sr Secondary)
Ruth Landicho (Clayton Heights)
Avi Sharabi (Brentwood College)
Keera Grabbe (Abbotsford RFC / WJ Mouat)
Chantal MacLean (Clayton Heights)
Mckenzie Saysell (Cowichan Rugby Club / Ladysmith Secondary)
Vienna Schroeder (Abbotsford Sr Secondary)
Sydney Stoltz (Yale Secondary)
Morgan Walker (Abbotsford RFC / Robert Bateman)
Rachelle Wenting (Abbotsford RFC / Rick Hansen Secondary)
Kadeja White (Robert Bateman)

BC U16 Blue - Women's Provincial Team:
Emily Pollastretti (Yale secondary)
Zoe DeFaveri (Capilano RFC / Windsor Secondary)
Tanika Bonneville (Elgin Park)
Jodi-Ann Wang (Semiahmoo)
Cachelin Hall (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Glenlyon Norfolk)
Hera Sfikas (Semiahmoo)
Hannah Morten (Cowichan Rugby Club / Cowichan Secondary)
Lauren Sargent (GP Vanier)
Berlyn Seselja (Semiahmoo)
Sara Fast (Kamloops Rugby Club / Valleyview Secondary)
Miranda Llewellyn (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Belmont Secondary)
Madi Gold (GP Vanier)
Kristine Osachuk (Carihi Secondary)
Elizabeth Hansen (Windsor Secondary)
Natasha Johnson (Williams Lake Secondary)
Helen Terry (Elgin Park)
Alexandria Bos (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Glenlyon Norfolk)
Katrina Moorthy (Abbotsford RFC / Langley Fine Arts)
Adrienne Graham (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Glenlyon Norfolk)
Imogen White (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Oak Bay)

Team Staff:
Head Coach - Jen Ross
Coach - Jodie Cornell
Manager - Marlene Donaldson
Athletic Therapist - Carlee Vivian


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