By Greg Price
Two local W.R. Myers rugby products are making their way to U18 provincial teams that are competing at western nationals.
Alex Haller will be playing scrumhalf (No. 9). Haller made a regional south team nearly two months ago, competing against the likes of Calgary, Edmonton and a central team. Dani Wright will be playing her flanker position on her provincial U18 team she qualified for, as two teams of 24 are competing.
“From that tournament, girls got selected to go to the provincial tryout,” said Haller. “After that, we were all in Red Deer for Sundays after that, and with three weeks after that, they made the two (provincial) teams with two teams of 24.”
Haller and Wright leave for western nationals today in Winnipeg, which go from Aug. 9-12.
“I was really excited to make the team and I’ve learned a lot playing with some of the best girls in the province. It’s a really good experience and I’m ready for this tournament, and I think it’s going to be good,” said Haller. “It’s playing at the next level past high school. Even the selection process has been a huge plus for me.”
Haller is going into Grade 12 in the fall, where western nationals will be a solid stepping stone for her to add veteran leadership in the 2019 version of the W.R. Myers Rebels varsity girls rugby team.
“It is really fun to play at the next level. If we get even more girls out and make the Alberta team, it will make them even better,” said Haller. “Experiencing and growing with rugby at the next level is good.”