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Senior Girls Rugby
Tigers knock off Wildcats, advance to Tier 2 rugby final
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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

The 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.

After 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.

Cairine 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.

Barley 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.

Unfortunately, Ali Cunningham's convert attempt sailed wide which left the Tigers trailing by two, down 7-5.

Cunningham would get a second chance early in the second half, but her 25- metre goal kick barely missed wide left.

It 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.

Anna 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 try.

Tiana Cornfield came in to attempt the convert and easily split the uprights to make the score 12-7 in favour of the Tigers.

Needing 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.

With 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.

Tigers' 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.

"I'll 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."

'(Posted 5:30 p.m., May 30)


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