St. Peter Knights successfully defend AAA rugby crown
By Fred Sherwin
St. Peter Knights celebrate after winning
the NCSSAA AAA senior girls rugby championship
for the second year in a row on Tuesday. Fred
St. Peter Knights varsity girls rugby team successfully
defended their AAA senior girls title on Thursday, grinding
out a 10-5 win over the Ashbury Colts.
final was a far cry from their regular season ending match-up
last week which the Knights easily won 17-3. The Colts
made several key adjustments on defence and kicked the
ball deep more hoping St. Peter's backs would have trouble
handling the ball.
latter strategy led to the Colts only try of the game
in the first half and very nearly resulted in a second
score in the second half if not for St. Peter's ability
to keep the Colts out of the goal area.
Knights opened the scoring with a try by Carolyn Williams
midway through the first half that was set up by a great
open field run by co-captain Erin McCallan.
only took the Colts seven minutes to respond with a try
from Sarah Peters off a mall from about 10 metres out
Colts very threatened to score again late in the first
half, but the Knights were equal to the task forcing Ashbury
to attempt a penalty kick from just inside the 22-metre
line that came up short.
5-5 draw stood up until late in the game when the Knights
managed to get the ball deep into Colts territory. Rachel
McCallan took the ball off a ruck inside the 22-metre
line and spun a pass out to Vanessa Macias who powered
her way inside 10 metres with an Ashbury player hanging
from her shoulders. The ball eventually made it out to
CO-captain Merrit Blair on the left flank who crossed
the goal line and into touch for the go-ahead try.
the second year in a row that the Knights have beaten
the Colts in the final. Both teams will know be going
to the OFSAA provincial championships in Hamilton where
St. Peter will be hoping to earn a medal.
co-captains, Blair an McCallan are thrilled to be going
to OFSAA for the second year in a row. The two girls have
been with the team since Grade 9, along with Kristen Hale.
is what we've been working for since we first made the
team in Grade 9. To win back-to-back championships is
incredible," Blair said after the game.
creating a legacy that will hopefully last for a few more
years," added McCallan.
Pat Thompson said his team knew they would have their
work cut out for themselves against the Colts in a game
that could have gone either way.
Ashbury I wouldn't have expected anything else. They made
a couple of adjustments from the last game which really
made it tough for us, but we found a way to win,"
said Thompson. "I think the difference was our leadership
from our captains and our senior players."
the day's earlier game for the AA championship, the Holy
Trinity Tornadoes beat the St. Matthew Tigers 17-5 in
a game that was tied 5-5 until the 10 minute mark of the
to Tigers coach Linda Hamilton, her team couldn't match
the Tornadoes' fitness and began to run out of gas as
the second half wore on.
Tigers lone try was scored by Lauren Clark. St. Matthew
has been to the finals three years in a row. The last
two were in Tier 1.
7 a.m., May 28)
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