BC U18 Girls' XV England Tour: Old Albanians Match Report

August 16, 2018

Perfect rugby weather greeted BC’s U18 women at Woollam Fields in St. Albans on Wednesday evening, as they came up against Old Albanians RFC on the second leg of their England tour. The pristine training grounds of English Premier side Saracens RFC was the site of a thoroughly dominant performance from BC.

A motorway accident stretched the hour’s drive to the pitch to beyond two, and the bus legs were evident for the BC women from the opening whistle. The lacklustre pace did little to challenge the OA’s defence, and the home team’s attackers showed a great deal of physicality early on.

After five minutes, however, the nerves had calmed, and BC began to find their rhythm. After some secure play from the forwards, fly half Emily Parker lofted a kick into the wind over the OA’s backs. The bounce sat up beautifully for Maëlle Reed, who caught the ball in full flight and outpaced the opposition for the first try of the game. Parker was good for the extras, bringing BC to 7-0. This would turn out to be the winning score, as BC spent the remainder of the game playing nearly flawless rugby.

The pace of the game continued to increase, dictated by the near ceaseless continuity of BC’s play, and the tries came in bunches. Parker had a pair of tries to her name, to go along with her three conversions, while Reed added a second to record her brace. Trinity Knox also had a pair of tries, and singles were recorded by Karen Garcia (who was deemed the hardest worker on the day by her teammates), Madison Blusson, Brittany Gardiner, Ella O’Regan, and Emily Parker. Conversions were also supplied by Nicola Smith (1) and Jordyn Myers (2).

Excellent communication, strong and accurate support running, and creative offloads threatened the OA’s defensive line constantly throughout the game. The confidence of the BC players continued to grow with every well-placed kick, thudding tackle, and stolen scrum. On both sides of the ball, BC put in a complete performance, and the final score of 77-5 truly represented the effort put in today.

The local crowd was appreciative and very complimentary of the performance put on by BC today. Amongst the spectators was Saracens and England lock Nick Isiekwe, and he said of the BC team, “They’ve got a lot of skill and a lot of pace. Rugby’s all about how hard you’re willing to go, and those ladies run really hard. They’re a lot of fun to watch.”

Thanks must go to the match official and to Old Albanians for an amazing hosting experience, with top-notch facilities and very thoughtful gifts for all of the players and staff. The post-match festivities were enjoyed by all, particularly by forward of the match Tayler Bailey and back of the match Jordyn Myers. The third and final match of the tour for the BC U18 women is against the reigning English club champions, Pulborough, on Saturday afternoon.

Watch the match on BC Rugby's Youtube Channel and check out some photos from the tour (Courtesy of Scott Reed)

Game 1 Match report vs. Surrey RFC - Click Here

2018 BCRU U18 Women

Kashish Arya              University of Toronto

Tayler Bailey               University of Victoria

Maddy Blusson           University of British Columbia

Anna Castillo              University of Toronto

Hailey Chambers        Kamloops RFC

Chloe Cullen               St. Francis Xavier University

Karen Garcia               University of Victoria

Brittany Gardiner        Castaway Wanderers RFC

Melissa Jongedijk       University of the Fraser Valley

Kyla Knox                   University of the Fraser Valley

Trinity Knox               University of the Fraser Valley

Ally Marti                   Unattached

Emily Meier                Yale/Abbotsford RFC

Jordyn Myers              University of Victoria

Makenzie Myles         Acadia University

Ella O'Reagan             Claremont/James Bay AA

Emily Parker               Castaway Wanderers RFC

Maelle Reed                Castaway Wanderers RFC

Nicola Smith               University of Victoria

Rachel Smith               Earl Marriott/Bayside RFC

Kaylee Wolflinger       Hugh McRoberts/Richmond RFC

Zoe Williams               Belmont/Westshore RFC

Liriel Yurick               Abbotsford RFC

Staff

Stuart Crowley            Head Coach

Kyle Barry                  Manager

Morgan Sangster         Athletic Therapist

Deanna Barker            Assistant Coach