Seattle Seawolves - April 2018

April 10 2018


Seattle Seawolves - Major League Rugby
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Seawolves Updates: Prairie Wolfpack Exhibition Match; Head Coach Gone; 21 Players from BC Premier League


[ed. update on scrimmage with Prairie Wolfpack, it's apparently closed to the public.]

With just one weekend left before their season kicks off the Seawolves still haven't had an exhibition match. There was an aborted attempt to play a Vancouver Island Selects team at the beginning of their camp and now there's word the Prairie Wolfpack will give them a match this Sunday but it's been strangely quiet with no match details forthcoming.

The Seawolves have had some setbacks, their head coach Tony Healy had his visa application declined and is no longer with the organization. Google searches of Tony Healy Seattle Seawolves still brings up the link to the original page but clicking on it generates an error, the page has been removed. It's a tough outcome for the former BC Bears coach.

The question now becomes who is head coach, assistant coach Phil Mack is already a player/coach so it would be difficult to take on another role. Hopefully the Seawolves will eventually break their silence and post info on the coaching situation and the exhibition match vs the Prairie Wolfpack.

The Seawolves list 28 players on their team page. The Seattle Saracens put out a release (see below) noting that 12 of the 28 are from their program:

Aladdin Schirmer
Dion Crowder
Kellen Gordon
Louie Henson
Mike Garrity
Mike Shepherd
Olive Kilifi
Shalom Suniula
Taylor Krumrei
John Hayden
Mike Palefau
Peter Tiberio

Other players from the BC Premier league include Phil Mack James Bay, Brock Staller Meraloma, Cam Polson CW, Connor Weyell Capilano, George Barton Cowichan/JBAA, Mozac Samson CW (Prairie Wolfpack), Nakai Penny Westshore, Ray Barkwill CW, Tim Metcher Nanaimo. So that makes a total of 21 players that are (or have been) associated with teams in the BC Premier league.

We'll update this story as more information about the rumoured Prairie Wolfpack game unfolds.

from Seattle Saracens

The Seattle Saracens are proud to have been a rugby club in Seattle since 1966 – over 50 years of providing opportunities, both on and off the field. Our club has always striven to provide an environment and culture where elite athletes can excel and play at the very top levels.

Over the years many of our players, men and women, have been selected to pull on their national team jersey for several different nations in both 7s and 15 competitions, as well as playing for professional clubs in Europe and afar.

As we countdown the days to the start of US rugby’s latest foray into professional rugby, we are extremely proud of the 12 Seattle Saracens players signed to the Seattle Seawolves team this inaugural MLR season.

We want to congratulate all of the players on their outstanding achievement and wish them and the Seawolves luck, (and those who have signed with other MLR teams). The players are:

Aladdin Schirmer
Dion Crowder
Kellen Gordon
Louie Henson
Mike Garrity
Mike Shepherd
Olive Kilifi
Shalom Suniula
Taylor Krumrei
John Hayden
Mike Palefau
Peter Tiberio

Club President, Kevin Flynn adds; "We are very proud of our players who have achieved the opportunity of representing Seattle in the Major League Rugby competition. Seattle Saracens play in the best competition we can in the British Columbia Rugby Union Premiership.

I'm also very proud of everybody in the organization - the players, coaches, volunteers and the board. They've all done a tremendous job and having so many of our players selected is testament to a lot of hard work put into our program.

Seeing 12 players who have and currently play for Saracens signed to the Seawolves I think speaks volumes for what we are trying to achieve here in Seattle with our program. There are also many players in other Major League Rugby, (MLR) teams and professional teams further afield who have played with us also and we are happy to see them competing at this level too.

We work hard on and off the field and still have many goals we are trying to achieve but we hope this gives people confidence in our organization in that we are going in the right direction.

Rugby is for everyone. Professional, rugby is now here but we also hope this will show people and athletes that they can also play for the Seattle Saracens rugby club locally, one of the Pacific Northwest clubs we are partnered with, or other teams in the area. Exciting times lay ahead. Well done guys and go Seawolves!"

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