Match Report: Belmont Girls Varsity Ties Tough Algonquin Side

 

Belmont Girls Varsity Ties Algonquin in Home Match

 

Date of Contest: 4/26/17

Varsity (1st XV) Score:   Belmont 12                 Algonquin 12

Belmont hosted Algonquin Regional High School for a division 1 league match and the play was an amazing battle back and forth.  After a tough week of injury and sickness, Belmont started an entirely new backline organization which rose to the occasion throughout the match. As Algonquin lived up to their reputation as a hard hitting team that contested well at the ruck, Belmont struggled in the first half to put multiple phases together on offense. Algonquin capitalized on loose ball twice to  pick up the first and second tries of the game with a conversion, leading Belmont 12-0 as the the first half was waning. In the final minutes of the first half a held-up try resulted in a Belmont scrum which 8-man Georgia Parsons crashed in for an unconverted try.  At the half Algonquin was up 12-5.

In the second half, discipline from the Belmont forwards brought more opportunities. Organization, tackles and  cleared rucks by team leaders Sara Nelson and Molly Goldberg brought the structure that Belmont was missing. Offensive opportunities by flyhalf Gabby Viale in space were covered but not converted into scores. Tremendous work rate by junior Meri Power brought opportunity from interceptions to powerful crashes up the center. Seven scoring opportunities at Algonquin’s try-line were well defended and rebuffed by the visitors however, late in the second half, sophomore fullback Clare Martin crashed the ball over Algonquin’s try-line after an outstanding run up by the entire backline. Parsons’ successful conversion brought the team up 12-12 with minutes left. Both sides held the other at an impasse as the clock ran out and Belmont’s first meeting with Algonquin ended in a 12-12 tie.

Overall the tie was a testament to the work put in over 70 minutes by both sides and saw leaders on Belmont step up from the reserve ranks. Outstanding work was done by junior scrumhalf Jess Rosenstein to organize and clear Belmont breakdowns throughout the game.

 

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