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(Posted: 1 p.m., April 30)
Local high school teams shine in New Brunswick rugbyfest
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Four area high school rugby teams spent the past weekend rucking and malling in the pretigious Rothesay Netherwood Rugbyfest tournament in St. John, N.B. and managed to come away with two gold medal and a silver.

The St. Peter Knights senior girls team won their third straight Rugbyfest championship with a 5-0 victory over Avon View High School on Sunday with Emily Gray scoring the lone try of the game.

Their biggest test of the tournament came in their second round robin game against King's-Edgehill Private School from Windsor, Nova Scotia, when they managed to come back from a 17-7 deficit with three minutes to go to win the contest 19-17. Rachel McCallan and Quinn Durand both scored tries to tie the score and then Gray kicked the winning convert to put them over the top.

The girls team won their other two games with relative easy topping Kennebecasis Valley High School 30-0 in their opening match and Fundy High School 35-5 in their final round robin game.

The Knights senior boys team tried their hardest to defend the title they won last year but fell a try short in their championship match against Three Oaks Senior High from Summerside, P.E.I., losing 10-5. with team captain Jarryd Rushford scoring the lone try.

The Knights opened the festival with an impressive 30-0 win over Avon View on Friday, but then had a tough time getting by Hampton High School 10-5 on Saturday morning. They did manage to boune back to paste Fredericton High School 35-5 in their afternoon match-up, but failed to build on the win against Three Oaks.

St. Matttew High School also sent their boys and girls teams to New Brunswick. The boys team managed to capture the C-Division title, winning all three of their games, while the girls did the school proud going against stiff competition in the B-Division. They won their opening game 10-0, but had trouble scoring in their remaining two games losing 3-0 and 7-5.

The local high school season is scheduled to begin next week with action across the city.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)

 

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