Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – On Oct. 18, the Carleton Ravens women’s rugby team defeated the McGill Martlets 59-5 in the RSEQ consolation semi finals, earning their first win of the season in the process.
“It’s nice to get in the win column, that’s for sure, so it gives us a little bit of momentum going into our last game next week,” Ravens head coach Patrick Thompson said.
In a game full of many runs into the end zone for the Ravens, there were many players that stood out to Thompson on the field.
The Ravens saw tries from Lauryn Walker, Charlotte Elliott, Eryn Bonney-Brookman, Sierra De Vries, Maya Addai, Vanessa Chiapetta, and Joleen Mason. Ravens scrum half Roberta Drummond connected on one conversion kick, while Katie Cox sent six kicks through the uprights.
On the Martlets side, Dori Yeats would get her team’s lone try.
“I saw that there was a lot more passion and more effort going for this game, and we really had our mindset and our goal,” Ravens wing Maya Addai said.
“We really realized that this was our opportunity for us to get one percent better and just get better individually. and as a team, I really feel like that was shown today, so I’m really happy with that,” she added.
The game also saw an influx of penalties, with Thompson, Addai, and Drummond touching upon the fact that the team has to be more disciplined.
“I think we could have played a little bit more disciplined. Sometimes when we play teams when there’s a mis match, we tend to play not as disciplined as we should have been, so we took too many penalties which isn’t a big characteristic of us, but overall, it’s a win,” Drummond said.
Drummond and Addai also touched upon the fact on how the team played to their game plan and set goals.
“We wanted to score, and that was evident, and our big focus this week was keeping the ball alive, which we did. We were offloading and we were fast on the breakdowns, and we had a lot of good runs, and we wanted to really play in their end, and I think we accomplished those goals,” Drummond said.
The Ravens will now get set to face off against the winner of the Montreal Carabins and Bishop’s Gaiters game next weekend.
“I think we have to take this game and what we did wrong, and work on it this week. So, we have to be way more disciplined on the breakdowns, and on defence we have to watch the high tackles,” Drummond said.
“Because against a higher-level team, we’re probably going to play Montreal, and against a team like Montreal we can’t afford to keep turning the ball over on penalties. I think taking what we learned from this game and moving forward,” she added.