GLACE BAY VS. RIVERVIEW

See who won the high school girls rugby fi­nal last night.

Cape Breton Post - - Front Page - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­post.com

The Glace Bay High School Pan­thers didn’t let a lit­tle rain and cold get in the way of their cham­pi­onship run on Fri­day.

The Pan­thers cap­tured their third straight Cape Bre­ton High­land High School Rugby League cham­pi­onship, de­feat­ing the Riverview Ru­grats 15-0 at Glace Bay High School.

With the win, the Pan­thers ad­vance to this year’s Nova Sco­tia School Ath­letic Fed­er­a­tion pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships, sched­uled for June 2-3 at Hants East Ru­ral High School in Mil­ford Sta­tion, N.S.

Kait­lynn Hayes opened the scor­ing for the Pan­thers with a try just be­fore the end of the first half. Glace Bay con­tin­ued the of­fence in the sec­ond half with tries by Jenna C. Pittman and Emma Locke to se­cure the win.

Hayes was a mem­ber of the Pan­thers team that cap­tured back-to-back league ti­tles in 2015 and 2016, but this year’s cham­pi­onship was a lit­tle more spe­cial.

“Win­ning a cham­pi­onship in your Grade 12 year is some­thing you never forget,” said the grad­u­at­ing stu­dent. “When they told us there was only one play left, my heart was beat­ing out of my chest, I re­ally wanted to win that third ti­tle.”

“It was a great game over­all — Riverview played well and so did we,” said Hayes.

The Pan­thers en­joyed a suc­cess­ful sea­son. The team went 6-0 in the reg­u­lar sea­son be­fore beat­ing Memo­rial High School in the league semi­fi­nals on Wed­nes­day to ad­vance to the cham­pi­onship game, where they capped off their un­de­feated sea­son.

Pan­thers coach Mar­cus Cook­son spoke highly of his team fol­low­ing the win.

“I had 24 girls that gave me ev­ery­thing they had for eight weeks — I couldn’t ask for a bet­ter bunch of girls,” said Cook­son. “They put all their ef­fort on the field and ev­ery­thing I could ask for.”

This year’s Pan­thers’ ros­ter fea­tured three grad­u­at­ing play­ers, in­clud­ing Hayes, Car­lotta Colom­bari and Estelle Richard.

“We have some lead­er­ship from our Grade 12 stu­dents, who are very strong play­ers, and they helped us get through some tough mo­ments,” said Cook­son. “The kids played great; when they were down, they were still up, so over­all I think the win is very spe­cial for the team, es­pe­cially the grad­u­at­ing play­ers.”

Hayes cred­its hard work and ded­i­ca­tion to the team’s suc­cess through­out the sea­son.

“We had lots of hard prac­tices,” said Hayes. “To­day’s win was a big team ef­fort, it wasn’t just one player, we played as a team and it was great to be suc­cess­ful on our home field.”

With the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships less than a week away, Cook­son feels his team has a good chance at win­ning the pro­vin­cial ti­tle.

“I think my team is the best, to tell you the truth,” said Cook­son. “I feel that my girls play a sim­ple game, they play tough, I don’t think there is any team that we can’t beat as long as we come

with the right at­ti­tude.”

“I told the girls al­ready, whether we win or lose, as long as we’re hav­ing fun that’s all that mat­ters.” said Cook­son.

The Pan­thers are not the only team from Glace Bay High School to win a Cape Bre­ton rugby ti­tle this year. The Pan­thers’ boy’s team cap­tured their fourth straight cham­pi­onship with a 15-0 win over Riverview on Wed­nes­day, also ad­vanc­ing to the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships next week­end.

A sched­ule for the pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships was not avail­able at press time.

JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRE­TON POST

The Glace Bay High School Pan­thers girl’s rugby team cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning the Cape Bre­ton High­land High School Rugby League cham­pi­onship game on home field in Glace Bay on Fri­day. The Pan­thers de­feated the Riverview Ru­grats 15-0, ad­vanc­ing to the Nova Sco­tia School Ath­letic Fed­er­a­tion pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships for the third straight year.

JEREMY FRASER/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Makenna Nor­ris of the Glace Bay High School Pan­thers breaks a tackle through four Riverview Ru­grats play­ers dur­ing the Cape Bre­ton High­land High School Rugby League cham­pi­onship game at Glace Bay High School on Fri­day. Glace Bay won the game 15-0 to ad­vance to the Nova Sco­tia School Ath­letic Fed­er­a­tion pro­vin­cial cham­pi­onships for the third year in a row.

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