Williams Lake’s Kayla Moleschi is confident she and her Canada Women’s Sevens rugby teammates will show the world what they can do next weekend for the second round of the 2013/14 Women’s Sevens World Series in Atlanta, GA., Feb. 15-16.
The 23-year-old scrum half, after a much enjoyed visit with family and friends back home in Williams Lake over the holidays, returned to Rugby Canada’s training facility in Victoria Jan. 6 in preparation for the tournament.
After a week of training in Victoria the team then travelled to San Diego, CA., for a camp with the U.S. Women’s Sevens team — who will join Team Canada in Pool ‘A’ of the world series — that included live scrimmages, and live practice sets.
“It was a really great camp, and it kind of gave us a look at what they have and it gave them a look at what we have,” Moleschi said.
“It was good to play against them because we don’t always get to play our competition, and they’re in our pool.”
Back in November during round one of the five-round WSWS Canada played to a fourth-place finish. Going back to Guangzhou, China, in March of last year, Canada finished in the top four in three straight WSWS tournaments.
This time, however, Moleschi said she thinks they have the team to potentially go all the way.
“We have a lot to bring to the field,” she said, noting veterans Jen Kish and Mandy Marchak, who missed round one of the world series, will be returning to the team’s lineup this time around.
“When we click we’re explosive. We look so amazing out there, and we make great things happen.”
Following round two in Atlanta the world series then shifts to Brazil from Feb. 21-22, followed by rounds in China in April and Amsterdam in May.
As for how she wants to handle herself on the pitch, Moleschi said she’s looking at things one game at a time.
“I just want to play strong defensively and attack full speed, and don’t let anyone take me down easily,” she said.
“It’s just one game at a time and that’s what is going to get us into good position going into Brazil.”
Also joining Canada in Pool ‘A’ at the tournament will be Australia and China.
All games from the WSWS in Atlanta will be streamed live at wsws.irb.com.