Gryphons rugby squads shut out Cougars

Christopher Cameron
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Pictou County high school rugby teams off to P.E.I. this weekend

They didn’t allow a point.

In dominant fashion both North Nova rugby teams shut out CEC in New Glasgow yesterday.

The boys opened the day with a 31-0 win over the Cougars, with Cole Livingstone carrying the team offensively with three trys.

Mark Vokey and Chris Cole each added one. Eric MacLeod kicked three converts.

Not to let the boys steal all the thunder, the girls were just as dominant, if not more so, as they took a 31-0 lead into halftime. They won 39-0.

“We won the last game against them, so we just wanted to play them today without being too confident and let that get in our heads, which we had happen against Northumberland last game,” said Keeley MacCuish.

Leading the Gryphons girls team in scoring was Caroline Straub with one try, two penalty kicks and four converts.

Hailey Conley, Paige Clarke, Rachel Brown and Lindsey Feit each added single trys.

“Over the last few weeks we’ve been working on our communication and working together on the field,” said MacCuish. “We’re going to P.E.I. this weekend and with two games a day we hope to get even better at that with everyone getting time on the field.”

After the weekend at the tournament in P.E.I. the girls team plays J.H. Gillis on the road on Tuesday before both teams host Hants East in New Glasgow on Thursday.

Tigers top Nighthawks in Alma

Northumberland Nighthawks boys head coach John Rushton said yesterday's game against Hants East one of their best defensive efforts of the season, specifically the first half, but the Nighthawks still came out on the losing end of the 22-5 game against the Tigers.

Hants East led 12-0 at halftime, but early in the second half Kyle Kenny's try breathed some life into the Nighthawks and cut into the Tigers' lead.

“I was so happy because everybody was pushing on me, trying to get me over the line,” said Kenny. “I was pretty pumped about that and it was pretty awesome to get the try today.”

The game was played in the midfield for most of the remainder of the second half, but Hants East took advantage of a few holes in the Nighthawks defence to score two more trys in the game en route to their 22-5 win.

“We’re improving a lot and we’re hoping this weekend we’ll improve a lot more and win a few games,” he said. “We’ll work on our tackling (this weekend) because we let a lot of bad tackles happen today. We want to have better defence for the games too, so that’s what we’ll try to get better at this weekend.”

Following the boys game the girls lost 20-5 to the Tigers girls team.

Jessica Deagle’s try for the Nighthawks opened the scoring, but as the game wore on Hants East was too much for Northumberland.

“We came out really strong and the girls applied a lot of pressure to start, we had a lot of communication and were playing our positions well,” said girls head coach Laura Vermeulen. “I think as we progressed – we didn’t have too many subs – they got fresh legs on the field and when they put pressure on us we were allowing them too much room. We did have them in their end for awhile, but they had some good back plays to help them get down the field.”

This weekend Vermeulen hopes their group has fun, while getting to play some games at their tournament in P.E.I.

“We’re just going to have a lot more camaraderie, experience travelling as a team and switch up players by putting them in different positions to see who plays better in different spots,” she said. “Win or lose its going to be fun.

“Our girls are really dedicated and we’re hoping for a win in the future.”

On Twitter: @NGNewsChris


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