Four-peat

Glace Bay Pan­thers win Cape Bre­ton High­land High School Rugby League cham­pi­onship

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The Glace Bay High School Pan­thers con­tin­ued their dom­i­nance on the local rugby pitch Wed­nes­day, de­feat­ing the Riverview High School Ru­grats 15-0 to win their fourth Cape Bre­ton High­land league ti­tle in a row.

Charles War­ren, Nathan Byrne and Dy­lan Burke all scored tries for the Pan­thers, who ad­vance to the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships June 2 and June 3 at Hants East Ru­ral High.

Wayne Jenk­ins, who coached the Pan­thers to all four ti­tles, said his team knew they would be in tough against the Ru­grats. In fact, Glace Bay’s only loss of the past four years was a 13-7 de­feat at the hands of Riverview in the sec­ond game of this sea­son.

And de­spite the score, the cham­pi­onship game was close for most of the match, with Glace Bay up 5-0 on an early try be­fore break­ing through for two more in the fi­nal half.

“They lost one game by six points and I’ll tell you … they needed it though, they needed to be knocked down,” said Jenk­ins. “They knew that this team could beat them on any sin­gle day — it was just our day today.”

Jenk­ins said he likes his team’s chances of tak­ing home an elu­sive pro­vin­cial ti­tle to add to their re­gional ban­ners, not­ing the work-to-rule sit­u­a­tion with Nova Sco­tia teach­ers means fewer teams are com­pet­ing this sea­son,

“I think we can make the fi­nals — we have a re­ally good chance, just as good as any team out there. I’m hop­ing to bring home a pro­vin­cial ti­tle this year. If not we’ll go back at ’er again next year.”

Mean­while, in other high school rugby ac­tion, the Riverview girls routed Syd­ney Academy 34-5 to ad­vance to the league cham­pi­onships.

Brook­lyn Etheridge and Julie Ann Fran­cois each had two tries for the Ru­grats, while Mad­die MacIn­nis and Elish Red­shaw also found the end zone. Red­shaw added two con­ver­sions to round out the scor­ing.

Katie Wood­burn had the lone try for the Wild­cats.

Riverview will now face ei­ther Glace Bay or Memo­rial in the fi­nals. That game was played Wed­nes­day night but the re­sults weren’t avail­able by press time.

CAPE BRE­TON POST

Glace Bay High School Pan­thers rugby team cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the Cape Bre­ton High­land High School Rugby League cham­pi­onship at the Membertou Ath­letic Field on Wed­nes­day. Glace Bay beat Riverview 15-0 to ad­vance to the provin­cials for the fourth year in a row.

CAPE BRE­TON POST PHOTO

Brett Strong of the Glace Bay High School Pan­thers rugby team car­ries the ball past sev­eral Riverview High School Ru­grats de­fend­ers dur­ing the Cape Bre­ton High­land High School Rugby League cham­pi­onship match at the Membertou Ath­letic Field on Wed­nes­day. Glace Bay beat Riverview 15-0 to ad­vance to the provin­cials for the fourth year in a row.

Jenk­ins

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