By Greg Price
The W.R. Myers Rebels junior varsity girls rugby team dominated for the most part all season long, including its year-end tournament.
The varsity Rebels girls rugby team steamrolled through its competition, including a huge regular-season win against Tier I provincial silver medalists Raymond, outscoring its opposition 136-3 on its way to the Tier III provincial title, and annihilating Matthew Halton 86-0 in the south zone final to get to provincials.
That dominance showed up in the Southern Alberta High School Rugby League all-star selections, as five W.R. Myers Rebels earned the nod in Keegan Brantner (Second Row), Paige Wood (Flanker), Millay Johnson (Outside Centre), Maren Jensen (Prop) and Tiffany Olsen (Wing).
“We’ve had one or two outstanding players in the past who we have nominated and they would definitely merit that. But the Myers program has definitely grown in strength over the years,” said Andrew Llewelyn-Jones, co-coach of the W.R. Myers Rebels girls rugby program. “We’ve been around for seven years now. We have seen it grow tremendously over the past seven years to the point we have a zone and provincial banner in the gymnasium which is a first, and has been the target. It has put Myers on the map. The nice thing is, yes, there will be some Grade 12 girls moving on in a life beyond high school, but we still have a strong core of girls that are there (Grade 10, Grade 11), and they can do just as well next year.”
With the Rebels finishing at the top of its tier, it made for five all-star selections, but for Rebels varsity girls rugby head coach Chris Komery, all-star selections could have easily been double that.
“This was a really good year for our speed backs. Our back line was key for sure with speed and being very physical, laying it out on the line every time,” said Komery. “I could have put 10 all-stars on that team no doubt. It was an incredibly tough decision selecting just five.”