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
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