From the Editor's Desk - July 2017

July 17 2017

Youth Commonwealth Games Schedule; Gillian Florence Back in the Game; Super Rugby QFs This Weekend: Best Rugby Coverage in Community Newspaper


posted July 17 2017

Youth Commonwealth Games

The games start Wednesday, below are the men's and women's team lists as well as the schedule. Early ranking has Canada 3rd in men's behind Fiji and England, the battle against Samoa for Bronze being the early prediction.

In women's Canada are ranked 2nd and look poised to battle Australia for Gold.

MEN

Corben Bowen (British Columbia)
Jarvis Dashkewytch (British Columbia)
Kaleb Delaney (Ontario)
Marcus Douglas (Alberta)
Lachlan Kratz (British Columbia)
Austin Pinnell (Alberta)
Avery Oitomen (Ontario)
EJ Rerri (Ontario)
David Richards (Ontario)
Reece Tudor-Jones (British Columbia)
Kevin Vertkas (Ontario)
Brock Webster (Ontario)

WOMEN

Taylor Black (Ontario)
Khadija Brouillette (Ontario)
Samantha Cyrille (Ontario)
Hannah Daniels (Ontario)
Olivia De Couvreur (Ontario)
Sophiede Goede (British Columbia)
Carmen Izyk (Alberta)
Tausani Levale (British Columbia)
Aliesha Lewis (Ontario)
Denise Roy (British Columbia)
Eve Uwayesu (Ontario)
Keyara Wardley(Alberta)

SCHEDULE (click for larger view)



Gillian Florence

Most moms would not describe an ideal Mother’s Day as one spent bumping and grinding on the rugby pitch, but then most mothers are not Canadian Rugby Hall of Famer Gillian Florence.

The Quebec native moved to Nova Scotia three years ago with her HRM firefighter partner Aaron Graham. The 42-year-old mother of two retired from an international rugby career more than five years ago.

However, she was coaxed out of retirement in April by Rugby Nova Scotia’s Jack Hanratty to “dabble” with running around at a Nova Scotia Keltics practice.

“I just wanted to get a ball back in my hands again, have some fun and see how I felt. I had no other intentions or had committed to anything more than that at the time.”

Rugby has been a life-long love for Florence, who picked up the sport in high school.

A native of Hudson, Que., Florence is the most decorated Canadian female player of all time after a two-decade career with the national team.

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Super Rugby QF

We like to keep tabs on the top rugby competition, NZ teams looking dangerous with four in the quarter-finals but Lions having the home field throughout if they win. The matchups for this weekend are Highlanders @ Crusaders; Hurricanes @ Brumbies; Sharks @ Lions; Chiefs @ Stormers.

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Best Rugby Coverage in Community Newspaper

Who provides the best rugby news coverage among BC community newspapers? North Shore News used to be very prolific but I don't hear so much from them anymore. The Cowichan Valley Citizen are near the top of the list, 5 rugby stories in the last 12 days. How does your community newspaper match up. Let us know which community newspaper deserves a shout out for rugby coverage.

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