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Thrilling end to D-2 girls' rugby final as Central Kings wins regional banner with penalty kick


CAMBRIDGE - It was literally make a kick or flip a coin to decide the Western Region D-2 girls' rugby championship.

The West Kings and Central Kings girls met in the regional final May 28 in Cambridge. Both teams had already qualified for provincials, but that didn't affect the on-field intensity at all.

West Kings took a 10-5 lead into halftime on tries by Maya Gagnon and Brianna Spicer. Jackie Stevens had the Central Kings try. Neither kicker had much luck with the converts, as all three attempts failed.

In the second half, Claudia Fulton scored a try to put West Kings ahead 15-5. Then the momentum started to turn. Marissa McBride replied with a try for CK to pull the Gators to within five points at 15-10.

As regulation time ran out, Stevens made her second try of the game to tie the score, which remained tied after yet another convert attempt failed.

The teams went to overtime, with still no lessening of the intensity on either side. The Gators had a chance to score the winning points, but were held up by the Wolverines in sight of the goal line.

The decision went to penalty kicks, which, unlike conversion attempts or penalty kicks in regulation time, would be of the dropkick variety.

None of the girls was all that experienced at dropkicking, which showed in the results, but finally, Keisha Kane, the ninth kicker for the Gators, put the ball through the uprights, much to her surprise and the elation of her teammates.

Two other regional high school rugby finals were played May 28. In the D-1 girls' regional final in Windsor, Avon View edged King's-Edgehill 12-8, while in Cambridge, the CK boys nipped Horton 10-5 to capture their regional banner.

In the D-1 boys' regional final May 27, King's-Edgehill topped Avon View 35-7. 

The West Kings and Central Kings girls met in the regional final May 28 in Cambridge. Both teams had already qualified for provincials, but that didn't affect the on-field intensity at all.

West Kings took a 10-5 lead into halftime on tries by Maya Gagnon and Brianna Spicer. Jackie Stevens had the Central Kings try. Neither kicker had much luck with the converts, as all three attempts failed.

In the second half, Claudia Fulton scored a try to put West Kings ahead 15-5. Then the momentum started to turn. Marissa McBride replied with a try for CK to pull the Gators to within five points at 15-10.

As regulation time ran out, Stevens made her second try of the game to tie the score, which remained tied after yet another convert attempt failed.

The teams went to overtime, with still no lessening of the intensity on either side. The Gators had a chance to score the winning points, but were held up by the Wolverines in sight of the goal line.

The decision went to penalty kicks, which, unlike conversion attempts or penalty kicks in regulation time, would be of the dropkick variety.

None of the girls was all that experienced at dropkicking, which showed in the results, but finally, Keisha Kane, the ninth kicker for the Gators, put the ball through the uprights, much to her surprise and the elation of her teammates.

Two other regional high school rugby finals were played May 28. In the D-1 girls' regional final in Windsor, Avon View edged King's-Edgehill 12-8, while in Cambridge, the CK boys nipped Horton 10-5 to capture their regional banner.

In the D-1 boys' regional final May 27, King's-Edgehill topped Avon View 35-7. 

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