The St. Mikes / Northwestern rugby rivalry was renewed yesterday with games for the schools Sr. and Jr. boys teams at SERC.
In the opening match up, the senior boys lost a hard fought game 17-12. St. Mike’s jumped out in front 17-0 in the first half, capitalizing on some mistakes and penalties by the Huskies. However late in the first half, 8 man Jon Strahan took a crash ball on a penalty play to put Northwestern on the board and give the team some life. Tola Francis made the conversion and the score was 17-7 going into half time. The second half featured some back and forth play and chances for both teams. Jamie Steckly was able to score the only try of the half to bring the Huskies within 5, but that was as close as it would get.
The junior boys clashed with St. Mikes in their 2nd Huron Perth league game as well. After some hard forward play for the first part of the game captain Neil Trainor took a crash ball middle of the half to get the Huskies on the board. Everett Hawkins made the conversion and the Huskies were up 7-0. Much the same as before, Trainor punched in his 2nd try of the game just before half, and Northwestern was up 12-0 midway through the game. The boys came out of the gate in the 2nd half determined. Good ball movement by the backs resulted in winger Bryce Lee making several breaks in the half. Lee scored one try, and set up Cole Stokke for another in the half. Hawkins made a conversion and Northwestern won with a final score of 24-0.
Northwestern faces F.E. Madill on Friday May 12th at SERC. Senior boys kickoff at 2 pm, girls at 3 pm and junior boys at 4 pm in all of the teams final regular season games.