Rock Women picked for Acadia
Humby and Pickard to suit-up for Acadia
The Acadia Woman’s Rugby program has looked to Newfoundland in previous years when seeking players to fill out their roster and again this year Head Coach Matthew Durant has selected two Newfoundland athletes.
Lauren Humby, a strong attacking full-back is always a threat to cross the line when passed the ball with a little space. Lauren,who is taking Kinesiology at Acadia, returns to the Axewomen squad after taking a year off rehabbing a shoulder injury.
Sophie-Rose Pickard in her first year at Acadia, also in Kinesiology, is a rookie to varsity Rugby. She comes to the squad with backrow experience at the Provincial level as well as just coming off a tour to Ireland where she captained the Bowl winners at the Malone Tournament in Belfast; the largest all-women’s Rugby tournament in Ireland. “I’m excited for the opportunity to compete at the varsity level and the doors this will open for me. I plan on continuing to get stronger and fitter and show the skill that can come out of Newfoundland for women’s rugby,” Sophie stated.
“The Newfoundland women's rugby program is very small in numbers but we make up for it in determination, vision and hard work,” said the Rock Women’s Head Coach, Roxanne Butler.
Earlier in July the Rock U18 Girls’ team took the Silver Medalat the Eastern CanadianRugby Tournament in July in St. John’s, NL. And, later in August a 10-a-side squad came in third of five teams in Belfast while their slightly older sister-team (18-21-year-olds) took the Bowl in the16-team senior women’s tournament.
“We are a small program and we are isolated from other competition but we work hard to make our opportunities.I’m very proud of Lauren and Sophie for the hard work and dedication they put in to make the Acadia team and I can’t wait to see them perform and help their team succeed,” Butler further commented.
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