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Machine women put skills to the test in crossover game with Division 1 Halifax Tars


Published on August 12, 2017

Published on 12 August 2017

King's-Edgehill School alumnus Katrena Thomas showed no mercy when tackling members of the Halifax Tars Aug. 12.

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Published on 12 August 2017

Justine Blatt-Janmaat and a Halifax Tars player set their sights on retrieving the ball.

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King's-Edgehill School alumnus Carla du Toit was instrumental in running the ball for the Machine Aug. 12.

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Published on 12 August 2017

Justine Blatt-Janmaat chased down this Halifax Tars player just in the nick of time to prevent her from scoring a try.

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The Machine attempt to tackle this strong Halifax Tars player.

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Published on 12 August 2017

There were some tough tackles made during the Aug. 12 match up between the Machine and Tars.

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The Machine's Danielle Wisen, who also plays university rugby, was a force to be reckoned with Aug. 12.

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Published on 12 August 2017

The Machine and Halifax Tars battled for control of the ball the entire game, with the Division 1 Tars winning the match.

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Jessie Bryan holds on tightly as she tries to tackle this Halifax Tars player.

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Jessie Bryan chucks the ball to a teammate as she gets tackled.

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Katherine Lewis, with the Halifax Tars, donned the Machine's jersey for a match up in Windsor Aug. 12.

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Danielle Wisen smiles as she breezes through the opposition on her way to nearly scoring a try.

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Jessie Bryan makes a run up the field to put the women close to the goal line.

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Published on 12 August 2017

The Division 2 Windsor Machine held their own against the Division 1 Halifax Tars.

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Published on 12 August 2017

Justine Blatt-Janmaat and Maria Smith congratulate their teammate for scoring a try late in the game.

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WINDSOR, N.S. — Although it poured rain and they were shorthanded, the Hants County Rugby Football Club's Machine women held their ground when the Halifax Tars came to town.

The Machine, who are still waiting to find out if they finish first or second in the Division 2 standings, played their hearts, keeping the Division 1 Tars on their toes.

“I think we just decided that we needed to turn on the heat. We started playing more as a team and less as individuals. I think that made the difference in the second half for sure,” said Maria Smith, who played the No. 10 position.

The final score was 42-29 for the Tars – but Smith said that's good considering the Tars are in a higher division and the Machine were fielding 14 instead of 15 women. She said the crossover game helped test the Machine's skills.

“I know that I'm really happy going into playoffs with that game,” she said.

Playoff dates have yet to be finalized.

Smith said some of the standout players during the Aug. 12 bout at King's-Edgehill School were Danielle Wisen, Kasey McDermott, Carla du Toit, and Justine Blatt-Janmaat.