Red Hawks varsity rugby player Kiera Casey takes the line-out throw while playing the I.E. Weldon Secondary School Wildcats during the team's home opener on Friday Sept. 27 at the Gary G. Brohman Athletic Field. The Hawks lost to the visiting Wildcats and remain winless after two games but continue to strive to improve./DARREN LUM Staff

Hawks rugby team winless but not defeated

By Darren Lum

It was clear by the smiles of the Red Hawks varsity girls’ rugby players that losing to the visiting Wildcats of I.E. Weldon Secondary School wasn’t the end of them.

They will play again. They will have another opportunity to improve and to see progress.

It’s the development of the program that is key in these games where the opponent has more game play experience at any level let alone club level.

This was the Hawks’ second loss in as many games.

The team did not score against the Wildcats after opening their season with five points in the season opener against Adam Scott while in Peterborough.

With several new players to the sport the team fields a range of players from rookies to relative veterans of multiple competitive years.

On the sidelines for this game included coaches Alexis David Brianne Pockett Carson MacDonald Karys Harrison and faculty liaison Jenn Paton.

The Hawks played with grit and tenacity. The team’s notable play came from seniors Charlotte Paton Ania Smolen and Skye Lambshead.

At press time the results were not available from the team’s most recent home game against Holy Cross on Tuesday Oct. 1.

The team will next head out on the road and play Thomas A. Stewart Secondary on Tuesday Oct. 8.