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Halifax West presented with Brodie McCarthy Award at David Voye Memorial rugby tournament in Summerside

The Halifax West girls pose for a team photo after being named the inaugural recipient of the Brodie McCarthy Award at the 23rd annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament at Three Oaks Senior High School on Saturday afternoon.
The Halifax West girls pose for a team photo after being named the inaugural recipient of the Brodie McCarthy Award at the 23rd annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament at Three Oaks Senior High School on Saturday afternoon. - Jason Simmonds

Coach says weekend was more than wins and losses

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. —

They may not have won the championship banner, but the Halifax West girls took home a special honour from the 23rd annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament.

Halifax West was presented with the inaugural Brodie McCarthy Award on Saturday afternoon. The award, which is presented to the team showing the most sportsmanship and enthusiasm, honours the memory of McCarthy, who died as a result of a head injury suffered while playing with the Montague Vikings during the 2018 Voye tournament in Summerside.
“We had spoken with some of the officials for a little bit of feedback and felt that Halifax West was deserving of the award,” explained Joel Arsenault, athletic director at host Three Oaks Senior High School. “They didn’t have any high tackles at all throughout the tournament, they had a lot of enthusiasm and exhibited those qualities we had mentioned in the award throughout the tournament.”
The award can be presented to either a boys or girls’ team.
The Voye tournament, which honours the memory of one of the founders of the rugby program at Three Oaks, capped a roller-coaster week for Halifax West. The future of the Nova Scotia rugby leagues was in jeopardy after the Nova Scotia School Sport Federation suspended play for 2019. However, meetings between the federation and Department of Education resulted in Rugby Nova Scotia overseeing league play for the remainder of this season.

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Emma DeLorey, coach of the Halifax West girls, accepted the inaugural Brodie McCarthy Award at the 23rd annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament at Three Oaks Senior High School on Saturday afternoon. Three Oaks athletic director Joel Arsenault, left, and Jonathan Murphy presented the award. Murphy, who officiated in the tournament, coached McCarthy with the Montague boys last season. McCarthy died as a result of a head injury suffered during the 2018 Voye tournament in Summerside.
Emma DeLorey, coach of the Halifax West girls, accepted the inaugural Brodie McCarthy Award at the 23rd annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament at Three Oaks Senior High School on Saturday afternoon. Three Oaks athletic director Joel Arsenault, left, and Jonathan Murphy presented the award. Murphy, who officiated in the tournament, coached McCarthy with the Montague boys last season. McCarthy died as a result of a head injury suffered during the 2018 Voye tournament in Summerside.

Special award
“It’s a really special award for us and this tournament, especially with everything that’s happened in Nova Scotia this past week,” said Halifax West coach Emma DeLorey. “This one definitely hits home for us as well and it’s really special that our girls got to accept the first-ever Brodie McCarthy Award.”
DeLorey proudly noted the McCarthy award shows rugby is much more than wins and losses.
“We want to exemplify what the spirit and culture of rugby is,” said DeLorey. “That’s something we really focus on teaching.
“We teach the game, we teach the laws, the tactics, but really the thing I want our girls to take away is that they love rugby, they want to come back and play. A lot of that has to do with the culture, such as singing when you are bored on the sidelines, having team mottos and things like that that really stick them to the sport.”

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A total of 17 senior AAA-calibre teams – 11 girls and six boys – took part in the Voye tournament.
Halifax West, which completed play 1-2 (won-lost), enjoyed their experience in the Voye tournament.
“We didn’t play a team that was in our normal division, so that’s why we come here,” said DeLorey. “We come to learn, develop our players and here we are able to do that against teams that challenge them and that is perfect.”

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The host Three Oaks Axemen defeated the Colonel Gray Colonels 28-0 in the boys’ championship game and the Charlottetown Rural Raiders pulled out a 21-19 come-from-behind win over North Nova Educational Centre from New Glasgow, N.S., in the girls’ final.

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