LSS Wildfire hosts Rugby Jamboree

The Lillooet Secondary School Wildfire rugby team hosted three visiting teams during a two-day Jamboree on Apr. 5 - Apr. 7.

The Wildfire team learned how to play rugby 7s starting Thursday afternoon with the teams from Williams Lake, Merritt, and North Kamloops, Coach Tracy Sussums told the News.

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The teams stayed in the gym at LSS and enjoyed a spaghetti dinner prepared by parent volunteers with food donated by Buy-Low Foods. On Friday, game play began bright and early at 9 a.m. with the girls playing rugby 15s, said Sussums.

Throughout the day on Friday, there were games alternating with skills sessions, and at the end of the day all the teams were mixed so that juniors and seniors could play separately. Sussums commented, “The jamboree was a great experience for the team to get our season rolling.”

The coaching staff for this year’s rugby team comprises Mel Elesko, Verne Rasmussen, Mike Dirven and Tracy Sussums.

Sussums told the News, “We have strong seniors led by Captains Callie Harder and Telsa Menhinick, who are great role models and we have a confident group of juniors.” She also acknowledged the planning effort of Michelle Harder for the Jamboree, and the parents who donated their time to prepare food, chaperone, and clean.

Sussums added, “We have an amazing group of girls this season. They are extremely hardworking and an all-around great bunch.”

The team played its first official league game on Thursday, Apr. 12, competing against South Kamloops and won 68-0.

The next home game at LSS is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Apr. 30.

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