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Varisty Girls Rugby
Lady Knights rugby team heading to provincial championships for fourth straight year
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

For years the athletic program at St. Peter High School has been synomous with two sports -- football and rugby -- and while the boys rugby team has grabbed most of the headlines in the past, it's the girls team that has achieved the greatest success in recent years.

The varsity girls rugby team won their fourth straight city championship last week, downing the Glebe Gryphons 26-5 and capping another perfect season in the process. In fact, the Lady Knghts have not lost a game since 2013.

For three players on the team, last week's victory means another shot at a provicnal championship that has eluded them for the past three years.

Rachel McCallan and Taylor Donato have been on all four city championship teams, starting in Grade 9.

In 2014, the Knights were relegated to the consolation side of the OFSAA AAA provincial championship after losing their second round game. Thet would go on to win three straight games including the consolation final, but it proved to be little consolation for the seniors on the team.

After going undefeated in the NCSSAA again last year, the Knights made it all the way to the OFSAA championship game where they suffered another disappointing loss, coming out on the short end of a 22-17 final after the Oakville Trafalgar Red Devils scored the game-winning try late in the contest.

If the Knights are to be successful this time around they will need another strong game from their Grade 9 starters including Katie Ray and Emily Lacombe who scored two tries in the city championship game. As the Knights designated kicker, Ray also booted a trio of converts.

Knights head coach Pat Thompson knows his young team will be in tough against the province's traditional rugby powerhouses like Oakville Trafalgar High School and Uxbridge Secondary School.

"A number of the returning players have stepped up their game this year and with their skill and level of competiveness our first year girls can definitely handle the pressure," says Thopmson.

This year's OFSAA provincial championships are being played in Ottawa starting on May 30.

(Posted 9:30 p.m., May 23)

 

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