By Nick Kuhl on June 10, 2018.
It’s a pair of losses that will double as a learning experience for the Lethbridge Rugby Club women’s team.
The Division I women were downed 44-22 by the Red Deer Titans RFC during Calgary Rugby Union action Saturday afternoon at the Lethbridge Rugby Club.
That loss comes after a high-scoring 58-55 loss to the Titans RFC last weekend in Red Deer that puts the LRC women’s team at 3-2.
“It was a good, hard game,” said LRC head coach Ryan McKeown. “They’re a good team. We were missing some people today, which was unfortunate as always. But we’re only going to get better as the season goes on. They’re improving. We’re not too worried about it and we’re actually kind of glad we played this team twice early in the year because we have a ton of room to improve and it’s good to get that early in the year.”
Jen Izyk led Lethbridge with two tries, while Courtney Bardock and Carolyn McKee each had one.
“We actually started off in the lead today,” said McKeown. “They had a really strong start and then we kind of started to stutter a little bit. It was just little fundamental mistakes here and there, but not a big deal.
“I think it’s a wake up call, but I thought our girls played well. Red Deer has a few really hard runners that made it tough on us today. It’s something will look at moving forward, but we’ll be fine.”
Much like the LRC men’s team, this year’s women’s roster features some new faces as well as players making a return to the club.
“We have some players returning that haven’t played in years and we have a lot of new players,” said McKeown. “We have maybe eight players that played last year and the rest are either brand new or returning from years ago.”
The women’s game wrapped up a three-game homestand for the LRC Saturday.
The Division III team improved to 4-1 on the season with a 45-22 win over the Calgary Canadian Irish A.C.
In the second game Saturday, the LRC Division II men’s team won handily, defeating the Irish A.C. 90-3. They are now 3-1 on the season.
The LRC Division II team is back home next Saturday when they host The Canucks RFC at 6 p.m.
The women’s team is on the road Saturday to take on the Calgary Hornets RFC, while the Division III men are off next weekend.
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