Burlington Ladies made the 2 ½ hour journey west to Sarnia on Saturday looking to build upon their credible tie versus Waterloo the previous week and did so, producing a hard earner victory to register their first league win of the season. The Sarnia Saints have made a slow start to the season and were looking to register a first home win against an improving Burlington Ladies squad. The first half began with the Burlington side on the front foot, reproducing their game of possession and control from the previous weekend, and testing the Saints defence. With the Burlington pack creating momentum up front fly-half Katelyn Carey would take advantage to leave three defenders and a pair of shorts in her wake to touch down on the right hand side. Carey would double this tally 5 minutes later, bursting through the midfield gap and sprinting half the length of the field to score under the posts for her second try., which was converted by Claire Hawkins. Saints came back into the game shortly thereafter after a bizarre succession of 9 penalties against the away team on their goal-line, the passionate defence finally breaking on the 10th attempt to allow a score under the posts for the home team. The conversion brought the score to 17-7 and it was game on. Saints would score another out wide catching out the Burlington defence to bring the game to within one score. Just before the half however Laiken Littlejohn would steal a try after a scrappy lineout, pouncing on a loose ball to power over. Half Time: Sarnia 12 – Burlington Ladies 17
After the break, the Sarnia team would continue the see saw scoreline with the left winger outpacing the Burl defence before offloading out of a desperate Emily Gastaldini tackle to her inside support for the opening score. The remainder of the half was all Burlington however as Ketsia Kamba single handedly took hold of the game in loose play, breaking tackles and charging through opposition defence on multiple occasions to provide a platform for the backline. Direct running from Terri Burns and Laiken Littlejohn, compounded by ferocious rucking from the second row combination of Red Melon and Jade Breau would open up the defence once more to allow Captain Karey to scoot in for her 3rd and 4th tries. With the Burlington front row dominating the scrummage, and turning over ball at will, full-back Emily Gastaldini produced a delightful hop, skip and a jump to outwit the cover defence to score her first try of the season in the left hand corner. Gastaldini would convert her own score to bring on the final whistle and put the seal on an excellent road win for the Burlington Ladies, who continue to improve each week, a testament to the hard work and commitment they are showing this season both on and off the training field.
Final Score: Sarnia Saints 17 – Burlington Ladies 48