ST. JOHN'S, NL - A trio of seniors have been selected to serve as assistant captains for the NL Rock Women's squad traveling to Ireland. 

Sophie Pickard was first selected to Captain the program during preseason training when there were still hopes of a U20 division at the Eastern Canadian Championship tournament, hosted by the NL Rugby Union in July.  “Although the event did not include the U20 division this year, Sophie’s leadership never wavered and she shifted to working towards our Ireland tour,” said her coach, Roxanne Butler.  Butler continued, “Sophie has an eye for detail, is keen to encourage the girls to come with her for extra fitness sessions and is incredibly considerate off the field.  The same cannot be said once the game starts however when she will burn anyone when given the chance.  Sophie was scouted by Acadia University and will join their program this Fall.   She has been my right arm in many ways for the past year and will be greatly missed.”


Sophie selected three strong assistant captains, Sydney Noseworthy, Emma Gallagher and Maegan Roche.   


“All three naturally take on leadership roles within the Rock team, always quick to lend a hand at practices and have all been involved in the planning and organizing leading up to our Ireland tour”, said Pickard.  “They have good game knowledge and can back that up with on-field skills.   Since our team is traveling to Ireland with a large group, it is important and helpful to have dependable and reliable assistant captains to jump in.   I know I can rely on Sydney, Maegan and Emma to help wherever needed.”


Maegan Roche, a strong scrum half and commander on the field commented, “Traveling to Ireland is a huge opportunity to develop our program.  Playing in an international tournament will provide an invaluable rugby experience that we can bring home and use to develop our high school and club teams.  Even though we are bringing a young team, I believe that we can represent Newfoundland well in a senior tournament.  In addition, the experience of attending a women’s World Cup in Ireland is a chance of a lifetime to partake in the worldwide rugby culture.”


Emma Gallagher, a cunning and cleaver back player who can cover a number of back positions added, “This trip is the first international rugby experience for many of us which is very exciting and will set the bar for all future tours.   Playing in the Malone 10s Tournament is a challenge that we are eager to face, and it will be excellent for the development of our players and program. I’m really looking forward to the tour and cheering on Canada in the WRWC.”


Sydney Noseworthy, one of the fastest female players in this region will play the full-back position while in Ireland, further commented, “I think this tournament is going to be a huge learning experience for every player on the team.  Watching the Women’s World Cup and playing teams from other countries gives us the competitive atmosphere we are missing in Newfoundland.  All of our hard work and dedication over the past months will definitely be evident on the pitch.”


 The NL Rock woman have entered two teams in the Malone Ten’s Women's Tournament in Belfast, Ireland August 25th. The event is the largest women's rugby event to be held in Ireland and will host teams from Scotland, France, Canada, USA, Isle of Man and Ireland.


The Rock Traveling squad:

Sophie Pickard, Swilers RFC, CAPTAIN

Emma Gallagher, Swilers RFC, Assistant Captain

Maegan Roche, Swilers, RFC, Assistant Captain

Sydney, Noseworthy, Swilers RFC, Assistant Captain

Ally Haynes, Swilers RFC

Angel Hiltz-Morrel, Bay RFC

Cassie Kennedy, Swilers RFC

Claire Gatherall, Swilers RFC

Emily Powell, Swilers RFC

Emma Bridgeman, Dogs RFC

Emma Taylor, Swilers RFC

Holly Dollimont, Dogs RFC

Kaitlyn Morgan, Swilers RFC

Kathleen Shea, Swilers RFC

Kayla Halleran, Dogs RFC

Kelsey Vinnicombe, Dogs RFC

Madeline Pickard, Swilers RFC

Melissa Cobb, Swilers RFC

Mya Staubitzer, Swilers RFC

Natasha Cobb, Dogs RFC 

Raelene Bennett, Swilers RFC

Sarah Kearley, Swilers RFC

Trinity Cleary, Swilers RFC

Roxanne Butler