Girls rugby back at DVSS

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The DVSS girls Rugby team is back on the field for another sea­son, build­ing ca­ma­raderie and hav­ing fun.

DVSS has fielded a team since 2014, although last sea­son they teamed up with a Strath­more team be­cause they were short on num­bers. It was op­por­tune as they went on to earn a pro­vin­cial sil­ver medal. They are back on the pitch and en­joy­ing the game.

“They love the con­tact! It will sur­prise you how quickly they ad­just to the phys­i­cal as­pect of the game. They also love the team as­pect, you are tak­ing girls from all dif­fer­ent walks of life and get­ting them to work to­gether on a com­mon goal,” said coach Ryan Hatch. “I love how this game breaks down the bar­ri­ers that di­vide so many of our kids th­ese days, they have to work to­gether to be suc­cess­ful and they get to know each other on a much dif­fer­ent level.”

The pop­u­lar­ity of the game has been on the rise over the last few years, es­pe­cially in the women’s ranks. Coach Hatch at­tributes that to in­ter­na­tional suc­cess.

“I think there have been quite a few things that have raised in­ter­est but the most preva­lent would have been the Cana­dian women’s 15’s mak­ing it to the Women’s Rugby World Cup Fi­nals in 2014-

“I tell the girls that rugby is the ul­ti­mate team sport be­cause no one per­son can win the game for you, team­mates are crit­i­cal,” he said.

“This team is a melt­ing pot of cul­tures, we have a few girls that grew up here in Drumheller on the team but then we have a young lady from Mex­ico and a few girls from Nige­ria on the team.”

While there is no league, they have been busy or­ga­niz­ing ex­hi­bi­tion teams from through­out the area.

“A league is some­thing that we are look­ing at do­ing in the next year or so, but right now we are just play­ing ex­hi­bi­tion games. Yes, it is hard to find games when you are out­side of a ma­jor cen­ter like Cal­gary,” he said.

This Thurs­day the team is host­ing Hanna. Game time is 5 p.m. Af­ter that, they are ar­rang­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion match ver­sus a Cal­gary team the fol­low­ing week.

The DVSS rugby team is back in ac­tion and this Thurs­day they are host­ing Hanna. Game time is 5 p.m.

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