M.L. rugby players win Manitoba tournament

From meadowlakeNOW
October 10, 2017 - 4:34pm Updated: October 10, 2017 - 5:41pm

Three members of Meadow Lake’s SheDevils rugby squad traveled to Winnipeg, Man. this past weekend to compete in an elite tournament hosted by Rugby Manitoba on Oct. 7 and 8.

Twins Skyla and Savanna Russell, and Ashley Albert joined up with players from Regina, Warman and Swift Current to form two squads to play in the seven-person team tournament. There was an under-20 team along with an under-17 team. The 20-year-olds were victorious in their division. 

SheDevils coach Rufas Crawford said it was a successful weekend for the local players, and a great opportunity to interact with players from across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. He said there was a mix of university teams and club teams who participated in the invitational event.

“They were really pumped about it,” he said. “It was a lot of time on the bus for two days of rugby but they’re already talking about wanting to go next year.”

Crawford said it was an interesting dynamic, as players from four different communities came together.

“They gained a lot of confidence,” he said. “They got to play with people they’ve been playing against for years. It’s much easier to play with them beside you instead of against you.”

The regular rugby season runs in late spring.


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