Malvern girls win fourth rugby title

The Malvern girls rugby team has once again claimed the TDSSAA Championship after defeating Newtonbrook 31-5 on May 28.

Malvern coach Claudine Tyrell takes a bath after the Malvern girls rugby team won its fourth city championship in a row. PHOTO: Phil Lameira / Beach Metro News

Newtonbrook struggled throughout the match, with many of their girls unable to cope with the over-30˚C weather at the Sunnybrook fields.

“It was a really tough game. It was very hot. We didn’t expect it to be this hot,” said one of Malvern’s co-captains Margaux Daly.

Newtonbrook had come into the second half with a strong will, and came close to scoring quickly. But in the end Malvern’s defence was able to hold them off until the last minute of the match, when Newtonbrook scored its lone try.

“We knew that we could win against them if we gave it our best,” said Daly. “We’ve played them before and they were our toughest opponents.”

This was the fourth year in a row the Malvern girls have qualified for the provincial OFSAA tournament.

“We’ve been training since February…and all the girls on the team have become really close and very disciplined. It’s a really fun team to play with,” said Daly, who is graduating this year along with six other players.

“The girls played fantastic,” said co-coach Leslie Gage, who has coached the team with Claudine Tyrell for the past five years. “The girls were stronger and fitter and we outplayed them today.”

Malvern managed to get a top six finish at OFSAA, winning two matches and losing one.

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