CHARLOTTETOWN – The Nova Scotia Keltics dominated the Eastern Canadian rugby championships here over the weekend.
Nova Scotia teams won four championships – under-18 girls, under-18 boys, under-20 women and senior women.
Overall, 19 teams from six provinces competed over three days.
“To win all divisions and drop only one game in the entire tournament is truly special,” said Nova Scotia provincial coach Jack Hanratty. “The hard work put in by the players, coaches, managers and clubs was truly rewarded today (Sunday), and I am excited for the future of rugby in this province.”
Following is a look at the finals:
Nova Scotia scored seven trys and added two converts in a dominating 41-0 victory over P.E.I. Alyssa Canning and Tanisha Campbell, both of Pictou County RFC, were the top point-getters for Nova Scotia.
Nova Scotia showed some nerves at the start of the game, but settled in to shut out Newfoundland and Labrador 17-0 in a rematch of last year’s final.
Erin Beazley (Valley Bulldogs) and Mandy Wells (Halifax Tars) were the game’s top scorers.
The Keltics, who have struggled to compete with New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador at this age level, emerged as gold-medallists. The final score against New Brunswick was 14-5.
A great individual effort from Cooper Coates (Halifax Tars) in the opening minutes of the game got the Keltics off to a strong start. Coates would also add two converts in the match.
A strong defence keyed Nova Scotia’s hard-fought 7-3 win over Eastern Ontario.
The Kelts opened the scoring on a well-taken try from Catherine Rutledge (Halifax RFC), and Eastern Ontario connected on a penalty kick before halftime to close the gap to 7-3.
The Keltics dominated the first 15 minutes of the second half, but were unable to score. Eastern Ontario pressed hard in the last few minutes, but Nova Scotia’s defence remained strong.