Avon View's Rugbyfest showcases Division 2 talent


Published on May 6, 2017

Maddie Creighton moves the ball up the pitch as a King's-Edgehill player closes in.

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Avon View's Jobean Boyd holds her ground as King's-Edgehill players go in for the tackle.

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Kaileigh Hiltz moves the ball up the pitch as Avon View defenders latch on to tackle her.

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King's-Edgehill School's Amanda Whelan had to contend with windy, rainy weather as she attempted to put points up for KES.

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This Wolverines player tries to leap out of the way of an oncoming tackler.

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West Kings moves the ball up the pitch as King's-Edgehill School players close in.

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Camryn Kleynhans wasn't about to let this West Kings player get any closer to their goal line May 6.

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King's-Edgehill's Valeria Martinez-Hoil wins the throw in.

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King's-Edgehill's Isabella Alonzo looks to pass the ball before being tackled.

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Maddie Creighton tries to stay in the field of play as she's tackled by Horton players.

Aliya Lickers was a force to be reckoned with on the pitch.

Avon View managed to keep the ball from touching down, forcing Horton to try to run it in again.

Shantell Williams-Kay holds on tightly to Aliya Lickers as she tries to tackle the Horton player.

Anina Fabricius kept forging ahead despite Avon View's Lexie Moulton's tackling attempt.

Lexie Moulton and Mia Chase hold onto Horton's Emma Jodrie in an effort to slow her down.

Dia Hoegg-Phelps prepares to fall to the ground to initiate a ruck for Horton.

This Northeast Kings Education Centre rugby player showed no signs of slowing down when the Titans took on West Kings May 6 in Windsor.

This Northeast Kings Education Centre rugby player showed no signs of slowing down when the Titans took on West Kings May 6 in Windsor.

This Northeast Kings Education Centre rugby player showed no signs of slowing down when the Titans took on West Kings May 6 in Windsor.

This NKEC Titans player tried to stay upright but this West Kings player was determined to make the tackle.

The NKEC Titans and West Kings Wolverines gave it their all during an afternoon bout in Windsor May 6.

This West Kings player showed no mercy as she tackled this NKEC player May 6.

WINDSOR, N.S. — The girls playing in Avon View High School's Rugbyfest for Division 2 teams didn't seem phased by the wind, or the periodic rain showers, May 6.

Division 2 teams from AVHS, King's-Edgehill, Horton, West Kings, Central Kings and Northeast Education Centre all competed at Rugbyfest.

Avon View's athletic director Jim Bryan said the day-long event serves as a way to foster rugby pride while fitting in necessary league games.

“The point of it is we want a day in the Valley that kind of celebrates our league and gets as many teams involved as we can,” said Bryan.

“We have a lot of Division 2 girls teams. There's so many games (to be played) and so little time to get them in,” he said, adding hosting the event allows each team to save on fuel costs.

Due to the rainy weather, Bryan said the teams had to adjust their game strategy – adding more rucks, mauls, break-downs and tight passes.

Playing in trying conditions “toughens them up a little bit,” Bryan said of the players.

There were games held every hour, starting at 9 a.m. Avon View's 'B' team started the day off against the NKEC Titans. The next games saw Central Kings take on Horton, Avon View 'B' square off against King's-Edgehill, and NKEC take on West Kings. The afternoon consisted of KES taking on the Central Kings Gators, Avon View 'B' taking on Horton, and West Kings wrapping up the tournament with a game against KES.

Bryan said while there is no Rugbyfest 'winner,' the games did count toward the overall league standings.

Standings and upcoming games can be found online at http://valleyrugby.blogspot.ca.