Saskatchewan 53, New Brunswick 5
Saskatchewan's senior women's provincial side were in top form on the opening day of the NWL tournament, recording a nine try performance en route to a 53-5 win over New Brunswick.
Saskatchewan full back Gillian Allen opened the scoring with centre Jenn Skilnick converting. No. 8 Kayla Mack recorded the next try before the floodgates opened for the Prairies side. Julie Paetsch and Kayla Mack recorded two tries a piece before Karlee Isfeld and Caitlin Grant all crossed over to dot down. Skilnick finished the day with eight points after kicking four conversions. Saskatchewan wrap up the day leading Tier Two through point differential against BC.
New Brunswick moves on to play Ontario's U23 provincial side at 11:00am on Friday, July 1st.
British Columbia-U23 49, Ontario-U23 12
Led by Kayla Moleschi's hat trick of tries, British Columbia's Under-23 women's team downed Ontario's U23 squad by a convincing 49-12 score line to open the NWL tournament at UBC this afternoon. BC took a 13-7 lead into half time before exploding in the second frame for a another five tries agains their arch rivals.
"We had a really slow start to the first half," said BC U23 coach Dave Chambers. "We gave away way too many penalties in the first half but in the second we sorted those and were really able to come out and play our game."
Moleschi led all scorers with 15 points through three tries. Loose head prop Chelsey Minter recorded the brace for BC, while singles were notched by Christie Auzins, Christina Bordington, and Megan Hamm. Randi Hunter kicked a total of nine points for BC through three conversions and a penalty.
Rosie Lang recorded Ontario's opening try which was converted by Bronwyn Corrigan. Nikki Stephenson also dotted down for the visitors to round out their 12 points.
BC will now face off against table leaders Saskatchewan on Friday, July 1st at 12:45pm.