Merritt Barbarannes win Interior Ladies Cup

By on August 2, 2017
The Merritt Barbarannes: (back row, left to right) coach Ryan Reid, Aliyah Rodominski, Kara Ware, Jen Reid, Cara Hayward-Farmer, Jess Sulz, Hailey Grenon, Stacey Charlton (from Castlegar), Jamie Neill, (front row) Emma Ferch, Kalea Palmer, Erica Martindale, Emma Graham, Kalea Nokleby, Kelsey Winters (from Kamloops), Taylor Wolinski-Keen (from Castlegar), and Lenaic Madevon (from Penticton). Missing: Keisha Henry. (Ian Webster/Herald).


The Merritt Barbarannes ladies rugby team ran roughshod over their opposition on the weekend in Penticton to win the inaugural Interior 7s Ladies Cup.

With a sufficient number of players to actually field a pair of teams in the two-day competition, both Merritt sides went undefeated in a series of mini-games against opponents from Vernon and the Elk Valley in the Kootenays.

Coached by Ryan Reid, the Barbarannes’ teams were comprised mostly of former and current Merritt Secondary School players, including Reid’s wife, Jen Hodson, who played on the very first MSS female rugby team back in the 90s.

Other notable alumni from years gone by included current MSS female rugby coach Erica Martindale (nee Huber), Cara Hayward-Farmer (nee Lamont), Hailey Grenon (nee Levesque), Kalea Nokleby, Jess Sulz, Kara Ware, Emma Graham and Aliyah Rodominski, as well as recent graduates Keisha Henry, Emma Ferch and Kalea Palmer.

“We were extremely pleased with our Merritt Barbarannes representation in Penticton,” said Martindale. “The whole weekend was a blast!”

Rugby practices for all interested female players continue on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7 p.m. at Voght Park. Everyone is welcome.

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