“In the first half, we were kind of there, but we were just doing some things that weren’t right,” said UBC Head Coach, Dean Murten. “We just had a few things that we needed to fine tune. The girls are getting better at fixing things and I’m really happy with the way they played. Great performance.”
“I thought it was a hard-fought match for both teams,” UVic Head Coach, Brittany Waters, said. “In the beginning, especially, things were really going back and forth, and then UBC just ran away with it in the end. I thought we had a strong start – just could not finish our opportunities. We left a lot of tries out there. We got into their endzone, right by their try line, but unfortunately just could not capitalize on our opportunities today.”
The Thunderbirds win firms the second Canada West Season gold for the team, now successfully claiming victory two years in a row.
“We’re in a good place,” Murten said. “We’ve recruited hard. The girls have worked really hard. And we’ve got a great coaching staff and supporters – administration support and such. We’re going in the right direction and the next challenge again is to go out to Nationals and do better than the last time we were there.”
The silver finish for the Vikes builds off their bronze placement from last Season.
“This is a fighting team. We’re a very, very young team, so I think they just have a lot of energy and excitement,” said Waters. “One of our policies; we play the full 80 minutes and we need to fight to that last minute, and they did that today. Our impact subs made a huge difference coming on. It’s a young group and I’m really excited to see how they do in the future.”
Both teams will head to their next challenge on November 11th at this year’s U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship hosted by Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.
Story adapted from Tim Prahl, Dinos Communications