BC Senior Women's Squad ready for 2017 National Championships

July 11, 2017

Vancouver, BC - BC Rugby is delighted to announce the 2017 Senior Women’s XV squad, proudly sponsored by belairdirect.  The Senior Women’s tournament, presented by Fueling Women Champions is the pinnacle of women’s XVs rugby in Canada, bringing together top talent across the provinces.  This year, with players from all provinces being called up to national team duty for the Women’s Rugby World Cup in August, the tournament will showcase the next generation of young talent rising through the ranks.

In a first for the BC Senior Women’s squad, BC Rugby is delighted to announce that all squad players will be fully funded for this tournament, thanks to the support from belairdirect.  “We are happy with our continuing relationship with BC Rugby and our support of the BC Rugby Women’s Senior Women’s XVs Team,” said Henry Blumenthal, belairdirect’s Vice President, Sales and Operation Western Region. “We understand the importance of organized sports and the value it brings to the community. We look forward to a successful campaign at the National Championships and wish all good luck.”

This year’s team sees a number of returning players from the 2016 squad including Gillian Boag, Megan Howat, Rosie Lang, Alison MacCormack, Brittany Sims and Sya Trafford.  Joining them are Melissa Robinson, Tess Woldring, Lauren Tagg, Emily Van Gulik, Katie Grudzinski, Chanelle Edwards-Challenger, Catrina Thompson, Nicola Jones, Gabrielle Senft, Christina Burnham, Jessica Harvey, Mackenzie Carson, Dakota Weir, Courtney Sims, Angela Thompson, Brooke Bazian, Madelein Graham, Kaitlyn Cummings.  “This is a talented group of players, and if we play up to our potential, I feel that this could be a very successful tournament for us,” said BC Rugby Senior Women's Team Coach Aaron Frisby. “We have good depth in all areas, particularly at key positions, and that will be vital given the physicality and short duration of the competition.”

In preparation for this year’s tournament, a warm up match between BC Senior Women and Prairie Wolf Pack Women in Kamloops delivered a nail biting spectacle.  With the lead switching back and forth throughout the game, it was a last minute break (including a 40m charge from Gabrielle Senft) that sealed a two-point victory for BC.  If this match was anything to go by, there is a lot to look forward to when the provinces meet in Truro.

The Canadian Rugby Championships Senior Women’s tournament will take place between July 17-22 at Truro Saints Rugby Club and will see BC Senior Women facing off against Ontario Blues, Prairie Wolf Pack, Equipe Quebec and Nova Scotia Keltics.  Last year the squad won three of their four matches and will be looking to finish with a perfect record in 2017.  Good luck ladies!

 

BC Senior Women’s Canadian Rugby Championship Schedule:

BC vs. Wolf Pack — July 18 — 4pm ADT/12pm PT

BC vs. Ontario Blues — July 20 — 4pm ADT/12pm PT

BC vs. Equipe Quebec — July 21 — 6pm ADT/2pm PT

BC vs. Nova Scotia Keltics — July 22 — 1pm ADT/9am PT

 

BC Rugby Senior Women’s XV Team Roster:

Brooke Bazian
UBC Thunderbirds RFC
Kamloops, BC
Gillian Boag
Capilano RFC
Vancouver, BC
Christina Burnham
SFU Rugby
Vancouver, BC
Mackenzie Carson
UBC/ Abbotsford Rugby RFC
Abbotsford, BC
Kaitlyn Cummings
Kamloops RFC
Kamloops, BC
Chanelle Edwards-Challenger
Castaway Wanderes RFC
Victoria, BC
Madeleine Graham
Castaways Wanderers RFC
Edmonton, AB
Katie Grudzinski
Burnaby Lake RFC
Vancouver, BC
Jessica Harvey
Burnaby Lake RFC
Vancouver, BC
Meaghan Howat
Westshore RFC
Victoria, BC
Nicola Jones
Capilano RFC
North Vancouver, BC
Rosie Lang
Westshore RFC
Victoria, BC
Alison MacCormack
Capilano RFC
Vancouver, BC
Melissa Robinson
Capilano RFC
North Vancouver, BC
Brittany Sims
Westshore RFC
Victoria, BC
Courtney Sims
Westshore RFC
Surrey, BC
Gabrielle Senft
Castaway Wanderers RFC
Victoria, BC
Lauren Tagg
Burnaby Lake RFC
Coquitlam, BC
Angela Thompson
Westshore RFC /UVIC Vikes
Regina, SK
Catrina Thompson
Burnaby Lake RFC
Vancouver, BC
Sya Trafford
Castaway Wanderers RFC
Calgary, AB
Emily Van Gulik
Burnaby Lake RFC
Vancouver, BC
Dakota Weir
UVIC Vikes
Victoria, BC
Tess Woldring
UBC Thunderbirds RFC
Burnaby, BC

Non Travelling Reserves:

Emily Baker
UBC Thunderbirds

Coach: Aaron Frisby

Manager: Roko Kapaiwai