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F.P. Walshe Flyers win Tier 2 zone rugby title


Alysia Medema of the Flyers carries the ball Monday against Winston Churchill Griffins.

Manja Holwerda of the Flyers on the run against Winston Churchill Griffins.

The F.P. Walshe Flyers won their second consecutive zone championship on Monday.

On Monday night the F.P. Walshe Flyers girls rugby team travelled to Lethbridge to take on Winston Churchill Griffins in the Tier 2 zone championship game.
The Flyers had earned the first seed going into the game based on their 5-1 record in league play, while Churchill had upset second-place Chinook in their semifinal game.
The game started well for the Flyers when Sidney Wolff scooped up a loose ball and raced 40 meters to the try line, just two minutes into the game.
Alysia Medema stepped up and made the conversion from out wide, staking the Flyers to a 7-0 lead.
The game then moved into a very static phase with neither team able to make much headway.
The strong winds played havoc with the Flyers passing game and helped Churchill stay close.
The Flyers finally broke through when Cassie Delver touched down off a penalty at the 25-minute mark.
Medema’s conversion bounced off the uprights leaving the Flyers with a 12-0 lead.
Two minutes later Medema made a great run and offloaded to Cobi Bevans, who sprinted down the sideline to the try zone.
Unfortunately,the assistant ref had seen an infraction earlier in the play and the try was called back.
The first half ended with the Flyers ahead by a score of 12-0.
Eleven minutes into the second half Churchill was able to punch the ball over the Flyers line to cut the score to 12-5.
From that point on, the Flyers took control of the game.
Eight minutes later Grace Boutland finished off a nice sequence of offloads to score for the Flyers.
Soon after Sidney Wolff was at the end of a great backs passing play to give the Flyers a 22-5 lead.
Churchill added one more score on the final play of the game to make the final score 22-12.
The win secured the Flyers their second consecutive zone championship and gave them the No. 1 seed heading into provincials this weekend.
Provincial games take place at Sherring fields in Lethbridge on Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8.
The Flyers play on Friday at 11 a.m. against the No. 8 seed from Grande Prairie and again at 4 p.m. against the winner of the No. 4 vs No. 5 game.

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