29th Annual Miller Cup rugby tournament

The 29th Annual Miller Cup rugby tournament was another big success yesterday at SERC Fields with all Husky rugby teams having solid results.
The senior boys teams ended the day without giving up a point to the opposition, finishing 3-0 and outscoring opponents 45-0.
In their first game, the Huskies played WOSSA rivals Huron Park. Evan Fillion punched a try in in the 1st half, and Mackinnon Hawkins scored in the 2nd half. Ben VanDenTempel added a convert for a 12-0 victory. Northwestern played Banting High School from London in their second game. Despite being on the short side of a large size differential, Northwestern played outstanding defence, again shutting out their opponents. Jamie Steckly scored twice on 2 dominating runs from the centres, Hawkins added a try and VanDenTempel hit 1 convert. Huskies won 17-0. Northwestern saved their best performance for the final game, beating Lampton Central 26-0. Again the backs moved the ball well, and forwards provided solid defence. Wade Niezen, Nic Yunglbut, Steckly and Hawkins all scored tries, while VanDenTempel hit 3 conversions. Nic Yungblut and Ben VanDenTempel were names most outstanding players on the day for the squad.
The girls team also came away with the Varsity B Championship, finishing with a record of 3-0. The girls also defeated Huron Park in their opener with a 17-5 score. Most outstanding player for the day, Claire Lavereau. led the way as she continued her dominating play in the backs this season. Northwestern’s 2nd game of the day saw them beat Woodstock Collegiate Institue 19-0. Mercedes Wagner, Sophia Hawkins and Holly Bowman all had solid performances in the win. In the finals, Northwestern came up against Huron Perth rivals South Huron D.H.S. The ladies played hard in the last game of the day, taking the game 14-12. Rookie Victoria Steinacker played exceptionally well the entire day, as did veteran leader Kim Bannon.

The Junior boys team played 3 very close games, but unfortunately didn’t have the results despite an excellent effort. In their opening match, the boys fell behind 5-0 to Banting High School. In a back and forth game, the boys captain Dylan Jackson finally broke through the defence on a top notch solo effort scoring the tying try on the final play of the game. The boys lost 10-0 in their second game to a strong side from Clarke Road S.S. in London. Rookie centre’s Brett Maguire and Sammi Roes both continued their strong play this season with great efforts in attack, as well as on defence. The boys finished the day with a 10-0 win over Lampton Central.

Northwestern Rugby would like to thank the support of the City of Stratford, Physiotherapy Alliance and K8theGR8 Designs for the day, which continues to be the longest running (29 years) and largest single day rugby tournament in Ontario.

Northwestern’s next action comes quickly as they host St. Anne’s C.S.S. this Friday in Huron Perth league games. Senior boys kickoff at 2pm, Girls at 3pm and Junior Boys at 4pm, all at SERC Field.



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