Falcons rugby girls add another victory
Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal
GUELPH – The Centre Wellington Falcons feel they’re headed in the right direction as the District 4/10 high school girls’ rugby playoffs near.
The Falcons scored their second consecutive win Wednesday as they slipped by the host Bishop Macdonell Celtics 17-10.
“We started the season, we had three hard games, but we seem to be gelling now,” Centre Wellington coach Joe Bowley said. “We’re a young side coming together. We have one more game left and it’ll be hopefully a three-in-three win.”
A win over the Westside Thunder in Orangeville Monday will also give Centre Wellington a 3-3-0 record. The Falcons had started the season with losses to the Guelph CVI Green Gaels, Orangeville Bears and Ross Royals, teams with records above the .500 winning percentage.
“There are some new girls and they’ve been working really hard,” Bowley said. “They’re just starting to gel as a team, so that’s really good for us.”
As a young squad, the most difficult thing for the Falcons to do on the field was not hesitate after making a decision on the field.
“I.E., making a decision and going for it rather than standing back,” Bowley said. “The first couple of games, we played the hardest sides. They ran at us and that made it hard for me to coach them and to say ‘be positive.’ But they’ve seen it in the last couple of games, we’ve had that positive side and they’ve pushed through. It’s been really good.”
It also looks good for the Falcons for next season.
“For both us and the junior (boys), it’s very much a rebuilding year,” Bowley said. He coaches both teams. “The juniors are pretty much all Grade 9 and they’ve basically come second in the league so I’m really chuffed with them.
“The girls, we’ve only got four Grade 12s so I’m really excited. The fact that we lost eight or nine girls last year that graduated and these girls came in and we’ve got some Grade 9s. I’m really excited. And next year is a real positive year because I’ve got 14 girls that are playing for Highland coming to CW. Next year’s going to be an exciting year to build on from what these girls have started.”
Bowley is president of the Fergus Highland Rugby Club.
The Falcons will be competing in Thursday’s Centennial Cup girls’ tournament at Centennial while Centre Wellington’s junior boys’ team will compete in Friday’s boys’ tournament.
Orangeville 36 Wellington Heights 17
Sara Foullong and Marjka Luce scored two tries apiece for Orangeville while Emma Langshore and Hannah Mcleod had one each. Sydney Trewartha added three conversions.
Jenna Kleinsteuber had two tries for Wellington Heights while Kyla Pacheco had one try and a convert.
Erin 51 Westside 0
Hannah Beaumont collected a try and three conversions for Erin while Daisy Wilson scored two tries, her first ever. Jessica Girdler and Jordyn Mooy also had two tries apiece.
The playoffs are to start with the quarter-finals Tuesday. The Centre Dufferin Royals are to host the Erin Raiders in Shelburne and the Centennial Spartans and Centre Wellington Falcons are to play at Fergus.
Winners will advance to the semifinals May 11. The Ross Royals and Guelph CVI Green Gaels will host semifinal games.
The final is set for May 15.
The league’s playoffs are to start Monday with the Guelph CVI Green Gaels hosting the Centre Dufferin Royals at Varsity Field.
The Erin Raiders are to play the Centre Wellington Falcons at Fergus in one semifinal Wednesday while the Centre Dufferin/GCVI winner is to play the Ross Royals at Ross May 11 in the other semifinal.
The final is to go May 15.