St. Peter Knights recapture senior boys rugby crown
Members of the St. Peter Knights senior boys
rugby team pose after winning the city championship
on Thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
St. Peter Knights are city champs once again after downing
the Glebe Gryphons 35-12 in the senior boys OFSAA rugby
championship on Thursday.
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.
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.
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.
Jarryd Rushford and James Haggerty scored two tries each,
while Jelani Paul, Francisco Lazaro and Pat Fitzgerald
all add singles.
the game Knights head coach LeeAnn Napiorkowski said they
finished the season the way they started, as a team.
trained hard all week and we finished hard," said
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.
huge for me. All my brothers got it in their year and
to win it in my last year is huge," said Shaw.
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.
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.
7:30 a.m., May 31)
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