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.
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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
Stuart Crowley Head Coach
Kyle Barry Manager
Morgan Sangster Athletic Therapist
Deanna Barker Assistant Coach