Maggie Gordon has lone Stampeder try in a 17-7 loss to Caledon Mayfield at the
OFSAA AAA girls' rugby tournament
Monday, June 3, 2019
BOWMANVILLE, ON. - There was no first victory but the Parkside Stampeders showed they can play at the provincial level.
The Stampeders opened the OFSAA AAA girls' rugby championships, falling 17-7, to fifth seeded Caledon Mayfield, at Clarington Fields.
After a shaky first half, Parkside controlled the majority of the play in the second half, highlighted with a score.
Maggie Gordon produced Parkside's try (five points), followed by a two-point convert by Christine Baxter.
"We came a little bit slow out of the box and they (Mayfield) had a great running game. In the second half, we out-pointed them and outplayed them," Parkside coach Steve Brown said. "These teams are good. We have to make our tackles and we have to play the full 40 minutes and we can't ever give gaps or switch off. It's a different level of play here for sure."
The second half was more how the Stampeders played throughout the Thames Valley District season.
"We settled down. We did the basic things better. Our lines were good and the basic plays were there and that gave us a platform to build and get some territory and score a try," said Brown. "In the second half we showed we deserve to be here and that we can play at this level."
Parkside takes on Lindsay I.E. Weldon (lost 20-17), back here on Tuesday, at 12 noon.