Spartans show style at RugbyFest

North Thompson Spartans junior and senior rugby teams continue to have strong start to their seasons

Chris Smith of Barriere tries to take the ball past several opponents as the North Thompson Spartan seniors take on Sahali at Clearwater Secondary School on April 19. The junior Spartans also played Sahali that day. Both North Thompson teams won shutout wins by wide margins and then went on to take part in RugbyFest in Kamloops last weekend.

North Thompson Spartans junior and senior rugby teams continue to have a strong start to their seasons, according to Gabe Francis, one of the coaches.

As reported in last week’s Star/Journal, both teams recorded lop-sided shutouts in their first games – the juniors defeating Sahali 48-0 and the senior beating NorKam 50-0.

On April 19 the North Thompson teams hosted Sahali at Clearwater Secondary School and again both recorded shutout wins by wide margins.

This past weekend the Spartans took part in RugbyFest in Kamloops, winning some and losing some but always giving credible performances, even against much stronger squads.

On Friday, April 22 at RugbyFest, the junior Spartanss notched a 17-5 win over Jasper.

Francis described the game as, “… we were outsized but never outhearted.”

Seniors fell short against Hunting Hills 12-7 in one of the most physical matches the team has played for some time.

“Lots of big Alberta beef on that team,” Francis commented.

On Saturday, the juniors faced the strongest competition that they have ever seen and hung in the games well.

The first Saturday loss came to L.V. Rogers of Nelson – a school that has a rugby academy, so their players are involved in the game and sport specific training all school year.

“I was pleasantly surprised that the match was as close as it was,” Francis said. “We had a 5-0 lead at half time and they were leading 12-10 up until their final try in “injury time” (also known as extra time – a rugby match doesn’t end when the clock runs out, it ends at the next non-penalty whistle) which made the final score 17-10.

Junior Spartan tries came from Mason Wadlegger and Jaxon Kjenstad.

The second junior match saw the boys play a large side from Fleetwood Park of Surrey. The boys had an outstanding second half, but the game ended in a 27-19 loss. Tries for the Spartans came from Jaxon Kjenstad plus two from Keanen Bromley.

The seniors played with much greater chemistry on Saturday than they had on Friday, registering a 17-10 win over Maple Ridge Secondary, and a 22-7 win over Guildford Park of Surrey.

“A big thanks to the Norkam athletes who dressed with us to give us the numbers to make the weekend happen,” the Spartan coach added. “We played some aggressive teams and matched their intensity, the boys didn’t get pushed around.”

The Spartan teams are made up of players from both Clearwater and Barriere secondary schools.

 

Just Posted

UPDATE: Hwy. 5 open south of Blue River following ‘vehicle incident’

Social media reports say a semi-truck lost its load

Police warn Barriere residents about suspicious prowlers on private property late at night or early morning hours

Residents advised to secure their vehicles and remove all valuable contents

Woman killed in head-on crash near Vanderhoof

RCMP say driver crossed the centre line and hit a loaded fuel tanker truck

African Children’s Choir making a difference in the world

Waroto Children’s Choir celebrate Christ and caring for community on six month world tour

Snowpack at normal levels, but El Niño is lurking

Despite a warmer than usual winter that has produced a dearth of… Continue reading

REPLAY: B.C’s best videos this week

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the replay-worth highlights from this week across the province

World economy forecast to slow in 2019 amid trade tensions

For Canada, the IMF’s estimate for growth in 2019 was 1.9 per cent, down from expected global growth of 3.5 per cent

2-for-1: Total lunar eclipse comes with supermoon bonus

On Sunday night, the moon, Earth and sun lined up to create the eclipse, which was visible throughout North and South America

‘Gotti’ leads Razzie nominations, Trump up for worst actor

The nominations were announced on Monday, Jan. 21 with some movies earning up to six nominations

Patriots make 3rd straight Super Bowl, beat Chiefs 37-31 in OT

New England will meet L.A. Rams in NFL title game

Pettersson returns to lead Canucks to 3-2 win over Red Wings

Vancouver’s super rookie has 2 points in first game back after knee injury

Skaters stranded in Saint John, NB, amid storm on last day of championships

More than half of the flights out of the city’s airport were cancelled due to the weather

Call for tighter bail rules after Saudi sex-crime suspect vanishes

Mohammed Zuraibi Alzoabi was facing charges related to alleged sexual assault, criminal harassment, assault and forcible confinement of a woman

12 poisoned eagles found on Vancouver Island

Improper disposal of euthanized animal suspected

Most Read