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Saskatchewan Starts Well in Canadian Women U23s

Wednesday Jul 8, 2009 in Canada Domestic Competitions

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Saskatchewan opened its Canadian women’s U23 national championship campaign with a six-try victory over provincial neighbors Manitoba at St. Albert Rugby Club, in St. Albert, Alberta Tuesday.

The match was only 30 seconds old when flanker Julie Paetsch came from around the back of a ruck and sprinted 75 meters for the opening score. Julie Foster hit a drop kick for the conversion – and the rout was on.

Wing Jess Barre hit for two tries as did No 8 Leysa Matity – with the Saskatchewan forwards unit dominating in the dozens of scrums that resulted from numerous knock-ons on a wet Alberta summer day.

Foster, who is playing as an overage player on the Saskatchewan squad was pleased with the quick start.

“That was amazing,” she said. “To be able to have the lead so quickly really gave us confidence.”

She says having a win already means they can really get set for the games to come against Ontario and Alberta.

“It puts us in a good place going into the other games,” said the veteran Canadian team

1. Julie Paetsch – conversion by Foster
2. Jess Barre – Conversion by Foster
3. Try Foster
4. Try Matity
5. Try Matity
6. Try Barre

Saskatchewan: 34
Tries: Pasetsch, Barre 2, Foster, Matity 2
Convs: Foster 2
1. Darcie Gondz 2. Terra Nameth 3. Justine Boisson 4. Salla Kyhala 5. Joelle Lewis 6. Rachelle Daley 7. Julie Paetsch 8. Leysa Matity 9. Jayne Drackett 10. Pascaal Tichkowsky 11. Kathleen Kent 12. Crystal Kappel 13. Julie Foster 14. Jess Barre 15. Gillian Allen (C)  

17. Niki Matchett 18. Sara Simpkins 19. Britney Richels 20. Ashley Guenther 21. Larrissa Zdunich   

Manitoba 0
1. Amanda Kula 2. Janelle Prefontaine 3. Patricia Fraser 4. Bethany Abrahamson 5. Taylor Post 6. Kelley MacGilwray 7. Joscelyn Pearch 8. Tasha Cory 9. Natalie Davis 10. Elizabeth Robbins 11. Jill McLeod 12. Ashley Machut-Johnston 13. Jessica Nixon 14. Cindy Lou Nepinak 15. Michelle Bowles  

16. Emily Guengrt 17. Erin Lobban 18. Amy Currie 19. Tatiana Moreno 20. Rachel Decter 21. Jessie Foster 22. Kim Ciesinski

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