NEW GLASGOW – Momentum from last year, their first season back in the county in a number of years, has helped the Pictou County Rugby Club’s women open this year with three straight wins.
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Today the Pictou County Rugby Club women’s team is home against the Halifax Tars. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at Parkdale.
They missed the playoffs last year, but as the season came to a close the team started to turn things around and pick up a few wins.
“We weren’t playing together yet, so it took some time,” said co-captain Laura Vermeulen. “Now we have girls that are playing university rugby and are talking about it year round. It’s a continuous thing. We all stayed close after last summer, kept it touch and picked up where we left off last season.
“We’ve come so far in such a short time. It’s impressive and it’s exciting.”
Today’s match is expected to be their biggest test so far this season. A Division 2 team, the Pictou County women host the Halifax Tars Division 1 team at 2 p.m. at Parkdale.
As of late the team has been focused on their communication and playing where they’re supposed to play on the field. Specific to this weekend they know it will be tough so they want to stay positive throughout the entire game.
“We know it’s going to be tough, so regardless of what the score is or how many points they score we don’t want to get down on ourselves, we just want to be positive and play our game.”
Their start has been somewhat of a surprise, more the points spread than the wins. They expected to do well to start the year, mostly because of the effort being put in by the 30 players each time out to practice.
“We started off this year with a group of committed and dedicated players that really want to show how great the Pictou County Rugby Club is and that there are great players here in Pictou County,” said Vermeulen. “We’re practising hard, taking our fitness seriously and have a lot of support from the community and men’s team.”
Something that is difficult to explain to someone not involved in the sport is that there’s more to it than just a game, it’s a culture. The men’s team has had that culture around it, but it took last season to build that up again for the women.
“It’s that passion about the sport year-round now,” said Vermeulen. “We’ve come together as a team, but there would be no way we would be where we’re at without the rugby club. There are a lot of passionate people involved that have helped us build this.”
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