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