X-Women open season with 81-0 win over Huskies

Photo by Bryan Kennedy
Photo by Bryan Kennedy

(ANTIGONISH, N.S.) The STFX X-Women rugby squad kicked off their 2023 regular season with a dominant 81-0 win over the Saint Mary's Huskies on Saturday afternoon.  

X-Women head coach Mike Cavanagh noted, "It was a good way to start off the season. We had a slow start to the game on offense with some self-inflicted mistakes, but as the game went on we starting passing and catching the ball well." 

"I thought defensively we played well the whole game, we had them going backwards and didn't give them any opportunities to run their offense." 

Katie Douglas (Charlottetown, PE), Akwaima Akpan (Halifax, NS), and Camryn Kleynhans (Wellington, ON) all had two tries for the home team, who had built up a 36-0 lead at halftime.  

Emma MacDougall (Halifax, NS), Skye Koyote (Duncan, BC), Courtney Gottselig (Vergeville, AB), Katherine Culligan (Halifax, NS), Jillian Griffith (Upper Tantallon, NS), Brooklyn Peyton (Waverley, NS), and Olivia Villamere (Haliburton, ON) all scored single tries for STFX.  

Katie Murphy (Millville, PE) kicked five conversions, with Payton hitting two more, and Emily Dodge (Fall River, NS) adding another. 

Despite the score, both teams came out to play in what was a warm and muggy afternoon.  

Douglas earned player of the game honours for the blue and white while Elliana Porter (Bridgewater, NS) was player of the game for Saint Mary's.  

Prior to the match, the X-Women recognized head coach Mike Cavanagh, who is in his 25th season as head coach of the decorated squad. Cavanagh has coached the team to six national titles and 21 AUS titles during his tenure.  

The Huskies are on the road next weekend when they visit the reigning AUS champion UPEI Panthers in Charlottetown on September 16. The X-Women are also on the road next weekend, when they will continue their rivalry with the Acadia Axewomen in Wolfville on the 16th. Both games begin at 2 p.m. 

Players of the Game 
SMU:  Elliana Porter (Bridgewater, NS) 
STFX:  Katie Douglas (Charlottetown, PE) 

Source: Matt Draper for STFX Athletics


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