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Greyhounds too much for Saints in AAA boys rugby championship
by PETER JOHNSTON - Saturday, June 6, 2015
This article is courtesy of Telegraph Journal
Saint John High School finishes season undefeated
The Saint John High Greyhounds capped their undefeated season at the New Brunswick Interscholastic Athletic Association boys AAA rugby championship, beating the St. Malachy's Memorial High School Saints 34-9 at Hazen White Field on Friday.
Jerrad Fawcett, Mitchell Gray and Paddy Currie each scored one try, and McGregor Knox scored two tries and Kane Price had three converts and one penalty kick, driving the Greyhounds to a winning game. The Saints' Michael Desmond scored three penalty kicks - all in the second half.
For Greyhounds head coach Jeff Warr, who teaches at Saint John High School, it was a perfect end for a hardworking group.
"We worked hard all week we had three trainings this week, we knew it was going to be a fight, we knew it was going to be a matter of retaining the ball," he said."This first half we didn't retain the ball the way we wanted to, but the second half, we executed the game plan."
Warr said after a couple turbulent seasons, it is a perfect end for the senior players.
"We have a lot of seniors who have had a lot of heartbreaks the past couple seasons and they went into this seasons with this being the No. 1 objective. We are really proud of them, they set their mind on what they wanted,"said Warr.
For Jarred Price, championship game MVP for the Greyhounds, the victory trumps all other sports championships.
"It's a big win," he said. "It feels unreal to win a provincial championship before I graduate, we worked hard all year at this and came out on top. The boys were dedicated and came out to practice everyday."
The Saints came out with a loss, but not without a lot to be proud of with a 25-3 semifinal victory against Moncton's Harrison Trimble High Trojans.
Michael Desmond, MVP for St. Mal-achy's, said he is satisfied with the season despite the loss, having beat the Western Conference powerhouse Oromocto High Blues School in the South-West regional final 10-7.
"Saint John High were a great opposition and they were very respectful of us. We played hard, but they just came out on top despite our hard work," he said."But I am just proud of every boy on this team."
Greg Horgan, who's been coaching St. Malachy's for 25 years, said his boys stood in a hard-fought game with no regrets.
"We've had a great season," he said. "We've come a long way and I am so happy to see two Saint John teams in the championship. We both had to fight hard to get here."
In the AA boys championship game, the Fundy Regional High Mariners beat the Rothesay Netherwood School Riverhawks by a score of 46-12.