Local rugby womens’ teams post big wins

The Red Deer Titans senior ladies rugby squad continues to steamroll the opposition.

After going 9-3 in the regular season, one that saw the Titans put up scores like 116-0 and 72-5, the ladies knocked the Calgary Saracens out of the Calgary Rugby Union playoffs with a 27-13 semi-final win.

That set up a CRU championship game this past weekend against Lethbridge.

Shannon Court, who recently helped Canada to a fourth place finish at the World University Rugby Championships in Portugal, accounted for 28 of Red Deer’s points in a 63-15 win over their rivals to the south.

Court, with four tries and four conversions, lead all Titans’ scorers, while Monica Hehli tallied three tries in the win.

Melissa Wynjtes, Aly Bowd, Emily Stearns and Elsie Budwill all scored one try each.

The Titans will be back in Calgary this Saturday to battle the Edmonton Rockers with the provincial championship on the line.

The ladies aren’t the only Titans squad making noise in the post-season.

The Titans under 18 girls team got two tries out of Christy Weiss in a 46-10 win over the Edmonton Pirates in the Edmonton under 18 Girls rugby league semi-finals last week.

The U18 girls will be back on the pitch tonight in Edmonton for the league final.

The Titans first division men’s team, meanwhile, saw their regular season record drop to 5-6 with a 36-14 loss to the Calgary Irish.

Dean Plant, fresh off coaching the Lindsay Thurber boy’s rugby squad to a provincial championship, scored a pair of tries, with player/coach Wade Moore posting two conversions.

The schedule doesn’t get much easier for the men, who next face the Calgary Hornets.

The Hornets have four players who also play for the Calgary Wolfpack of the Canadian Rugby Championship league, the same Wolfpack squad that thumped the BC Bears 41-6 last week.