© TC Media Photo By Michael Nesbitt
Brett Arsenault of the host Three Oaks Axmen battles his way through a number of Bluefield Bobcats en route to scoring a try during the boys’ championship game of the 18th annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament Saturday in Summerside. Three Oaks won the game 29-0.
By Michael Nesbitt
and Jason Simmonds
SUMMERSIDE — The sloppy playing conditions didn’t slow down the host Three Oaks Axemen, who defeated the Bluefield Bobcats
29-0 Saturday to win the 18th annual David Voye Memorial rugby tournament’s boys’ division.
Three Oaks finished the tournament with a 4-0 record.
“The fact that we’re able to run our game plan in conditions like this, and not make handling errors, says a lot about the boys and how good they are as rugby players,” said Axemen head coach James Voye.
The Axemen were able to control play through most of the game while playing very tight defence.
Jesse Cameron scored a pair of trys to lead the Axemen in the final while Alex Rose, Dan Fingler and Brett Arsenault all had singles. Rose also kicked two converts.
“It was a good game, a good experience for the boys,” said Bluefield coach Mitchell Doiron. “They played up to, and exceeded, my expectations, especially against a team like TOSH, which has been at the top of the league for years now.”
Bluefield hosts Three Oaks in a P.E.I. School Athletic Association senior AAA boys’ regular-season game this week
“We go to Bluefield on Thursday, so we’ll be banging each other all over again,” Voye said.
The Avon View Avalanche returned home to Windsor, N.S., with the girls’ championship banner.
All 20 Avalanche players contributed in Saturday’s championship game — a 12-0 victory over the North Nova Gryphons from New Glasgow, N.S.
“It’s a pretty hollow victory if you don’t play all of them,” said Avalanche head coach Jim Bryan, whose team had a tournament-best 4-0 record.
“(It was a) hard-fought game, two even teams. . . We had some momentum, and were able to squeak one (try) in at the start, which let us put them on their heels.”
Jaclyn Silver and Natasha Williamson scored trys while Katie Giles chipped in with a
convert to account for Avon View’s scoring.
The Avalanche edged the Axewomen 7-5 in the semifinal.
Silver (try) and Katie Giles (convert) accounted for Avon View’s offence. Taran Price had a try for Three Oaks, which finished 1-1.
Saturday results from the 18th annual David Voye Memorial Rugby Tournament in Summerside.
Westisle 15 Avon View 5
Northumberland 12 Cobequid 0
North Nova 10 Lockview 5
Hants East 35 Horton 0
Three Oaks 27 Montague 0
Bluefield 5 Colonel Gray 5 (Bluefield won in penalty kicks).
Three Oaks 29 Bluefield 0
Northumberland 30 Bluefield 0
Halifax West 0 Colonel Gray 0
Note: Halifax West won in penalty kicks)
Horton 17 Westisle 0
Northumberland vs. Hants East (score unavailable)
North Nova 7 Cobequid 5
Avon View 7 Avon View 5
Avon View 12 North Nova 0