WINDSOR – The North Nova Gryphons cannot be accused of winning the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Division I boys’ rugby championship the easy way.
The Gryphons made it look easy, however, with a strong second half in the championship game as they defeated the Sir John A. MacDonald Flames 21-5 on Saturday to earn the banner.
North Nova took an early 5-0 lead, but the Flames matched them before the half. The Gyphons followed with 16 unanswered points to win it.
The setting was a fitting one. The Gryphons returned to the Avon View pitch where both of North Nova’s male and female teams won championships in 2009. It was the boys’ first win since then.
This time, North Nova’s boys needed to win a qualifier on May 31 to advance to last weekend’s affair. That was the result of their 17-0 loss on home turf in New Glasgow on May 26 to the Northumberland Regional champion Northumberland Nighthawks.
The Gryphons opened on Friday by edging Kings-Edgehill 22-21 before suffering a 22-8 loss to the Flames later that day.
North Nova avenged its regional loss to Northumberland by defeated the Nighthawks 12-10 in their semifinal match.
The Nighthawks won their preliminary matches, defeating the C.P. Allen Cheetahs 12-10 and dumping host Avon View 24-10.