Volume 12 Week 5

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(Posted 9:30 a.m., May 5)
St. Peter ruggers gunning for city championship
By Fred Sherwin

The St. Peter Knights in white and the Sacred Heart Huskies in black, battled to a 10-10 draw on the pitch at St. Peter High School on thursday. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The high school rugby season kicked off this week with eight Ottawa-area high schools all gunning for the city title and a trip to the OFSAA provincial championships in early June.

The St. Peter Knights senior girls team, which is attempting to go to the OFSAA championships for a fifth straight year, opened their season with a 28-13 win over Holy Trinity on Tuesday, but were tripped up by the Glebe Gryphons who beat them by a single point on Thursday.

The Knights senior boys team is hoping to get back to the provincial championships after a three-year absence. They got things started impressively enough with a 38-0 win over the Nepean Knights on Tuesday, but had to settle for a tie against the Sacred Heart Huskies on Thursday in a game they should have won.

The Knights spotted the Huskies a 5-0 lead midway through the first half, before tying the match five minutes later on a try by Shamar Skerrit.

The Knights would score again six minutes later on a try by Zakaria Karem that capped a possession which started just inside the midfield line.

The first half ended with the Knights enjoying a 10-5 lead, but they would end up regretting not attempting penalty kicks on two separate occasions from 20 metres out, directly in front of the posts, that could have extended their advantage.

The score remained 10-5 in favor of the Knights until the 20-minute mark of the second half when several missed tackles on the part of St. Petes allowed the Hukies to carry the ball over he try line.

With the score tied 10-10, Sacred Heart had an excellent chance to take the lead on the convert, but the attempt sailed just wide of the right post.

Not satisfied to simply settle for a tie, the Knights did their best to score in the game’s dying moments, but were held out of the goal area by the Huskies who eventually won the ball back and ran out the clock.

In preventing the Knights from scoring, the Huskies were penalized three straight times for infractions on the try line, any one of which could have resulted in a penalty try being awarded to St. Peter if the ref so ruled, but he didn’t and the game played on.

Afterwards, Knights’ head coach Lee-Ann Napiorkowski tried to put the result into the proper perspective.

“We let things we can’t control get the better of us, myself included,” said Napiorkowski. “We beat ourselves out there today. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we failed to rise to the occassion.”

St. Pete’s veteran rugby coach was hoping to see a better game from her players this week when they take on the Ashbury Colts on Tuesday with starters Jake Lowe and Matt Byrne back in the lineup. The two player missed the game against the Huskies to attend a physics fair.

The Colts are 2-0 with wins over Brookfield and Glebe.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)


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