Nelles, Ricketts repeat as Marauders women’s rugby all-stars

The division winning McMaster Marauders have five players named to the Ontario University Athletics women’s rugby all-star team. The Marauders handed the Queen’s Gaels their first regular season loss since 2011 en route to winning the Russell Division with a 4-0-1 record.

Cindy Nelles  (Photo: McMaster Athleics)

Cindy Nelles (Photo: McMaster Athleics)

Fourth-year number 8 Cindy Nelles (Belleville, Ont.) and fourth-year centre Emily Ricketts (Oakville, Ont.) each made the all-star team for a second straight season. Nelles led the Marauders in scoring with 25 points coming off five tries.

Two first-year Marauders were named all-stars; flanker Sara Svoboda (Belleville, Ont.) and lock Abigail Moody (Toronto) put together very impressive rookie campaigns. Third-year scrum-half Heidi Henderson (Stirling, Ont.) rounds out the Marauders all-star cast.

Emily Ricketts (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

Emily Ricketts (Photo: McMaster Athletics)

For a second consecutive year, five Guelph Gryphons have been named Shiels Division All-Stars – the most of any team in the division. Guelph finished the OUA campaign with a 3-0-2 record, narrowly edging out the Waterloo Warriors for first in the division and keeping intact the team’s regular season undefeated streak that dates back to 2007.

Three Gryphons all-stars in 2013 made a repeat appearance; fourth-year flanker Brittany Priddle (Badjeros, Ont.), fifth-year inside centre Shannon Spurrell (Haley Station, Ont.), and fourth-year second row Brittany Kassil (Guelph) received all-star honours for the second consecutive season. Joining them are third-year lock Devon Stober (Mississauga, Ont.), and second-year centre Rita Charest-Pekeski (Barrie, Ont.).

The Waterloo Warriors are represented with four all-stars. Fifth-year second row Megan Colwell (Spencerville, Ont.), fourth-year prop Tina Tuck (Milgrove, Ont.), fourth-year fly-half Rachel Brown (Cambridge, Ont.), and fifth-year scrum-half Erika Schroeder (New Dundee, Ont.) led the Warriors to a second-place finish, just a point behind Guelph for first. Colwell led the way with 34 points scored off 10 conversions, three penalty goals, and one try.

Warriors coach Katie Selman also received recognition for her team’s success, winning Shiels Division Coach of the Year.

The 2014 Shiels Division Most Valuable Player hails from Western, as do two other all-stars. Fourth-year scrum-half Lori Josephson (Beaverton, Ont.) takes home the MVP award and a third consecutive all-star selection after leading the Mustangs in tries with five. She is joined on the all-star team by fourth-year number 8 Mackenzie Fane (Holland Landing, Ont.) and fourth-year prop Ashley Snider (Kitchener, Ont.).

Nikki Case (Toronto) received the Rookie of the Year award for her strong debut season. Case played fly-half, scrum-half, and fullback for the Mustangs.

Laurier’s second-year flanker Jennifer Gilmour (Waterloo, Ont.) finished second in OUA in scoring this season with 42 points and receives an all-star selection for the second year in a row. Fourth-year Golden Hawk hooker Kelly Martin (Breslau, Ont.) received her first ever all-star honour.

Third-year full back Katie Faust (Port Elgin, Ont.) is the lone Brock Badger named to the all-star team.

Queen’s fourth-year centre Lauren McEwen (Wasaga Beach, Ont.) put together a season for the ages. McEwen scored a CIS-leading 103 points, becoming Queen’s all-time leading scorer in the process. Putting that number in perspective, Laurier’s Gilmour was the next closest in the conference, scoring 42 points. Third-year hooker and 2013 all-star Gillian Pegg (Oro-Medonte, Ont.), third-year centre Miranda Seifert (Regina, Sask.), and fourth-year hooker Melody Clarke (Barrie, Ont.) round out the all-star selections for the Gaels. Third-year fly-half Claudia DiFrancesco (Brantford, Ont.) won the Russell Community Service award for her great work off the field.

The York Lions swept the Russell Division major awards in 2014. Third-year player Dorrian Khouri (Brampton, Ont.) put together a very impressive season and takes home the Russell Division Most Valuable Player award. Spending Dotime as a lock, prop, and flank, Khouri led her team to a playoff appearance. Full-back Petra Woods (Brampton, Ont.) captured Rookie of the Year honours. Head coach Joe Costello received Coach of the Year Award. In addition to Khouri, two other Lions made the all-star team. Fifth-year lock and number 8 Fedelia Omoghan (Scarborough, Ont.) was named an all-star for the third consecutive season for the Lions. She led York with 35 points on seven tries. Another fifth-year Lion, winger Zoe Smith (Toronto), receives her second consecutive all-star honour.

The Trent Excalibur have two players receiving recognition. Third-year forward and back Karlie Robinson (Pickering, Ont.) and first-year number 8 Jessica Hercus (Peterborough, Ont.) were both named Russell Division all-stars.

Third-year centre Bianca Marchione (Richmond Hill, Ont.), is the Toronto Varsity Blues lone all-star.

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