After being named as conference all-stars at the conclusion of the winter season, the Marauders basketball trio of Danielle Boiago, Clare Kenney and Hilary Hanaka will bring a dash of McMaster flavour to Kingston Saturday, May 9. The three players will be a part of Team Clarke for the 2015 OUA All-Star Women’s Game at Queen’s.
With the breakup of the traditional East-West alignment of Ontario University Athletics basketball in 2014, this season’s game features two teams named after and handpicked by their coaches – Ryerson’s Carly Clarke and Windsor’s Chantal Vallée respectively.
Another face familiar to any Marauders fan, McMaster’s Female Athlete of the Year in 2014, Hailey Milligan, will also be making an appearance on the weekend. Milligan — who rewrote McMaster’s record books over the course of her five-year career — will join Vallée on the sidelines as a special guest assistant coach after completing her first season of professional basketball with Czech team Aldast Strakonice.
The game itself will be just one of many events for the all-stars over the course of the weekend in Kingston. On Friday evening, the OUA All-Stars will attend the JUEL Banquet at the Ambassador Hotel and Conference Centre in Kingston. Prior to tip-off Saturday evening, the OUA All-Stars will also take part in various community initiatives to help grow the game of basketball in Ontario.
Others from the Golden Horseshoe competing in the showcase are Ancaster’s Melissa Tatti from Brock for Team Vallée while Welland’s Bridget Atkinson (Guelph) and Burlington’s Amy Jarvis (Waterloo) will suit up for Team Clarke.