The Houston girls rugby team upset last years rivals to earn silver at the recent Provincial Championships.
Coach Scott Jackson says the semi final game was “quite something,” as Houston beat Port Alberni, who they lost to in semi finals last year.
“It was very close… a tough, tough game,” Jackson said.
“It was close right up until the end and then we got a couple of tries late to put it away.”
The final score against Port Alberni was 24-10, and launched the Houston Secondary School team into finals against Semiahmoo Secondary from Surrey.
Jackson says the HSS girls were nervous and excited going into finals, but fell behind early and couldn’t quite catch up.
“We really never found our stride until it was too late,” he said, adding that the final score was 22-5.
“They were a very fast team.”
“We did run into some injury problems late – that’s not an excuse – but by the time the final game ended I only had two grade twelves left on the field, both playing through injuries,” Jackson said.
Asked about standout players, Jackson said Delainey Larocque, Jamie Beck, Taylor Hladun and Chaelle Margerm all deserve mention.
“All the grade twelves won either a player of the game or a presidents 15 recognition.”
The HSS rugby season is wrapped up until September.
Four Houston girls play this summer with eight girls from Smithers and Vanderhoof.
Together they make up a Northwest team for the B.C. Summer Games, a three-day tournament in Nanaimo in July.