Clippers girls win gold, boys silver at provincials

Published on Tuesday, 04 June 2024 10:10
Kiersten Vandekerckhove pushes her way through the Souris defence in the girls final, Friday. Kiersten Vandekerckhove pushes her way through the Souris defence in the girls final, Friday.

The Dauphin Clippers girls rugby team are two-time provincial champions after a convincing, 92-0 win over the Souris Sabres, Friday.

Bree Walker led the way with three tries, while Kiersten Vandekerckhove, Ashley Korney and Mai Maguet each scored twice. Lindsey Korney, Tanya Devos, Ryann Richard-Soltis, Tylee Rudkavich, Lucile Musick, Ruth Dandeneau and Raylyn Koshowski all had singles.

Megan Thompson had five converts, while Walker had one.

Dauphin finished the season undefeated, going 7-0 and outscoring their opponents, 490-0.

Clippers assistant coach Kent Miner said being a two-time provincial champion feels great.

“It’s very good for the girls to have that second victory, especially without letting a point against them this year, I think, is an all-out record for any rugby team out there,” he said.

 One of the reasons the Clippers were able to score so many points is the team-first attitude of every player.

“The reason why they got so many points as a team is everybody worked together. There was no individual play. If there was individual play, those players just got subbed out for a team member. So everybody knew they had to play together as a team or watch from the sidelines,” Miner said, adding that was the key to the team’s entire success this season.

“It was just playing together as a team. Always running with support. Always having a friend with you.”

This was the second year the local high school program has benefited from the Parkland Pirates youth rugby program.

Read the full story in this week’s edition of the Dauphin Herald.



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