Girls Rugby Team Off to Provincial Finals

The undefeated season continues for MacNaughton’s rugby team, as the Highlanders defeated Simonds High 19-10 on May 28, a warm Sunday afternoon, at McKenna Field.

This victory kept the team’s record undefeated, and they hope to finish on a high note this upcoming Friday night, June 2, in Saint John, as they are set to face St. Malachy’s Memorial High.

BMHS got the early 14 point lead, with try’s by Abby Winters and Courtney Sarault; Jessica Sauter added to the try’s with two converts. Although the Highlanders took the early lead, SHS fought back, as they ran into the end zone for two tries, missing both converts. The ten points, however, was not enough to take down the Highlanders.

“I think the main reason why we played so good today was we all knew it would be our last game if we lost,” says Anna Dodge, a Junior at Bernice MacNaughton. “Everyone worked together great and we were able to shut them down on defense.”

Reflecting on the semi-finals, Senior Abby Winters of BMHS says, “Holy, was it ever amazing winning today. It felt so great after all the work we’ve put in this season. It was such a hard game, which made it even more rewarding at the end.”

Friday’s contest is expected to be a tough one, as Winters says, “Friday will be one tough game. Not sure what to expect yet, as they are a really tough team. All I know is we are going to go out there with the same intensity as we did today; we are going to give it our all.” Dodge agrees with Winters’ comments, stating, “Coming up, it’s certainly not going to be an easy win against St. Malachy’s. We’ve had to fight our way to get to this position and I have no doubt we can persevere on Friday if we fight like we did today.”

Whether the rugby team takes home the provincial title this Friday or not, the whole Highlander family is very proud of the (so-far) undefeated season they have played. If they bring their game, and fight until the last whistle, there is no doubt that MacNaughton could become provincial champions on June 2nd.

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