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Highlanders girls rugby team hold first competitve game

By: Lucas Punkari

  |  Posted: Thursday, Aug 21, 2014 12:38 pm

Airdrie Highlanders captain Andrea Colsen evaded a tackle from a Calgary Rams player during a game at George McDougall High School in Airdrie on August 15.
Airdrie Highlanders captain Andrea Colsen evaded a tackle from a Calgary Rams player during a game at George McDougall High School in Airdrie on August 15.
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Even though they were on the wrong end of a 78-19 decision to the Calgary Rams at George McDougall High School on Aug. 15, the members of the Airdrie Highlanders female rugby team said they were pleased with how things went in their first ever competitive game.

“I’m really proud of them, as they put everything they had into the game, and it was great to see,” Coach Andy Lister said. “The fitness levels got to them towards the end of the game, but the girls really enjoyed playing against one another, and as the game went along they played a lot stronger.”

“I think the girls really got an idea of why we work on things in practice such as tackling low and passing the ball when you are close together,”

“When you are in a competitive game, the adrenaline level goes way up as you are in a lot more pressure when another team is coming at you,” Fullback and Winger Emma Heizer added.

Following a first quarter where the Rams dominated, the Highlanders were a much-improved team during the final three quarters as they went back-and-forth with their much-more experienced opponents on multiple occasions.

“The tackling was a lot better as the girls went lower to bring down their opponents, and they were able to drive down the field a lot more,” Lister said. “They held their own for a large part of the game and they were also able to make a lot of great try-saving tackles.”

“I think we were all just leaving it out on the field, even when we got pushed around a little bit,” Heizer added. “Everyone was having fun during the course of the game, and that’s really what the Highlanders club is all about, especially in our first year.”

At this point, the Highlanders girls’ team has yet to determine when its next game will be, but they expect something to be finalized in the next couple of weeks.

“We’re trying to work out what’s best not only for our players but for the other teams as well,” Lister said. “The Rams have been really generous with coming out to play us, and they really want to see us succeed as we go forward.”

“I live in Calgary and there are a lot of successful clubs there, but to be a part of one that’s starting from the ground up has been great,” Heizer added. “Hopefully it can continue to grow as ladies find out that rugby isn’t just a sport for guys.”

For more information on the Highlanders, visit www.airdriehighlanders.comEven though they were on the wrong end of a 78-19 decision to the Calgary Rams at George McDougall High School on Aug. 15, the members of the Airdrie Highlanders female rugby team said they were pleased with how things went in their first ever competitive game.

“I’m really proud of them, as they put everything they had into the game, and it was great to see,” Coach Andy Lister said. “The fitness levels got to them towards the end of the game, but the girls really enjoyed playing against one another, and as the game went along they played a lot stronger.”

“I think the girls really got an idea of why we work on things in practice such as tackling low and passing the ball when you are close together,”

“When you are in a competitive game, the adrenaline level goes way up as you are in a lot more pressure when another team is coming at you,” Fullback and Winger Emma Heizer added.

Following a first quarter where the Rams dominated, the Highlanders were a much-improved team during the final three quarters as they went back-and-forth with their much-more experienced opponents on multiple occasions.

“The tackling was a lot better as the girls went lower to bring down their opponents, and they were able to drive down the field a lot more,” Lister said. “They held their own for a large part of the game and they were also able to make a lot of great try-saving tackles.”

“I think we were all just leaving it out on the field, even when we got pushed around a little bit,” Heizer added. “Everyone was having fun during the course of the game, and that’s really what the Highlanders club is all about, especially in our first year.”

At this point, the Highlanders girls’ team has yet to determine when its next game will be, but they expect something to be finalized in the next couple of weeks.

“We’re trying to work out what’s best not only for our players but for the other teams as well,” Lister said. “The Rams have been really generous with coming out to play us, and they really want to see us succeed as we go forward.”

“I live in Calgary and there are a lot of successful clubs there, but to be a part of one that’s starting from the ground up has been great,” Heizer added. “Hopefully it can continue to grow as ladies find out that rugby isn’t just a sport for guys.”

For more information on the Highlanders, visit www.airdriehighlanders.com


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