Despite going undefeated this season, the Avon View Avalanche girls’ rugby team suffered a heartbreaking provincial semi-final loss on the weekend, ending their chance to win another provincial title.
This loss was a case of déjà vu for fans as AVHS lost last year’s provincial semi-final to the Horton Griffins in penalty kicks after recording a perfect season. This year, the girls tied Halifax West 0-0 at the end of regulation in the semi-final game, only to lose out on penalty kicks in overtime.
The provincials were held Saturday, June 7, in New Glasgow.
Avon View’s head coach Jim Bryan said the loss was heartbreaking.
“To tie someone 0-0 and not lose a game all season but not win provincials is hard to swallow; especially when we outplayed them,” he said.
Bryan, always a big believer in his team's talent, noted he was proud of how hard the girls played.
“Each and every game it was clear we were the better team. However, there are always X factors like different referees, windy, rainy weather, sudden injuries that can change outcomes quickly,” said Bryan.
“The best team does not always win. This is seen in all sports. We have won provincials three times but have not always been the favourite.”
In earlier provincial tournament play, the Avalanche defeated Halifax Citadel Phoenix 15-5.
Jessie Evans, Sam Lake and Jaclyn Silver all scored tries to provide the Avalanche with the win.
The Avalanche and Cobequid Education Centre played to a 5-5 draw in the other game.