Northumberland boys win David R. Voye Memorial rugby tournament

At Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside


Published on May 14, 2017

The Northumberland Knighthawks are the boys’ champions of the 21st annual David R. Voye Memorial rugby tournament, hosted by Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside.

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SUMMERSIDE – The boys’ championship banner for the David R. Voye Memorial rugby tournament is headed to Alma, N.S.

Northumberland co-captains Reed MacDonald, left, and Maynard Wilson accept the boys’ championship banner for the 21st annual David R. Voye Memorial rugby tournament, hosted by Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside on Saturday afternoon. James Voye, son of the late David R. Voye and head coach of the Three Oaks Axemen, makes the presentation.
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The Northumberland Knighthawks defeated the Hants East Tigers from Milford Station, N.S., 24-5 in the championship game on Saturday afternoon. It was the first-ever title for Northumberland in the 21-year history of the Voye tournament, which honours the memory of a founding member and driving force behind the development of the rugby program at host Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside.
“It was my third trip to the Voye tournament, and it’s a great way to finish it off,” said Northumberland co-captain Reed MacDonald, who contributed a try in the championship game played on the Bus Depot pitch at Three Oaks.
Grant Fraser scored two trys, Brydon Hawes added a single major and Tyler MacLennan kicked two converts for Northumberland, which counted two early trys to take control.
“We came out flying right at the start,” said MacDonald, an 18-year-old outside centre. “The boys had their heads on, they wanted to win and they wanted some trys to kick it off.
Nathan Landry scored the lone Hants East try early in the second half of a physical final.
“We play these guys back in Nova Scotia, they are in our league and we play them quite often,” said MacDonald. “It is a hard tough match every time we play them, and it was the same way (Saturday).”

We play these guys back in Nova Scotia, they are in our league and we play them quite often. It is a hard tough match every time we play them, and it was the same way (Saturday).

Northumberland co-captain Reed MacDonald

Undefeated
Overall, Northumberland completed the three-day event a perfect 4-0 (won-lost). After posting round-robin wins of 17-7 over Avon View and 19-7 versus Horton, Northumberland avenged last year’s semifinal loss with a hard-fought 10-5 win over the host Three Oaks Axemen, who went 2-1 in tournament play.
Cole MacIsaac scored both trys for Northumberland while Kyle Ross had the lone score for the Axemen.
“It was a redemption game for us this year,” said MacDonald. “It was one of the toughest games of rugby that I have ever played.”
Three Oaks head coach James Voye added it was a well-played contest on both sides.
“It was one of those games you do not feel disappointed walking off the field after the game,” said Voye. “We had our chances.”
Hants East outscored King’s-Edgehill of Windsor, N.S., 31-24 in the other semifinal.

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