Machine women claim victory over Riverlake Ramblers

Carole Morris-Underhill
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Hants County's women's rugby team staked themselves to a lead that allowed them to hang on to win a weekend battle against the Riverlake Ramblers.

Rick Kitchin, the Machine RFC's women's coach, said they defeated the Ramblers, who hail from Fall River, 26-22 on Saturday, Aug, 9.

“The girls got off to a great start. They played really well together. They kept to the game plan. But in the second half for some reason, they struggled,” said Kitchin following the win.

“Riverlake took advantage of us. Fortunately, we had enough of a lead built up that we managed to hang on. It was kind of a shallow victory,” Kitchin added.

Naomi McKay was quick to start the scoring for the Machine. Emma-Lee Burry, who kicked in three converts, was the second to score. Team captain Riley Kitchin “plowed her way through a few defenders” before breaking free and scoring the team's third try.

Early in the second half, McKay “took a great pass from Alisi Komaitai and broke free for her second try of the day.”

The win marked the second in a row for the women, who got off to a rocky start this season. Last weekend, they defeated the Dartmouth Pig Dogs – a victory Kitchin was particularly pleased with.

“They should've blown us out of the water. They were up 19-5 at half time,” said Kitchin.

“We made a couple of adjustments at half time... and we came back to beat them 20-19,” said Kitchin, adding they scored three tries in the last 10 minutes of the game.

Kitchin said the win demonstrates that when the team puts what they practice into action, they can stand their ground against any team.

Kitchin is hoping that same drive and determination will follow them into playoffs. The Machine will take on Halifax Saturday, Aug. 16.

“Halifax RFC is one of the dynasties of women's rugby in eastern Canada,” said Kitchin.

The Machine has played the Halifax club once already this year and lost, so they know what fierce competition awaits. Whoever wins the game will advance to the next round of playoffs.

The coach said while the team struggled at the beginning of the season, they have pulled together and will give it their all when they take on Halifax.

“It was a challenging season but we got it together, late, but at least we got it together,” he noted.



Organizations: Dartmouth Pig Dogs, Hants County Machine RFC

Geographic location: Hants County, Fall River, Eastern Canada Windsor King's-Edgehill School

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