Rugby wins with team effort

A cohesive Gaels team cruised to victory over Trent University

Rookie Bronwyn Corrigan kicked for six points on Saturday.
Rookie Bronwyn Corrigan kicked for six points on Saturday.
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Winger Natalie Poirier takes down a Trent Excalibur player.
Winger Natalie Poirier takes down a Trent Excalibur player.
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Six different players scored tries in the women’s rugby team’s 38-22 win over the Trent Excalibur on Saturday at Richardson Stadium. Rookie Bronwyn Corrigan led the team with six points by kicking for three conversions.

Corrigan wasn’t the only young player leading the Gaels’ attack. Wingers Sarah Pathak and Natalie Poirier, both second-years, found the score sheet with a try each.

Head coach Beth Barz said she was pleased to see her team’s high level of teamwork and interplay so early in the season.

“Everything was going right, it was absolutely perfect,” Barz said. “Even in between some of the non-scoring areas the phases looked really good. We’ve got a few things to fix defensively but nothing that’s not fixable, which is great.”

The Gaels had several fourth-year veterans graduate after last season but Barz said there was no drop in the team’s play with the younger lineup.

“We had every confidence in the players that were on the field today to execute like the ones who left,” she said. “They certainly filled the shoes very well.”

Captain and scrum-half Susan Heald said the main concern going into the season was how young players could adjust to contributing roles. She said she was happy to see the team come together as a unit so quickly.

Heald said the team would take the win as a stepping-stone towards improving their results from last year, where they finished 2nd in the OUA and 5th at the CIS championships.

“Our motto this year is ‘Never enough,’” she said. “I think that we can all agree that even though we made it to nationals last year we want to do better.”

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