Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – In front of a crowd of family and friends for the final time this season, the Carleton Ravens women’s rugby team defeated the Montreal Carabins 50-24 in the RSEQ consolation championship game.
“It was a good game. I mean, it’s obviously nice to come away with a win, I thought they came out with a lot of focus and they knew today was going to set the tone for next season,” Ravens head coach Patrick Thompson said.
With the Ravens moving into the second group for next season, the Carabins will be one of the Ravens top competitors.
“We totally knew that they weren’t going to be an easy team or that we weren’t going to be able to lighten up on them, so we definitely came out strong and I’m really proud of how our mindset changed,” Ravens wing Maya Addai said.
“We weren’t going to take this easy, we’re going to play our game and not snoop to their game, and the result showed that next year we’re going to hold a high standard to ourselves and we’re going to punch through everything, especially knowing that they’re going to be a team that is very aggressive, but we’re going to be so much more aggressive on defence and attack,” she added.
With the season’s end, Thompson had a lot of praise for the six graduating players and what they have brought to the Ravens program.
“Each of them has played a significant part of who we are as a program. They’ve helped shape this program into what it is today, and I’m very proud of each and every one of them, and I hope they are proud of what they’ve accomplished here,” Thompson said.
One of those graduating players is wing Katie Foran.
Not only has she played four seasons as a Raven, she has also gotten the chance to do it with her sister Maureen.
“Probably when my sister came onto the team with me. My first year she wasn’t here, and then she came in my second year and we’ve played since then, so, it’s been fun having her on the team,” Katie Foran said.
Despite the six graduating players leaving the team, the Ravens 15 first-years will embark into their second year come September as they look to continue the program’s success.
“I’m really proud of them. We had about 15 first years and all of them showed up through the whole season. They really proved themselves and showed all their skills and what they could do, and I’m excited to see what they have next year and how much they’re going to show on and off the field,” Addai said.
RAVENS PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
Attack: Katie Foran and Alexis Groulx
Defence: Maureen Foran