knock off Wildcats, advance to Tier 2 rugby final
St. Matthew Tiger Courtney Rego gets taken
down by a Cairine Wilson defender during the
senior girls Tier 2 East Conference rugby
final on Tuesday. The Tigers won the game
12-7 and will now face West Carleton in the
city championship on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
St. Matthew Tigers are one win away from the Tier 2 senior
girls rugby championship after downing the Cairine Wilson
Wildcats 12-7 in the East Conference final on Tuesday.
giving up an early converted try to their north Orléans
rivals, the Tigers dominated the rest of the match, scoring
tries in each of the first and second halves.
Wilson opened the game with a spirited possession that
ended with Andrea Dunkerley carrying the ball over the
goal line for the opening try. Rachel Andelfotto's convert
would give the Wildcats the early 7-0 lead.
10 minutes later, the Tigers worked the ball down to the
Wildcats' five metre line but they couldn't get it across.
They tried twice more, getting the ball to within a metre
of the goal line on the third attempt, before Anna Pakenham
finally got it across on their fourth chance.
Ali Cunningham's convert attempt sailed wide which left
the Tigers trailing by two, down 7-5.
would get a second chance early in the second half, but
her 25- metre goal kick barely missed wide left.
wasn't until the 14 minute mark of the second half that
the Tigers managed to put together a sustained run from
midfield that ended in the go ahead try.
Pakenham started the possession before passing the ball
off to Maggie MacDonald who tossed it back to Lauryn Clark
who then handed it to Becka Brennan who broke in for the
Cornfield came in to attempt the convert and easily split
the uprights to make the score 12-7 in favour of the Tigers.
a goal kick to steal the win, the Wildcats tried to go
on the offensive in the time remaining, but more often
then not the Tigers had possession of the ball, or kept
the Wildcats pinned into their own end.
the win, the Tigers remain undefeated and must now face
West Carleton in the NCSSAA final on Thursday. The Wolves
downed a determined Holy Trinity team 19-14 in the West
Conference final and are also undefeated.
coach Linda Cunningham says she has never seen their opponents.
As for her own team, she says she has taught them all
they need to know by now, the rest is up to them.
do some coaching during the game, but if they don't know
what they need to do by now there's not much I can teach
them between now and Thursday that's going to help,"
says Cunningham. "I know they'll do well and we'll
see that happens."
5:30 p.m., May 30)
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