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UPEI's Brinten Comeau wins AUS rugby rookie of the year

Brinten Comeau is in her first season with the UPEI Panthers rugby team.
Brinten Comeau is in her first season with the UPEI Panthers rugby team. - UPEI Athletics

Lauren Sheidow, Alysha Corrigan makes all-star team

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – First-year UPEI Panthers flanker Brinten Comeau took home the rookie of the year award at the recent Atlantic University Sport (AUS) women’s rugby awards in Halifax.

The arts student-athlete from Halifax played in all six regular season games and the AUS semifinal, finishing as UPEI’s leading scorer with six tries for 30 points, good for eighth overall in conference scoring.

She was also named to the AUS all-star team along with teammate and fifth-year second row/lock Lauren Sheidow from Summerside.

Comeau served as team captain of the Charles P. Allen High School team for two seasons.

She joins current Panthers centre Anneke Dykerman and former standout Ashley MacDonald, who won in 2015 and 2004, respectively, as the other UPEI athletes to win the AUS rookie of the year.

Charlottetown native and former Panthers centre Alysha Corrigan, now with Acadia, was also named to the all-star team.

Award winners

Players name to the AUS women’s rugby all-star team Friday in Halifax, N.S.

Front Row/Prop - Valerie Wideski, Acadia (1st year, Richmond, B.C.); Joanna Alphonso, St. FX (5th year, Ajax, Ont.).

Front Row/Hooker - Sarah Boudreau, Acadia (4th year, Middle Sackville, N.S.)

Second Row/Lock - Taryn McLachlan, Acadia (2nd year, Batawa, Ont.); Lauren Sheidow, UPEI (5th year, Summerside).

Back Row/Flanker - Laura Pfleiderer, Acadia (3rd year, Williams Lake, N.S.); Brinten Comeau, UPEI 1st year, Halifax, N.S.).

Back Row/#8 - Olivia DeMerchant, St. FX (5th year, Bedell, N.B.).

Scrum Half - Alison Blanchard, St. FX (5th year, Herring Cove, N.S.).

Fly Half/Stand Off - Gillian Bergsma, Acadia (5th year, Delhi, Ont.)

Centre - Alysha Corrigan, Acadia (5th year, Charlottetown); Centre - Sarah Hoerig, St. FX (2nd year, Whitby, Ont.)

Winger - Monique Coffey, Acadia (3rd year, Ethelbert, Man.); Carleigh Walters, St. FX (3rd year, Williams Lake, B.C.).

Fullback - Elish Redshaw, Saint Mary’s (2nd year, Point Edward, N.S.).

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