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Varsity Girls Rugby
Knights bid for third straight city championship remains on track

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The St. Peter Knights Vanessa Macias pushes her past a Holy Trinity defender on her way to scoring a try late in the second half on Friday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The St. Peter Knights varsity girls rugby team started the season with one simple goal, get back to the provincial championships and compete for the one thing that has eluded them the past three years – an OFSAA medal.

So far so good. On Friday they won their fourth straight game, posting a 40-0 win over the Holy Trinity Titans. It is their third blank slate of the season, and third game in a row in which they have scored at least 40 points.

Co-captain Rachel McCallan scored three tries against the Titans while fellow co-captain Carolyn Williams, Kathleen Haggarty and Vanessa Macias scored one each and Emily Gray was good on five of six convert attempts.

Knights coach Pat Thompson is happy with what he's seen both on and off the field.

"We have a geat back row with Carolyn and Rachel and our nine and 10, Taylor Donato and Emily Gray, are strong as well so we have a lot of dynamic players that can really make a difference," says Thompson. "Our depth is good and were fit enough to play 60 minutes."

The only team that could possibly prevent them from returning to the provincial championships are the Gebe Gryphons, who they'll face in their final pre-season game next week and very likely in the city final. If they play up to form, the Knights should have no trouble winning their third straight city championship.

Winning a medal at the OFSAA provincial championships in Toronto will be a different story. The tournament usually boils down to a battle of attrition with as many as five games in three days.

Thompson believes they have both the experience and the talent to go deep in the competition. How deep and whether they have enough of both to win a medal remains to be seen.

(Posted 8:30 a.m., May 16)

 

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