2011 Canada West women's rugby major awards and all-stars announced
Source: Canada West Communication / Photo credit Lethbridge Athletics
EDMONTON – After scoring five tries during the four-game
conference season, University of Lethbridge Pronghorns flanker /
lock Kelsey Willoughby has been voted Canada West women’s
rugby Most Valuable Player for a second consecutive year.
“Kelsey has improved upon her stellar play from last year’s MVP performance,” said Pronghorns head coach Neil Langevin. “The flanker has been a dynamic force on attack and defence. She combines the rare ability of being able to battle up close and then explode for long offensive runs. “
Willoughby, who scored five tries for 25 points and helped the Horns to a 4-0-0 record in her third year with the team, was Canada West MVP in 2010 and took conference Rookie of the Year honours in 2009. She also makes a third appearance on the All-Star team, has been named to the CIS All-Tournament team twice and was an All-Canadian in 2010. In November, she will make her third trip to CIS Nationals, having previously won a gold medal (2009).
Pronghorns fullback Kayla Moleschi had an outstanding freshman campaign and has been selected Rookie of the Year. The Williams Lake, B.C. product, a member of the Canadian Senior 7’s team along with Willoughby, scored five tries during the conference season, tying for fourth in league scoring with 25 points. Moleschi also scored the first try in the Horns’ Canada West gold medal victory vs. Alberta on Sunday.
“Kayla has electrified crowds with her dynamic play in attack and defence,” said head coach Neil Langevin “The diminutive fullback is an all-round force. With hands of glue she catches everything that comes her way. He running and passing ability have helped teammates and make her a constant threat.”
Jovita Byzitter of the Calgary Dinos has won the Student Athlete Community Service Award.
Second-year Calgary sideline boss Simon Chi was voted Coach of the Year by his peers after leading the Dinos to a 2-2-0 record and a playoff spot after the team went 0-4-0 in the team’s first two seasons.
Willoughby and Moleschi and four other Pronghorns were named to the all-conference squad, while the Alberta Pandas placed four on the roster, the Calgary Dinos and UBC two apiece and Victoria one.
Repeat All-stars include Willoughby, Laura Murphy-Burke and Brandi Van Eeuwen (Leth), Chelsea Guthrie and Louis Chavarie (AB), Abby Goodwin (UVic) and 2010 CIS Rookie of the Year, UBC’s Megan Hamm. For 2008 CIS Rookie of the Year Van Eeuwen this is her fourth All-Star selection.
Following is a list of women’s rugby Awards & All-Stars:
Most Valuable Player: Kelsey Willoughby,
Rookie of the Year: Kayla Moleschi, Lethbridge
Student Athlete/Community Service: Jovita Byzitter, Calgary
Coach of the Year: Simon Chi, Calgary
Brandi Van Eeuwen, Lethbridge
Samantha Crandell, Calgary
Carmen Hobbs, Alberta
Louise Chavarie, Alberta
Abby Goodwin, Victoria
Kelsey Willoughby, Lethbridge
Paniz Pahlavanlu, UBC
Juhee Thompson, Lethbridge
Megan Hamm, UBC
Laura Murphy-Burke, Lethbridge
Brynna Walker, Calgary
Chelsea Guthrie, Alberta
Kayla Moleschi, Lethbridge
Cassandra Orr, Lethbridge
Alanna Fittes, Alberta
The Canada West champion Lethbridge Pronghorns will now move on to the CIS championship, November 3-6 at Trent University in Peterborough, Ont.
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