CORNWALL – Game results weren’t kept, playoffs weren’t held and no SD&G champion crowned, and which individuals scored the points was deemed unimportant.

Veteran players Andrea Koch (left) and Julia Gibson (blue jersey in photo below) provided leadership for the North Dundas District High School’s girls 7s rugby development team. The duo will provide the 15s squad with experience when the SD&G season launches in the spring. Press Photos – Van Bridger

The focus of the 2017 SD&G girls’ high school 7s rugby season was to develop talent and introduce the sport to new players who will take part in the 15s in the spring.

Eleven schools and 130 players competed in the final tournament of the campaign held at St. Joseph’s Catholic High School on Wed., Oct. 25. A single squad coached by Andrew Whitton (filling in for Scott Reaney), represented the North Dundas District High School Devils while the host Panthers entered three, Smiths Falls three, Holy Trinity two and Gatineau two teams.

Whitton reported the Devils had an excellent day posting two wins, a tie and two losses.

In the Devils’ previous competition (Thurs., Oct 19), also held at St. Joe’s, 100 girls took part in a tournament divided into three divisions – rookie, intermediate and elite (veteran). The Panthers entered three teams with North Dundas (2), Holy Trinity and Smiths Falls filling out the field.

Coach Reaney reported his two squads went 0-6.

“They were all relatively close games,” noted the coach. “Not enough vets on the elite team and not enough assertiveness on the rookie team to register wins.”

“We improved, but St. Joe’s and Smiths Falls were there, and they were sixth and third respectively, at OFSSA last year – so, tough competition,” added Reaney.

But by the time the fall season finished Reaney felt the younger girls were starting to gain more confidence with veterans Andre Koch and Julia Gibson providing experience and leadership.

He also feels there will be sufficient numbers to field a competitive Devils 15s team.