Williams Lake rugby players Emma Pfleiderer (from left)

Williams Lake rugby players Emma Pfleiderer (from left)

Trio helps win Western Championship

Williams Lake’s Carleigh Walters, Emma Pfleiderer and Laura Pfleiderer helped B.C.'s under-18 women's rugby team to a Western Championship.

The Prairie Wolfpack gave Team BC’s under-18 women’s rugby club all they could handle, but B.C. — armed with Williams Lake’s Carleigh Walters, Emma Pfleiderer and Laura Pfleiderer — persevered to capture the Western Championship.

The tournament, held July 31 and Aug. 2 in Kelowna, featured a two-game series between the two sides with the overall points winner being awarded the championship.

All-star representatives were selected from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba to form the Prairie Wolfpack, while Walters, Emma and Laura were selected based off their performances at BC Rugby selection camps earlier this summer.

The Wolfpack struck first during day one of the competition, winning 27-20.

B.C. answered back the following day, however, taking a 25-17 victory to win the overall points race by a razor-thin margin, 45-44.

“[The] games were good battles,” Walters said. “Great end to end action, contribution from all team members, several excellent steals, solid tackles and a few nail-biting try line stands.”

The Western Championship also featured senior women, under-18 men and under-16 men’s divisions where each of the B.C. squads emerged triumphant.

The lakecity trio will now have their sights set on an upcoming challenge match against an under-19 team from the U.S. on Aug. 20.