Womens Weekend Wrap Up June 22nd

Burlington Ladies welcomed local rivals Stoney Creek Camels to Sherwood Forest Park on a hot, sun bleached Saturday afternoon for their NRU league fixture with 2nd place up for grabs. Stoney Creek playing from the Bronte end took the initiative in the first 5 minutes repeatedly pounding the Burlington defensive line with their large pack, only to be met by stubborn resistance on their goalline from a gritty Centaurs team. The Centaurs Ladies weathered the opening storm without conceding points and on their first possession were awarded a penalty for a dangerous high tackle on right winger Emily Gastaldini from the Creek second row, which resulted in a yellow card. Burlington were quick to take advantage and from the resulting possession Katelyn Carey burst through the midfield gap to score a trademark try from 50 metres for the opening score, which went unconverted. The Burlington Ladies were playing the game at a quick pace and good handling skills saw wing Emily Gastaldini finish off a one on one to score in the right corner to make the score 10 – 0. Not to be outdone, Amber Aquin, returning to the lineup after injury broke through the midfield to score a 50 metre try herself which was closely followed by the brace for Emily Gastaldini after some nice interplay between the backs and forwards. The Burlington scrummage was exerting dominance and the pressure was beginning to have an effect on the less mobile Creek forward pack with gaps appearing in the centre and out wide as they struggled to cope with the pace. Creek came back into the game however after some sloppy Centaurs tackling in front of their own posts allowed the Creek no. 8 to scamper over for a try under the posts which was converted. An immediate response was required and materialized with first Terri-Lynn Jones crossing against her old club and  Captain consistent Katelyn Carey notching her second of the day on the quick tap penalty, out-witting the defence to touch down under the posts for her second try. Amber Aquin converted. Half Time Score: Burlington 32 – Stoney Creek 7

Pressure from the Creek side was expected at the beginning of the second half but failed to materialise as the Ladies continued their quick tempo approach and it immediately paid dividends with the backline once again showing nice hands to release Gastaldini who wriggled over for her hat-trick in the left corner. A stiff breeze behind meant centre Aquin could use the boot for territory when required and this proved a successful tactic throughout the half, relieving pressure on the Burlington pack who were working hard throughout the game producing excellent ball for scrum half Cassidy Smith. Emily Fretts was proving herself a nuisance in the loose with rampaging runs in the tight areas, always well supported by back rows Andre and Littlejohns who had equally industrious games in the hot conditions. The replacements rolled on after the 50 minute mark, enabling the Burly side to maintain their ferocious pace. The replacement front row of Baker, Emojie and Berrington continued the scrummage dominance, and although the lineouts were not firing on all cylinders this was a moot point as the Centaurs backline continued to dominate in offence, backed up by some ferocious tackling by fullback Killeen Leitch. This dominance was emphasized by further tries for Carey (1) and Aquin (2), the last of which sealed the victory at the final whistle. Final Score: Burlington 54 – Stoney Creek 12


Coaches Man of the Match: Ann Andre

Hat-tricks: Gastaldini, Aquin and Carey