Ross Royals keep grasp on junior rugby title

Rob Massey, Guelph Sports Journal

GUELPH – The streak continues.

The Ross Royals have been the program by which all others in District 4/10 high school junior boys’ rugby are compared. Monday at Exhibition Park the Royals struck for their fifth consecutive league title and 11th in 13 years when they dropped the Centre Wellington Falcons 45-5.

“The guys came out and played really hard,” Ross coach Ron Docksteader said. “The guys came out prepared. They wanted it right off the hop. They knew and were dedicated the last three months of the year to what they wanted to do and that was to come out and take the ball back from everybody who has it.”

The Royals pride themselves in team play and it showed in the final as they continually moved the ball around from one side of the field to the other.

“For each one of them, they were dedicated, worked extremely hard and the team work, you can’t win without everybody on the same path,” Docksteader said. “That’s exactly what this team is about.”

Alvero De Blais had a try and four converts for Ross while Colton Goldin and Adam Ford had two tries apiece. Kevin Charland and Justin Rochon each had one try and Leonard Scory chipped in with a convert.

Centre Wellington’s scorer was not available.

The Royals advance to the CWOSSA AAA championship tournament next week at Brantford.

“CWOSSA will be tough,” Docksteader said. “You’ll get Brantford teams in there and they’re always solid. You’ll get the top two Kitchener teams in there. Nothing’s set, but we’re looking forward to the challenge and we’re looking forward to stepping up a little bit more.”

Ross hasn’t run into any of its potential CWOSSA opponents at any tournament this year, but they have a good idea of the style of play they’ll face.

“We haven’t come across anybody,” Docksteader said. “We’ve all run in different circles. But we know them. We’ve played rivals against them every year so what you see is just different athletes, same systems.”

Centre Wellington could reach the CWOSSA AAA tournament, too, if they win a qualifying game they’re to host Thursday.

Erin will represent the D4/10 loop at the CWOSSA A/AA tournament next week at Delhi.