We have something very important missing, after our Senior men’s game in Stratford the uniforms have gone missing. If anyone has or knows where the Senior Men’s uniforms are please let me know. As well who has the Jr Boys uniforms we used last Saturday? We will need them this weekend.
Friday the 13th
Our longest running and most important fund raising activity is fast approaching. As we have for numerous years we are working security and bar tending for the Kinsman at their beer tent duringFriday the 13th. The next one is in September so please we really do need all hands on board for this. Everyone must sign up for a shift and make the commitment to this. Ryan Elliot is taking care of making the schedule so please contact him to sign up for your shifts. Just plan now to attend and help raise money for the club. Ryan will give us all the details on the days and how many people are needed for each shift.
Spaghetti Dinner at The Norfolk Tavern Port Dover! Saturday August 17th we will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner served with salad and a glass of wine (for those 19+). This is an open event for all club members and we welcome all the junior players to attend. This is also open to family and friends…. Its only $15 per person. Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions. Please text or email if you are able to come so we can let the Tavern know numbers. I’ll collect money on Thursday August 15th.
MANY THANKS… goes out to James for arranging this with The Tavern
What a fantastic week for the Norfolk Harvesters! 4 wins in one week, our Junior Girls with their first win ever playing 15′s, our senior women two victories in a row Friday and Saturday and our senior men with a convincing 59-7 win over Wilmont on Saturday! Our junior program has a big week with 4 games, tonight both our Junior teams play at home, kick off at 6:30 and 7:30 and they play again on Wednesday. Let’s keep it rolling Harvesters and come out tonight and support the future of our club!
Wednesday night the U18 girls took on the Burlington Centaurs. After a great training session Monday night working with Sam Pepper, the backs were ready to show off some new moves. The girls managed to break the gain line in almost every carry in the first half. Kaitlyn Vanderlee would open the scoring for Norfolk with an excellent carry out wide. A strong flat line defence anchored by the forwards would see the girls turn the ball over in our favour several times through the first. The girls took advantage continuing the excellent line running and passing on a beautiful display of support ball off loads, finished by Mandy Beneff, who would touch the ball down just outside the posts, Eleta Mitton would add the conversion. Shortly there after April Wright powered her way through the defence eventually tackled by the fullback, only to have April pop right back up and reclaim the ball for another Norfolk try. Eleta Mitton would add the conversion.
With a solid 19-0 lead the ladies came out flat in the second half allowing two quick tries from Burlington. Missing both conversion attempts the game sat at 19-10. The girls responded right back on their next possession with a try from Ricki Hearn as she pounced on a loose ball and touched it down just outside the 15m line. Burlington would add one more score, while Norfolk again would respond with great ball movement through the backs ending in speedy rookie Kelsey Smiths hands who would score the final try for Norfolk.
Final score 29-15 Norfolk, history in the making. This is the first Norfolk U-18 women’s victory in 15 a side rugby and a drastic improvement from the 67-12 score they suffered last year at the hands of Burlington. Other highlights saw Kate Brookshaw back in action and in fine form stealing the ball back in several rucks, making tackles, and still working out her high ball catching. Alana McAuliffe and Hayley McConnell both made some tremendous tackles, holding the D line strong, while Brady Schira led the backs at Fly half making wise decisions throughout the game.
Excellent game Ladies.
Next week the girls take on Hamilton Monday night at home followed by Wednesday night at home vs Waterloo.
Wednesday the U-18 Women took on an undefeated side from London. In true Harvester fashion the ladies dominated the breakdowns through the game maintaining possession throughout the majority of the first half. But with a simple turnover and lapse in defence, London would break for a try to take an early lead 5-0. Brady Schira would even the score for the Harvesters on a wide run of her own. The girls continued their pressure, as they crossed the goal line on a crash ball by Kate Bakos. Unfortunately the play was out of site of the official which would shortly lead to a turnover on a Harvester knock on. London again came back scoring on an overlap, touching the ball down close to the sideline. The Harvester ladies battled right back marching down the field with a good mix of forward crashes and hands through the backs. The drive was capped off with an excellent offload to Madi Hill, who was supporting the offensive attack and touched down for the try just outside the posts. Grace Hielema would step up to add the conversion putting the girls ahead 12-10. London continued their strong back line attack and again would find an overlap and reclaim the lead 15-12. The ladies did not quit for a moment, with under a minute left in the game the girls made one final charge down field, drawing a penalty near the 22, Brady kicked for touch leaving the girls just meters to the London end zone. After winning the line out the girls prepared to launch one final attack. With a relentless flat line defence by London the final whistle would blow after a Norfolk handling error leaving the final score 15-12. Tremendous effort by all the young ladies!
The coaching staff were very impressed with the improvement the girls have made in ruck support, and forward communication setting up pods. Backs also made improvements, running positive lines through the defence. As a whole communication throughout the game continues to become more noticeable as the girls continue to gel as a unit. The girls get ready to host Burlington next Wednesday, come out and support our girls!
This Saturday, the senior women took on the first place Sarnia Saints in a great battle at home! The ladies came out with excellent support play off of rucks and mauls, winning several breakdowns throughout the first half. A few defensive lapses however, left the ladies down 19-5 at the half. The Harvester try came from a crash ball to captain Raquel Rose, who punched it in from inside ten metres.
As the ladies entered into the second half it would be the superior scrummaging of the Saints that would be the turning point in the game, stealing several scrums and resulting in points against. The final score would see Sarnia leave with the win 29-12. Norfolk’s second try was also scored by Raquel Rose who broke through the defensive line for a fifty yard run under the post, Gillian Bergsma would add the convert.
A vast improvement to the first meeting of these two teams which resulted in a 65-0 loss for the lady Harvesters. The ladies look to keep up the momentum next week as they take on the Hamilton Hornets at home. Excellent effort ladies!
This past Thursday the U-18 Harvesters travelled to Stoney Creek to take on the Camels. The girls came out with an aggressive defence leading to a turnover and fullback Grace Hielema touching down the first try under the post. The Camels would come back shortly with a try from their inside centre breaking a tackle to even the score. The contest would continue to go back and forth throughout the game, with Norfolk scores from Alison Jeffery, Ricki Hearn, Eleta Mitton, and Beth Girard. Grace also added a convert to add to the total score 27-27
Other notable moments in the game was the girls vast improvement in their tackles specially from rookie winger Kelsey Smith with a ten metre driving tackle, which lead to a knock on. The girls also did a tremendous job utilizing new practice techniques such as the jackal off a tackle, leading to turnovers in our favour.
Next week the girls are at home to take on London, where they will look to build on their offensive strategies and keep the ball in Harvesters Hands. Excellent job ladies and keep up the hard work!
Two Harvester U-18 girls April Wright and Ricki Hearn were recently named to the Ontario Storm Under 16 team. Congratulations girls we know you will make Norfolk proud in B.C. at the National Championships!
Just a reminder that there is no game this Saturday for the Senior Men but you are back in action next week in Stratford.
Ladies have a home game at noon–come and cheer them on!
We are approaching the half way mark for the senior season and Ron is hosting a social to celebrate!
Saturday July 6th –TOMORROW NIGHT
Come anytime after 7
BYOB, Bring lawnchairs and sleeping bags if plan on staying the night
This event is only open to 19+