Rugby Spartans in provincial qualifier

Rimbey Senior High School Girls Spartans rugby team player Rebecca Olsen goes in for the tackle against a Notre Dame player while Michelle VonGunten comes in for support on the left. The Spartans defeated Notre Dame 13-0 in the final game held in Rimbey May 25.

TREENA MIELKE/Rimbey Review

The Rimbey Spartans Girls High School rugby team finished league play on a high note May 25, defeating Notre Dame High School 13-0.

“It was a great game,” said coach Ceara Newman.

“I’m very proud of the girls. They really stepped up to the plate and played really good rugby.”

Chrisy Weiss and Kaylyn Lukcos both scored trys and Rebecca Olsen scored on a penalty kick.

She said Notre Dame is a strong team and the Spartans were expecting a hard game.

“They usually win their league,” Newman said. “They are in Tier 1 which is a level up from us, but our league is so small we end of playing Tier 1 teams.”

The Spartans were undefeated in league play and will face Rocky Mountain House June 1 for the provincial qualifier.

The game will take place in Red Deer at the Titans Rugby pitch at 4 p.m. The winner of that game will travel to Calgary to compete in the provincials on June 10 and 11.

“We beat them at the beginning (of league play) and we expect it to be a good game,” she said.

The Spartans have travelled to provincials for six consecutive years, but this is the first time they have finished first in league play.

The Rimbey Spartans Girls junior team defeated Breton at home.

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