KCVI Tournament Recap 04.19.15
The Panthers picked up where they left off after the RMC tournament by notching 5 wins on the day to claim the KCVI Blueball Tournament Championship.
Kianne Bearman (3 goals), Bridget Mulholland (2), Cristina Tavares and Emma Adshade set the pace in the opening game against the Napanee Golden Hawks. Kristina Nuvoloni was untested in the 7-0 shutout.
Mulholland (2 goals) was the difference in the second pool match of the day versus Belleville Bayside. Nuvoloni made those goals stand up in the 2-0 victory.
Cassie Almeida got the scoring started in the final round robin game against Carleton Place Notre Dame - a match RND needed to win or tie to advance to the semifinals. Bridget Mulholland would supply an insurance marker to complete the 2-0 win. Nuvoloni received some help from both the crossbar and the post in keeping her third clean sheet of the day.
Up next were the Ottawa St. F X Coyotes, another perennially strong squad from our nation's capital. Mulholland once again supplied the opening goal, but the Panthers were soon pegged back to level terms by a talented St. F X team. She turned provider in setting up a long range effort by Kaitlyn Balfour, then rounded out the Panther scoring with her second goal in the second half. A late St. F X goal made the finish a tense one, but RND advanced to the final.
The KCVI Blues would provide the opposition to a tired group of Panthers. With numbers dwindling due to work commitments, a Kaitlyn Balfour goal to open the scoring was a welcome sight. A late KCVI goal against the run of play from a 6 yard box scramble would send the final to penalty kicks. Kristina Nuvoloni made two saves while all four Panther shooters scored to secure the 2015 Blueball Championship. The Panthers kick off KASSAA competition on Thursday against the Bayridge Blazers.
Tournament Champs at KCVI 04.16.15
The Junior Boys soccer team started off their 2015 campaign with a victory at the annual KCVI Blue Ball tournament. The Panthers started off the day with a hard fought 1-0 win over Sydenham and then battled Holy Cross to a 1-1 tie. In the final round robin game, the Panthers got a convincing win over LCVI. The Panthers then went to the finals to take on tournament host KCVI. The game was a rematch of last year's KASSAA final and the result was similar as the Panthers pulled out a 1-0 win thanks to a blistering shot from outside the 18-yard box from Joe Horeczy. It was an overall great effort from this Panther team, which has unprecedented depth from top to bottom. The defence was led by Callum Tomlin and Kurtis Kelly and when a team did manage to break through the back line, keeper Ryan Ralph seemed to always be in a position to make the save. Up front, the attack was led by Gavin Bailey and Anthony Rego. This tournament victory was a total team effort by the Panthers and sets up what looks to be a promising season for the three time defending KASSAA champions.
Track "Special Events" 04.16.15
Branna MacDougall is competing in the 3000m race at the University of Pennsylvania in The Penn State Relays at 5:50pm on Thursday, April 23rd. It will be broadcast live on FLOTRACK.COM.
Branna MacDougall, Brogan MacDougall and Hailey Wolfgram will be competing at the Glenn D. Loucks Games in White Plains, NY on May 8th and 9th. Hailey is throwing the shot at 3pm on Friday. She is throwing Javelin at 9am on Saturday.The MacDougall girls are running the mile at 11:50am on Saturday.
Black and Blue Tournament Champions 04.16.15
The junior Boys Rugby team showed off their potential to the other KASSAA teams on April 14th at the annual KC Black and Blue tournament. During the first match vs. St. Thomas the boys secured a four try victory. Veterans Josh Noble, Brandon Scovill, Josh Andrews all scored a try, as well as rookie grade ten Malique Downer. In the next match vs. QE the boys played fast and hard and scored often, leading on team captain Elliot McDermott. Scorers were Matt Burgess (2), Adam Tripp, Jared Roantree (2), Matt Micallif. In the finals the boys faced off against a tough LaSalle opposition, the juniors fought hard and were tied throughout the whole game. In the last minute of play Brodie McDonnell came up clutch and trucked his way in to the try zone for the game winning try on a penalty play. Congratulations to the juniors for being the KC Black and Blue Champions, best of luck to them for their upcoming season.
Girls Rugby - Tournament Report 04.16.15
The RND varsity girl's rugby team kicked off their season yesterday at the annual Queen's Women's Rugby tournament. The girls started off slow with a 12-0 loss against Arnprior. Tentative tackling and lack of communication played a large factor in their defeat. After a few adjustments by coaches Brad Greenwood and Maria Kerby, the RND panthers came back to beat St. Thomas Aquinas. Although the girls were in high spirits after their first win, the panthers had to prepare for their hardest game of the day against last year's OFSAA AA champions, Trenton Secondary School. The panthers were unable to come out with the win, but the 0-0 tie was a huge accomplishment for the girls, especially since many new faces took the field for the first time that day. The 1-1-1 record was not enough to advance them to the championship game, but they got a shot at third place in a match against St. Francis Xavier High School. The girls managed to pull through with one last victory with a score of 15-5. Congrats to the girls on their amazing progress throughout the day!
Senior Boys Rugby - KC Tournament Report 04.16.15
Senior Girls Soccer Kickoff 04.12.15
The RND Senior Girls soccer team kicked off the 2015 season inside the dome at the RMC Invitational. Rookie Jennifer Cowan started things off by netting the first four goals of the season in the opening game against Belleville Quinte Christian School. Kaitlyn Balfour rounded out the scoring for the Panthers, while Kristina Nuvoloni posted the shutout in the 5 - 0 win.
Up next was Ottawa Cairine Wilson - a perennially strong squad in the nation's capital. The Panthers found themselves down in the first half on a curling shot, but quickly responded from the penalty spot. Cristina Tavares was fouled by the keeper, and Balfour calmly put the ball into the top corner to tie the game. Emma Lefebvre would score the eventual game winner by outworking the Wilson defender and coolly slotting past the outstretched keeper. Final score RND 2 - 1 Ottawa Cairine Wilson.
Sunday saw the Panthers up against undefeated Trenton St. Paul's. Pressure was the key to this one, with the Panthers not allowing a single shot against in the match. Emma Lefebvre (2) and Kaitlyn Balfour notched goals, while Kristina Nuvoloni picked up her second shutout of the weekend in the 3-0 win.
The last match of the tournament saw the first taste of local competition in the form of the Sydenham Golden Eagles. Jennifer Cowan, Cassie Almeida, Kaitlyn Balfour, Emma Lefebvre and Emma Adshade all scored for the Panthers, while Kristina Nuvoloni kept another clean sheet. Final score RND 5 - 0 Sydenham.
Next up for the Panthers is the KCVI Blue Ball tournament coming up on Friday.
KASSAA Badminton Season Wraps Up 04.10.15
The RND Aenior Panthers badminton team had a great showing in the KASSAA championships held at LCVI. The team finished 3rd overall and had several great individual moments. In the women's open doubles division the annual team of Bridget Mulholland and Aileen O'Sullivan captured a silver medal while Emma MacLean and Liam Huntley had a great day winning a silver in open mixed. Nathan Kendall, playing in men's singles, played his heart out in winning an impressive bronze while Hailey Wolfgram, in women's singles, fought hard in finishing fourth.
Spring Season Preparations 03.22.15
Web Site: Interested student-athletes can take a look at specific team pages on the RND Scoreboard web site for pre-season information for RND soccer, rugby, baseball, track and tennis teams.
Student-Athlete Participation Forms: All RND student-athletes must submit a completed student-athlete participation form (for each new athletic season/team) to a RND Teacher-Coach before participating in tryouts/workouts/training sessions/practices/games etc... The form is available on the web site: Click Here
Transfer Students: A transfer-student refers to any student who has joined RND from another high school within the past 12 months. Without a successful application through the OFSAA transfer appeal process transfer students remain ineligible to participate in extracurricular athletics. Transfer-students should see Mr. Farrell or Mr. Kenney who can assist them with the OFSAA policy. The KASSAA transfer appeal meeting will be held on April 8.
Gym / Practice / Tryout Scheduling: Gym schedules are posted on the RND Scoreboard web site for the week of March 23 - March 27 and the week of March 30 - April 3. As with all schedules, revisions are likely. It is best that all players, parents and fans refer to on-line versions of the gym schedule. Do not print and distribute hardcopies. Click Here
Insurance: The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board does not provide any accidental death, disability, dismemberments medical/dental expenses insurance on behalf of the students participating on school teams. To cover any potential medical or dental costs, parents are encouraged to consider purchasing the Student Accident Insurance Plan made available by Regiopolis-Notre Dame at the beginning and throughout the school year. Participation is voluntary and costs are to be paid by the parent or guardian. This insurance will provide coverage for school activities as well as activities outside of the school day. For more information on this insurance, visit the www.insuremykids.ca site.
RND Has the Luck of the Irish 03.17.15
In what would prove to be the toughest match of the tour, the RND girls faced a very physical Wicklow RFC team under the lights on a beautiful, clear night. From the onset, Wicklow came out fired up for the match, dominating the first 15 minutes and enjoying the majority of possession. The Wicklow squad proved to be masters of holding up the ball in contact, resulting in numerous turnovers and thus stalling any RND momentum. Ferocious tackling from both sides in the first half showed true grit and commitment to the play on the field. After the initial 15 minutes onslaught from Wicklow, RND settled in and both team traded chances to score. However, it wasn t until the final two minutes of play in the first half that RND drew in the defenders, spun the ball wide for an excellent team try scored by Jess East. Annie Kennedy converted to make the half time score 7-0.
After a few adjustment by the coaching staff at halftime, RND girls picked up where they left off, dominating the breakdowns and controlling ball possession. It was clear that the RND girls were the fitter team, quickly wearing down the Wicklow squad. Through the hard work of the forwards led by Stephanie Rodriguez, the backs, through good running lines, exposed gaps in the defense. The game s hardest worker, Danae O Neill, went on numerous runs to provide excellent field position and maintain pressure on Wicklow s half of the field. Second half tries were scored by Courtney Spratt and two by Hannah Greenwood, with one converted by Annie Kennedy, making the final score 24-0. RND s imposed their physical prowess by upping their work rate and tackle count in the second half, giving Wicklow no opportunity to mount attacks. Player of the match Lilly Dickson set the flow of the game, giving good ball and making quick penalty decisions. Overall, the game was an entire team effort
and a great final result to end our first ever international tour. After the match, the girls were hosted once again to a great meal, live Irish music and of course, dancing in the Wicklow clubhouse. What a great way to end the tour!
Regi Girls Rugby took the pitch for their 2nd Irish Tour game vs Railway Union of Dublin, a team who hadn t lost in over a year. Despite pre-game jitters about facing the Leinster League (provincial champs), and playing under the lights; Regi came out hitting the rucks and tackling hard. Evelyn Le Blancq made key tackles and runs throughout the game and the hard work done at the rucks by all the forwards set up tries by Hannah Greenwood, Courtney Spratt & Makenzie Steacy with Annie Kennedy converting 2 of the 3 tries. Railway Union scored a try late in the half, making the score to 19-5 for Regi at the break. In the 2nd half Regi brought more of the same, dominating the rucks and spinning the ball wide to the backs who were firing on all cylinders, resulting in three more Regi tries scored by Lilly Dickson, Evelyn Le Blanqc & a 2nd try by Courtney Spratt. Annie Kennedy converted one second half try to make the final score 39-5 in favour of RND. Annie Kennedy
Torrential downpours in the weeks leading up to our arrival led to some very muddy field conditions at Ballinasloe RFC, that would have been deemed unplayable only days before.
Through the first half, RND dominated play, controlling the breakdown and enjoying the majority of possession. Tour Captain Hannah Greenwood got us on the board at six and a half minutes with a well worked team try. Courtney Spratt responded with a great individual try at the 21 minute mark and Ashley Tait rounded out the scoring, touching down with a great forward effort just before the half ended. Danae O Neill converted the Tait try to make the half time score 17-0.
Off the opening of the second half, Ballinasloe stormed back with two tries by Aoibheann Reilly, converted by Emily Gowin, assuring a strongly contested match. RND, not to be denied, regrouped and produced two final tries by Lilly Dickson and another by Spratt. The last was converted by Annie Kennedy to ensure the victory for a final score of 31-14 for RND.
Player of the match Hannah Greenwood was recognized by Ballinasloe RFC for her tenacious defence and ability to produce excellent ball for Regi to advance up the field. Hannah Boudreau was named hardest worker for her strength in her tackles and commitment to support play. Overall, the coaches are extremely happy with their first effort and hope to build on their this win in preparation for our next match versus Railway Union in Dublin.
After the game, the team was hosted to an amazing lunch and social while we watched the Ireland vs. Wales international match in the clubhouse. This was a great opportunity for our team to interact with their counterpart, have some laughs and make new friends. Thank you so much for your hospitality to Declan Murphy and the Ballinasloe RFC.
See some Action Pictures from the first few days of the Ireland Tour.
2014-2015: Championships - Finalists
Another class of proud Panthers are adding to RND's reputation for athletic excellence. Click on the Team Names in the table below for a detailed report of the most recent successes of the Garnet & Gold.
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