Braves win third straight HWCAA rugby crown

Community May 21, 2015 by Larry Moko Hamilton Mountain News

Another day, another championship for Cassidy Noonan of the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves.

The Ontario high school wrestling title-holder in the 83-kilogram weight class started her medal haul Tuesday by capturing gold in the senior girls’ javelin event at the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference high school track and field meet. And Wednesday was even more productive for her. She returned to Mohawk Sports Complex for the second day of track competition, finishing first in discus before leading the Brebeuf girls’ rugby team to the championship of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association.

In the rugby final, the Braves edged the visiting Cathedral Gaels, 24-22.

Noonan and her teammate Alize Spalding-Lawrence also captured bronze and silver medals, respectively, in shot put before leaving to help Brebeuf win its third consecutive HWCAA rugby crown.

Spalding-Lawrence scored two long tries. Noonan had a try and booted a pair of conversions. Sandra Bay also added a late try for the Braves.

Cathedral’s offence was led by veteran Tashae Williams who accounted for a pair of tries. The Gaels also rallied with a single try with no time showing on the clock by Sarah DaCosta. Sarah Day added a conversion and was just short on the final convert attempt.

“Brebeuf definitely has some really talented players,” said Cathedral coach John Pataracchia. “Especially Alize. Cassidy is a powerhouse rugby player, too. I think we did a good job of shutting them down, but the rest of the team really picked it up and compensated.”

It was a tightly-contested final, which was tied 12-12 at the half. During their regular-season meeting, first-place and undefeated Brebeuf topped second-place Cathedral, 31-21. It was Cathedral’s only loss.

“I didn’t see a turning point at all,” Pataracchia said. “It was back and forth the whole game … very evenly matched. It could have gone either way.”

There was a contrast in styles between the speedy Braves and the big, strong Gaels.

“Yeah, you pretty much summed it up,” Brebeuf coach Sebastian Krupinski said. “It was a lot of power against a fast team. Our team is very quick. It was a rhinoceros versus a cheetah.”

According to Bay, the Braves came into the contest feeling kind of “iffy” because Brebeuf had received a pair of byes in the quarter-finals and semifinals. “It took a lot of hard work and not giving up,” Bay said.

Spalding-Lawrence expected a tough battle against the Gaels, who won the championship for two straight years immediately prior to the Braves three-peat. “It was hard the first time we played them this season and I knew it would get harder the second,” she said.

A 17-year-old Grade 12 student, Spalding-Lawrence expects to be playing for the Hamilton Hornets organization this summer. She also wants to try out for Team Ontario.

Brebeuf is back in action, at home, Thursday afternoon against Georgetown’s Christ the King Jaguars. It’s a GHAC semifinal.

In a HWCAA boys’ rugby semifinal Wednesday, first-place Cathedral crushed Brebeuf, 84-7. That sets up Friday’s championship game at Cathedral between the Gaels and the winner of the semifinal between the St. Mary Crusaders and the Cardinal Newman Cardinals.

Braves win third straight HWCAA rugby crown

Cassidy Noonan, Alize Spalding-Lawrence lead St. Jean de Brebeuf to victory

Community May 21, 2015 by Larry Moko Hamilton Mountain News

Another day, another championship for Cassidy Noonan of the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves.

The Ontario high school wrestling title-holder in the 83-kilogram weight class started her medal haul Tuesday by capturing gold in the senior girls’ javelin event at the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference high school track and field meet. And Wednesday was even more productive for her. She returned to Mohawk Sports Complex for the second day of track competition, finishing first in discus before leading the Brebeuf girls’ rugby team to the championship of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association.

In the rugby final, the Braves edged the visiting Cathedral Gaels, 24-22.

Noonan and her teammate Alize Spalding-Lawrence also captured bronze and silver medals, respectively, in shot put before leaving to help Brebeuf win its third consecutive HWCAA rugby crown.

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Spalding-Lawrence scored two long tries. Noonan had a try and booted a pair of conversions. Sandra Bay also added a late try for the Braves.

Cathedral’s offence was led by veteran Tashae Williams who accounted for a pair of tries. The Gaels also rallied with a single try with no time showing on the clock by Sarah DaCosta. Sarah Day added a conversion and was just short on the final convert attempt.

“Brebeuf definitely has some really talented players,” said Cathedral coach John Pataracchia. “Especially Alize. Cassidy is a powerhouse rugby player, too. I think we did a good job of shutting them down, but the rest of the team really picked it up and compensated.”

It was a tightly-contested final, which was tied 12-12 at the half. During their regular-season meeting, first-place and undefeated Brebeuf topped second-place Cathedral, 31-21. It was Cathedral’s only loss.

“I didn’t see a turning point at all,” Pataracchia said. “It was back and forth the whole game … very evenly matched. It could have gone either way.”

There was a contrast in styles between the speedy Braves and the big, strong Gaels.

“Yeah, you pretty much summed it up,” Brebeuf coach Sebastian Krupinski said. “It was a lot of power against a fast team. Our team is very quick. It was a rhinoceros versus a cheetah.”

According to Bay, the Braves came into the contest feeling kind of “iffy” because Brebeuf had received a pair of byes in the quarter-finals and semifinals. “It took a lot of hard work and not giving up,” Bay said.

Spalding-Lawrence expected a tough battle against the Gaels, who won the championship for two straight years immediately prior to the Braves three-peat. “It was hard the first time we played them this season and I knew it would get harder the second,” she said.

A 17-year-old Grade 12 student, Spalding-Lawrence expects to be playing for the Hamilton Hornets organization this summer. She also wants to try out for Team Ontario.

Brebeuf is back in action, at home, Thursday afternoon against Georgetown’s Christ the King Jaguars. It’s a GHAC semifinal.

In a HWCAA boys’ rugby semifinal Wednesday, first-place Cathedral crushed Brebeuf, 84-7. That sets up Friday’s championship game at Cathedral between the Gaels and the winner of the semifinal between the St. Mary Crusaders and the Cardinal Newman Cardinals.

Braves win third straight HWCAA rugby crown

Cassidy Noonan, Alize Spalding-Lawrence lead St. Jean de Brebeuf to victory

Community May 21, 2015 by Larry Moko Hamilton Mountain News

Another day, another championship for Cassidy Noonan of the St. Jean de Brebeuf Braves.

The Ontario high school wrestling title-holder in the 83-kilogram weight class started her medal haul Tuesday by capturing gold in the senior girls’ javelin event at the Golden Horseshoe Athletic Conference high school track and field meet. And Wednesday was even more productive for her. She returned to Mohawk Sports Complex for the second day of track competition, finishing first in discus before leading the Brebeuf girls’ rugby team to the championship of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic Athletic Association.

In the rugby final, the Braves edged the visiting Cathedral Gaels, 24-22.

Noonan and her teammate Alize Spalding-Lawrence also captured bronze and silver medals, respectively, in shot put before leaving to help Brebeuf win its third consecutive HWCAA rugby crown.

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Spalding-Lawrence scored two long tries. Noonan had a try and booted a pair of conversions. Sandra Bay also added a late try for the Braves.

Cathedral’s offence was led by veteran Tashae Williams who accounted for a pair of tries. The Gaels also rallied with a single try with no time showing on the clock by Sarah DaCosta. Sarah Day added a conversion and was just short on the final convert attempt.

“Brebeuf definitely has some really talented players,” said Cathedral coach John Pataracchia. “Especially Alize. Cassidy is a powerhouse rugby player, too. I think we did a good job of shutting them down, but the rest of the team really picked it up and compensated.”

It was a tightly-contested final, which was tied 12-12 at the half. During their regular-season meeting, first-place and undefeated Brebeuf topped second-place Cathedral, 31-21. It was Cathedral’s only loss.

“I didn’t see a turning point at all,” Pataracchia said. “It was back and forth the whole game … very evenly matched. It could have gone either way.”

There was a contrast in styles between the speedy Braves and the big, strong Gaels.

“Yeah, you pretty much summed it up,” Brebeuf coach Sebastian Krupinski said. “It was a lot of power against a fast team. Our team is very quick. It was a rhinoceros versus a cheetah.”

According to Bay, the Braves came into the contest feeling kind of “iffy” because Brebeuf had received a pair of byes in the quarter-finals and semifinals. “It took a lot of hard work and not giving up,” Bay said.

Spalding-Lawrence expected a tough battle against the Gaels, who won the championship for two straight years immediately prior to the Braves three-peat. “It was hard the first time we played them this season and I knew it would get harder the second,” she said.

A 17-year-old Grade 12 student, Spalding-Lawrence expects to be playing for the Hamilton Hornets organization this summer. She also wants to try out for Team Ontario.

Brebeuf is back in action, at home, Thursday afternoon against Georgetown’s Christ the King Jaguars. It’s a GHAC semifinal.

In a HWCAA boys’ rugby semifinal Wednesday, first-place Cathedral crushed Brebeuf, 84-7. That sets up Friday’s championship game at Cathedral between the Gaels and the winner of the semifinal between the St. Mary Crusaders and the Cardinal Newman Cardinals.