15s girls’ rugby tournament
MAPLE RIDGE – A first-half try was the difference as the St. Joe’s Panthers nipped the North Dundas District High School Devils 5-0 and finished the host school’s 15’s girls’ rugby tournament as champions.
North Dundas and St. Joe’s were undefeated prior to last Friday’s (April 21) title tilt in the six-team competition. The Panthers broke a scoreless battle late in the first half and had to beat back the Devils’ counterattack following the ensuing kick off. The Devils pressed, but weren’t able to cross the touchline before the half ended. The second session was scoreless.
The Devils opened their home tournament nipping the Osgoode Township High School (OTHS) Panthers 5-0 on Julia Gibson’s first-half try.
North Dundas then shot down the Holy Trinity Falcons 24-7. Katrina McDermid, Lynette Klein-Boonschate, Mallory Hutchinson and Desiray Clemen supplied the tries while Andrea Koch booted a pair of converts.
St. Joe’s defeated the Tagwi Warriors and Brockville’s BCI Red Rams to qualify for the “A” final against North Dundas.
The bronze medal match pitted OTHS against BCI and the Panthers prevailed by a 17-0 score.
Tagwi went up against Holy Trinity in the silver-medal game and ran to a 15-12 victory clinching the win on a last-minute penalty kick.
Devils’ coach Scott Reaney described the event as a chance to have some fun and for the kids to see some of the different styles that teams play, what works and what doesn’t and what needs some work.
“As we teach kids new skills and concepts, they have a frame of reference,” he said. “They did so well, considering that many have never seen a game of 15s before they started playing.”
“As a team we progressed nicely during the day,” added Reaney. “I think our girls learned that if we follow the team concept set out, we can challenge anyone in the league.”
The tournament was a tune up for the SD&G season, which for the Devils launches on Friday (April 28) when they host Tagwi in an afternoon match. North Dundas, Tagwi, St. Joe’s and Holy Trinity have formed the tri-county league. The team finishing the six-game round robin with the best record will be declared champions. There won’t be any playoff games.