I’ve posted a lot of these already … but here’s an unofficial list of all of the teams and players in this weekend’s Women’s All-Star Championships, along with some notes …
First of all, remember the Eagles have named the World Cup Squad and have pulled all of the travel roster players out of the NASCs, except for the alternates. Naturally, this gives all the territories a chance to bring some new faces on the pitch and some lesser-known players will shine.
Dun Moodie, Melanie
The South will play MARFU first in Tier B. Missing Neder and Jervey from the backline, but still fast with Antar and friends. A solid pack with Aerts, Black to name a few.
Southern California will play the talented Canadian U-23s (that swept our own Under-23 Eagles last year) in Tier B’s other match. SoCal has had a few camps this spring and should play well together.
Kryszak , Kendra
Seven players return for Canada from last year’s squad that beat our own young Eagles. According to Goff, MacDonald and Kryszak are leaders up front.
Pacific Coast plays West in Tier A. Young Pac Coast is missing a lot of Eagles (Think All-Blues) and West might have a shot at normally power-house team. Still lots of big names with talent – Bruce, Butts, Oldham, Warner, Whitmore.
Audage, Catherine (Kate)
Northeast is always a heavy favorite and they’ll play my girls on the Midwest (actually playing right now!). Captains Kit Wagner and Annie Collier are leading the “Nessies” with some new jerseys on. Lots of Eagles gone, but still lots of international and national experience. I wish I was there to watch this game!
All I have to say is … GO MIDWEST! They battled back into Tier A in December and they’ll play the Northeast first today. Lots of experience, talent and speed on the Thunderbirds. Midwest rugby is fun to watch.
Mid-Atlantic battles South in Tier B. They’ll need to shut down South’s backline, but have a shot at the Tier B final probably against Canada’s U-23s.
My other favorite team out in Boulder b/c of some former teammates – Kim Klahn and KT Wurst. A strong, experienced pack with some national/international experience like Suzanna Barth. But remember, the roster is missing Austin Valkyries due to scheduling. Not sure about the backline prowess either. They gave a good battle to the Eagles A squad last month, losing just 3-0 though. The West Women are playing Pac Coast in the other Tier A match.