‘Thank­fully our team showed up ready’

Aca­dia bounces back from pre­vi­ous dis­ap­point­ing loss

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS -

WOLFVILLE, N.S. – The Ax­e­women rugby team picked up their se­cond win against the Huskies in their last meet­ing of reg­u­lar sea­son in a 88-5 win.

First year hooker, Lau­ren Me­lan­son, was named the AUS Sub­way Player of the Game for her three trys for the Ax­e­women.

Se­nior 8-man Danielle Wisen recorded two early first half trys sep­a­rated by Laura Pflei­derer’s only try of the day. Me­lan­son added two of her three trys in the first half and Natasha Wot­ton and Wisen posted one each for the Ax­e­women’s 39 points in the first half. Two con­ver­sions were added by Laura Pflei­derer and Lau­ren Humby.

The Huskies scored their only try at the 37-minute mark of the open­ing half. Sev­eral times it looked as though Aca­dia had sus­tained the pres­sure and de­fended their try zone but Saint Mary’s con­tin­ued to press, forc­ing Aca­dia to take sev­eral penal­ties be­fore Teaghen Phillips fi­nally bulled across for the Huskies to put them on the board.

Strong words of en­cour­age­ment from Head Coach Matt Du­rant at half-time sparked the Aca­dia side as they flew out of the gate and scored nine unan­swered tries in the se­cond half against a spir­ited and de­ter­mined Huskies side.

Me­lan­son opened the se­cond half two min­utes into reg­u­la­tion time. Bai­ley Dem­bicki and Har­ley Tucker added trys at the 47 and 51 minute marks.

Natasha John­son scored four trys at the 54, 56, 65 and 74 min­utes. Se­niors Tamara Dondi and An­gela Govier each added a try to the 88 point to­tal. Con­ver­sions in the se­cond half were made by Humby and Jessie Bryan.

“It was a great per­for­mance to­day by many of our play­ers. We had made some dif­fi­cult de­ci­sions this week af­ter some medi­ocre per­for­mances by some of our core play­ers in the past cou­ple of games, and it worked out re­ally well. It is clear that our team is full of strong, com­pet­i­tive play­ers, and it showed to­day,” said Ax­e­women head coach Matthew Du­rant fol­low­ing the game.

“I thought the Huskies played the best I’d seen them play in a while, and that re­ally mo­ti­vated our team. I think Am­ber (Dav­i­son) is do­ing some great things with their pro­gram, and they played sig­nif­i­cantly bet­ter to­day than they did when we were at SMU,” noted Du­rant.

“They re­ally pushed us at times, and they earned piles of re­spect from us to­day. Thank­fully our team showed up ready to play. We had a real wake-up call a week ago, and it sparked a com­pet­i­tive chord for our team. There were still lots of mis­takes to­day, but the sus­tained ef­fort and fo­cus was back; I was re­ally happy with how we played to­day,” con­cluded Du­rant.

The Ax­e­women travel to UPEI next Satur­day, Oct. 7 at 2 p.m., while the Huskies host un­de­feated STFX this Wed­nes­day night.

GARY MAN­NING

An­gela Govier is taken down by a Saint Mary’s player Oct. 1 in Aca­dia’s 88-5 win. Govier added a try to Aca­dia’s 88-point to­tal.

GARY MAN­NING

Se­nior 8-man Danielle Wisen recorded three trys for Aca­dia.

GARY MAN­NING

Natasha Wot­ton holds of a Saint Mary’s player eas­ily. Wot­ton posted a try for Aca­dia in the first half.

GARY MAN­NING

Har­ley Tucker catches the ball. Tucker added a try to Aca­dia’s 88-point tally.

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