Original Article – Tournament Organisers
The first ever Canadian Women’s Rugby Club Championships are taking place next weekend at Fletcher’s Fields in Toronto. Following on the success of the Men’s version at Capilano Rugby Club , Davine Burton , Chair, and her Committee, have been putting the final touches towards the preparation for the tournament.
Due to the unavailability of various players, the prairie contenders were unable to commit to attend the final four and Charlottetown R.F.C. and Club de Rugby de Quebec were granted the final two spots without having to play their quarterfinal match.
The home team, Toronto Saracens, have stepped up to the task at hand and Barb Dinardo and Chris Rideout have been keen to make sure the visiting teams feel welcomed.
Athough the B.C. Capilanos have been afforded the number one seed by the Committee, given the talent in all squads, it will likely come down to the wire.
Capilanos knocked off the reigning B.C. champions and unbeaten season record holders, Westshore Valkyries, by one point in the B.C. finals in May in a tough physical contest. They play number four seed Charlottetown R.F.C. from the capital city of our smallest province, in the first semifinal match of the tournament on Friday August 2nd at 5:00p.m. Charlottetown looks to record the first “upset” of the tournament with a victory over Capilanos.
Toronto Saracens are currently leading their league and won the OWL last year. Club de Rugby de Quebec had 9 of their women in Quebec’s winning team at the C.R.C.’s this year, so are looking to prove the Committee wrong. Toronto and Quebec, ranked 2nd and 3rd, will face each other in the 2nd semifinal match of the tournament – in a battle of the east – on Friday August 2nd at 7:00p.m.
All eastern teams have the advantage of being match fit though tempered by the lateness of the season and the unavailability of certain players due to injury.
“We are looking forward to a great event and the first chance for Women’s Club Rugby, the grassroots of Canadian Women’s Rugby, to shine, and for the best team in the country to be crowned”, stated Chair Davine Burton.
The Committee is grateful to sponsors, Canadian Rugby Foundation, Langara Fishing Lodge, Toronto Arrows, Pemberton Holmes, SportsSide Medical Services, Gilbert Rugby Canada, Aedelhard, Fletcher’s Fields, Rugby Ontario and Rugby Canada, for making this event possible.
For more information, visit the tournament website.
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