Titans win Alberta title

Another weekend, another banner for the Red Deer Titans Rugby Club.

The Titans senior women’s squad won the First Division Women’s provincial title this past Saturday, downing the Edmonton Rockers 63 – 0 in Calgary.

Shannon Court, as she has over the past few games, paced the Titan’s offense with three tries and three conversions, with Ursula Paterson and Melissa Wyntjes adding a trio of tries each in the win.

Marli Hadden and Elsie Budwill chipped in with single tries, while Aly Bowd tallied one conversion.

The championship game started quickly for the Titans, who watched Paterson score two sensational tries from 60 metres out within in the first five minutes, breaking at least six attempted tackles along the way.

The Titans added 24 more points before intermission to take a 34-0 lead into the second half.

The final frame opened with the Rockers trying to put some points on the board, and despite being camped out on the Red Deer line for 20 minutes, they couldn’t touch down.

The ladies came back to life after that, and scored four tries in the final 20 minutes of the game to grab the win and the provincial banner.

The provincial championship was the ladies’ 10th consecutive win and put the cap on an unbelievable season for the Titans, one that saw them open the year with three straight losses, two of them by default when they didn’t have enough players to field a full team.

With the senior season now out of the way, several Titans are returning to university rugby this week, those being Emily Stearns, Court and Hadden, who all play for the defending CIS national champion University of Lethbridge Pronghorns.

Jen Peturson, another standout and member of Alberta’s U19 team, will play this upcoming season for the University of Calgary.