The Titans Senior Women’s team were on the road again this weekend to face a Rams team hungry for a rematch. The ladies have been hit with the injury bug lately with five players missing the action this week and they again went to battle with a 15-person lineup!
The Rams came out hard and after a couple penalties the Titans found themselves caught deep in their end. Despite a valiant defensive effort by the Titans, the Rams snuck by the try line for the first of the day. The Titans response was swift, with Emily Brown receiving the ball wide and subsequently weaving past multiple defenders for the team’s first try on the day. After the first 15 minutes however, it was the Rams ahead 14-12. The Rams lead however was short lived as the Titans dug deep, found their rhythm, and the tries started stacking up with the wide-open Titans attack exploited the opportunities. The final score 89-19. Forward of the Game was Leah Brunner for fantastic dominant tackles and slicing the defense up with her blazing speed putting a couple tries on the board while doing so. Back of the Game was Lora Lee as she orchestrated wave after wave of attacks that overwhelmed the Rams defense, including getting a try herself. In her debut in women’s rugby Emily Brown ran through, around and over the Rams defense scoring four tries on the day (three over 40 yards), setting up a couple more and subsequently received the nod from the Rams as their Player of the Match!
The 5-0 Titans ladies continue to show their SW1 dominance but have a strong challenge coming up the week against a strong Irish team fighting on their home turf! 3:30 CCIAC Field!
Tries: Emily Brown (4), Sarah Stahl (2), Leah Brunner (2), Erin McFadden, Katie McIver, Lora Lee, Isabel St. Pierre, Emma Newton (1 try, 10 conversions)
The Titan’s Women’s had the long trip down to Lethbridge this weekend to play against a strong LRC squad. After narrowly winning 58-55 at home last week against LRC this game was guaranteed to entertain the local crowd with two SW1 powerhouse teams. Adding to the pressure on the Titans squad was that only 15 players were available to play!!
The game started out with a couple possession tradeoffs that caught the Titans five meters from their own try line. A valiant defensive effort by the ladies held Lethbridge out of from scoring however as the minutes ticked by Lethbridge was able to sneak (barely) past the line for the day’s first try. The Titans responded quickly with Courtney Holtkamp scoring their first try with a strong run from a LRC penalty at Lethbridge’s 22m. The teams exchanged tries through the first half and as it neared it end Lethbridge again found itself on the Titans 5m in the final seconds. This time it was the Titans defense held out ending the half 27-17 in favor of the Titans.
Exhausted after a hard first half the Titans women realized the Lethbridge wasn’t going to quit. The ladies rallied together to give Lethbridge 100% of their best effort and it showed as they quickly started to add try after try in the second half. The team celebrated that, despite each player playing a full 80 minutes, they clearly set the pace in the second half of the game. The final score was 44-22 in favor of the Titans!! Forward of the Game was captain Haley Khatib for her outstanding strength and toughness in the game! Injuring her shoulder early in the first half she showed true leadership and passion playing every minute of the game giving all she had!! Haley’s effort also received acknowledgement from the opposition as Lethbridge choose her for their “Player of the Game”. With multiple players playing new positions in the “pack” the forwards played hard, strong rugby throughout the game with dominant tackling and rucking!
Courtney Holtkamp debuted as a winger in the second half (returning to her Rimbey Grade 8 roots where she first was introduced to the game). The team exploited the mismatch, moving the ball wide as Court promptly ripped off five tries during the game, setting up one more and deservingly received the nod for “Back of the Game”. The backs as a whole did a fantastic job moving the ball wide providing attack opportunities for Courtney and fullback/center Lora Lee who together finished off all eight Titans tries!
The Women are excited to host the Rams this Saturday 2:30 at the Titans Club!
Tries: Courtney Holtkamp (5), Lora Lee (3)
The 2-0 Titans Women’s team were in for a huge battle against the 2-0 Lethbridge Rugby Club this weekend with both teams loaded up with talented players. The game was action packed with the teams trading tries and the lead throughout the first half. The second half spun in the Titans direction as they quickly built a 21-point lead, however Lethbridge refused to quit as they clawed their way back in front 55-51 with just a couple minutes remaining in the game. The Titans weren’t done however, regaining control of the ball on a lineout steal around half. The team then went six phases with Rachel Sever moving the ball quickly from the ruck until Emma Newton executed a perfect offload to the speedy Leah Brunner who wasn’t going to be denied scoring the game winning try!!
The game ended 58-55 in favor of the Titans, however the real winner were the spectators who, despite “interpretive” rules, were treated to a spectacular and action pack game that included two teams loaded with talent from University, Provincial and National programs. It was an amazing display of skill, toughness, and composure by both teams. The two teams won’t have to wait long to battle again as the rematch is slated for this Saturday in Lethbridge. Titan’s Forward of the Game was Sierra Laye, who was brilliant at hooker for the day, showing amazing ball handling skills, footwork and tackling. Back of the Game was Erin McFadden who put on a fantastic show of skill and defence facing off against her “University of Lethbridge Pronghorn” teammates. After leaving the Lethbridge team battered and bruised, scoring two tries and setting up a couple more Courtney Holtkamp was selected as the opposition’s Player of the Match.
Tries scored: Leah Brunner(2), Courtney Holtkamp(2), Sierra Laye, Sarah Fraser, Lora Lee, Rachel Sever, Emma Newton, Molly Ruhmor
The Red Deer Titans Senior Women’s rugby team had a successful home opener defeating the Calgary Rams 68-5 at the Titans Rugby Park. The Titans ladies started and finished strong putting up almost a point a minute throughout the game but undoubtedly their major success of the evening was rostering a full 25 players (plus reserves) for the game. The game saw tries from eight different players but it was clear that all 25 players made a significant impact throughout it.
Prop Isebel St. Pierre was chosen as “Forward of the Game” for her relentless and consistent performance on the field. Center Emma Newton was chosen as “Back of the Game” for her complete effort of defence, ball distribution and strong running lines (and she converted 4 kicks).
Rams choose 8-man Courtney Holtkamp after she produced seemingly endless punishing runs during the game. Unfortunately, Holtkamp cap the night off with the “W” during the traditional post game “Chugging Competition” against the Rams player of the game and her opposite number 8.
The team also attempted a world record in “Penalties during a Rugby Match” however came up just short. Prop Haley Khatib however wasn’t going to be denied setting herself a personal best of possibly eight penalties (video review still to confirm).
Overall it was a great game for the Titans Women and a great start to the season after two strong wins. They played with a lot of energy and stayed positive throughout the game….and kept their composure when necessary. The women host Lethbridge next on June 2 in what looks to be a great club day of rugby!!
Tries scored by: Sarah Stahl (3), Leah Brunner (2), Lora Lee, Courtney Holtkamp, Raven Francouer, Emma Newton, Adi Waqatabu and Gwen Fillinger
The first game of the season for the Red Deer Titans Senior Women’s Team was a massive success. With only 7 returning players, and a new head coach, the team was nervous for their first game against the Calgary Hornets. On May 5th at the Calgary Rugby Union Park the Senior Women’s focused on collaboration and positivity. By having a positive growth mindset the Titans were able to over come many obstacles and came out on top with a final score of 56-27.
This victory was not only shown on the score board, but also team unity. Head Coach Kenton Poelzer is excited to see what these girls will do at their first home game against the Calgary Rams, May 11th at 7:30pm at the Titans Rugby Club. Forward of the match was Katie Wozney and back of the match was Jula Bartfai. Players who scored trys: Courtney Holtkamp (3) Erin McFadden Laura Lee Paige Olmstead Haley Khatib Katie Wozney Jula Bartfai Gwen Fillinger 3 conversions by Courtney Holtkamp.
The Titans board is excited to announce our senior coaching team for 2018 including Dan Meikle, Sean Tindall, and Kenton Poelzer. Dan will be providing leadership to the team through his Director of Player and Coach Development position with Sean focusing on the Senior Men’s Program and Kenton the Senior Women’s program (Sean, Kenton, and Dan will continue their involvement with the junior programs as well!). Titans Rugby has a proud and strong history and we are all excited to build on the legacy of our past leaders as we start a new chapter of our club and mold our future!!
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