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Holy Trinity sweep the boys CWOSSA rugby

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The boys’ rugby program at Simcoe Holy Trinity Catholic High School made history last week at CWOSSA.

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Competing in the Central Western Ontario Secondary Schools Association Men’s A/AA Championship at Preston High School in Cambridge, the Titans won the senior and junior titles.

This was the first CWOSSA Men’s Rugby Junior Championship for the school and the second CWOSSA title for the senior team.

“It will create a lot of momentum for our program going forward and for rugby in Norfolk County,” said Holy Trinity coach Christian Miller.

“We are all very proud of the boys, the work they have done and the accomplishments they have achieved.”

No one could have predicted a CWOSSA title for the senior team after its presence in the Athletic Association of Brant, Haldimand and Norfolk league.

Competing against former provincial AAA powerhouses such as Brantford Collegiate Institute and St. John’s College, as well as strong teams from North Park Collegiate and Assumption College, Holy Trinity went 0-4 in the regular season.

“I knew our record was in no way indicative of our abilities as a team,” Miller said, noting the Titans lost by one point to SJC in the league.

In their first CWOSSA match, Holy Trinity faced North Park. The Titans had lost 24-10 to NPC in the league, but after that game Miller and the team had a heart-to-heart talk.

“Of course we had another shot against them at CWOSSA and ended up beating them 24-5,” the coach said.

“The boys were so excited after that game. You could see it in their eyes. They knew they had a legitimate chance.

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With only three teams in the tournament, all that stood in the way of Holy Trinity getting CWOSSA gold was the Dufferin Center. North Park had beaten center Dufferin 21-14 in a previous game, but Miller didn’t let his team get too confident.

“I knew it was going to be a tougher game,” he said. “They had a solid team and they didn’t have a good first game. They are very well trained. »

A close, back-and-forth game was sealed in favor of Holy Trinity when number 8 Cameron Pearson scored a try on the last game of the match to give his side a 19-12 victory.

Miller said Pearson and inside center Jesse Reimer were key at CWOSSA and throughout the season.

“The two of them kind of led by example,” he said. “It was exciting to see.”

Holy Trinity is ranked sixth out of 12 teams for the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations Championship, which takes place Thursday through Saturday in Cobourg.

Holy Trinity plays No. 10 Holy Cross at noon on Thursday before facing Crescent at 3 p.m.

Depending on how the Titans finish in their three-team group, they will either play a friendly game on Friday, a consolation semifinal or a medal semifinal.

“It’s really hard to say,” Miller replied when asked how he thinks his team will fare.

“You don’t know because the teams aren’t the same as they were three or four years ago because of (COVID-19). I think right now it’s a challenge, but it’s a huge experience for a young athlete and a huge honour.

The Junior Titans managed to win their CWOSSA Championship despite having a thin roster.

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“We have a strong core group,” Miller said.

“We did the whole season with about 20 kids and by the time we got to the CWOSSA tournament, due to injuries, we were down to 17.

“So 17 guys played four games that day, held on and made it.”

Like the seniors, the juniors played in the AABHN league with strong Brantford and area teams.

“I was so excited when I found out we had to play in the Brantford league because growing up that’s the league I played in and coached in St. John’s, I knew that it was a competitive league that always formed teams to go forward.” said SJC graduate Miller.

Unlike the seniors, the juniors had a winning year, finishing with a 2-1 record in the regular season before facing BCI in the final.

Although Holy Trinity lost in the AABHN Championship, Miller knew the experience his team had accumulated against a strong BCI team would be invaluable.

“This BCI junior team is so powerful,” he said. “I knew if we could be competitive with them it would set us up for success.

“The final against BCI was one of the proudest for a team. They were brave in the way they played on defense.

At the CWOSSA tournament, Holy Trinity tied Erin 7-7 before beating Preston 10-0, Center Dufferin 5-0 and Kincardine 19-0.

“I’m so proud of what they’ve accomplished,” Miller said.

“I’m really excited to see what they can do in the future. I think the success of this team will bring excitement to the school and we’ll bring in other athletes to make this team even stronger. .

There is no OFSAA tournament for junior teams. Visit www.ofsaa.on.ca for more information on the OFSAA Senior Team.

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