Action heats up for Wildfire rugby team

Lillooet Secondary School’s Girls Rugby team will be in the thick of the fray today as they compete against NorKam Secondary for the chance to win the Okanagan zone championship.

Following the zone championship, the Wildfire will be traveling to Williams Lake May 24-26 to compete in Rugby Provincials.

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The Wildfire advanced after notching wins in two home games last week.

On Monday, Apr. 30, the Wildfire defeated Merritt by a 35-20 score to claim second place in the Okanagan League regular season standings. Cars and vans packed the parking lot as fans came out to cheer on the Lillooet team.

Coach Tracy Sussums told the News, “Second place in the league meant we would be able to host a playoff game against third in the league, Westsyde Secondary from Kamloops, to earn a spot in the Rugby Provincials.”  

On Wednesday May 2, Westsyde Secondary traveled to LSS for the playoff game. 

“There were a ton of fans out to support the Wildfire team in their playoff game,” reports Sussums. “The girls works worked really hard as a team and really came together as a group during this game.”

Captain Callie Harder scored three tries, Grade 8 player Halle Leidal scored two (on one, she ran almost the entire length of the field to score) and Ayden Harrison battled her way through the Westsyde team with the support of her teammate to earn a try for the Wildfire. 

Alexis Abramson also scored a try and earned six more points by completing three conversion kicks for the team. 

LSS Wildfire won the game by a score of 41-17.

Lillooet Secondary School Vice Principal and Athletic Director, Dave Remple praised the team’s efforts, saying "The dedication by our senior athletes to build a positive and inclusive team culture was evident on the field."

Grade 8 first year player Ruth Rasmussen added, “I love when we play as a team and it would be awesome for every girl who comes to school at LSS to try it out and hopefully they will love it as much as I do."

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