Stratford Northwestern hosted its 26th annual Miller Cup Rugby tournament last Tuesday, May 8. This is the largest single day rugby tournament in Ontario, with over 35 teams participating in five different divisions.
The Huskies’ girls team opened their tournament with a 26-0 drubbing of Huron Park from Woodstock. Northwestern scored early and often, with standout players being Stacy Somerville, Elisa Beckett and Rachel Burge.
In the Huskies’ second game, they lost heart-breaker 8-7 to Beamsville. The host school scored first with a converted try, making the score 7-0.
Beamsville replied with a try making the score 7-5. Late in the game, the Beamsville kicker scored three points on a penalty goal to take the lead by one point.
Devyn Zorgdrager narrowly missed a penalty goal for the Huskies, and Beamsville held on for the narrow victory.
In Northwestern’s third and final game, Huskies ran into a strong team from Blenheim, and despite their best effort, fell 31-12. Jen Jacobs played well throughout the tournament.
Senior boys post two wins
The Northwestern Senior boys team also got off to a fast start in the tournament with a 17-3 victory over Delhi. Steve Strahan, Zac Goodhew and Riley McLeod scored tries for Northwestern, and Daniel Bald added a conversion.
In the Huskies’ second match, they met Huron Park in a hard-fought game.
Despite controlling both possession and territory for much of the first half, Huskies struggled to execute and were not able to score. Late in the first half, Huron Park notched a try after a string of NW penalties.
The boys played hard in the second half, however, they could not crack the Woodstock defence, eventually falling 12-0.
In their final game of the day, the Northwestern Seniors defeated H.B. Beal from London 25-0.
Clayton Pye led the way with two tries and some spectacular play all over the pitch. Daniel Bald, Josh Alexander and Jordan Schade all added tries as well.
Junior boys go 2-2
The Northwestern Junior boys squad also had a successful day, finishing with a 2-2 record.
In the Huskies’ first game, they defeated rivals St. Mikes. Standout players included Evan James, Donnie Hammer and Brody Higgs.
The Juniors ran into a strong team from Medway, in Arva, in their second game, and were out-matched in the first half, finding themselves down 20-0, despite a solid effort.
Northwestern answered the bell in the second half, however, out-scoring their opponents 10-5 on two tries from fly half Josh Britton.
In their third game, Huskies faced another strong team from Collingwood, and lost a chippy, but close match 5-0. Standout players included Jayson Jacobs, Max Blair and Drew Dotzert.
In their final game of the day, the Junior boys out-matched Sacred Heart, the final score being 20-5. Overall, this was a great day for a young junior team that holds a lot of promise.
2013 Northwestern Rugby Reunion
The 2013 Northwestern Rugby Reunion takes place on Thursday, May 16 at SERC, and the schedule is as follows:
Northwestern Jr. boys versus St. Mikes Junior boys in the 3rd annual ‘Black Feather’ game. Kick-off is at 6 p.m.
Northwestern Sr. boys versus Huron Park Sr. boys from Woodstock. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.
Reception to follow for alumni at the Stratford Army/Navy hall.