Axemen look to build on momentum

Jason Simmonds
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In 18th Annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament

SUMMERSIDE – The Three Oaks Axemen are looking to build on the momentum generated in New Brunswick the last weekend in April.

Logan Millar of the Three Oaks Axemen participates in a play during a team practice on Tuesday afternoon. The Axemen will host the 18th annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament this weekend.

The Axemen, who are coming off a 4-0 (won-lost) showing at RugbyFest 2014 in Rothesay, will host 11 other senior AAA boys’ teams for the 18th annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament this weekend. Voye was a music teacher and a driving force in the development of the rugby program at Three Oaks.

“We are expecting a strong tournament,” said Axemen head coach James Voye, who is the son of the late David Voye. “We have some good teams, the forecast looks encouraging and we’re expecting a great weekend of rugby.”

 

Confidence

Axemen co-captain Alex Rose noted the victory at RugbyFest 2014 has boosted the team’s confidence.

“We were going out there beating teams that were bigger than we were, and to know we can beat these teams gives everyone the confidence we can do whatever we put our mind to,” said Rose. “If we play the way we did in Rothesay, move up our D line and play with intensity, we should do well.”

The Axemen, who will play in a pool with Westisle and Northumberland from Nova Scotia, lost in last year’s Voye tournament final to the powerful Bill Crothers Secondary School from Ontario 55-0.

Three Oaks will face Westisle in the tournament opener on Thursday at 5 p.m., and will meet Northumberland on Friday at 5 p.m.

“It’s a pretty big deal for our school, and we want to do well,” said Axemen co-captain Ty Wright. “We lost a lot of players last year, but a lot of Grade 12 players this year have stepped up and filled in some of those key positions.”

 

Balanced attack

Voye said one strength for the Axemen is a balanced attack.

“We get strong play from both our backs and forwards, but if I had to lean towards one side right now I would say our back line is working pretty well,” Voye went on to say. “They are passing the ball really well to each other, and supporting each other.”

The Axemen’s knowledge of rugby is also a big asset, noted Voye.

“We are expecting a strong tournament. We have some good teams, the forecast looks encouraging and we’re expecting a great weekend of rugby.” Axemen head coach James Voye

“We have a lot of players involved with the provincial program in the summer, and that really translates into the rugby knowledge part of it,” continued Voye. “We have some intelligent rugby players, and that makes a big difference. It makes my job a lot easier.”

 

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At A Glance

 

David Voye Memorial

rugby boys’ tournament:

 

Pools

Pool A – Three Oaks, Westisle, Northumberland.

Pool B – Bluefield, Lockview, Hants East.

Pool C – Montague, Cobequid, Avon View.

Pool D – Colonel Gray, North Nova, Horton.

 

Schedule

Friday, May 9

Noon – Montague vs. Avon View (Victoria Road).

1 p.m. – Lockview vs. Hants East (Victoria Road).

2 p.m. – Northumberland vs. Westisle (Victoria Road); Cobequid vs. Avon View (Canada Games).

3 p.m. – Bluefield vs. Lockview (Canada Games).

4 p.m. – Colonel Gray vs. North Nova (Canada Games).

5 p.m. – Three Oaks vs. Northumberland (Canada Games); Montague vs. Cobequid (Bus Depot).

6 p.m. – Colonel Gray vs. Horton (Bus Depot).

7 p.m. – Hants East vs. Bluefield (Canada Games); Horton vs. North Nova (Bus Depot).

 

Saturday, May 10

9 a.m. – Second-place team in Pool A vs. second-place team in Pool C (Canada Games).

11 a.m. – First-place team in Pool B vs. first-place team in Pool D (Victoria Road); first-place team in Pool A vs. first-place team in Pool C (Canada Games); third-place team in Pool A vs. third-place team in Pool C (Bus Depot).

Noon – Third-place team in Pool B vs. third-place team in Pool D (Canada Games).

1 p.m. – Second-place team in Pool B vs. second-place team in Pool D (Canada Games).

3 p.m. – Championship game.

Organizations: Bill Crothers Secondary School

Geographic location: Rothesay, Northumberland, Nova Scotia

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