Knights end season a try shy of OFSAA gold
By Fred Sherwin
St. Peter Knights varsity girls rugby team went to the
provincial AAAA/AAA high school championship in Mississauga
this week looking to improve on their consolation final
win of a year ago.
last year's tournament, the only thing that kept them
from winning a potential medal was a second round upset.
They were determined not to make the same mistake this
year and didn't, cruising through their first three games
and into Wednesday's final.
opened the tournament with a 54-7 win over Medway High
School from London on Monday and followed that up with
a 33-7 victory over Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate Tuesday
morning to advance to the semi-final where they beat John
F. Ross Collegiate from Guelph 17-10.
opponents in the final were the Oakville Trafalgar Red
Devils, who lost a close game in last year's final. They
were determined to win gold, but so were the Knights.
For five of the players on St. Pete's, Wednesday's final
would be their last chance to win an OFSAA gold medal.
Delaney, Carolyn Williams, Lydia Salgo, Emily Gray and
Kathleen Haggarty are all graduating this year. Salgo,
Gray and Haggarty have been with the program for four
knew going in that we had the silver medal in our back
pocket, but our goal was gold," says head coach Pat
two teams were familiar with each other, having trained
together for a couple of days in Oakville in April. Thompson
happens to be friends with Red Devils head coach Dan Valley.
idea was to measures themselves up against their potential
competition. What they learned, after a lopsided loss
to the Red Devils in a scrimmage, was that they needed
to work extra hard in what is a very short (four week)
high school rugby season if they wanted to fulfill their
the end, they came within a try of doing just that.
Red Devils opened the scoring, and by half-time they were
up 12-7. The Knights' lone try was scored by Grace Blunden
with Emily Gray adding the convert.
would add another try early in the second half to extend
their lead to 17-7. Many teams would have accepted their
fate at this point and the silver medal along with it,
but St. Peteer girls had other plans and a loftier goal.
but far from broken, they stormed back to score two unaswered
tries -- the first by Blunden and the second by Haggarty
-- to the game at 17-17. Unfortunately, the match would
turn on an Oakville throw-in with two minutes left which
they took to the wide side of the field and down the wing
for the game-winning score.
Knights did their best to respond with another try, but
the Red Devils were equal to the task and kept them at
bay to solidify the win.
silver medal is the first ever OFSAA medal won by the
St. Peter rugby program, girls or boys, and it's only
the fourth OFSAA medal in school history. The girls basketball
team has won two silver and a bronze.
Knights will be gunning for a third straight city championship
and a return to the OFSAA tournament next year behind
the leadership of Rachel McCallan, who has received an
invitation to try out for Canada's U18 Commonwealth Youth
Sevens team next week along with Donato and Williams.
Peter has long had a tradition of excellence in boys rugby
and football. With a second NCSSAA city championship banner
and an OFSAA banner going up on the gymnasium wall next
year, you can now add girls rugby to that list.
roster: Rachel McCallan, Carolyn Williams,
Lydia Salgo, Vanessa Macias, Rachel Delaney,
Madison Doyle, Josee Lachance, Alex Clarke,
Taylor Donato, Emily Tippins, Sydney Weatherall,
Kathleen Haggarty, Emily Gray, Maryn Devine,
Silvana Castro, Kyra Cahill, Angela Bolick,
Emma Crivello, Quinn Durand, J-M Tashera,
Grace Blunden, Veronica Abou Faissal and Kaitlyn
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)
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