Young Parkside team is shut out twice on day one of OFSAA AAA girls rugby,
including by the 2019 champs but valuable game action at highest level
May 30, 2022
By Rob J. Ross
KITCHENER, Ont. - It is an eye opening experience for the Parkside Stampeders at OFSAA triple-A girls' rugby.
Parkside was shutout twice, on day one of the high school provincial championships, blanked 43-0, by Caledon Mayfield, the 2019 OFSAA champions, and Kitchener-Waterloo Collegiate (KCI), 46-0.
"They really knocked some sense in to us. Showed us what we need to work on. It's a learning experience for the girls," said Parkside co-captain Kira Buck. "We're at OFSAA. That was the goal. Now we're trying to learn. It's good that we're out here getting some good competition so that the girls going forward can see what level we need to be at."
Buck, along with fellow Grade 12 captains Logan Snyder and Alexis Coombs, are the only players remaining from the Stampeders team that attended OFSAA, in 2019.
"Half of our starters are Grade nine and Grade 10s. It's great that we're able get them this experience," said Buck. "All of these girls haven't played before. They had to learn this game from scratch and for the majority of the team, this is the first OFSAA they've ever been too."
Buck has been to OFSAA, in two sports, placing sixth at OFSAA wrestling, in the girls' 83-kilogram division, in 2019. Julie Boyko, now a coach, was also with the 2019 rugby team and wrestled at OFSAA that same year, going 3-2.
"It's the best time ever," Buck said. "As sad as it is to lose like that, it's one of the best games you can play. Everybody is out here having fun, making hard tackles, making strong plays and learning the sport we all love.
"I'm very proud that we've made it."
Snyder feels the Stampeders have great promise on the horizon.
"A couple tough losses, but it's a good experience. I'm hoping in future years these girls will have more confidence. We have to keep in mind that there are only 12 teams here and we belong here and we fought for this spot," Snyder said. "I'm glad the Grade nines can experience this, because they're going to be together for three more years. We're going to have a really great team. I hope they get to come back here to OFSAA."
The Stampeders conclude their 2022 OFSAA journey, Tuesday, against Toronto Northern.
"We're all going to rest up, ice up, and be ready to go," said Buck.
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