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Senior Boys Rugby
St. Peter Knights recapture senior boys rugby crown
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Members of the St. Peter Knights senior boys rugby team pose after winning the city championship on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo


The St. Peter Knights are city champs once again after downing the Glebe Gryphons 35-12 in the senior boys OFSAA rugby championship on Thursday.

The Knights relinquished their hold on the championship in 2011 after a five year reign. For many players on the team, including co-captains John Shaw and Ben Amoah, this was their last chance to win the crown and earn a trip to the provincial championship.

The Knights went into the championship final as heavy favourites having won 10 games in a row including the prestigious Rothesay Netherwood Rugbyfest in New Briunswick.

They lived up to their advance billing by scoring four tries in the first half to Glebe's one. They would add three more in the second half to take an insurmountable 35-5 lead. Glebe would add a converted try late in the game, but by then it was already a forgone conclusion.

Seniors Jarryd Rushford and James Haggerty scored two tries each, while Jelani Paul, Francisco Lazaro and Pat Fitzgerald all add singles.

After the game Knights head coach LeeAnn Napiorkowski said they finished the season the way they started, as a team.

"We trained hard all week and we finished hard," said Nap.

In the post game interview, Shaw and Amoah echoed the sentiments of their fellow seniors on the team who were grateful for getting the chance to bring the city championship back to St. Pete's.

"It's huge for me. All my brothers got it in their year and to win it in my last year is huge," said Shaw.

"This is a great accomplishment in my life. After four years (including junior) this is something we really wanted to accomplish together and we did," Amoah added.

The Knights won't have much time to rest on their laurels. The AAA/AAAA OFSAA provincial championships begin next Wednesday at Twin Elm Park in Ottawa.

(Posted 7:30 a.m., May 31)

 

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