Pic­tou County rug­gers part of X-Women’s na­tional ti­tle

The News (New Glasgow) - - SPORTS - BY KEVIN ADSHADE

A trio of Pic­tou County rug­gers have a na­tional women’s univer­sity ti­tle in their back pock­ets.

Katie Pentz, Keely McCuish and Macken­zie Bell were part of the St. FX women’s rugby team that de­feated the Guelph Gryphons 41-24 on Nov. 4 in Wolfville to win the 2018 U Sports women’s rugby cham­pi­onship, fur­ther so­lid­i­fy­ing St. FX’s place as a na­tional rugby pow­er­house.

While all three lo­cals did not play in the cham­pi­onship tour­na­ment, McCuish said the ex­pe­ri­ence was thrilling. “It’s so ex­cit­ing. The team is just one big fam­ily,” said the Tren­ton na­tive, who is in her fourth year at St. FX and plans on play­ing one more sea­son.

“The cul­ture on the team is some­thing that I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore.” It was the sixth Cana­dian women’s rugby ti­tle in school his­tory, the oth­ers com­ing in 2006, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. McCuish said de­spite the rel­a­tively lop­sided score in St. FX’s three games, it was by no means an easy walk to the cham­pi­onship.

“It wasn’t easy at all,” she said. “Ev­ery­one put in a lot of work and there were no easy games, even though some of the scores seemed re­ally high.”

Amelia Hat­field was the player of the game for St. FX, which has 19 Nova Sco­tians on its ros­ter.

St. FX also posted a 42-21 win over Queen’s in the tour­na­ment and beat Laval 26-12.

Top-seeded Ot­tawa a 20-19 edged Laval in the bronze medal game.

Bell

MacCuish

Pentz

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