Lake City Falcons rugby player Vittoria Durfeld charges down the field during Kamloops Rugbyfest

Lake City Falcons rugby player Vittoria Durfeld charges down the field during Kamloops Rugbyfest

Falcons soar at Kamloops Rugbyfest

The Lake City Falcons sent two girls rugby teams to compete at the Kamloops Rugbyfest April 18-19.

The Lake City Falcons sent two girls rugby teams to compete at the Kamloops Rugbyfest April 18-19.

The senior team, led by captains Anne Butters and Sheridan Davis, and the junior team, led by Brittany Zimmer and Gina Davis, put together successful weekends.

Girls, ranging from grades 8 to 12 — all with varying levels of experience playing the sport — took part.

Falcons head coach Morley Wilson said he was thrilled with the trip.

“[It was] very successful,” he said. “Girls got a lot of playing time and practice against other provincial teams.

“It was nice to see all the new girls get out on the field and begin to have an understanding of the game.”

Both teams played three games. The senior squad won all of their games, while the juniors won two out of three.

The first senior game was against an Alberta team, Belle Rose Camp, with Lake City marching away with a 15-0 victory. Tries were scored by Anna Bracewell, Butters, and Skye Forcier.

The juniors, meanwhile, won their game against Vanderhoof, 24-20. Emma Feldinger and Vittoria Durfeld both scored tries in the first half. Adriane Kennedy ran in support for Zimmer to score, while Celina Moore closed out the scoring for the Falcons. Feldinger was also successful with two of her conversion kicks.

The following day the senior girls picked up another win over Elgin Park, 15-0, on tries scored by Natasha Johnson, Bracewell and Laura Pfleiderer.

The senior Falcons closed out their tournament with a 22-5 win over tournament hosts, NorKam.

The junior girls won their second game 46-0 over Prince George. Scorers were Carrie Lange, Feldinger, Kennedy, Jordyn Grey and Zimmer, before falling in their final match, 44-0, to Valleyview.

It was, overall, a great experience filled with learning, sportsmanship, bonding and a love of a sport shared by many.

The Falcons spent the week mending in preparation for this weekend’s provincial sevens championships, Friday and Saturday, at the University of British Columbia.

Heading in the Falcons are ranked ninth in the province, and will meet No. 5 seed Vanier first, then No. 1 seed Bateman, before facing No. 13, McMath.

Depending on round robin results the Falcons will be placed into Saturday’s playoff games.

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