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Avon View's Rugbyfest showcases Division 2 talent


WINDSOR, N.S. — The girls playing in Avon View High School's Rugbyfest for Division 2 teams didn't seem phased by the wind, or the periodic rain showers, May 6.

Division 2 teams from AVHS, King's-Edgehill, Horton, West Kings, Central Kings and Northeast Education Centre all competed at Rugbyfest.

Avon View's athletic director Jim Bryan said the day-long event serves as a way to foster rugby pride while fitting in necessary league games.

“The point of it is we want a day in the Valley that kind of celebrates our league and gets as many teams involved as we can,” said Bryan.

“We have a lot of Division 2 girls teams. There's so many games (to be played) and so little time to get them in,” he said, adding hosting the event allows each team to save on fuel costs.

Due to the rainy weather, Bryan said the teams had to adjust their game strategy – adding more rucks, mauls, break-downs and tight passes.

Playing in trying conditions “toughens them up a little bit,” Bryan said of the players.

There were games held every hour, starting at 9 a.m. Avon View's 'B' team started the day off against the NKEC Titans. The next games saw Central Kings take on Horton, Avon View 'B' square off against King's-Edgehill, and NKEC take on West Kings. The afternoon consisted of KES taking on the Central Kings Gators, Avon View 'B' taking on Horton, and West Kings wrapping up the tournament with a game against KES.

Bryan said while there is no Rugbyfest 'winner,' the games did count toward the overall league standings.

Standings and upcoming games can be found online at http://valleyrugby.blogspot.ca.

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