Tsunami rolls to title
Putting six Cowichan Secondary, five Brentwood College and one Shawnigan Lake School grad onto the same girls’ rugby team is dangerous enough.
Completing the combination with six Vanier players, two each from Ladysmith and Stelly’s and one each from Claremont and Belmont made an imposing 24-player roster for the Island Tsunami that captured the Provincial Regional Championship at UBC.
Darien Hobday, Meena Manhas, Hannah Morten, Kristin Paddle, Britnie Hearsey and Sophia Murray made up the Cowichan contingent on the team. Brentwood was represented by Jenn Lemon, Brooklyn Navarette, Ciel Arbour-Boehme, Avi Sharabi and Mckenna Haz while Shawnigan Lake’s Nicole Crowley also suited up and served as team captain.
The Tsunami wiped out the competition with four straight wins, beating Fraser Valley and Vancouver twice each.
“The kids played fantastic rugby,’’ said head coach Marius Felix of Brentwood College.
Fraser Valley hadn’t been beaten in the tournament in five years, Felix noted, but the Tsunami did it twice. “That was pretty impressive,’’ he said.
The results were 17-0 during dry conditions and 7-0 during a wet final.”On a dry day it would have been a lot worse,’’ said Felix.
Lemon, Navarette, Arbour-Boehme, Morten, Crowley and Adrienne Saari — unable to play due to illness — were provincial U18 selections and Haz made U16.