The University of Regina Cougars are well prepared after an intense 2015-2016 preparation under the watchful eye of Ex International Canadian 15s & 7s Player Julie Foster. Coach Foster has been putting her girls through the paces since September and she feels strongly that her squad is ready to achieve great things this year!
"I am very proud of the commitment level of the core of this team. We are into our 4th year of the program and we have 20-30 players competing for spots. Although we can only take 12 players to The National Championship in Vancouver the remainder of the team is extremely supportive and positive." Overall this years team is a lot stronger, fitter, and most importantly mentally prepared then previous seasons.
She feels her team is complete except for her starting flyhalf Payton Kuster who recently suffered a bad ankle sprain which will keep her out of the side this season.
Of the players to watch in the Cougar program this year Mackenzie Grad (Regina, SK) is a dynamic forward that has great aerobic base and works extremely hard each moment she's on the field. We will be looking for Mack to lead us up front and use her workrate to put pressure on the opposition.
We were fortunate to welcome back Moanda Anglo into the program this semester after her time centralized with the national team in Victoria this past fall. She has international speed which we need at this level. Moanda can literally score from anywhere!
Lastly our top all around player is Jeri Schirr who has been in the program for sometime. Jeri plays a very composed style of 7s. We will be looking for Jeri to lead us throughout the tournament with her exciting pace, skill, and energy. She is strong both on defence at sweeper tracking anyone done, and on attack I believe she is the most dangerous player in this tournament..