by Gurpreet Kambo:
While Fraser Valley One took gold in the Boys Rugby competition in the BC Games, that wasn’t the only thing hometown rugby fans had to celebrate this Sunday.
The girls tournament ended with a strange turn of events. The two Fraser Valley girls teams and players, many of whom know each other, squared off in the final to decide gold and silver. The hard-fought match ended up going towards the Fraser Valley One girls, with a final result of 27-5.\
“I’m ecstatic, I’m so happy. We worked so hard for it, every one of us,” said Lauren Kerr, captain of Fraser Valley One. “Determination, that’s the main thing. If you don’t have that, you don’t have anything. You have to work your butt off, and we did. We won every game, we were undefeated. We had the girls that wanted it so much.”
According to Fraser Valley 2 captain Alexa Martin, her team may have been perceived as an underdog coming in. “We definitely expected to [make the final] but other teams didn’t… there were expectations for us that were a lot lower than what we got. But we definitely played our game and proved that we can be the best that we can be.”
When asked what the challenges are with coaching two teams playing each other, coach Jodi Cornell said, “It’s awkward… normally when I coach on the side, I’m very loud. I’ll point out where my girls need to attack, where the other teams weak points are. But, when my two teams are playing each other I’m just there to encourage with both sides.”
“Both teams, we talked to them before [the game],” said Cornell. “We said ‘this is the same as any other final. We don’t know who’s gonna win, we don’t know what’s gonna happen. We want you to play like you don’t know the team across from you.”
As for whether any of the girls asked which team she roots for, she said, “I think they’re smarter than that. I just cheer for individual wins. Every kid has fun. I didn’t care which one won, I’m just glad they had fun.”