The Holy Cross Hur­ri­canes have built a girls rugby dy­nasty

Se­nior Canes blank Flames 49-0 for Kawartha AA cham­pi­onship; ju­niors win fourth straight ti­tle

The Peterborough Examiner - - FRONT PAGE - MIKE DAVIES EX­AM­INER SPORTS DI­REC­TOR mike.davies @pe­ter­bor­ough­daily.com

The Holy Cross Hur­ri­canes have built a girls rugby dy­nasty.

The ju­nior Hur­ri­canes won their fourth con­sec­u­tive Kawartha AA ti­tle, and fifth since start­ing a team six years ago, at Ni­cholls Oval on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon. The ju­niors haven’t lost a game against Kawartha com­pe­ti­tion since 2015.

The se­nior Hur­ri­canes have won the Kawartha AA ti­tle all three years they’ve had a team, los­ing only one league game dur­ing that stretch, in 2017.

The se­niors dumped the Camp­bell­ford Dis­trict Flames 49-0 in the Kawartha fi­nal af­ter pound­ing the Hal­ibur­ton High­lands Red­hawks 75-0 in semi­fi­nals. Camp­bell­ford edged the Adam Scott Li­ons 12-7 in the other semi.

Holy Cross will host the COSSA AA cham­pi­onships on Tues­day. The se­niors are in search of their first gold medal. Last year they won their first sil­ver, los­ing to the Tren­ton Tigers who also beat them in the OFSAA fi­nal.

“The se­nior team has been a real nice sur­prise this year, be­cause we grad­u­ated eight starters from last year’s OFSAA sil­ver medal­list team,” said Jake Fowler, who coaches Holy Cross with Brian Greer.

“It’s been great see­ing the re­turn­ing play­ers take the lead and step up. Mad­die Di­mock has come back for a fifth year and has re­ally brought great lead­er­ship. We’ve had a cou­ple of new play­ers join who have been able to fill in the gaps.”

The se­niors were led by Di­mock, Jayda May­bee and Gabby Cote-Wawryszen with mul­ti­ple tries and con­verts from Lexie McKnight.

Di­mock said their suc­cess is all based on com­mit­ment.

“We prac­tise ev­ery night and have a whole bunch of com­mit­ted girls,” she said. “Our coaches are ded­i­cated to us and take their time and spend it on us even when they have other com­mit­ments. We al­ways try hard in prac­tise and we want to win.”

Pow­ered by mul­ti­ple tries from Tori Reynolds, Clara El­liott and Mariah May­bee and steady kick­ing from Claire Crow­ley, the ju­nior Hur­ri­canes beat the St. Mary Thun­der 32-5 in the fi­nal af­ter beat­ing Adam Scott 22-5 in semi­fi­nals.

Fowler has 28 girls on his ju­nior ros­ter, the largest team he’s ever had.

“We’ve al­ways been very tight on num­bers,” Fowler said.

“Holy Cross is not a huge school and we have com­pet­i­tive bas­ket­ball and field hockey teams. This is the first year we’ve had more than enough play­ers. We usu­ally scrape it to­gether. Maybe girls are want­ing to come out and play and the word is spread­ing (due to the suc­cess).

“We’re for­tu­nate to have a cou­ple of Grade 10s who have re­ally filled that lead­er­ship role,” he said. “They also get the ben­e­fit of prac­tis­ing against the se­niors ev­ery sin­gle night, so that helps. The se­niors put them un­der a lot of pres­sure and set the stan­dard. It’s nice to see that each year peo­ple want to work hard and keep the suc­cess go­ing.”

St. Mary beat Brock 59-10 in their semi­fi­nal.

Boys soc­cer

The COSSA AAA boys soc­cer cham­pi­onship has been moved from Cobourg Col­le­giate to the Flem­ing Sports Com­plex on Thurs­day to bet­ter deal with ex­pected wet con­di­tions.

Ju­nior semi­fi­nals at 10 a.m. will pit the St. Peter Saints against East Northum­ber­land; while the Kawartha cham­pion CCI Wolves face St. Theresa. The win­ners play for gold at 1 p.m.

The se­nior semi­fi­nals are at 11:30 a.m. with the Thomas A. Ste­wart Griffins fac­ing Bay­side and Kawartha cham­pion CCI fac­ing ENSS. That fi­nal is at 2:30 p.m.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

Holy Cross Hur­ri­canes’ Grace McDon­ald car­ries Camp­bell­ford’s Meg Rogers to­ward the end zone in se­nior AA fi­nal.

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