Quartet from Mac make OUA women rugby all-stars

Four McMaster Marauders were named Ontario University Athletics women’s rugby all-stars.

The quartet, playing in the Shiels Division, was responsible for the majority of McMaster tries. Centre Nina Bui (Toronto) scored one, Sarah Van Hoof (Lindsay) scored two and Natasha Turner (Palo Alto, Ca.) had three. Van Hoof and Turner both play 8-man for the Marauders. Fly half Paige Churchill (Brantford) completes the foursome for the Marauders as top scorer of the group with four tries.

The division’s Most Valuable Player is awarded to Western Mustang and national team member Kelly Russell (Bolton, Ont.).

The fourth-year flanker/8-man played an instrumental role in Western’s undefeated season. Contributing six tries in five games, Russell ended the regular season second in scoring in the division with 30 points. She will miss the OUA Rugby Championship as she is at the Women’s 7s World Cup qualifier in the Bahamas representing Team Canada.

Four other Mustangs named all-stars include flanker/8-mans Laura Russell (Bolton), sister of MVP Kelly Russell and Nicole Bailey (Peterborough), centre Melissa Baer (Baden, Ont.), and fullback Jasmine Isaac (Bridgnorth, Ont.). Head coach Daniel Valley from the Brock Badgers was named Shiels Coach of the Year. Valley led the Badgers to a 3-1-1 regular season, good for second in the division.

Joining Valley on the major award winners list is Courtney Blum (Holland Landing, Ont.), this season’s recipient of Shiels Rookie of the Year. Blum has recorded five tries in as many games for the Badgers in her first year.

On the all-star list for Brock are hooker Caitlin McCarthy (Stoney Creek), flanker Sarah Maynard (Cannington, Ont.), and fullback Stefanie Pavlovich (Stoney Creek).

Fullback Caitlin Martin (Teeswater, Ont.) receives all-star status after leading the Waterloo Warriors in scoring with three tries in four games. Scrum half Nicole Holmes (Waterloo) is also named from the Warriors.

Laurier 8-man Megan Wiles (Caledon, Ont.) is the sole Golden Hawk to make the All-Star list.

The undefeated Guelph Gryphons sweep the Russell Division major awards and have five all-stars. Gryphon coach Colette McAuley is Russell Coach of the Year after leading her team to a 5-0 regular season, with only seven points scored against Guelph all season.

Brittany Benn (Napanee, Ont.) is named Rookie of the Year after a standout first season with the Gryphons. The all-star fullback led the OUA in points with 62 from eight tries and 11 converts.

The third and last major award for the Russell Division goes to Gryphon Michelle Joslin (Waterloo). The fourth-year flanker is named the Most Valuable Player. Joslin was rookie of the year in 2005, and has made the all-star team for the last two years.

Benn and Joslin are joined by teammates Aleksandra Lauks, a lock from Ottawa, 8-man Jenna Livingston (Hillsburgh, Ont.), and winger Brittany Sammut (Belleville) on the Russell All-Star team. Sammut finished tied for first in OUA for tries with eight.

The Trent Excalibur has four women named to the Russell all-star team. Lock Lianne Schumacher (Lakefield, Ont.) leads Trent, setting a school record this season for most tries in one game with four. Schumacher was also named OUA Pioneer Petroleums Athlete of the Week for this outstanding performance. Also on the list for the Excalibur are flanker Julie Brown (Peterborough), 8-man Kaitlin Newton (Port Hope), and stand-off Kristine Boyles (Peterborough), who was last year’s Most Valuable Player. Boyles was fourth in OUA for converts with five.

Jennifer Redwood, a lock from Midhurst, Ont., as well as fullbacks Karlye Wong (Ottawa) and Jocelyn Poirier (Ottawa) from the Queen’s Gaels have been honoured. Poirier is a scoring leader for the Gaels with two tries this season. Hooker and team points leader Sonya Kuziw (Mississauga) and scrum half Megan Boyles (Peterborough) represent the Toronto Varsity Blues as All-Stars.

York’s sole All-Star recipient is fullback Ashley Holligan-Mytil (Toronto).