Wednesday's Ruck & Maul
Pre-Cursor to Saturday
This week the Premier Women will face a very good UBC Thunderbird side. The UBC Varsity side stays together and plays as a “club” in the BCRU Premier league whereas their Island counterparts, UVic, close their rugby season after the National Championships where this year, they finished fourth ahead of UBC in fifth. UBC had a 9 – 1 Varsity season and were strong favourites for 1st place. The UVic ladies, should they choose, and many do, disperse to local clubs, Westshore, James Bay or CW to continue to stay sharp, be noticed and grow their game.
CW has been the recipient of some very good UVic talent, with Chloe Hill-Huse, Kailyn Smith, Kira Peary, Mariam Ibraham, Morgan Warner, Maelle Reed and Renee Cook joining the ranks. Three of these ladies are “graduates” of our CW Mini and Age Grade ranks. National team prospect, Julia Schell (#10), Quin Murphy and Adea Elliot, all from the University of Guelph, have also boosted the ranks. CW will develop into a force to be reckoned with. It remains to be seen if this will occur as soon as Saturday, although no doubt, the Gaels will be out to prove a point to UBC!
The game will take place at Carnarvon with a 1:00 kickoff. Players to watch for the locals are those already mentioned, along with Captain Louise Eriksson (#8) and a big, strong National team prospect in the centres, Temi Ogunjimi, although there are others who will also put their hand up! UBC had a good win over Caps last week, a Women’s club that is always solid, so they are the real deal. It is a pity that the game is not at headquarters and that there is a time clash with Men’s Divvies. Go, you good things!
First up for the Home crew Vs Burnaby, two weeks back, saw the ball being tossed around in entertaining fashion, and this pundit would predict more of the same. Apart from a couple of careless decisions, the handling and possession were first class. Their last match started with domination by the FRF, laying the basis for Grady Bowd to do his thing and he did not disappoint, involving those around him to bring out their best. In all, well worthy of the prediction is that it will be worth the price of admission!