The Terrace Northmen rugby club has been having a heck of a season, grinding out wins both away and at home.
During Seafest in Prince Rupert, the team won both of their games, one against Rupert and another against a Smithers/Prince George team. Both match-ups were low-scoring and very defensive, and the Northmen didn’t allow either team a point against them.
On June 23 the team faced off against the Prince Rupert Seamen, who had teamed up with some players from Smithers, for a game here at home on the college field, winning 37-12.
The game was part of the northwest rugby championship series.
“It was a fun game,” said Northmen player Mike Homeniuk of the win. “It took the Seamen the first half to work out a few kinks, but then in the second half they came out very strong.”
The second half saw a more physical game of both teams, with heavy hits being delivered by each side.
The win was a team effort, said Homeniuk.
“The game was mostly ground out in the forwards, but when we called on the backs, they performed,” he said. “Almost every time we spun the ball to the back they were able to crash the plain and gain yards for us.”
Next up, the team is travelling to Prince George for two match-ups, one against Prince George and the other against Vernon, who is making the trek as well.
“We played Prince George two weeks ago during Seafest and beat them 14-0, but it will be harder to beat them at home,” said Homeniuk.
They’re also up for a hard match against Vernon. The Vernon rugby club has just cancelled their one division team due to the heavy amount of travel required, which means their three division team is riddled with one division players and will be tough to beat.