NEW GLASGOW – The North Nova Gryphons are once again high school boys’ provincial rugby champions.
The Gryphons won the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Division I boys’ rugby championship on June 4 as they defeated the Sir John A. MacDonald Flames 21-5 to earn the banner.
The setting was a familiar one for the Gryphons, who returned to the Avon View pitch where both of North Nova’s male and female teams won championships in 2009. The boys had not won a provincial championship since then.
North Nova took an early 7-0 lead, but the Flames scored an unconverted try before the half. The Gyphons followed with 14 unanswered points to win it.
Erik Catalan converted all three tries scored by Robert Burrows, Ethan Snell and Matthew Chediac.
North Nova’s boys needed to win a qualifier on May 31 to advance to the championship.
That was the result of their 17-0 loss on home turf in New Glasgow to the Northumberland Region champion Northumberland Nighthawks on May 26.
The Gryphons opened their quest by edging Kings-Edgehill 22-21 before suffering a 22-8 loss to the Flames later that day.
Catalan contributed seven points with two conversions and a penalty kick, while Campbell Burrows, Jacob Pentz and Jared Livingstone scored tries.
Catalan converted North Nova’s try by Baillie MacDonald against the Nighthawks.
Livingstone and Ryan MacDonald scored tries as North Nova avenged its regional loss to Northumberland by defeating the Nighthawks 12-10 in their semifinal match.