Heritage girls top rugby team in province

The Heritage Park senior girls rugby team decimated the competition, and became the best AA squad in the province last weekend.

The provincials were held at Brentwood College on Vancouver Island, said coach Sandy Chambers, and while the first two games were cakewalks, the final against Shawnigan Lake proved to be the toughest match of the year.

“It was an incredibly hard fought defensive game,” she said of the 3-0 win for Heritage.

After Shawnigan took a penalty right in front of the goal, all Chambers could hear was her husband’s oft-repeated advice, “always take the points,” ringing in her ears.

Lindsay Tosh scored the penalty kick, which wound up being all the points scored that day.

For the last portion of the game, the Highlanders held Shawnigan at its goal line for nearly eight minutes, said Chambers. “I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Erin Chambers was named to the all-star team, the President’s 15.

Heritage Park won the Fraser Valley championships two weeks ago, and first faced Williams Lake last weekend. The game was never in jeopardy, she said, as the girls ran over the competition, 67-0. Lord Tweedsmuir fell to Heritage 45-0, ushering Mission into the final.

Chambers said the Grade 12s showed a high level of leadership, and there are several promising young players coming up the ranks, ensuring Heritage will remain a threat.