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King's-Edgehill, Avon View girls' rugby teams advance to provincials

King's-Edgehill managed to score enough points May 25 to win the 2017 Western Regional rugby final.
King's-Edgehill managed to score enough points May 25 to win the 2017 Western Regional rugby final.

WINDSOR, N.S. — The wind was challenging for both Avon View and King's-Edgehill girls rugby teams as they played the Western Regional rugby final May 25.

King's-Edgehill emerged victorious, eking out an 18-14 win.

Avon View's head coach Jim Bryan said the team that had the wind had the chance to dominate the pitch.

“So the game was a tale of two halves,” said Bryan in an email.

“I thought we had enough to win at the half (as we were) 14-3 because we are so good defensively but we lost a couple of players to injury and in the last 10 minutes they piled on 15 points,” said Bryan.

“It was certainly a heartbreak but we have a history of playing poorly in (the) regional final but getting it together in provincials.”

The King's-Edgehill School's girls' rugby team knew what they had to do in order to beat Avon View and advance to provincials as the top seed in their division.

As the Western Regional champs, King's-Edgehill automatically advanced to the provincials. But so too did Avon View, as the runner-up for the region.

Bryan said people shouldn't count them out just yet. Avon View has won the provincial title three times as the Western 2 seed.

“It will be an interesting tournament with five of the six teams having the ability to win it all,” he said. “It comes down to doing it on the day.”

The provincial championship tournament will be held June 2-3 at Northumberland Regional High School.

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