Rugby gold for Adam Scott Lions at OFSAA in Cobourg
Adam Scott’s Lions wear green and white, but the boys’ senior rugby team were in gold on Saturday.
Reese Rossignol’s try with four minutes left and Isaac Plume’s convert from a hard angle rallied the Lions to a 7-5 win over Toronto’s Crescent in the OFSAA AA Final at St Mary’s in Cobourg.
It is the Lions’ fourth OFSAA title and first since 2017.
Lions coach Dave McCully said he showed the boys’ video of the 2017 win during a pre-match celebration.
“We told the guys the goal was to create their own moment like this,” McCully said.
It was very special after 2020 and 2021 were canceled by COVID-19.
“We have been looking forward to this season for literally three years. They just put in so much work,” he said.
“Crescent played really well,” McCully said. “Their defense was the best we’ve seen all year. It took us a long time to make the leap. »
It was a strong day for local schools.
Holy Cross Hurricanes, in their first season with a senior team, won the AA consolation championship beating Trinity College School in Port Hope 21-5 on Saturday morning. They have won three straight games in the OFSAA after losing their opener to Crescent 8-7.
“We were one point away from maybe going to a gold medal game,” Hurricanes coach Jake Fowler said.
Joey DeNoble, Aidan Sanders and Liam McGee scored tries with Sanders delivering three converted kicks.
Holy Cross launched their men’s rugby program in 2018 with a junior team and started senior this year.
“Their confidence grew over the tournament,” Fowler said. “We had tough losses to Adam Scott and TASSS in the regular season and I told the boys we were playing OFSAA level rugby. Now they see it. We could have beaten the third seed and we beat the sixth seed on the same day and then beat other higher seeded teams. It was great to see the improvement.”
Thomas A. Stewart Griffins won the AAA consolation title in London beating JF Ross of Guelph 17-12. The Griffins have also won three straight after losing their opener.
Lucas Barnett tried and converted while Ben Davis and Thomas Darling also tried. They have scored 17 consecutive points after falling behind 7-0.
“Guys could have packed up after losing that first game, but they didn’t,” Griffins coach Jeff Challice said. “They played very well in the other three games and we had a good end to the season. They wanted to win.”