Miramichi Valley High School(MVHS) visited undefeated Moncton High School(MHS) in girls action on Monday May 16th.
MHS have been steam rolling opponents of late and hosting MHS might hint at a lopsided game, if you weren’t following MVHS this season. MVHS had strong forward play highlighted by their powerful locks. A very eye-opening game from the MVHS 12 impressed all on-lookers with her direct running and a great first step.
The whole first half resulted in one converted try for MHS and a total score of 7-0 for the hosts. The key to the game turned out to be the opening 15 mins of the 2nd half. During this time MHS scored another 2 quick tries and opened the score to 17-0.
Prideful MVHS did answer back. Threatening to score on MHS for the last 10 mins of the game, and were finally rewarded with a try in the last-minute of play. Make the final 17-5. Caution to those who may put too much stock in the final score line. In addition to the last try of the game, MVHS also had a try held up by MHS flanker Holloway who managed to turn a MVHS player in the tackle and somehow got under her in the end goal.
MHS play EMM on the 24th in a make up game and are in position to host the provincial semi in Moncton on May 29th. That will be a feature game, with coverage leading up to and following it.
The result for MVHS, while falling short of the win, proves once again that they earned and deserved their wins over ODC and EMM. The bigger question is can they hand Riverview High School an upset in Riverview tomorrow?
Mathematically, MVHS are still in the play-off hunt on this, the eve of their last season game. In order to cling to the play-off hopes, they need a win vs RHS.
The goal for MVHS is to continue their fast defense and aggressive play at the breakdown. The MVHS #8 was strong in the tackle, durable all day, and also impressive with respect to foot speed. This matches up well versus RHS. There will be a huge requirement for the MVHS 9 to keep up with RHS’s McCabe at the scrum half position. The wild card in this one may come down to how successful MVHS are at releasing their 12 into space.
It is quite likely the MVHS @ RHS game this Thursday will be come down to the wire. This game may not be one about who makes the fewest mistakes, but who makes the last mistake.
Check back atler today as we will have the ODC @ RHS score to post. This evening we hope to post Pics from EMM @ BMHS.