ALMA — The Northumberland Nighthawks have answered the challenge to capture the regional high school boys’ rugby championship.
The Nighthawks avenged an earlier 10-5 loss to the North Nova Gryphons earlier in the month in New Glasgow — their only loss of the regular season — by outscoring the Gryphons 27-17 last Thursday on their home turf.
The win gives the Nighthawks to the Northumberland Region championship game being played in Alma. The game was to be played on Thursday but has been postponed due to the timing of funeral arrangements for Cale Mason, who died last week in an incident at Park Falls.
“Our guys were happy to avenge our only league loss of the year,” Nighthawks head coach John Rushton said. “I was happy with the win. We played well the whole game. We stepped up our defence, ran well and provide good support on defence.”
The Nighthawks got two tries and a convert from Tyler MacLennan and one try each from Grant Fraser, Reed MacDonald and Briden Hawes.
Campbell Burrows collected two tries and a convert to lead North Nova. Nathaniel Dewar added the other try.
The scheduled girls’ game between Northumberland and North Nova was not played last Thursday. North Nova forfeited the game due to a rash of injuries that meant they did not have enough players.
Northumberland is hosting the Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation’s Division I boys’ provincial championship June 2 and 3, while North Nova is scheduled to host the Division I girls’ championship over the same days.
Nighthawks defenders tackle a North Nova ball carrier to prevent him from scoring their their boys’ high school rugby game in Alma. The Nighthawks won the game 27-17 to place first in the regional league. (Goodwin photo)