The Williams Lake Stags girls rugby team marched away from the B.C. Provincial Rugby Championships at UBC’s Rugby Complex last week with a seventh-place finish.
Stags head coach Morley Wilson said his squad lost its first two games before winning its last contest.
“Both losses were well-contested,” Wilson said.
The Stags, heading into the tournament as the sixth seed, had the tall task of facing Heritage Park, the third seed, in its opening game.
“They were up 10-5 at the half with us pressing on their five-metre line when the whistle blew,” Wilson said. “There were two controversial penalty try calls. One for each team. Heritage were given the points on theirs and we were not on ours.”
Heritage Park finished the match with a 24-10 win. Try scorers for Williams Lake were Sheridan Davis and Guillianna Durfeld.
In game two Williams Lake met DW Poppy of Richmond.
“[It was] another very close game where we came up on the short end of a 20-17 score,” Wilson said.
Williams Lake scorers versus DW Poppy were Brittany Zimmer, Julia Rook and Emma Pfleiderer. Davis also added a conversion.
On the last day of the tournament Williams Lake faced Lillooet.
“Although Lillooet put up a strong defence most of the game was played in their end of the field,” he said.
Williams Lake wound up on the top end of a 36-0 score to close out the tournament. Try scorers for Williams Lake were Zimmer (2), Kate Barnett and Davis (3).
“Overall we outscored our opponents 63-44,” Wilson said. “Our team was two thirds juniors and they played with tremendous heart right until the very end of each game.
“The future looks very bright for girls’ rugby in Williams Lake.”