2017 was a year marked by grit and growth for the Assassin women. Setting the foundation for a solid season, the women were pleased to welcome former player and veteran Assassin Catherine “Kiki” Schelander back to the fold as the new Women’s head coach. With the club’s 50th anniversary season in view, the women buckled down for a solid preseason. A strong core of veteran players and a promising crop of rookies tied up their cleats and got muddy alongside the men’s team from the get-go, proving they were willing to work.
The Women started their 2017 season with a bang, defeating Brandon 71-0 in their home opener. The early days of the season also demonstrated the strength and talent of the Assassin Women’s rookies. Filling positions across the field, the rookies proved their grit by digging in and committing to the team with everything they had. As the season progressed, this team attitude would prove crucial as veterans and rookies alike battled it out against injuries and several very strong opposition sides.
50th Anniversary events and team functions provided the Assassin Women with a chance to bond, create memories and connect with alumni and future Assassins alike. During the Triangle Tour, the Assassin women made the best of a no-show by the American women’s teams by playing an excellent game against their sisters from the Saskatoon Kirin and a collection of rugby-ready locals. Continuing their commitment to the club, the women were on hand to celebrate the 50th Anniversary weekend. Highlights included a flag rugby tournament that cumulated with a current player vs. old girl showdown and being the best dressed crew at the 50th Gala Dinner.
Going in to playoffs raked 3rd, the Assassin women once again soundly defeated Brandon in the quarter-finals. They then faced off against the Wanderers RFC on a wet, cold and muddy Saturday semi-final. Down at the half, the women came together in a showcase of determination to scrape out a win in the dying minutes of the game. United and focused, the women set their sights on the Winnipeg Wasps and their first final in 5 years. In the end, it was to be the Wasps’ day. However, the Assassin Women never gave up and never backed down, scoring a try late in the game to prove that it’s not over until the last whistle blows.
Looking forward, the Assassin Women are excited to build on the growth and team attitude they have cultivated as they enter their 25th season. With a group of talented players and a strong coach directing their efforts, there is no telling where the women can go. If 2017 is the year of grit and growth, hopefully 2018 will be the year for grit and glory. Go Assassins Go!