The Griffins, from Greenwich, N.S., won their first-ever girls’ championship banner in the 21st annual David R. Voye Memorial rugby tournament at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside. David R. Voye, a former music teacher, was a driving force behind the development of the rugby program at Three Oaks.
“It’s a really good tournament,” said Horton co-captain Georgia Hall, who was playing in her fourth Voye event. “It’s good to get some of the rookies some playing time. We usually don’t come to win, it’s more (about) technical and skills (development).”
Horton capped off a 4-0 (won-lost) showing in the three-day tournament with a hard-fought 7-0 victory over Windsor’s Avon View in an all-Nova Scotia final.
“We are usually close with them,” said Hall. “A 7-0 score isn’t a surprise for us.”
Horton registered the game’s lone scoring play in the first half at the Bus Depot pitch. Hall scored a try from about 10 yards out, and Kate Bennett kicked the convert.
“There was a penalty in their end zone, so it was a good spot for us to drive it in and touch it down,” explained Hall, an 18-year-old Grade 12 student from Kentville, N.S. “The ball came to me right off the scrum half, and I was able to run right through.”
Avon View pushed deep into Horton’s end in the second half, but the Griffins held strong defensively.
“It was a tough game,” assessed Hall. “Avon View is good competition, and we always know what we are in for when we play them.
“They are a really good physical team, they are very co-ordinated, organized and they are a tough team to play against. It’s really good competition, and it’s fun.”
Horton, which defeated Hants East 33-10 and the host Three Oaks Axewomen 29-0 in the round robin, advanced to the final with a 24-7 semifinal win over Bishop Smith Catholic School from Pembroke, Ont. Avon View blanked the Charlottetown Rural Raiders 44-0 in the other semifinal.
Caileigh Shea, Bella Walsh, Mar Muntada and Victoria Bernard scored trys in the Axewomen’s 20-3 cross-over victory against Northumberland from Alma, N.S., on Saturday morning. The Axemen finished tournament play at 2-1.