Strong efforts by Lakers resulting in wins

Three tries leads girls Pen High Lakers rugby team to 15-0 win over Kelowna

Pen High Laker Emma Morgan takes a hit against Salmon Arm with teammate Tessa Goeckel

Pen High Laker Emma Morgan takes a hit against Salmon Arm with teammate Tessa Goeckel

A 15-0 victory against the Kelowna Secondary School Owls improved the Pen High Lakers girls rugby team record to 3-0.

Scoring tries for the Lakers were Adrienne Penner, Brook-Lyn Ouimette and Kaitlin Kennedy.

Lakers coach Marty Godsmark was pleased with the rucking he saw from his players.

“This group just steps up,” said Godsmark. “They really are closing the gaps between them and opponents very quickly. Set plays are starting to come along. We dominated in the lineouts. We took seven to 10 of their lineouts and that made a difference.”

Godsmark said his players are learning to drop and drive.

When asked if it was important to beat Kelowna, Godsmark said, “any time you beat Kelowna is quite important.”

However, the big game for the Lakers is today against NorKam at McNicoll Park. Godsmark said that will be a tough match.

“They are usually pretty strong,” he said.

The Lakers earned a 46-10 win against Salmon Arm last Thursday. Scoring for the Lakers were Kendra Penner with two tries, Ouimette, Adrienne Penner with four tries and Brianne Stoll. While Godsmark liked the play of his team, he didn’t feel that Salmon Arm was focused.

Godsmark likes the potential on the Lakers as there are players who are quick. The strengths come back to their ability to close the gap on opposition immediately. They are also not afraid to go in head and shoulders for a hit.

“That is huge in rugby. It will drive the opposition back,” said Godsmark, who credited former coach Ian Butters for the work he did with the team last year.