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Lions come up short in OFSAA consolation final

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WATERLOO — A tired and beat up Grey Highlands Lions team simply ran out of steam and dropped a 27-5 decision to Beamsville on Wednesday in the consolation championship at the OFSAA A/AA senior girls rugby tournament.

“That’s a lot of rugby in three days and we just wore out,” Grey Highlands’ coach Chad VanderDuim said. “Our five games are almost the equal of our (Bluewater Athletic Association) season (of six games). We had some injuries during the year and we had to patch together a lineup at times.”

Justine Mayne hit a penalty for the Lions, who finished 3-2 at the tournament.

Grey Highlands opened the day with a 17-0 shutout of Oakville’s St. Christopher’s.

“We got up on them early and then, when it became clear that they weren’t going to be able to score on us, we started to (bring in the subs),” said VanderDuim.

Morgan Groulx scored two tries while Rachel Thornton added one. Mayne added a convert.

“Everybody brought their A game because we really wanted to get to the (consolation final),” said Groulx, the Lion’s graduating co-captain.

“(Beamsville) was really good with good backs and forwards. We’re a good team but they were just (a little better). This has let me finish off my career on a high note with this team and these girls that I love.”

St. Mary’s finished seventh after beating St. Christopher’s 22-5 in the seven-eight game to also finish at 3-2.

Laura Klingenberg paced the offence with three tries. Georgia McLay added a single try and Rebecca Hunter added a convert.

“Any time you have a winning record at OFSAA you have to be happy,” said coach Darcy Werger. “We finished seven spots higher than our initial ranking (of 14th). The Grade 9s and 10s got probably three-quarters of a game to play themselves and they scored in our morning game, so that should give them the confidence that they can move the ball.”

St. Mary’s fell 38-5 to Beamsville in the consolation semifinal on Thursday morning. Alana Lawrence had the Mustangs’ try.

“They were another big, fast team and we just didn’t have the gas to keep up,” said Werger.

The Mustangs will be rebuilding next year with a young squad as several key veterans, including Rebecca Lustig, played their final games at OFSAA.

“I was just really excited to be here and to be able to play with my team at OFSAA,” said Lustig, an 18-year-old Grade 12 student from Owen Sound.

“I think we learned a lot about how we can play as a team. We did a really good job. I’m really, really proud of my team.”

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