NEW GLASGOW – The goal is to make the playoffs.
Last season the Pictou County Rugby Club brought back a women’s team and their plan is to build on that success.
“Our initial goal is to make the playoffs,” said head coach Darcy MacInnis. “We want to improve on last season and going into this year we will have more confidence just because of the whole second season aspect of things compared to last year where there were lots of nerves.”
Today’s game against Enfield kicks off at 2 p.m. at the North Nova field in New Glasgow.
MacInnis said with only a handful of practices under their belt it will be a good indicator of where their focus should be moving forward.
“We’re going into the game hoping to see what we have to work on, look at our strengths and weaknesses and build from there,” he said. “Obviously you want to put a competitive effort into the game. Winning is better than losing, but as the first game of the year it’s a way to gauge how we are right out of the gate.”
Last season they had approximately 25 women as part of the team and those numbers are expected to grow to 30-35 this year. MacInnis said the high school programs and women’s team benefit from each other as North Nova had players join this year that got their start playing club rugby.
He said that both high schools will have stronger players in the future with more time on the field, especially against older and more talented opponents.
“I think having the women’s program has improved our high school teams, even just by experience alone,” said MacInnis. “They (the programs) do go hand-in-hand. The high school girls also have a definite interest in playing in the summertime, continuing their play with the women’s program.”
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