Elgin Park’s Christy Bogart carries the ball in the team’s final game against Gleneagle.

Elgin Park’s Christy Bogart carries the ball in the team’s final game against Gleneagle.

Best-ever finish for Elgin girls rugby team

Elgin Park Orcas fourth at senior girls AAA provincials, held at UBC

The Elgin Park Orcas’ senior girls rugby squad has upped the ante for future teams from the South Surrey school.

Last week at UBC, the Orcas placed fourth at B.C. AAA Senior Girls Rugby Championships – the highest the team has finished in school history.

Elgin opened the tournament May 23 with a 47-12 loss to Courtenay’s G.P. Vanier Towhees, but rebounded the next day with a 29-0 shutout over Burnaby North.

The Orcas’ last game of the tournament was a rematch of this year’s Fraser Valley Championship game, in which Elgin Park edged Coquitlam’s Gleneagle Talons by two points.

This time, the game was just as close, with Elgin defeated the Talons by one try, 15-10 in overtime.

The South Surrey squad led 10-0 early in the game, but the lead did not hold, as Gleneagle clawed back to tie the game before the final whistle.

In the overtime session, Elgin Park received the opening kick from the Talons and surged forward, scoring less than two minutes into the frame.

“The girls played with such commitment and heart all season long. To finish fourth is a tremendous testament to just how hard they worked and how much the team has developed this past year,” said Elgin Park head coach Johan Mynhardt.

“We are already looking ahead to next season and have our sights set on top 3.”

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