Fourth time's the charm for St. Peter's female ruggers
St. Peter Knights varsity girls rugby team ended two streaks
on Tuesday and in the process walked away with the OFSAA
city championship for the first time in four tries.
Knights knew that to win the championship they would have
to go through the Ashbury Colts, a team that has owned
them for the past four years including two previous meetings
Knights game plan going into the final was to use their
physical superiority to their advantage by dictating the
pace and not allowing the Colts to build any momentum.
stuck to their game plan to perfection leading to their
opening try in the first half on 25 yard run by Rachel
Radu who broke two tackles before crossing the try line.
They would add another try before the end of the opening
half on an unusual play by captain Catherine Belanger.
provincial U17 member was attempting to chip the ball
over a defender with a putch kick when it struck the upright
on the goal posts and ricocheted back into her hands.
Everyone hesitated for a fraction of a second on the play,
which allowed Belanger to run the ball in for the try.
Colts would get one try back midway through the second
half, but that would be as close as they would get as
the Knights successfully slowed the play down and ran
out the clock for the win.
the Knights first win over the Colrs since Pat Thompson
took over as head coach in 2008.
rivalry has been pretty fierce for the past four years,"
said Thompson. "We're a physically stronger team
and we had to use that to our advantage especially in
the first half. We were quite disciplined and stuck to
our game plan. We played with a lot of heart and a lot
of passion and I think that was the differnece."
the win, the Knights earned a trip to the OFSAA provincial
championships which get underway in Waterloo on Monday.
7:30 a.m., May 30)
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