NEW GLASGOW – Darcy MacInnis, coach of the Pictou County Rugby Club’s women’s team, said Friday’s provincial final was their toughest game of the season.
Although they had played Enfield Rugby Club during the regular season, a game that they won 49-0, it was completely different in the championship game.
Pictou County did win 12-5. It was a hard-fought, well-deserved victory according to MacInnis.
“Enfield is a good team, they rucked well and they moved the ball well,” he said. “We played them earlier in the year and beat them fairly easily. After that Enfield turned it on really well and played really strong rugby for the rest of the season. They were a really good team.”
Alyssa Canning scored both tries for Pictou County, while Caroline Straub kicked one conversion.
“I think the girls played really good and it was a really big deal to win that division where we’re just starting (second season in the league), it was a pretty good feeling,” said MacInnis.
“We went into that game with a good feeling about our own game, about how we play, and that we had a really good shot to win that game.”
After not making the playoffs in their first season in the Division 2 league they have showcased the quality of female rugby players in the county by winning this year’s provincial title. Looking ahead to next season and their goals, MacInnis said they want to carry the positives from this year forward.
“Now we’ve gotta move forward into next season and hopefully most of the girls will be back,” said MacInnis. “Anyone that goes, hopefully we’ll get a strong replacement coming in from high school or coming back from other places. It’s the same as every year and the same with the men’s team. We’re always going to lose, but we need to hope our gains are more than our losses.”
Saturday in Division 2 men’s rugby action the Pictou County Rugby Club defeated Windsor 38-17.
Kris Works led the scoring for the county with four conversions. Darryl Frazee, Jordan MacNeil, Thomas Smith, Brian Rushton, Thomas Mauleneoux and Steven MacNeil all scored a try apiece.
Their final game of the regular season is Saturday, Aug. 30 against Caledonia. Kickoff is 2 p.m. at the Scott Weeks Sports Complex.
On Sunday the Division 3 men’s team had their season ended by the Halifax Rugby Club. The county lost their playoff game 38-0.