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Machine women finish season with close Tier C final with Halifax


WINDSOR – The Machine women's rugby team has come a long way since its inception, and the head coach couldn't be more proud.

Shawn Johnson said while their Aug. 27 loss was disappointing, he believes the women are poised for an even better season next year.

“This season the Machine women had an excellent development year. They showed tons of improvement and great potential for the future,” said Johnson following the 41-31 loss to the Halifax Tars.

The women's squad played their hearts out Aug. 27 as they took on the Tars for the Tier C title. Johnson said they technically finished the season tied for second place in the Tier B division, but because they lost to the other second place team, they dropped to third. This set them up for the Tier C final.

Johnson highlighted the play of three rugby players during their final match – Jaclyn Silver, Emma Hatchard and Aisha Kirumira, who played flank for the last game with the Machine.

Johnson credited Silver's kicking abilities and Hatchard's strong presence in the scrums.

“(Silver) definitely had a lot of nice kicks that gave us opportunities to get tries and kept us in the game,” said Johnson.

Although they didn't take home the championship title, Johnson said the team is becoming “one of the elite teams in the province” and hopes to build on that success in 2017.

“We have a really young core so we will have a lot of returning players next year as well as some new additions who have already expressed interest in coming to play next year for the Windsor Machine.”

 

Shawn Johnson said while their Aug. 27 loss was disappointing, he believes the women are poised for an even better season next year.

“This season the Machine women had an excellent development year. They showed tons of improvement and great potential for the future,” said Johnson following the 41-31 loss to the Halifax Tars.

The women's squad played their hearts out Aug. 27 as they took on the Tars for the Tier C title. Johnson said they technically finished the season tied for second place in the Tier B division, but because they lost to the other second place team, they dropped to third. This set them up for the Tier C final.

Johnson highlighted the play of three rugby players during their final match – Jaclyn Silver, Emma Hatchard and Aisha Kirumira, who played flank for the last game with the Machine.

Johnson credited Silver's kicking abilities and Hatchard's strong presence in the scrums.

“(Silver) definitely had a lot of nice kicks that gave us opportunities to get tries and kept us in the game,” said Johnson.

Although they didn't take home the championship title, Johnson said the team is becoming “one of the elite teams in the province” and hopes to build on that success in 2017.

“We have a really young core so we will have a lot of returning players next year as well as some new additions who have already expressed interest in coming to play next year for the Windsor Machine.”

 

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