The Titan’s Women’s had the long trip down to Lethbridge this weekend to play against a strong LRC squad. After narrowly winning 58-55 at home last week against LRC this game was guaranteed to entertain the local crowd with two SW1 powerhouse teams. Adding to the pressure on the Titans squad was that only 15 players were available to play!!
The game started out with a couple possession tradeoffs that caught the Titans five meters from their own try line. A valiant defensive effort by the ladies held Lethbridge out of from scoring however as the minutes ticked by Lethbridge was able to sneak (barely) past the line for the day’s first try. The Titans responded quickly with Courtney Holtkamp scoring their first try with a strong run from a LRC penalty at Lethbridge’s 22m. The teams exchanged tries through the first half and as it neared it end Lethbridge again found itself on the Titans 5m in the final seconds. This time it was the Titans defense held out ending the half 27-17 in favor of the Titans.
Exhausted after a hard first half the Titans women realized the Lethbridge wasn’t going to quit. The ladies rallied together to give Lethbridge 100% of their best effort and it showed as they quickly started to add try after try in the second half. The team celebrated that, despite each player playing a full 80 minutes, they clearly set the pace in the second half of the game. The final score was 44-22 in favor of the Titans!! Forward of the Game was captain Haley Khatib for her outstanding strength and toughness in the game! Injuring her shoulder early in the first half she showed true leadership and passion playing every minute of the game giving all she had!! Haley’s effort also received acknowledgement from the opposition as Lethbridge choose her for their “Player of the Game”. With multiple players playing new positions in the “pack” the forwards played hard, strong rugby throughout the game with dominant tackling and rucking!
Courtney Holtkamp debuted as a winger in the second half (returning to her Rimbey Grade 8 roots where she first was introduced to the game). The team exploited the mismatch, moving the ball wide as Court promptly ripped off five tries during the game, setting up one more and deservingly received the nod for “Back of the Game”. The backs as a whole did a fantastic job moving the ball wide providing attack opportunities for Courtney and fullback/center Lora Lee who together finished off all eight Titans tries!
The Women are excited to host the Rams this Saturday 2:30 at the Titans Club!
Tries: Courtney Holtkamp (5), Lora Lee (3)