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Varsity Girls Rugby
Fourth time's the charm for St. Peter's female ruggers
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The 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.

The 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 this year.

The 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.

They 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.

The 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.

The 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.

It's the Knights first win over the Colrs since Pat Thompson took over as head coach in 2008.

"The 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."

With the win, the Knights earned a trip to the OFSAA provincial championships which get underway in Waterloo on Monday.

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

 

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