Tables turned on Tigers in Tier 1 girls rugby final
The St. Matthew Tigers' Claire Keenan finds
some open space in the Tigers 14-7 loss to
the West Carelton Wolves in the varisty girls
Tier 1 rugby championship on Wednesday. Fred
them the artful dodgers. The St. Matthew Tigers varsity
girls rugby team were able to dodge several bullets in
their Tier 1 championship final against West Carleton
on Wednesday, but they couldn't dodge them all as the
Wolves managed to win the game on a last minute try.
Carleton scored their first try late in the first half
when when Jenny Vig managed to touch a pouch kick into
the goal area before the Tigers could gain control of
the ball. Chelsea Hay would add the convert to make the
score 7-0 in favour of Wolves.
second half was played almost entirely in the Tigers'
half except for the equalizer.
Clark managed to break through the Wolves defence on an
excellent run to get the ball inside the 22 metre line.
attempts at getting the ball over the try line finally
ended with Maggie McDonald scoring just under the uprights
to set up a straight-on convert by Tiana Cornfield.
the score tied at seven, the Wolves stepped up their intensity
and were soon knocking at the door, but every attempt
to score was thwarted by mental mistakes that led to knock
on calls on three straight possessions included one as
the Wolves player was trying to touch the ball down in
the goal area.
five minutes left to play, the game had to be suspended
for 40 minues due to lightning. When the action eventually
resumed, the Wolves once again went on the offensive.
Their aggressive play eventually paid off in the game
winning try by Joanne Callow.
final was a repeat of the last year's Tier 2 championship
which the Tigers won 7-0. Head coach Linda Cunningham
said the difference in this year's game was desire.
clearly wanted it more than we did," said Cunningham."They
came out with more heart and they wanted it more."
anything Wednesday's final result proved that revenge
can be a powerful motivator.
7:30 a.m., May 30)
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