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Varsity Rugby
Tables turned on Tigers in Tier 1 girls rugby final
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

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 Sherwin/Photo

Call 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.

West 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.

The second half was played almost entirely in the Tigers' half except for the equalizer.

Lauryn Clark managed to break through the Wolves defence on an excellent run to get the ball inside the 22 metre line.

Several 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.

With 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.

With 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.

The 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.

"They clearly wanted it more than we did," said Cunningham."They came out with more heart and they wanted it more."

If anything Wednesday's final result proved that revenge can be a powerful motivator.

(Posted 7:30 a.m., May 30)


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