Ax­e­women to face StFX in fi­nals af­ter win over UPEI

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS - BY ACA­DIA ATH­LET­ICS WOLFVILLE

For the eighth con­sec­u­tive year, the Ax­e­women rugby team will be tak­ing on StFX in the AUS cham­pi­onship game af­ter Aca­dia’s 55-0 win over the vis­it­ing UPEI Pan­thers in AUS semi-fi­nal ac­tion.

Sub­way Player of the Game An­nie Kennedy posted three tries and five con­ver­sions in the Ax­e­women’s third win of the sea­son against the Pan­thers.

The Ax­e­women scored three min­utes into the open­ing half when Em­i­lie Mer­i­lainen had an easy off to Kennedy, who had an easy 30-yard sprint to the try line. Kennedy con­verted her first of three tries.

Mad­die MacKen­zie’s hard work paid off as she was taken down in­side the 22-yard line and tossed it off to Nicole Pahl for Aca­dia’s se­cond try in the open­ing 12 min­utes.

The Ax­e­women would go on to score one more try in the open­ing half. Bai­ley Dem­bicki’s try was con­verted by Kennedy for a 19-0 half­time lead over the Pan­thers.

For­mer Pan­ther Alysha Cor­ri­gan picked up a loose ball 15 yards out­side of the Pan­ther try line and used her speed and strength to open the se­cond half.

Kennedy scored her se­cond try of the night off of a great out- side pass from Gillian Bergsma to push the Ax­e­women lead to 29-0 at the 45-minute mark of the game.

Ten min­utes later the lead was ex­tended to 36 on a MacKen­zie try that was con­verted by Kennedy.

Mer­i­lainen ex­tended the lead to 43-0 with just over 20 min­utes re­main­ing in the match on a run that demon­strated her speed in open space. Kennedy con­verted the try.

Alysha Cor­ri­gan scored her se­cond try of the night on a long 50-plus yard run that used sev­eral straight arms to elude the Pan­ther tack­lers.

With a 48- 0 lead, Kennedy added her third try of the even­ing and con­verted her fifth try of the game to give Aca­dia a 55-0 win over UPEI.

Kennedy, who was named the Sub­way Player of the Game, noted that the team plays one game at a time.

“We just take it game by game with the hope of win­ning the AUS ... We will worry about AUS be­fore we worry about na­tion­als,” said Kennedy.

Kennedy was con­cerned about the Ax­e­women’s lull in the first half.

“We def­i­nitely have some things to work on. It was our per­for­mance 100 per cent. We didn’t have the ball the first half so that’s some­thing we def­i­nitely have to work on. A lit­tle more pos­ses­sion. That will come. We are pretty con­fi­dent go­ing into the AUS cham­pi­onship,” said Kennedy.

The Ax­e­women face StFX on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. in Antigo­nish. Watch the Cham­pi­onship live on AUStv.ca.

PETER OLESKEVICH

Aca­dia’s Mad­die MacKen­zie gets pulled down by UPEI Pan­ther in re­cent semi-fi­nal ac­tion.

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