Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens (www.javalon.smugmug.com)
Despite only being able to field 11 players the Port Alberni Black Sheep Women’s Rugby team made the trek down island to honor their commitment to play the Velox Valkyries on Saturday.
Selina McGinness slashes through the Valkyries defence.
The game was ruled a forfeit but the teams decided to play a friendly with Velox loaning Port Alberni six players. Courtney Sims, Samantha Robb, Selina McGinness, Leah Gajecki, Natalie Tam and Allie White all saw action for the Black Sheep.
The Valkyries were also without the services of four of their starters as Barbara Mervin, Jessica Dovanne, Julianna Zussman and Lindsay Anderson were off training with Rugby Canada.
Velox Valkyries Amanda Campbell scored a try and kicked two converts during Saturday’s game against the Port Alberni Black Sheep.
Velox’s Sarah Levson gets wrapped up by Selina McGinness (L) and Natalie Tam, who were playing for the Port Alberni Black Sheep.
It was a cold, sunny morning at the Velox pitch but this didn’t stop the ladies from taking to the field to play some rugby. The game ended 44-10 for Velox but this game was more about the ladies getting an opportunity to get out and play some rugby.
Sarah Levson gets set to pass the ball.
Laura Crowe-Hutchon lead the way for Velox with a pair of tries while Brittney Sims, Amanda Campbell and Bethany Smith also crossed the line for tries. Campbell also kicked a pair of conversions. Port Alberni got a solo try when Selina McGinness slashed through the Velox defenders found some open field and turned on the jets. Jane Cruttenden let her boot do the talking kicking a conversion and penalty to round out the Black Sheep scoring.
Velox’s Allie White looks for opening against the Port Alberni Black Sheep.
There is no denying that the Valkyries are the top Island team with a record of 8-0 and a whopping 449 points for and a measly 39 points against. It would be easy for some of their Island opponents to choose not to play them but rugby is more than a game about who won and who lost, don’t get me wrong it is always nice to win, but it’s also about the spirit of competition and the love of the game and these women do love the game.
The Valkyries finish the Fall season next weekend when they travel to Piggie Park in Duncan to take on Cowichan.
Velox’s Selina McGinness donned a Port Alberni Black Sheep’s jersey on Saturday to help round out the numbers.