YCMHS boys and girls rugby teams win season championships

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YCMHS boys' and girls' rugby players.

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Rugby action from the week prior to the season finals. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN CHETWYND

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Rugby action between YCMHS and Shelburne from the week prior to the season finals. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN CHETWYND

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Rugby action between YCMHS and Shelburne from the week prior to the season finals. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN CHETWYND

Published on May 27, 2014

Rugby action between YCMHS and Shelburne from the week prior to the season finals. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN CHETWYND

Published on May 27, 2014

Rugby action from the week prior to the season finals. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN CHETWYND

Published on May 27, 2014

Rugby action from the week prior to the season finals. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEN CHETWYND

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High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. JUSTIN SURETTE PHOTO

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High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

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High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on May 11, 2014

High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on May 11, 2014

High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on May 11, 2014

High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on May 11, 2014

High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

Published on May 11, 2014

High school rugby. May 10 games between Yarmouth, Barrington and Shelburne. TINA COMEAU PHOTO

By Tina Comeau

THE VANGUARD

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The YCMHS boys and girls rugby teams have each won their season’s championships.

It was an exciting end to the season, given that rugby is still new to the majority of students at the Yarmouth high school, including those who are on the teams.

Although last year there was a boys’ team at the school, this was the first year girls were introduced to the sport.

“I am very proud of the girls this season,” says coach Vanessa Gallant. “They went from barely knowing what the sport of rugby was to league champions. That says a lot about their dedication and passion for the game.”

Although the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation sanctions the YCMHS, Shelburne and Barrington teams, they don’t follow the same structure as other schools in the province, which play with 15 players on the field. Yarmouth and the two other schools play rugby’s 7 with seven players on the field and games consisting of two seven-minute halves.

“We have our own season – four tournament weekends and a championship weekend,” explains Gallant, although this year due to weather there were only three tournament weekends and one championship weekend.

The championship weekend was held May 24 in Shelburne.

Although it was a short season, there was a lot of preparation that went into it explains Marius Gerber, coach of the YCMHS boys’ team.

“We prepared nine weeks to play four weeks,” he says. “We started coaching them in February.”

Gerber says the members of the team ranged from “kids that played rugby last year, from my boys who grew up with a parent who is rugby crazy all of his life to a kid from Korea that had never touched a rugby ball before.”

“As I coach I have to say this was the most awesome team of young boys I’ve ever coached in my life,” says Gerber, saying all team members were very committed.

The boys’ team entered the final day of the season not having lost a game. Their first game of the day with Shelburne was a tie. Then the two teams met up again for the final.

“We went onto the field, Shelburne having home-field advantage. I was nervous,” says Gerber. “It would have been terrible if we went the whole season without losing and then lose in the final.”

Instead the team scored the first try. In rugby scoring a try means touching the ball down in the opponent’s in-goal area or on their goal line. A try is worth five points with the chance of getting an extra two points with a conversion kick.

The final score of the game was 24-7 in Yarmouth’s favour.

Because only Yarmouth and Shelburne fielded boys’ teams this season both had automatically advanced to the final. It was a different scenario for the girls since Yarmouth, Shelburne and Barrington high schools all had teams. The teams, therefore, had to accumulate points during the season to advance to the final, which Yarmouth and Barrington both managed to do. Yarmouth soundly defeated Barrington 46-0 in the final.

Although the season has wrapped up, the rugby play hasn’t ended for all players.

“Throughout the season players were named for an all-star team that will play against other all-stars from the city in a rugby 7's game in Truro on June 7,” explains Gallant.

The YCMHS boys selected for the all-star team are Brandon Gerber, Matt Baker, Ryan Jacquard, Matius Nyyssonen, Daniel Arcila and Devon Pottle. The YCMHS girls selected are Tessa Rogers, Thea Jordan, Yara Soetens, Janell Stewart, Tori Kenney and Sarah Grant.

“After the game they have been invited to stay and watch the Nova Scotia Senior men's provincial team play against the New Brunswick men's provincial team,” adds Gallant. “This is very exciting as this will be, for most of them, their first time seeing a live rugby 15's game, and at a very high caliber.”

 

 

 

 

Organizations: Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation

Geographic location: Shelburne, Yarmouth, Korea Truro New Brunswick

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