Ontario Blues 2020 Senior Women's Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 27th, 2020
(WHITBY, ON) - Rugby Ontario is pleased to announce the 2020 Ontario Senior Blues Women’s Program details and schedule. The Senior Blues season begins with two regional trial sessions on Saturday, March 7th at the Whitby Dome, and Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex. There will also be another regional trial session at both locations on March 28th. Trials are open to all women born in 2001 or earlier.
“The Rugby Ontario High Performance Program is very excited for the upcoming 2020 Senior Women's Provincial Season” said Paul Connelly, Rugby Ontario’s High-Performance Manager. “The change in program structure to a "Regional" model during the evaluation phase (Eastern and Western), has increased the number of players training at an elite level.”
The Program will be led by coaches Jackie Tittley and Darrell Devine and will field both a Senior XV and a Development Team, engaging over 48 athletes. Both sides will compete at the Eastern Canadian Rugby Championships hosted by Quebec this June.
“Provincial rugby is an important part of the player pathway,” said Jackie Tittley. “Darrell and I are excited to build on the successes of the regionalized program last year, to expose more athletes to the next level and to work with the high caliber athletes that this province has to offer.”
“By selecting a Senior Blues and a Blues Developmental team to represent the province at the Eastern Canadian Rugby Championships, we can increase the standard of competition for our athletes, providing an excellent platform where they can be evaluated by National Team coaches and selectors,” said Paul Connelly.
All athletes who plan to attend the regional trials must be registered with a Rugby Ontario Member Club prior to the event. To register for an upcoming trial date, click here
2020 SENIOR BLUES WOMEN’S PROGRAM SCHEDULE
Saturday, March 7th – First Regional Trials
Whitby Dome 1pm – 3pm (West Trial)
Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex 12pm – 2pm (East Trial)
Saturday, March 28th – Second Regional Trials
Whitby Dome 6pm – 8pm (West Trial)
Kingston 1000 Islands Sportsplex 11am – 1pm (East Trial)
Sunday, April 26th
Exhibition Match: 11am – 3pm (University of Ottawa)
Sunday, May 10th
Exhibition Match: 12pm – 5pm (University of Ottawa)
Tuesday, May 12th
Saturday, May 16th – Sunday, May 17th
Training Camp (Durham College)
Friday, June 12th – Sunday, June 14th
Eastern Canadian Championships (Quebec City)
ABOUT THE ONTARIO BLUES
The Ontario Blues program is the high performance representative program for male and female rugby players in Ontario. Rugby Ontario is represented at the provincial level by the Ontario Blues. The program includes representative teams from Under-15 to Senior in both Women’s and Men’s Fifteens and Under-18 Men's and Women's Sevens. Specifically, the program is designed to develop and showcase rugby players for Canadian representative national teams.
ABOUT RUGBY ONTARIO
Rugby Ontario is the provincial sports governing body responsible for the organization of rugby in Ontario. Our mission is to establish a stronger identity for rugby in Ontario by promoting the sport’s core values and by fostering a culture of inclusiveness and excellence on and off the field of play.
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