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Sarnia Saints big winners on and off the field this weekend
Saturday June 16, 2012 


The Sarnia Saints Fundraising Weekend featured a triple header with all three teams playing.  The 3 game event was in support Barry Chalmers and the local Multiple Sclerosis Society.



The Sarnia Saints senior women’s team came out strong and focused against the Bruce County Banshees Saturday afternoon at Norm Perry Park.

The Ladies scored the first play of the game after making a tackle from the kickoff, stealing possession and getting the ball out wide to outside center, Carleigh LaLonge. Christina Fazio scored the second try for the Saints, after the forwards sucked in the Banshee defense and the backs exploited the overlap. Daria Keane, Emily Powell and Mandy Milliquet also added to the score board in the first forty minutes of game with two tries from Keane and one try each from Powell and Milliquet.

The second half also went smoothly for the Saints, starting off with a try from the number 8, Sarah Mimnagh, followed by Keane’s third try of the game as well as a try from rookie Anne Groulx. Lisa Oleniuk kicked 7 of the 9 conversion through the uprights, adding 14 points for Sarnia. The Banshees managed to run past the Saints defense twice near the end of the second half, making the final score 59-10. Daria Keane was named player of the game for the Saints.
Final Score: 59-10


The second game of the day was between the Sarnia Saints Development Side and London St. George which Sarnia won with a final score of 22 - 19.

Graham Wattie, Craig Johstone and Mike Hart each scored tries in the win.  Simon Kennefick and tom Pratt each kick in one convert and Simon Kennefick added 3 points on a penalty kick.



The main event on this special weekend was between the Sarnia Saints Premier team and close rivals London St. George.  Before the start of the game Barry Chalmers took part in the ceremonial coin toss.


Sarnia continue to win and made it 3 - 0 for the day by taking the win over London with a final score of 18 - 13. 


"London is a hard team and a very good team.  It was hard fought game and we got a little bit panicky in the second half when they started taking it to us a little bit. Defensively the guys really stood up" said Coach Todd Whitlock "I also would like to give credit to London for supporting us in this fundraising event for MS"



In the first half Sarnia fly-half Stuart Edwards scored 2 penalty conversions to put the Saints up by 6.   London first scored in the second half on a penalty kick by Derek Daypuck. Sarnia scored their first try minutes later with Mike Hart scoring.   Stuart Edwards conversion kick was good to give the Saints a 13 - 3 lead.   Halfway into the half Sarnia added to the scoreboard scoring a walk over try with Ian McEwen earning the try to take an 18 - 3 lead.  London fought back and came within a try after Ryan LeBer scored a try and convert was good by Derek Daypuck, then Daypuck scored his second penalty kick of the game.  Sarnia held off the attack to take the win.


"All and all it's a wonderful day and this makes it that much sweeter,  a game that is tight all the way to the end especially London,  a great team and they had our number ever since I started playing rugby, it feels really good and a good team win."  said Captain Tyler Boyd 


Stuart Edwards was named player of the match.  Edwards, an import player from Scotland said "It's incredible, this is my 4th game with the Sarnia Saints and the boys have brought me in and made me a part of the team. The heat it's incredible,  it's so warm and for me that's a challenge on it's own but today it's about Barry Chalmers our whole performance is about him'


Edwards is also involved with coaching the Sarnia Saints U18 youth program.   He encourages anyone who is interested to come out to the practices that are held Tuesday and Thursday at 5 pm at Norm Perry Park.  The teams will compete in six tournaments over the summer. 
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