Canada U18 Women vs USA

August 06 2017


Canada U18 women vs USA - game 2 roster
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Canada Close Out Series with 25-5 Win Over USA, 83-17 Aggregate Score: MATCH VIDEO


from Rugby Canada

OTTAWA, ON - Canada's Women's Under-18 Team defeated USA Under-18 25-5 on Saturday evening at the University of Ottawa to capture the two-game CAN-AM Series.

With the win, Canada swept the two-game series 83-17 after opening the series on Aug. 1 with a 58-12 win.

Canada's tries were scored by Valerie Wydeski (x2), Taylor Black, Hunter Czeppel & Vyktoria Brochu. The USA's lone score was through Julia Riekena.

The CAN-AM Series wraps up on Monday with Canada U20 taking on USA U20 at 11am ET/8am PT, live on Rugby Canada's Facebook page.

Match Video: First half and start of second half


Match Video: last 20 minutes of match




Canada Name Team for Game Two vs USA on Saturday at 3pm: LIVE STREAM AVAILABLE


Canada’s U18 women’s head coach Dan Valley has made five changes to his starting XV ahead of Saturday’s Can-Am clash with the USA.

Brianna Martey, Alayna Scarmstad, Brogan Mior, Tanika Bonneville and Sarah Hoerig all come into the team that will once again be captained by Shaye Tudor.

Martey will start at hooker with Holly Phillips and Bonneville at prop. Alyson MacDougall and Valerie Wideski start at lock with Courtney Holtkamp, Tudor and Celia Martensson in the back row.

Scramstad starts at scrum-half with Taylor Black at fly-half. Bridget Peros and Hoerig start on the wings with Lily Stewart and Mior in the centres. Hunter Czeppel starts at fullback.

Canada won Game 1 Tuesday 58-12 on the back of a comprehensive performance. Saturday’s game kicks off at 6pm ET/3pm PT and is LIVE on Rugby Canada’s Facebook page.

Canada’s Women’s U18 Roster to face USA U18:

1) Holly Phillips, Alberta (Calgary Irish)
2) Brianna Martey
3) Tanika Bonneville, British Columbia (Bayside)
4) Alyson MacDougall, Alberta (Calgary Irish)
5) Valerie Wideski, British Columbia (Bayside)
6) Courtney Holtkamp, Alberta (Red Deer Titans)
7) Shaye Tudor, Captain, British Columbia (Castaway Wanderers)
8) Celia Martensson, Ontario (Aurora Barbarians)
9) Alayna Scramstad, Saskatchewan (Lashburn Lucky)
10) Taylor Black, Ontario (Oakville Crusaders)
11) Bridget Peros, Ontario (Oakville Crusaders)
12) Lily Stewart, Ontario (Peterborough Pagans)
13) Brogan Mior
14) Sarah Hoerig, Ontario (Oshawa Vikings)
15) Hunter Czeppel, British Columbia (Abbotsford)
16) Lauren Melanson, Nova Scotia (Halifax)
17) Rori Wood, British Columbia (Westshore RFC)
18) Idia Ihensekhien, Ontario (Crusaders)
19) Vyktoria Brochu, Alberta (Aurora Barbarians)
20) Berlyn Seselja, British Columbia (Bayside)
21) Erika Barton, Ontario (Kingston Panthers)
22) Kyra Maybee, Ontario (Peterborough Pagans)
23) Emma Frey, Ontario (Oshawa Viking)

Canada’s U18 Women’s Schedule:

Canada 58-12 USA — August 1
Canada vs. USA — August 5

Canada’s U20 Women’s Schedule:

Canada 45-24 USA — August 3
Canada vs. USA — August 7



Canada Defeat USA 58-12: Full Match Replay


Canada played well, their ball handling in particular was far ahead of their southern neighbours. They made their tackles most of the match and looked like a well coached side.

Player of the match chosen by the announcers and we would have to agree was the #9, Berlyn Seselja, of Bayside. The kicking game in women's rugby is an area capable of vast improvement, to find a scrum half at this level who has the presence of mind to marshal her forwards to the ruck so she can execute a box kick is refreshing and impressive. Her exceptional presence of mind and kicking along with a lively and accurate passing display earns her kudos as player of the match.

Canada Tries: Valerie Wideski, Courtney Holtkamp, Bridget Peros, Taylor Black, Hunter Czeppel, Rori Wood, Berlyn Seselja, Lily Stewart
Canada Conversions: Berlyn Seselja 6
Canada Penalties: Berlyn Seselja 2

The full match replay is below.





Canada U18 Women vs USA Today at 3pm PT - Live Stream Available: A Feature on Second Row Rori Wood


Canada have their named their side to take on the Americans today at 3pm PT. The game will be streamed live on the Rugby Canada FB page.

One player we've been tracking for a while is Rori Wood. She came through Matt Mortenson's program in Sooke at Edward Milne high school. Her rise in rugby has been meteoric and we have no doubt she will one day be representing Canada at the senior level in 7s or XVs. She shows up in our news stories in 2016 representing BC at the U16 level at the Vegas 7s. That's right a second row that can play 7s. Later that year she represented the South Island Tide in the Langford 7s. Still in 2016 she played for BC U16 at the XVs Nationals where BC won Silver. By 2017 she had worked her way into the starting second row position for the Westshore Senior women's team playing side by side with many players who are now in Ireland representing Canada. Westshore dominated the BC Premier league running up a large score on Seattle in the final. Rori could easily move to #8 and perhaps at Westshore she might but a pretty good player, Barbara Mervin, owns that position right now. Rori probably has another year of eligibilty left at U18 which indicates how much potential is there. We wish Rori and the Canada U18 team all the best today.




from Rugby Canada

Canada’s women’s U18 head coach Dan Valley has named a starting roster for tomorrow’s CAN-AM Series opener against USA in Ottawa.

"We've had a really great start to our campaign - our first 72 hours focused on establishing our connection and culture, and picking up where we left off from our Top-40 camp in March.

"We've set the expectation around the point of contact and have been able to build out from that platform. We have 3 sessions to go before we compete, and the athletes are feeling confident about where we're at to this point.

"The side we've selected will allow us to maintain a level of physicality, skill, and pace for the duration of the match."

Kick off is 6pm ET/3pm PT and will be streamed live on Rugby Canada’s Facebook page> www.facebook.com/RugbyCanada

Canada’s Women’s U18 Roster to face USA U18:

1) Holly Phillips, Alberta (Calgary Irish)
2) Erika Barton, Ontario (Kingston Panthers)
3) Valerie Wideski, British Columbia (Bayside)
4) Alyson Macdougall, Alberta (Calgary Irish)
5) Rori Wood, British Columbia (Westshore RFC)
6) Courtney Holtkamp, Alberta (Red Deer Titans)
7) Shaye Tudor, Captain, British Columbia (Castaway Wanderers)
8) Celia Martensson, Ontario (Aurora Barbarians)
9) Berlyn Seselja, British Columbia (Bayside)
10) Taylor Black, Ontario (Oakville Crusaders)
11) Bridget Peros, Ontario (Oakville Crusaders)
12) Lily Stewart, Ontario (Peterborough Pagans)
13) Emma Frey, Ontario (Oshawa Viking)
14) Kyra Maybee, Ontario (Peterborough Pagans)
15) Hunter Czeppel, British Columbia (Abbotsford)
16) Lauren Melanson, Nova Scotia (Halifax)
17) Tanika Bonneville, British Columbia (Bayside)
18) Idia Ihensekhien, Ontario (Crusaders)
19) Vyktoria Brochu, Alberta (Aurora Barbarians)
20) Alayna Scramstad, Saskatchewan (Lashburn Lucky)
21) Brogan Mior, Alberta (Foothills Lions)
22) Sarah Hoerig, Ontario (Oshawa Vikings)

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