Heading into provincials, King’s-Edgehill School’s boys’ rugby team was a strong contender as they were looking to capture another championship title.
In their opening game, KES defeated Hants East 12-8.
Ethan Drory had a sensational run early in the game before Ross Traves scored the first try. KES led 5-3 at halftime.
Early in the second half, Dean Pan had a great pick and go from the middle of the field and outran the entire defensive forwards, and, just as he was about to score a try, touched the ball down thinking he was already in, not realizing the goal line was still 15 feet away. Although KES didn’t score on this attempt, minutes later, Tommy Delorme joined the back line for a penalty and took the ball hard and scored a second try followed by a successful conversion. Hants East failed to give up and scored late in the game but it was not enough to pull out a win.
KES went on to defeat Dartmouth 10-5 in their second game at provincials.
The game began with a little too much intensity as a pair of yellow cards were handed out in the opening five minutes of the first half. The first yellow card was given to Dartmouth after a dangerous tackle; the second to KES for an intentional offside.
King’s-Edgehill had their heads in this game 100 per cent despite the early friction. Robert Burrows scored the first try of the game and the first half ended with the Windsor school up 5-0.
Juan Merodio's sensational tackle prevented Dartmouth from scoring early in the second half and then outstanding defense by King’s prevented a couple of other Dartmouth players from scoring.
Dartmouth did manage to get past Delorme off a scrum and score an unconverted try to tie the game at five. Delorme was more determined than ever after the Dartmouth try to put his team back in front and when he got the ball, he had a huge run, cleared a ruck, leaving a clean ball for Traves to send to the back line, setting up Pan for a spectacular try on the right wing for the winner.
Despite all this hard work, the provincial semi-final game against Halifax Citadel Phoenix was a disaster as KES was thumped 34-0 and their run at a provincial championship for 2014 ended at the North Nova Education Centre in New Glasgow.