The Scribes Women have repeated as provincial champions, capturing their second consecutive BC Division 2 title.
Once again, the opponents in the Final were Capilano RFC, and as suspected, this was an intense, hard fought match with neither side backing down. After 60 minutes of bruising, exciting rugby, Scribes emerged victorious by a score of 19-12.
The play of Scribes Captain, Cat Power, was pivotal in all aspects of the game, including making tackles, driving the scrum, scoring a try, knocking over two conversions, booting the ball into touch at the final whistle and lifting the championship trophy. It was arguably her finest performance ever as a Scribe and her teammates enthusiastically followed her example. Notable contributions around the ruck and with the ball were made by Amber Parker, Reba Rowe, Didi Dufresne and Jodi Pongratz. Scribes also earned tries from winger Emer Casey and centre Jen Ding.
Scribes opened the scoring in the 12th minutes when Caps tried to run the ball out of their own in goal area. The Caps ball carrier’s forward progress was stopped, and Power seized the moment by aggressively ripping the ball from her hands and spilling over the line for the try.
Caps responded in the 18th minute when their winger (#14) found a gap in the Scribes defense and dashed in from the 22m line to place Caps in the ascendancy.
Scribes responded before the break, thanks to some quick thinking from Dufresne who collected a loose ball on the deck before lobbing it to Casey. The evasive winger managed to sidestep three tacklers and dot down in goal. The placement made for an easy conversion, and Scribes took a 5 point lead (12-7) into the half time break.
Scribes benefited from territory and possession to begin the second frame, pushing Caps back to within a few feet of their own goal area. Power looked to have scored a try before a double-movement call from the referee extinguished the scoring play. No matter, as Scribes turned over the ball on the ensuing scrum, fed it into the hands of the backs and Jen Ding ran hard at the defense to crash over the line. A confidently struck conversion extended the lead to 19-7.
Capilano’s response was inevitable, with a strong surge leading to sustained pressure inside the Scribes 22m. Once again, it was Caps’ speedy winger, #14, who found the ball in space and crossed over the line. The conversion was missed, leaving Caps searching for a converted try to tie the game in the closing moments. With hearts racing and Caps in control, Scribes forward Amber Parker brilliantly stole a loose ball in a ruck, secured possession and a couple phases later it was punted into touch to end the game.
Scribes players and supporters then rushed onto the field to celebrate the well earned 19-12 championship winning victory. The party continued late into Saturday evening, with more celebratory festivities planned for May 25th at the Scribes year end banquet, being hosted at the Butcher and Bullock. Tickets are $50, and include dinner and a drink. Contact Amber Parker to purchase your ticket.