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Alberta takes senior women's title at National Women's League rugbyfinals in Vancouver, BC
Tier One - Senior Women's Finals
National Final: Alberta 27, Ontario 17
For the first time in the history of the National Women's League Finals
(restructured in 2007), Alberta are Tier One champions after an impressive
27-17 win over Ontario.
After dispatching the defending champs British Columbia in the semifinals by
a score of 17-16, Alberta carried their momentum into the championship game
and are now the first team other than BC or Ontario to be crowned national
Alberta came out firing in Sunday's gold medal final and led 12-0 at the
half through a pair of tries from Maria Jaworski and Danielle Rowlands.
Their captain Ashley Patzer tacked on the conversion.
In the second frame, Ontario found their footing and replied with at try
through centre Brittany Benn.
The tenacious Albertan offence could not be silenced however, with Jaworski
and Ashely MacDonald going over for further tries and a conversion coming
courtesy of Patzer.
Ontario didn't go down with out a fight, and replied with two tries of their
own. Benn again managed to solve the Albertan defence to narrow the lead.
Minutes later, a grubber kick found its way bouncing into Alberta's try
zone, and Ontario's Misha Maric won a footrace against two defenders to
touch down for the score. Cheryl Philips converted for Ontario to narrow the
With the final minutes winding down, Ontario conceded a penalty in front of
the sticks and Patzer stepped up to convert for the 27-17 win.
The victory was a long time coming for Patzer, a player that has been part
of Alberta's struggle to qualify for the national championship in recent
years. Alberta's success can be attributed to their preparations and
development over the last few seasons, Patzer said after the win.
"A lot of it came from team cohesion," Patzer said before adding, "We
haven't come together as a team like this before."
When asked about any standouts on the squad, Patzer immediately mentioned
the strong ball running and defence of national team back rower Jen Kish.
"Kish is phenomenal," Patzer said. "She's playing well. She just really led
the way with her steps and getting past the line and we really looked
towards her a lot."
The National Women's League Tier One Final is an annual competition
featuring the highest level of domestic women's rugby in Canada. From
2007-2010, only BC and Ontario had made the finals with BC winning three of
the four past championships.
Consolation Final: British Columbia 41, Quebec 20
NWL tournament hosts BC wrapped up third place in the Tier One competition
with a solid 41-20 victory over Quebec in the consolation final on Sunday.
BC centre Andrea Burk led the squad in offence, kicking four conversions and
a penalty for a total of 11 points. Kimberly Donaldson recorded a brace of
tries and other BC scores were tallied by Jessica Dovanne, Marlene
Donaldson, Captain Brittany Waters and Corinne Jacobsen.
Elissa Alaire led Quebec offensively, notching two tries. Justine Brassard
crossed over to touch down with full back Magali Harvey notching a penalty
Tier Two - Round Robin
British Columbia-U23 87, New Brunswick 0
The British Columbia Under-23 provincial team captured the Tier Two National
Women's League championship after a convincing 87-0 victory over New
Brunswick on Sunday morning. BC went 3-0 during the competition having
previously defeated Ontario's U23 team 49-12 and Saskatchewan by a score of
BC's kicking prop Randi Hunter was again at the forefront of their attack
producing a game-high 22 points against New Brunswick through two tries and
six conversions. Kayla Moleschi recorded her second hat trick of tries,
having notched three in BC's opener against Ontario. Tries were also
recorded by BC Captain Jesse Olynyk, Abby Goodwin, Christie Auzins, Erin
Grant, Sara Byers, Melanie Le Blanc and Megan Banford.
"We're strong in the forward pack and in our backs. We hit the gaps and did
a lot of off-loading and it worked to our advantage," said Hunter after the
game. "We worked really hard throughout the last few months to get here and
we've just proved that we are the better team and we played our hearts out,"
"We knew going into [the tournament] that this was the year that we could
get some of the best players at this age group together. It was quite a
dream team for BC," said BC captain Olynyk. "We knew going in that our
forwards were going to dominate. What i was really impressed with was how
are backs came together. Some girls out there, this was their first time
playing representative rugby and they really came and showed us what they
Saskatchewan 41, Ontario-U23 10
Saskatchewan's senior women's provincial team produced a 41-10 victory in
their final match of the NWL tournament to down Ontario's U23 team. The six
try performance saw Saskatchewan finish second in the tier two championship.
Laruen Whyte did the bulk of the damage for Saskatchewan, recording a trio
of tries with singles coming from Carey Wallace, Julie Paetsch and Gillian
Allen. Jenn Skilnick notched four tries and a penalty to wrap up the day
with 11 points.
Ontario's tries were scored by Tiera Thomas-Reynolds and Louise Chen.
Under-20 - Round Robin
Ontario 17, British Columbia 15
The Ontario Junior Storm captured the National Women's League Under-20 title
on Sunday with a narrow 17-15 victory over hosts British Columbia. After
fending off a series of BC attacks in the final minutes, Ontario's Claragh
Pegg crossed over in the 75th minute to touch down for the game winning try.
BC had led at the half with tries from Paniz Phalavanlu, Demi Stamatakis and
Cassy Stevens but were unable to capitalize on their momentum in the second
half. Ontario's two other tries were scored by Maggie Cogger-Orr and Zoe
Smith. Smith's conversion proved to be the difference with Ontario edging
their arch rivals by a devastating two points.
Ontario had gone 3-0 in the tournament having previously defeated Alberta
23-17 and downing Manitoba 54-0 earlier in the week. Ontario finished on top
of the round-robin competition with 14 points, with Alberta close behind
with 10. The hosts BC finished in third place with seven potions, while
Manitoba finished in fourth having registered no points during the 2011
Alberta 75, Manitoba 0
An impressive 13-try performance saw Alberta's U20 team wrap up their 2011
campaign with a 75-0 win over Manitoba and a 2-1 record overall placing them
second in their pool.
Cassandra Orr and Rebecca Fairbarn each crossed over four times combining
for 40 points. Jillian Ankutowicz and Brittany Jones each recorded two tries
and Logan Kennedy crossed over once. Fairbarn converted five tries to finish
the day with 30 points to her credit.
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