MONTREAL - Amandra Mongeon of the McGill Martlets has earned CIS all-Canadian honours in women's rugby. The 24-year-old physiology senior from Ile-Bizard, Que., better known as "Mandy", plays primarily at the No.8 position and scored three tries in six games.
It marks the sixth time that a member of the Martlets has merited All-Canadian honours. Previous McGill honourees include Laura Belvedere (twice: 2005, 2006), Julia Leonard (2004), Araba Chintoh (2003) and Patricia Jaworski (2003).
Guelph's Jacey Murphy of Alliston, Ont., was named CIS player of the year in women's rugby. Other CIS major award winners announced during the All-Canadian Banquet in Peterborough, Ont., were UBC's Megan Hamm of Aldergrove, B.C., who was named rookie of the year; St. Francis Xavier's Jamee George of Brandon, Man., who received the Student-Athlete Community Service Award; and Concordia's Graeme McGravie, who was chosen coach of the year, an award presented by Coaches of Canada.
The CIS women's rugby championship, hosted for the first time by Trent University, gets under way Thursday and culminates Sunday with the gold-medal final at 2 p.m. All nine games from the competition will be webcast by SSN Canada (available at www.cis-sic.ca or www.ssncanada.ca).
Joining Mongeon, Murphy and Hamm on the all-Canadian squad were conference most valuable players Beukeboom, Tittley and Willoughby, AUS rookie of the year Magali Harvey, as well as StFX prop Asya Bartley of Ottawa, Guelph centre Britt Benn of Napanee, Ont., Alberta fullback Karlee Carbert of Edmonton, Victoria eight man Jesse Olynyk of Kamloops, B.C., Laval centre Élie Papineau of Sainte-Croix, Que., McMaster centre Natasha Turner of Rockcliffe, Ont., Lethbridge prop Brandi Van Eeuwen of Duncan, B.C., and Queen's eight man Ashley Ward of Barrie, Ont. Tittley and Benn were both selected for the third straight year.
2010 CIS WOMEN'S RUGBY AWARDS & ALL-CANADIANS
Position Athlete University Year Hometown Faculty
Prop: Asya Bartley StFX 3 Ottawa, Ont. Human Kinetics
Centre: Britt Benn Guelph 3 Napanee, Ont. Arts
No.8: Tyson Beukeboom StFX 2 Uxbridge, Ont. Human Kinetics
Fullback: Karlee Carbert Alberta 4 Edmonton, Alta. PE Recreation
Scrumhalf Megan Hamm UBC 1 Aldergrove, B.C. Human Kinetics
Fullback: Magali Harvey StFX 1 Quebec City, Que. BBA
No.8: Amandra Mongeon McGill 4 Ile Bizard, Que. Physiology
No.8: Jacey Murphy Guelph 4 Alliston, Ont. Agriculture
No.8: Jesse Olynyk Victoria 3 Kamloops, B.C. Social Sciences
Centre: Élie Papineau Laval 4 Sainte-Croix, Que. Business Admin
Centre: Jackie Tittley Concordia 3 Kirkland, Que. Leisure Studies
Centre: Natasha Turner McMaster 4 Rockcliffe, Ont. Arts & Science
Prop: Brandi Van Eeuwen Lethbridge 3 Duncan, B.C. Nursing
No.8: Ashley Ward Queen's 5 Barrie, Ont. Conservative Ed.
Flanker: Kelsey Willoughby Lethbridge 2 Lethbridge, Alta. Education
Player of the year: Jacey Murphy, Guelph
Rookie of the year: Megan Hamm, UBC
Student-Athlete Community Service Award: Jamee George, StFX
Coach of the year, presented by Coaches of Canada: Graeme McGravie, Concordia
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