On Tuesday, May 31, the NPSS rugby teams travelled to Grande Prairie and played in a round robin tournament.
The girls played Peace Wapiti Academy and won 27-5.
The final game resulted in a nail-biting finish with Charles Spencer scoring a try in the final seconds of the game.
The score was 26-22 for Charles Spencer, giving the Grizzlies a second place finish in the league.
The girls returned to practice Wednesday to work on defense, communication and team building.
The boys finished up league play by playing 7s on Tuesday in GP.
First facing the fast and hard hitting Charles Spencer, NPSS could not pull ahead finishing 21-15.
After a small break and little time to recover, the boys played St. Joes and came away with their second loss of the day 25-5.
Tuesday’s outcome could not keep these boys away from the pitch, returning to Grande Prairie on Friday, June 3, where Peace Wapiti hosted a jamboree-style tournament.
The girls played 10’s in their first few games of the day.
They played an even and fun game against PWA, resulting in a final score of 20-19 for NPSS.
Next, a game against Charles Spencer where the girls were ready to take on the rematch after the loss earlier in the week.
NPSS came out strong defensively and worked together to end up on top 27-5.
The third game of the day was against Peace River.
This team had a late start but came to the pitch ready to play!
NPSS girls challenged themselves to play a game of strategy adding in some great passing, overlapping and switches giving them the lead.
The final game of the day was against Sexsmith.
The girls played 7s ending with a fast-paced game and ended the day with another win!
Following Tuesday, this time the boys mixed with fellow competitors to play a 15s jamboree style tournament.
The boys played 3 games mixed with Charles Spencer, Vanier, and Peace Wapiti Academy.
The boys enjoyed building a sense of camaraderie between players.
After all, rugby is all about the team aspects.
They also expressed their love for 15s!
That being said, they are actively looking to start recruiting players in hopes of playing 15s next year!
As the season ended, the senior boys and girls rugby teams wrapped up their season on a positive note.
Many of the athletes on the team came to rugby as hockey, soccer, basketball, wrestling, or volleyball athletes.
They challenged themselves, pushed the limits and showed perseverance from start to finish of the short high-school season.