If experience is fuel and youth a spark, we can expect a bonfire out of Calgary RATH this season. Anchored by Team Canada members Abbey Van Roekel, Dallas Robbins, Barb Bautista and Bobbi Mattson, there is a deep pool of leadership. Of the new faces from last year, there is previous NRL experience in Alyssa Bosch and Lindsey Lovse. The rookies include players fresh off a Canada Games season, with international experience from Canada’s junior National Team: Emily Webb, Christianne Varty, Carolina Romeo and Breanna Beck. A strong core of veterans rounds out the roster, consisting of Lindsay Veale, Meagan Dyck, Sarah Beaton, Tanya Twerdy and Ainsley Kerr. This group will definitely be looking to keep the momentum from last season’s bronze medal win. Behind the bench Cliff Lawrick and Paul Geddes reprise their dynamic duo act, with Will Hoes assisted by Noel Cronin attacking the managerial roles.
RATH faces a challenging schedule off the start, with just one home stand before Christmas.The first test comes against perennial powerhouse Prairie Fire, and then its back to Winnipeg to face the energetic Jets. Calgary RATH will have a good measuring stick in these first few games to find out how they stack up in the competitive western conference.