9:30 a.m., May 5)
Peter ruggers gunning for city championship
By Fred Sherwin
St. Peter Knights in white and the Sacred
Heart Huskies in black, battled to a 10-10
draw on the pitch at St. Peter High School
on thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo
high school rugby season kicked off this week with eight
Ottawa-area high schools all gunning for the city title
and a trip to the OFSAA provincial championships in early
St. Peter Knights senior girls team, which is attempting
to go to the OFSAA championships for a fifth straight
year, opened their season with a 28-13 win over Holy Trinity
on Tuesday, but were tripped up by the Glebe Gryphons
who beat them by a single point on Thursday.
Knights senior boys team is hoping to get back to the
provincial championships after a three-year absence. They
got things started impressively enough with a 38-0 win
over the Nepean Knights on Tuesday, but had to settle
for a tie against the Sacred Heart Huskies on Thursday
in a game they should have won.
Knights spotted the Huskies a 5-0 lead midway through
the first half, before tying the match five minutes later
on a try by Shamar Skerrit.
Knights would score again six minutes later on a try by
Zakaria Karem that capped a possession which started just
inside the midfield line.
first half ended with the Knights enjoying a 10-5 lead,
but they would end up regretting not attempting penalty
kicks on two separate occasions from 20 metres out, directly
in front of the posts, that could have extended their
score remained 10-5 in favor of the Knights until the
20-minute mark of the second half when several missed
tackles on the part of St. Petes allowed the Hukies to
carry the ball over he try line.
the score tied 10-10, Sacred Heart had an excellent chance
to take the lead on the convert, but the attempt sailed
just wide of the right post.
satisfied to simply settle for a tie, the Knights did
their best to score in the games dying moments,
but were held out of the goal area by the Huskies who
eventually won the ball back and ran out the clock.
preventing the Knights from scoring, the Huskies were
penalized three straight times for infractions on the
try line, any one of which could have resulted in a penalty
try being awarded to St. Peter if the ref so ruled, but
he didnt and the game played on.
Knights head coach Lee-Ann Napiorkowski tried to
put the result into the proper perspective.
let things we cant control get the better of us,
myself included, said Napiorkowski. We beat
ourselves out there today. We knew it was going to be
a tough game and we failed to rise to the occassion.
Petes veteran rugby coach was hoping to see a better
game from her players this week when they take on the
Ashbury Colts on Tuesday with starters Jake Lowe and Matt
Byrne back in the lineup. The two player missed the game
against the Huskies to attend a physics fair.
Colts are 2-0 with wins over Brookfield and Glebe.
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