Saints big winners on and off the field this
Saints Fundraising Weekend featured a triple
header with all three teams playing.
The 3 game event was in support Barry
Chalmers and the local Multiple Sclerosis
The Sarnia Saints senior women’s team came
out strong and focused against the Bruce
County Banshees Saturday afternoon at Norm
The Ladies scored the first play of the game
after making a tackle from the kickoff,
stealing possession and getting the ball out
wide to outside center, Carleigh LaLonge.
Christina Fazio scored the second try for
the Saints, after the forwards sucked in the
Banshee defense and the backs exploited the
overlap. Daria Keane, Emily Powell and Mandy
Milliquet also added to the score board in
the first forty minutes of game with two
tries from Keane and one try each from
Powell and Milliquet.
The second half also went smoothly for the
Saints, starting off with a try from the
number 8, Sarah Mimnagh, followed by Keane’s
third try of the game as well as a try from
rookie Anne Groulx. Lisa Oleniuk kicked 7 of
the 9 conversion through the uprights,
adding 14 points for Sarnia. The Banshees
managed to run past the Saints defense twice
near the end of the second half, making the
final score 59-10. Daria Keane was named
player of the game for the Saints.
Final Score: 59-10
The second game
of the day was between the Sarnia Saints
Development Side and London St. George which
Sarnia won with a final score of 22 - 19.
Graham Wattie, Craig Johstone and Mike Hart
each scored tries in the win. Simon
Kennefick and tom Pratt each kick in one
convert and Simon Kennefick added 3 points
on a penalty kick.
The main event
on this special weekend was between the
Sarnia Saints Premier team and close rivals
London St. George. Before the start of
the game Barry Chalmers took part in the
ceremonial coin toss.
to win and made it 3 - 0 for the day by
taking the win over London with a final
score of 18 - 13.
"London is a
hard team and a very good team. It was
hard fought game and we got a little bit
panicky in the second half when they started
taking it to us a little bit. Defensively
the guys really stood up" said Coach Todd
Whitlock "I also would like to give credit
to London for supporting us in this
fundraising event for MS"
In the first
half Sarnia fly-half Stuart Edwards scored 2
penalty conversions to put the Saints up by
6. London first scored in the
second half on a penalty kick by Derek
Daypuck. Sarnia scored their first try
minutes later with Mike Hart scoring. Stuart Edwards conversion kick was good to
give the Saints a 13 - 3 lead. Halfway
into the half Sarnia added to the scoreboard
scoring a walk over try with Ian McEwen
earning the try to take an 18 - 3 lead.
London fought back and came within a try
after Ryan LeBer scored a try and convert
was good by Derek Daypuck, then Daypuck
scored his second penalty kick of the game.
Sarnia held off the attack to take the win.
"All and all
it's a wonderful day and this makes it that
much sweeter, a game that is tight all
the way to the end especially London,
a great team and they had our number ever
since I started playing rugby, it feels
really good and a good team win." said
Captain Tyler Boyd
was named player of the match.
an import player from Scotland said "It's
incredible, this is my 4th game with the
Sarnia Saints and the boys have brought me
in and made me a part of the team. The heat
it's incredible, it's so warm and for
me that's a challenge on it's own but today
it's about Barry Chalmers our whole
performance is about him'
Edwards is also
involved with coaching the Sarnia Saints U18
youth program. He encourages
anyone who is interested to come out to the
practices that are held Tuesday and Thursday
at 5 pm at Norm Perry Park. The teams
will compete in six tournaments over the
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