ARFC’s Ashlyn Smith busts through the Comox defence during rugby action in November. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford Rugby Football Club women continue undefeated streak

Five ARFC products also heading to Dubai

The Abbotsford Rugby Football Club women are flying high heading into the holiday break.

The women have an undefeated season going so far this year with a record of 7-0.

They started off the season with a hard-fought victory against Meralomas Club. The game went back and forth and on the last play of the game center Natalie Teteris crashed through the backline and scored under the posts to win the game.

The next four games were very one-sided games with Abbotsford scoring 244 points and only allowing 68. Abby then hosted the second place Comox RFC on Nov. 4, and despite missing several players due to injury, picked up the 51-42 win.

They finished off the first half of the season with a dominant 92-7 win over Cowichan on Nov. 25.

The team has a mix of youth with graduated local high school stars Shalaya Valenzuela, Alex Motoc and Ashlyn Smith. There are also veterans Jerusha Dunsmore, who has played in over 300 games for the ARFC, Stephanie Wiebe and Elyssa Phillipson.

The second half of the regular season continues for the team in 2018, with playoffs kicking off in April.

In other local rugby news, five Abbotsford products are representing Canada at the Dubai 7s tournament this week.

Bateman grads Justin Douglas, Jared Douglas and Jake Thiel, along with Clayton Meeres are all suiting up for the men, who open the event today (Friday). The men take on Kenya, Uganda and South Africa today, and the playoffs run on Saturday.

Abbotsford Senior Secondary grad Tausani Levale suited up for the women’s side on Thursday against Spain, Ireland and Fiji. The women won all three games, and Levale recorded her first career 7s try during the team’s 31-0 win over Ireland. The women continue today with a game against France, and then the playoffs later in the day.

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