A hard fought, back and forth, game that resulted in a victory for the Centaur U18 Girls.
Hamilton, with a physically bigger team started out strongly and dominated the first half both offensively and defensively. They were soon ahead by two tries. However, the Burlington team gradually regained their composure and began to improve their defence. The turning point came after halftime when the Centaurs, still trailing, received the opening kick off. Winger Emily Gastaldini caught the ball cleanly and head off down the sideline. She outran her opposing winger, dodged the Hamilton full back and spotted the ball under the goal posts after a 60 yard run. She converted her own try to add an additional two points.
History was to repeat itself as again Hamilton kicked to the other Burlington winger, Renee De Baseggio, who also caught the ball and ran 60 yards down the right touchline to add another try for the visitors. Again, Gastaldini, converted the try.
Additional tries were scored by Emilie Bowen and Emilee Vanstone to bring the final score to 31-20.
Coaches Matt Woodley and Brian Hawkins congratulated their young players on their comeback having been earlier dominated by the more experienced Hamilton team. This is the first time in several years that the Centaurs have fielded an U18 Girls team and is very promising for girls rugby in Burlington.
Photos by John Guilfoyle.