Langford, BC – Canada Women's Sevens head coach John Tait has announced his roster for the second round of the 2013-14 Women's Sevens World Series taking place in Atlanta, Ga. February 15-16.
At the opening round in Dubai, key injuries forced Tait to tinker with his lineup and dress a relatively young and inexperienced team. That will not be the case in Atlanta as Tait is happy to welcome back two of his most important players.
The returns of Jen Kish and Mandy Marchak highlight a very experienced roster which has 11 of the 12 players that won silver at last summer's World Cup. Marchak finished third in WSWS scoring last year while Kish was nominated for IRB Women's Sevens Player of the Year. After finishing up rehab stints with the Maple Leafs development team, both players are fully healthy and will once again be two of Canada's biggest weapons.
"They attract multiple defenders because they are so tough one on one, which creates time and space for others," said Tait. "Both are also tough defenders who create a lot of turnovers for us to attack off of."
Tait says Marchak looks ready to have a big impact in Atlanta. That is encouraging news for the team, as despite missing the tournament in Dubai, Marchak remains third all-time in WSWS scoring with 94 points.
Going back to Guangzhou in March of last year, Canada has finished in the top four in three straight WSWS tournaments. They finished last season third in the overall standings. They then followed that up with a second place finish at the World Cup. It's the type of consistency Tait is looking for; it also allows him to try new things.
"We have introduced some new structures on attack and defence that will take some time to hone, especially under pressure of competition," said Tait. "We need to keep building them throughout each match and over the course of the season."
Also being introduced to the Women's National Team is 19-year-old Paige Farries, who will make her national team debut in Atlanta. The native of Red Deer, Alberta is a recent graduate of the U-20 program and over the last three months has played in three tournaments with the Maple Leafs, leaving a good impression on the head coach.
"Paige has all the tools," said Tait. "She has shown a lot of glimpses of what she can do with her size and speed in scrimmages these past few months. Once she marries that physical potential she has shown with some consistency in her play, she could be a real weapon for us in the future."
Joining Farries, Kish and Marchak on the team are Arielle Dubissette-Borrice, Bianca Farella, Magali Harvey, Ghislaine Landry, Kayla Moleschi, Karen Paquin, Kelly Russell, Ashley Steacy and Brttany Waters. After missing out on Dubai, Harvey and Waters have pushed themselves back into form and will provide a spark either starting or coming off the bench.
Canada will be grouped with Australia, China and the United States in Pool A.
All games from the WSWS stop in Atlanta will be streamed LIVE at wsws.irb.com.
Canada's Women's Sevens Roster for Atlanta Sevens – Name, (Club) Hometown
Arielle Dubissette-Borrice, (Toronto Scottish RFC) Toronto, ON
Bianca Farella, (Town of Mount Royal RFC) Montreal, QC
Paige Farries (Druid RFC) Red Deer, AB
Magali Harvey, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Jennifer Kish, (Edmonton Rockers RFC) Edmonton, AB (Captain)
Ghislaine Landry, (Toronto Scottish RFC) Toronto, ON
Mandy Marchak, (Capilano RFC) Winnipeg, MB
Kayla Moleschi, (Williams Lake Rustlers) Williams Lake, BC
Karen Paquin, (Club de Rugby Quebec) Quebec City, QC
Kelly Russell, (Toronto Nomads) Bolton, ON
Ashley Steacy, (Lethbridge Rugby Club) Lethbridge, AB
Brittany Waters, (Meraloma Athletic Club) Vancouver, BC
Canada's Women's Sevens Staff
Head Coach: John Tait
Assistant Coach: Sandro Fiorino
Performance Analyst: Ben Herring
Athletic Therapist: Sandeep Nandhra
Strength and Conditioning: Tyler Goodale
Manager: Meaghan Howat