Ar­dens rugby squad tops in­au­gu­ral home tour­na­ment

The Southwest Booster - - SPORTS - > Steven Mah

The Swift Cur­rent Comp. Ar­dens rugby team’s im­pres­sive sopho­more cam­paign con­tin­ued this week­end as they picked up three straight wins to cap­ture their first ever home tour­na­ment.

Satur­day was the nicest day of rugby that the Ar­dens have had this sea­son and started off with a 375 win over a team from Saskatoon.

The Ar­dens got tries from Shelby Beisel, Kelsey Beisel, Lisa Camp­bell, Chelsie Lowe, and Am­maysha Ban­man with Chelsie Lowe also mak­ing a con­vert.

Next the Ar­dens ran their way to a 45-0 victory over Regina Camp­bell led by a trio of Shelby Beisel tries. Laura Smith, Camp­bell, and Kelsey Beisel all scored sin­gle tries in the win.

Lowe added five con­verts out of seven at­tempts.

In their fi­nal game the Ar­dens played against LeBoldus from Regina and earned a 12-0 win on tries from Ban­man and Lisa Camp­bell with Lowe adding an­other con­vert.

Fri­day night the Ar­dens suf­fered a set­back when they hosted a league game against the de­fend­ing pro­vin­cial cham­pion Notre Dame Hounds and were un­able to de­feat the Hounds once again in a 42-0 loss.

“ The girls stepped up and played fairly de­cent in or­der to win, es­pe­cially af­ter that per­for­mance they had on Fri­day against Notre Dame which was a bit of a trav­esty,” said head coach Chris Chap­man. “It was a good win for the girls, they have been work­ing hard, and they de­serve it.”

The Ar­dens fin­ished their in­au­gu­ral sea­son with a 119 record last year, this year the Ar­dens have al­ready posted nine wins in 19 games.

“I think it is about com­mit­ment and it is about hav­ing a good coach­ing staff in place. Ru­fus and Wy­att have made a huge im­pact with th­ese girls and just hav­ing a mas­ter plan in place know­ing where we want to go and where we need to go,” said Chap­man of the dras­tic im­prove­ment of his squad.

Wed­nes­day the Ar­dens were sched­uled to play their fi­nal league game in Regina and ex­pect to play in a two ver­sus three seed­ing game for South­ern fi­nals likely against Regina LeBoldus. Should the Ar­dens ad­vance past that game they would likely face Notre Dame next Wed­nes­day in the South­ern Fi­nal with a spot at the June 7th pro­vin­cial fi­nal in Saskatoon on the line.

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