In a championship match where the home team came out with a clear intention to put their mark on the game early and not let off, the Enfield RFC women overcame a mid-season loss to their opponents, the Dartmouth PigDogs, and cruised to a convincing 71-31 victory in front of a very loud Enfield crowd. Enfield captain Adrienne MacDonald noted that lopsided loss to Dartmouth in July was the motivation the Enfield women needed to enter the closing weeks of the season with a fresh focus and intensity, changing their gameplan considerably in the weeks leading to the final.
Straight from kickoff Enfield showed a wide attacking flair getting ball runners into space and keeping the ball alive through the outside channels. Tries came early and often through Amy Fraser, Daniela Mayo (2), Adrienne MacDonald (3), Megan Sullivan (2), Bryony Taylor (2), and Saralynne Knockwood. Mayo came good with 8 conversions, a few of them nearly from the Lion’s Den parking lot. Full credit to the PigDogs, who continued to put in the hard graft on defense throughout the match and looked to threaten playing the spoiler in the quarter after halftime. Dartmouth sparked 20 points onto the scoreboard, largely through the evasive running and kickchase of fullback Breanna Allison. Enfield found the same intensity that they started the match with in the final quarter, putting the game out of reach on offense and closing it out with a solid, flat line of defending. Coach Drew Hutt was thrilled with the result, particularly through the use of the entire bench, “which displayed the dynamic we had all year of some added depth to the squad. It really showed it was a full team victory.”
The club is extremely proud of the girls for putting on such a comprehensive showing in a championship game, and the girls would like to thank coach Drew Hutt for his hard work and belief as well as Matt MacNeil and Mark Sweeney for helping adjust tactics toward the end of the year. The girls would also like to thank the club and club supporters for their backing throughout the season and on the day.