Kelowna rugby fans will be the big winners this weekend when BC Rugby meets Team Alberta at City Park in four senior women matches.
BC Senior Women Blue and BC Senior Women Gold are to compete against two Prairie Wolf Pack sides on Friday and Sunday at City Park in a Best of the West event.
Eight selected players are involved with the Canadian women’s national team, including Gillian Boag, Tyson Beukeboom, Chanelle Edwards-Challenger and Madi Gold.
“Best of the West is an amazing opportunity to develop more depth in our region, play elite teams and create a high-performance program for senior women,” said Team BC Gold head coach Julien Canet. “The women have been training together since January working on skill development and team culture, and the team has really started to gel.”
BC Blue vs Alberta White, 4 p.m.
BC Gold vs Alberta Black, 6 p.m.
BC Blue vs Alberta Black, 10 a.m.
BC Gold vs Alberta White, Noon
Fourteen players from the 2018 BC Senior Women's side will feature on one of the BC rosters, while three players join from last year’s U20 women’s side.
“I am excited to see how the new competition structure will work, merging the senior women and U20 is a great way to go,” said BC Blue head coach Dean Murten. “The Mainland team have not spent much time together as a team, so the priority is to get everyone on the same page understanding some basic policy and doing the basics outstanding.”
BC’s Blue and Gold sides will face off against Black and White sides from the Prairies Wolf Pack.
“All the players in this competition are good rugby players so no need to spend a lot of time working on skills,” Murten added. “The Wolf Pack will have two very strong teams and play a good style of rugby, they will be hard physical teams, we much match them in that department whilst trying to play a fast game.”