Published on August 19, 2013
Scotsburn’s Emma Taylor poses at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex in New Glasgow. She enters her fourth year at St. FX with the women’s rugby team in September, although after having knee surgery last week she’s unsure when she’ll be ready for games.
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Published on November 01, 2012
Scotsburn’s Emma Taylor (centre) of the St. FX X-Women rugby team chases down the ball during CIS women’s rugby championship action against the Queen’s Gaels Thursday in Antigonish. The X-Women won the match 53-10 over Queen’s.
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Scotsburn's Emma Taylor taking on leadership position on St. FX rugby squad
SCOTSBURN – Track practice was cancelled. Rugby practice was on.
Emma Taylor walked into the Northumberland Nighthawks girl’s rugby practice in Grade 9 thinking her track and field practice was still on. When she entered the room a few people said ‘you’re here’. They had tried to get her to join, but she was set against it.
After that day she was hooked and has been hooked since. She’ll enter her fourth year with the women’s rugby team at St. FX this September.
“Back in high school you can try something and if you don’t like it you don’t like it and can move onto something else,” she said. “I just really enjoyed the team aspect of the sport back then and it’s the only sport I played that I truly felt like I was part of a family. The team at St. FX is really like my second family and any player feels the same way from the starting 15 to the coaches.”
Being a fourth year she will be looked to as a leader on the St. FX women’s rugby team, their “family”, though she may not be on the field to start the season.
Taylor injured her knee at nationals in Vancouver this summer with Team Atlantic. Last week she had knee surgery and isn’t expected to be able to start running or strength training again for three weeks. After that she isn’t sure when she’ll be ready for games, but said she needs to support her teammates and keep frustrations away from the pitch.
“With the time frame I’m looking at I’m thinking I’ll miss the first few games, but am hoping midway through the season I’ll be back on the field,” she said. “If you asked me what my goals were two months ago I would’ve said AUS awards or something, but at this point I’m just looking to get back playing.”
Taylor has missed some opening preseason games or tournaments, but has not missed any regular season or playoff games. She said it’s going to be tough being on the sidelines.
“It’s going to suck for myself because I’m going to want to be out there, but I need to be a leader whether I’m in a jersey or not,” said Taylor. “I can’t let my emotions and frustrations get the best of me. The experienced players need to be there for the younger girls that will be in starting positions. We were there once and need to help them as much as we can.”
With the team coming off a CIS championship win at home in Antigonish last year Taylor said this season they expect nothing less than to return to the national tournament and be competitive. She said they have a turnover from last year, but they have a lot of talented players that didn’t get much playing last year because of their depth.
“I think we all expect nothing less than an AUS championship and to be a competitive team at nationals – that’s our goal,” she said. “We’re definitely a different team than last year, but one thing people didn’t see was that we had a lot of depth on our bench. Those girls deserve to be on the field this year and could’ve played significant roles last year if we weren’t such a deep team.”
This year the national event is Oct. 31 to Nov. 3 at Université Laval. Regardless of how the team does this year it will be hard to compare to winning a national title at home.
“I don’t know how else to put it, but it was basically the best day of my life,” said Taylor. “I think the first years I was with St. FX we didn’t really think we were going to contend for a national title the way we did, but last year at home knowing we were going to be one of the top two teams the fans came out and gave us unbelievable support and it was an amazing environment. Antigonish is small, but there has always been great support so winning at home was something extremely special.”
Taylor’s parents have been to all three CIS championships she has competed at, but last year having extended family and friends in the stands was something she really appreciated.
“My sister and brother were there and I had other family and close friends there,” she said. “They’ve always supported me so to have everyone there for that one is something I won’t forget.
St. FX opens the 2013 AUS regular season Sept. 6 against Acadia.
“I can’t wait to get back on the field with the girls because it’s a big transition year for us and we have a big title to defend. The only way I won’t be out there this season is unless I physically can’t do it.”
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