OTTAWA, Ont. - British Columbia’s senior women’s provincial team wrapped up their 2014 NWL Finals campaign on Sunday afternoon with a 27-10 loss to eventual champions Ontario. The result saw BC finish in third place behind Ontario (4-0) and 2013 champions Quebec (3-1).
Heading into Sunday’s clash, Ontario only needed a bonus point (four tries or loss within seven) to secure the title. Katie Svoboda tallied a pair of tries with additional scores coming from Sara Guttin, Misha Maric and Gillian Pegg. BC’s tries were recorded by Selina McGinnis (Velox Valkyries) and Samantha Kreeger (Velox Valkyries).
Although the overall finish wasn’t what Head Coach Dean Murten was aiming for, the tournament did provide an opportunity for his young team do develop, he said on his return to Vancouver.
“The group we took to the NWL was young and generally inexperienced with only a few vets,” Murten said. “Considering we only had one game prior to the tournament, I though the ladies did a great job in representing BC.”
BC fell 20-10 in their opener to Quebec, before bouncing back with a 48-12 win over the Prairies and a 45-15 victory over the Atlantic.
“We got off to a good start against the defending champions and played some good rugby. But, sadly, we did not defend as well as we would like and we gave away too many penalties resulting in a loss,” Murten said. “Against the Atlantic and the Prairies, we played some free-flowing, attacking rugby. The girls were getting better and better each game, and confidence was high.”
“The girls certainly improved as the week went on and showed some great, attacking rugby,” Murten added. “They really worked together as a team and did a great job for BC rugby.”
Murten added that a number of players were consistent standouts during the tournament including forwards Carolyn McEwen, Haley Glendenning, Gillian Boag and Gabrielle Hindley. Backs that made a strong impression included scrum half Christina Burnham and Emily Young.
Sun. August 3, 2014: BC vs Ontario
1. Carolyn McEwen (Burnaby Lake RC); 2. Brittany Sims (Velox Valkyries); 3. Iona Schamberger (Burnaby Lake RC); 4. Cherisse Du Preez (Velox Valkyries); 5. Haley Glendenning (Burnaby Lake RC); 6. Gillian Boag (Capilano RFC); 7. Gabrielle Hindley (Burnaby Lake RC); 8. Laura Crowe-Hutchon (UVic Vikes); 9. Christina Burnham (SFU); 10. Kara Galbraith (Velox Valkyries); 11. Selina McGinnis (Velox Valkyries); 12. Courtney Sims (Velox Valkyries); 13. Emily Young (Burnaby Lake RC / Kamloops); 14. Jessica Harvey (Capilano RFC); 15. Lynzi Anderson (Velox Valkyries)
16. Chelsey Minter (Velox Valkyries); 17. Kelsey Oetting (Velox Valkyries); 18. Britta Peterson (Nanaimo Hornets); 19. Alicia Noger (Burnaby Lake RC); 20. Annabel Arnott (Burnaby Lake RC); 21. Ciara Malone (Burnaby Lake RC); 22. Rosemary Lang (Velox Valkyries); 23. Samantha Kreeger (Velox Valkyries)
1. Ontario 4-0 20 pts
2. Equipe Quebec 3-1 14 pts
3. British Columbia 2-2 10 pts
4. Prairies 1-3 6 pts
5. Atlantic 0-4 1 pt
2014 NWL Schedule
Tues. July 29, 2pm: Atlantic 22 - 41 Prairies
Tues. July 29, 4pm: Quebec 20 - 10 British Columbia
Wed. July 30, 2pm: Ontario 62 - 5 Atlantic
Wed. July 30, 4pm: Prairies 11 - 27 Quebec
Thurs. July 31, 2pm: Ontario 32 - 22 Quebec
Thurs. July 31, 4pm: British Columbia 48 -12 Prairies
Sat. Aug 2, 2pm: British Columbia 45 - 15 Atlantic
Sat. Aug 2, 4pm: Ontario 57 - 27 Prairies
Sun. Aug 3, 930am: Quebec 42 - 5 Atlantic
Sun. Aug 3, 1130am: Ontario 27 - 10 British Columbia