Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
SHERBROOKE, Quebec – In their second last game of the regular season, the Carleton Ravens women’s rugby team fell to the Sherbrooke Vert et Or by a score of 30-8.
“It was a good game. It was a good game. There was a lot of positives, and a lot of work ons,” head coach Patrick Thompson said.
With 14 first years and seven second years, the rugby team is a young team looking to rely on those players in the years to come.
“A lot of them are doing quite well. Making the transition from provincial age grade rugby or high school rugby is a big jump in a lot of ways. The pace of the game is a lot higher, it’s a lot faster, the expectations are a lot higher, and the training environment is a lot more demanding than they’re used to,” Thompson said about the first-years.
“And they’re not only holding their own, a lot of them are excelling, and it’s great to see because there are so many first years that are really laying the foundation for the future with this season, and we’re quite happy with the progress that they’re making. But again, it’s a continuous thing to keep up that high level of intensity, and training, and focus, and preparation throughout the next few weeks,” he added.
With the regular season winding down on Friday with a visit to the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, the Ravens are also looking ahead to their quarterfinal playoff game against the University of Concordia Stingers.
“We’re building week to week. We’re approaching the end of the season, and I think we’ve been playing better rugby. We’re playing better rugby now than a few weeks ago, and that’s where we want to be,” Thompson said.
“We have the quarterfinals next week against Concordia at home, and we know that’s upcoming as well, so our goal for the week is to have a good week of training, have a solid game on Friday against U of O, and carry that into next weekend into the playoffs,” he added.