Rori Wood

EMCS Wolverines set sights on city rugby championship

Sooke squad takes 8-1 record to playoffs and targets Oak Bay in quest for championship

The Edward Milne Community School Wolverines girls’ rugby team is sharpening its skills and teeth for the final stretch of its epic journey: the city championships.

And what a season.

So far, the Wolverines lost only one game, and even though there were a few critical injuries along the way, the team plowed on.

In provincial championships earlier this year, the Wolverines placed sixth.

“We’ve gone to Oak Bay [and St. Michaels University School], we’ve been here, played three games each time, so we’re 8-1,” said head coach Morgan D’Ganigian.

This season the young EMCS crew has managed to trample its competition, apart from its strongest rival – Oak Bay – but D’Ganigian isn’t worried.

“Honestly, [the Wolverines] just have to play. When we played them, they were lazy, they weren’t following any sort of structure, they played down to their level,” he said.

Key players in the team, such as Rori Wood and Alexis Dunning are certainly towards the tip of the spear, but D’Ganigian pointed out the whole team’s mixed dynamics turn it into the powerhouse that it is.

“There are a bunch of players that have been around for a year that are very good now, and there are a bunch of new players who caught on really fast, so everybody plays a huge part of it,” D’Ganigian said.

D’Ganigian added that experienced players help out the younger players who then become just as good, so the whole chemistry just works out.

As for the city championships, he feels really good of what’s in store.

“I feel like they’ll win everything. I’m absolutely confident that they’ll play hard, and I’m really happy where they got to so far.”