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Coffey continues to shine on the rugby pitch


Dauphin’s Monique Coffey continues to make a name for herself in the world of rugby.
The former Dauphin Clippers star was recently named the Atlantic University Sport Most Valuable Player after helping the Acadia Axewomen to a successful season. This made her a finalist for U Sports Player of the Year.
Coffey played five regular season games and one playoff game as the Axewomen finished second in league play with a 4-2 record, with their only losses coming at the hands of the defending national champion St. FX X-women.
Coffey scored five tries during the regular season for 25 points and added a pair of tries in a playoff win over the UPEI Panthers in the AUS semifinal.
Coffey was also named to the AUS all-star team and was selected to the U SPORTS All-Canadian first all-star team.
Coffey learned of the award the day before the AUS final, which was played Oct. 26 and admitted she was, “very surprised.”
“I had been working hard, but I never really thought about winning an award,” she said.
“I was definitely very proud of myself, too, because it was showing that my hard work was being noticed and paying off.”
Coffey learned she won the award through messages she received while she was at work.
“So I checked my phone when I got off work and I couldn’t believe it. I kind of even forgot that the award existed and was amazed that I got it. Especially with all the competition within the league,” she said.
Coffey feels she has been building on the things she has learned the last couple of years, which led to her success on the pitch.
“I’ve become more comfortable with my position and been taking on more of a leadership role within the team, because of my comfort with my position,” she added.
“Also taking the initiative on and off the field, by being able to direct play more and utilize what I’m good at.”
Coffey feels her game has improved immensely since her days on the pitch with the Clippers.
She started a lot of games in her first year at Acadia, but it was not until her third year when she became a key player within the team.
“And I could really tell the difference, starting in my third year, how much I had improved since the year before that. And then, definitely again this year, coming back from playing rugby in the summer and just developing my skills throughout the year,” she said.
Being named to the All-Canadian team was special, considering all the talent across the country.
“I think that’s amazing that I was able to do that,” she said.
“And it also shows what somebody can do with hard work and drive. Because I’ve been wanting to do the best that I can and be the best that I can do for the past couple years. And it’s showing that my hard work has been getting me there.”
Coffey will be graduating from Acadia this year. She would like to continue playing rugby, but it will depend on where life takes her.
She has applied to attend medical school at McGill University, which does have a women’s university rugby team.
“So if I get into med school and I have the time to do both, I would love to do both. I keep on saying I would love to make Team Canada, so we’ll see what the cards have in store for me,” she said.
“There’s just so many options for me to do and I would love if rugby worked out,” she said.

Doug Zywina