Gryphons girls remain undefeated

Christopher Cameron
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North Nova powers past Hants East in NSSAF action

NEW GLASGOW – They’re on top, but there’s still work to be done.

North Nova’s girls rugby team has locked up first place in the NSSAF’s Northumberland Region with two games still left to be played in the regular season. Their 38-7 victory over Hants East also means they’re still undefeated in league play.

“We knew coming into this season that we had a strong team, but we’ve still been working hard,” said North Nova’s Tracey Denny. “I think we were a little overconfident in today’s game. That’s something we’ve been working on.”

Keeley MacCuish led the Gryphons offence against the Tigers with three tries. Lindsay Feit, Denny and Rebecca Taylor each scored a try apiece, while Caroline Straub kicked four converts.

Denny was speechless when asked about scoring her first try with the Gryphons rugby team. As a Grade 11 she’s in her second year with the team. On the play North Nova had the ball off a penalty and with Denny in the pod she was able to finish off the drive into the try zone.

This Saturday the team hosts J.H. Gillis in New Glasgow at 12:30 p.m. before their final game of the regular season on Tuesday against Northumberland in Alma.

“We’ve been focusing on our rucking, not being overconfident, pumping our feet and making our tackles,” said Denny. “We’ll keep working on those things, but we also need to have better communication and move our feet in the rucks.”

Tuesday’s game in Alma will also be the first time the Pictou County Senior Rugby Club will present the Pictou County Cup to the girls team that wins the regular season head-to-head matchup.


Boys: North Nova 38 – Hants East 10

North Nova has guaranteed they will finish in the top two of the Northumberland Region after defeating Hants East 38-10 yesterday in New Glasgow.

Both teams now have a loss apiece as Hants East won the first meeting between the two teams 14-10.

“Today was a huge win for us because we had to win by at least four to put us in first and we were able to do that,” said Luke Grant. “The guys worked hard all game. We hit hard and moved the ball well.”

Cole Livingstone continued to be one of the key contributors to the Gryphons offence, scoring three tries in the game. Eric MacLeod wasn’t far off with a try and four converts. Mark Vokey and Darryl Wheadon rounded out the North Nova scoring, each scoring a try.

“To be successful against Hants East we just simplified our game and had flow to our passes down the line,” said Grant. “We worked well as a unit and in our pods, which helped us control the play when we had possession.”

Leading into their final regular season game on Tuesday against Northumberland the boys will look for a similar effort to yesterday’s game.

“They were our toughest competition so far this season and today we showed that we could stick to our play and beat them,” he said. “We’re happy with how things have gone this season. At the beginning of the year not all the boys were coming out, but now everybody is coming out to practise and we’re gelling together as a group.”

Regardless of the result of Tuesday’s game the North Nova and Northumberland boys teams will meet in the regional semifinal on May 27. If North Nova wins they will play in the 1 vs. 4 semifinal; but if Northumberland wins they will play in the 2 vs. 3 game.

On Twitter: @NGNewsChris

Organizations: Tigers, Pictou County Senior Rugby Club

Geographic location: North Nova, Hants East, Northumberland New Glasgow Alma Pictou County

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