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RECAP: Much learned in first match for Heat women's rugby squad

RECAP: Much learned in first match for Heat women's rugby squad

Women's Rugby (BC Rugby Union Division One match)

Saturday September 16th, 2017
Parkinson Recreation Centre (P10), Kelowna, BC

Final 1 2 T
Kamloops RFC 31 33 64
UBC Okanagan 14 5 19


Trys: Elizabeth Gotuaco (2), Lauren Klassen (1)
Cons: Jordanne Sulz (1), Nicole Kramer (1)

KELOWNA, BC – The UBC Okanagan Heat women's kicked off their Rugby BC Division One season match against the visiting Kamloops RFC and fell 64-19 on Saturday afternoon on the Parkinson Recreation Centre field in Kelowna.

Although the score was closer in the first half, the young Heat squad with a host of new faces played more as a unit as the match progressed. Newcomers  Elizabeth Gotuaco scored twice in the first half and Lauren Klassen touched down in the second half. Nicole Kramer, playing in her first rugby game ever, converted a try in the first half. Jordanne Sulz converted the other score.

Scoring Plays

  1. Elizabeth 'Lizzy' Gotuaco picked the ball from the back of the scrum at centre, exploited the open side flanker and ran 50m down the centre of the field to score.
  2. Lizzy found an opening in open play, and turned on the jets to score her second try of the day.
  3. A team effort resulting in Lauren Klassen breaking through their forward pack, placing the ball down just past the try line.

Hard hitting

Voke Agbaire was commended from her coach for her hard hitting, low rucking and her speed off the line on defence.

Player of the match

Lizzy Gotuaco earned player of the game honours for her scoring efforts and her overall control of the game at the scrum half position.

Forward of the match

Charlotte Hall earned forward of the match distinctions, for her efforts securing ball in the ruck, and rumbling the ball through on her ball carries.

Back of the match

Hayley Fiebelkorn played a fantastic game at the centres, moving the ball well down the line, finding openings at the centre and playing one of her best games in her five-year tenure at UBCO.


Gina Oostlander and Nicole Kramer had outstanding efforts in their very first rugby games ever, making big plays the right times and earning spots on the starting line for their efforts in training. 

Coach's comments

"Although we did not ultimately receive the result we wanted to achieve, I couldn't have been more proud of the baseline we have established for this club. Having only been together for two weeks, with many new faces not only to the club, but to the sport of rugby its self, I think we have an outstanding platform to build from."