NorKam Saints earn silver at rugby provincials

Coach Sue Kabotoff is looking forward to next season, when her NorKam Saints will be aiming for another shot at G.P. Vanier of Courtenay.

Vanier dispatched NorKam 35-5 in the final of the AA Girls B.C. High School Rugby Championship last weekend in Shawnigan Lake, marking the second straight year the Towhees have downed the Saints in the title tilt.

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“I have a young team,” Kabotoff said. “I’m looking forward to a rematch next year.

“We gelled as a team. It was a defeat and they were down, but they fought hard and they can be proud of what their accomplishments were.”

No. 2-ranked NorKam breezed past Langley in Round 1, winning by about 60 points, and squeaked past Abbotsford 24-19 to reach the final.

“Abby was phenomenal in their rucks and we kept coming at them until we punched through,” Kabotoff said. “We were tired and beat up and we had Vanier.”

NorKam, which won a sevens rugby provincial championship earlier this season, fell 27-10 to Vanier in the 2018 AA final in Williams Lake.

The Westsyde Whundas qualified to compete in the Tier 2 division at this year’s provincial girls’ rugby championships.

They finished seventh among eight teams.

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