Vancouver, BC – November 27, 2018: Teams have been confirmed for the 2018 BC Rugby Junior Girls’ Club Finals, set to take place at Cowichan RFC on Vancouver Island. The games are set to kick off from 12:30pm and will decide the titles for the U19 and U16 Divisions.
The U19 Division will be contested between Castaway Wanderers RFC and Abbotsford RFC, a repeat of the 2017 final, while the U16 Division will be decided between a combined James Bay AA / Westshore RFC side and Abbotsford RFC. Also taking place on the day, the U16 Division bronze medal match will take place between Cowichan RFC and a combined United / Ridge Meadows RFC team.
With a raft of talented players set to take to the field this weekend, we’re taking a moment to highlight some of the standout players for each team.
U19 Final – Castaway Wanderers vs Abbotsford
- Chloe Hill-Huse – Castaway Wanderers RFC
Chloe leads from the front, her positive attitude and fantastic work ethic praised as being “exemplary of what we look for from our players at C.W” according to Coach Olly Wisner. “Chloe is always willing to lend a helping hand as mini-manager,” Wisner continues, “she is a credit to our club and we wish her many successes with her future endeavours”. On the field, Hill-Huse possesses a phenomenal all-around skill set for a tight five player, with a decision-making ability that sets her apart from her competition. Her enthusiasm and understanding of the game are a rarity at her age and will stand her in good stead in the future.
- Emily Meier – Abbotsford RFC
Emily has been described as “the complete package”. Having played rugby since minis, she has evolved into a versatile player who can play forward or back is full of commitment every time she steps on to the field. She is also a great leader on and off the field. Abbotsford Head Coach, Deanna Barker, commented “I can always count on Emily to put points on the board when we need them the most. Her hard running style and ferocious tackles leave her opponents rattled.” Due to graduate from Yale in June 2019, Emily has set her sights on joining the team at UBC in the Fall, so expect to see more of her in years to come.
(L) Emily Meier evades an opponents clutches (R) Chloe puts in a thumping tackle on a Bayside player
U16 Final – JBAA/Westshore vs Abbotsford
- Lucie Romeo – Abbotsford RFC
Lucie is a tremendous threat on the pitch both defensively and on offence, and regarded as one of the fastest female athletes in her age group with “speed is like no other” according to her coach, Deanna Barker. She is also a very respectable tackler, unwilling to let anyone by her without putting up a fight. A high level of athleticism gives her an incredible advantage against many opponents and given her young age (she only turns 14 in December), she is a truly exciting rugby prospect.
- Phoenix Skailes – Westshore/JBAA (from Westshore RFC)
Phoenix has no concerns when it comes to the contact zone. Whether carrying ball or tackling, Phoenix is a dominant presence on the field. She has been dedicated to improving her speed and strength as well, showing her pure love for the sport at every opportunity. As a football player, Phoenix learnt how to take and create a collision, and has now adapted this well to deliver low and forceful impacts. Westshore’s top try scorer this season, Phoenix accumulates points not only from her own breakaways but as a support player working side by side with her teammates. A humble player, more likely to promote her teammate’s achievements ahead of her own, this South Island player has a bright future ahead of her.
As an interesting side note, both Phoenix and Lucie both represented their Province this summer on the BC U15 Girls’ XV, despite being in the U14 age category. Both players performed admirably, stepping up to the mark with their older teammates and catching the attentions of spectators at the U16 Western Canadian Championships in Kelowna.
(L) Phoenix charging at full pace (R) Lucie dives for the line against Alberta
U16 Bronze – Cowichan vs United / Ridge Meadows
- Jaxon Baker – Cowichan Rugby Club
Jaxon has speed. She is a dynamic runner but has complimented this recently by widening her skill set and improving her tactical decision making. Over the last three years, she has represented her school, club, region and Province on the rugby field at events including the Kamloops Sevens, U16 Western Canadian Championships and the Provincial Regional Championships, wearing each jersey with pride. Keep an eye out for this one racing down the wings.
- Soleil Brooks – United / Ridge Meadows
Soleil Brooks is a strong forward notching several tries a game in both Sevens and XVs formats. She is a dominant player, hard to take down, with skills to go with it. Her size, strength and skills make her a threat anywhere on the field and an asset to her teammates. An emerging leader in the team, both on and off the field, this Ridge Meadows player will be one to watch in the coming years.
(L) Jaxon preparing to hit the boosters (R) Soleil blitzes through another defensive line
While there won’t be any streaming available for the games, stay tuned to the BC Rugby Social Media channels for updates from the touchlines. A full gallery of photos will be made available at the beginning of next week.