Avon View’s Rugbyfest draws student athletes from across the Valley

Ashley Thompson
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Published on May 05, 2014

Avon View's Jaclyn Silver didn't appear too worried as a NKEC rugby player inched closer for a tackle. Silver passed the ball to a teammate, keeping the play in action. AV won the game 30-0.

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Sam Lake charges up the field as NKEC players attempt to slow her down during Avon View's senior girls' game May 3.

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Katie Hirschfeld braces for impact as an NKEC player attempts to tackle her May 3. Avon View trampled the visiting team 30-0.

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Avon View's Kia Sawler manages to pass the ball to a teammate after being tackled during the senior girls' game against NKEC May 3.

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Jessie Evans pushes her way through the crowd to gain some yards for Avon View.

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A NKEC player puts the squeeze on Avon View's Colleen Lothian during their early evening match up May 3.

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The Avon View Avalanche senior girls’ team was relentless when they took to the pitch May 3, defeating NKEC 30-0.

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Tommy Delorme breaks free from some Central Kings players and powers up the pitch to score a try for King's-Edgehill May 3.

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Tommy Delorme celebrates his first try of the game May 3 with a King's-Edgehill teammate.

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Two Central Kings Gators attempt to slow down a King's-Edgehill School senior boys' rugby player during their 9 a.m. match at Avon View High School May 3.

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Tommy Delorme scored his second try of the day for King's-Edgehill May 3 when they took on the Central Kings Gators. KES won the bout.

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A King's-Edgehill player breaks away from the pack in a game against Digby.

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Digby players scramble to tackle a King's-Edgehill player on the brink of a breakaway.

Windsor is well represented when it comes to high school rugby.

Avon View High School played host to 16 rugby teams from the Valley May 3 for Rugbyfest 2014.

Rugbyfest co-ordinator Jim Bryan says there was an equal showing of male and female events at the daylong celebration of a sport that is becoming more popular with each passing year.


“What we do is we have one day for all of the Valley teams to get together and play some league games,” said Bryan, who coaches the Avon View Avalanche.

While opposing teams are rivals on the field, the social aspect of the game is most apparent in between matches. Off the field, players from opposing teams socialize and talk rugby.

Bryan says both Avon View and King's-Edgehill School's senior girls' teams remained undefeated in league play following Rugbyfest. The first showdown between the two squads is scheduled for May 6.

Bryan says the teams are fairly evenly matched, and capable of finishing the season as champions.

“It will be a toss up I think, and it's going to be quite a battle,” he said.

King's-Edgehill's senior boys' team also built upon their winning streak at Rugbyfest, holding on to their prime placement in the league standings.

“It's good that a small town like this can do so well with rugby,” said Bryan.

 

Organizations: Avon View High School, Avon View Avalanche, King's-Edgehill School

Geographic location: Avon View High School, Windsor, Hants County Nova Scotia West Hants

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