Markham, ON – August 2, 2019: Capilano RFC defeated Maritime champions Charlottetown RFC 39-14 on Friday to earn a berth in Saturday’s Canadian Women’s Rugby Club Championship final.
Charlottetown dominated the opening 5 minutes of play, but the BC Premier League champions held strong before winning the ball back and pinning their opponents in their own end for the better part of 20 minutes. The period of pressure culminated in a gorgeous team try scored by Andrea Burk, with Macy Munson successfully kicking the conversion. The Caps threatened to score again, but looked as though they would be heading to half with just 7 points before a penalty awarded on the stroke of halftime gave Munson the opportunity to kick once more, and she made no mistake.
Munson continued her run of form by scoring a try of her own just minutes into the second half, and kicked through the uprights again from a tough angle to up the Capilano lead to 17. Charlottetown then got on the board with a try and conversion of their own, but Capilano continued to press them deep into their own end and soon answered with another 7 points as Munson dotted down between the uprights for her second of the night and made no mistake on the conversion. Halfway through the second half, Munson completed the hat-trick after a fantastic run that took her halfway down the field.
It wasn’t long before Capilano scored again, as Ashley Robinson received a pass and dove for the corner. After initially having judged to be out of bounds, the referee conferred with his assistant before awarding the try. From the ensuing kickoff, Demi Stamatakis made a beautiful run and capped it off for an even nicer offload to Gillian Boag for Capilano’s final score of the game to put them up 39-7. Charlottetown would get one last try but the Caps comfortably cruised into Saturday’s final.
“It’s incredibly exciting for Capilano to be a part of the inaugural Canadian Club National Championship,” said head coach An Hoang. “Though we did sustain some injuries early on in the game, all of our subs made a tremendous impact coming into the game, changing the tempo and uplifting the team. And to have Andrea Burk, one of the original members of Capilano when the women’s program first started, be able to be here with us and represent Capilano has been incredibly special.”
The final will be played Saturday morning at 11 AM PST, and can be streamed live here.