Castle Names Canada Team for Women's Rugby League World Cup in Australia Next Month
Head coach Mike Castle has named the team to represent Canada at the Women's Rugby League World Cup in Australia next month. Canada kickoff the tournament on November 16th versus New Zealand.
The extended squad of 32 was trimmed down to 24 after two matches with Corrimal Cougars, an Australian club side that went undefeated in the domestic season and won the Country Cup. Canada split the matches winning 26-20 and losing 20-18, winning the series on overall aggregate.
Many of the players are from rugby union, so it's a steep learning curve to pickup the league game ahead of a World Cup. The results against a top club side from Australia show the players are up to the task.
Probably the most recognizable names to BCRN readers are Mandy Marchak, Andrea Burk, Natasha Smith, Gillian Boag, Stevi Schnoor, Maira Acevedo, Christina Burnham, Katie Grudzinski.
Mandy Marchak represented Canada in both XVs and 7s as did Andrea Burk. Natasha Smith was a non-traveling reserve for the Canada team at the rugby union World Cup recently held in Ireland. She scored two tries in the last match against the Australian club side, Corrimal Cougars. Gillian Boag was also on the World Cup reserve roster and has represented BC at the senior level. Stevi Schnoor has represented Canada in rugby union, plays in the LFL football league and also plays for the United Rugby Club, now she can add Rugby League World Cup to that list. Maira Acevedo represented BC in rugby union at the U18 level winning national Gold in 2014, also at the U20 level in 2016. Christina Burnham plays for SFU and has represented BC at the national women's championship. Katie Grudzinski plays for Burnaby and has also represented BC at the senior level.
Maira Acevedo (British Columbia)
Gillian Boag (British Columbia)
Nina Bui (Ontario)
Andrea Burk (British Columbia)
Christina Burnham (British Columbia)
Mackenzie Fane (Ontario)
Kathleen Grudzinski (British Columbia)
Janai Haupapa (Alberta)
Michelle Helmeczi (Alberta)
Natalie King (British Columbia)
Kelcey Leavitt (Alberta)
Mandy Marchak (British Columbia)
Sabrina McDaid (Ontario)
Wealtha Jade Menin Naglis (Alberta)
Fedelia Omoghan (Ontario)
Megan Pakulis (Ontario)
Irene Patrinos (Ontario)
Stevi Schnoor (British Columbia)
Natasha Smith (British Columbia)
Elizabeth Steele (Alberta)
Natalie Tam (Ontario)
Tiera Thomas-Reynolds (Ontario)
Barbara Waddell (Forrestville Ferrets)
Petra Woods (Ontario)
The Ravens will travel to Australia prior to the World Cup to acclimatise and prepare, with a trial match against the Queensland NGA Hau e Wha Maori side on November 10 in Southport, Queensland.