Parkside goes 1-2 at the girls' AAA tournament with a victory in a friendly match
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
COURTICE, ON. - The Parkside Stampeders leave with a win in their first OFSAA girls' rugby appearance.
Following two close losses, the Stampeders defeated Milton Jean Vanier, 23-5, in an OFSAA AAA friendly match, at the South Courtice arena field.
Earlier today, Parkside fell 29-12, to the Weldon Wildcats, from Lindsay, eliminating them from consolation bracket.
Ali Cole and Kristi Hunter each had a try and Christine Baxter, one two-point convert, against Weldon.
"There's a lot of hard competition up here (OFSAA) that we haven't got to experience where we're from (TVRA)," said Cole. "It's great. I love being challenged more stomping through the competition."
The Stampeders' co-captain noticed improvements from game one to game two.
"Our first game we learned that we can't have any holes on defence or they'll find them and capitalize. That's where we got scored on," said Cole, after game two. "We really fixed that up this game. They played a slightly different type of game than our first game. This team (Weldon) did a lot of slow ball. We had completely different games defensively."
Cole graduates this month, but has noticed vast improvements in her three years with the team, that has only existed at Parkside for four years.
"It's amazing. I'm so proud I could get here in my Grade 12 year. Every year we built more and more. Our jump from last year was crazy.
Everybody at the beginning of the season was already in to it. I felt we could go far," said Cole. "All of the Grade nines are excited and hopefully want to get back here next year and keep building off of that and win a couple games next time."
Cole, a vocal leader on the field, with club experience playing at St. George's Fields (U19 this summer), will take her cleats to Western University this fall.
Briar McCaw, with two OFSAA appearances prior to rugby, thanks to swimming, trades her goggles for cleats each spring.
"It's cool to be part of the first Parkside rugby program to ever be at OFSAA. That's awesome. Not any of us came in knowing how well we'd do, but it's been an amazing experience," said McCaw. "It teaches you a lot that rugby is not just a physical game. It is also mental and emotional. Being out on the field you have to be able to pull yourself together and work with your teammates as one, to play your best game.
"Next year we'll be able to build off of the skills we learned here (OFSAA) and to hopefully come back here."
A scrum-half, a position that usually handles the ball first, McCaw enjoys making passes to the winger, before watching the player run down the field. In Parkside's case, it's usually Hunter.
"That is one of the best feelings ever, just seeing a play you planned out in practice, actually worked," said McCaw. "Kristi is so fast. It's awesome when she gets the ball and runs it down the field."
Mayfield went on to win OFSAA gold.