Northmen open regular season with a win

Terrace beat Williams Lake at home before losing a close one to Prince George over the weekend

The Northmen won their first game of the regular season against Williams Lake.

The Terrace Northmen opened the regular rugby season with a win at home against the Williams Lake Rustlers May 23 – the first time they’d beat the Rustlers in years.

“The guys were really happy about that,” said Northman Adam Linteris of the 27-19 win. “It was a real grind so it was nice to come out with that W for sure.”

The game, as expected, was “very, very physical,” he said, with Williams Lake bringing a solid squad – although without some of their key guys because of work commitments – and the Northmen with a strong bench.

“There was a lot of midfield play and midfield stands, goalline stands, things like that,” said Linteris.

“There were few big breaks in the game – luckily for us the big breaks seemed to come on our end.”

Brady Champoux  clocked two tries before rookie Adam Sarich grabbed a try.

Then Walker Main kicked two dropkick goals to give the Northmen a pretty substantial lead towards the end.

But the Rustlers didn’t let up, closing the gap as the Northmen tired out.

“A real physical game,” said Linteris. “Williams Lake is always really strong. They didn’t bring a series of their top guys, they were out working and doing that, but they still brought a really strong team. Basically anytime you play those guys you have to be prepared for a really hard game.”

Williams Lake picked two man of the matches for the game – a forward and a back – with Ryan Watson named the forward and Werner Pienaar named the back.

Linteris said that the win was a real team effort where everyone saw a substantial amount of field time.

“Every single person on the team got a lot of playing time in – years past in tight games we’ve run our starting line maybe a little too long and not played some of our rookies and things like that,” he said.

“Our rookies really stood out – they didn’t look like rookies out there – they played really well,” he said.

“The team as a whole played really well. It was nice to see that it was a full team victory and not just a starting line up victory,” he continued.

The team travelled to Prince George last weekend and lost a grinder 19-17. The game was tough with injuries to key players on both sides.

“Our player of the match was Jamie Mckinstrie for sure,” said Linteris. “He came into the game with a blown up ankle and left the game with a torn quad but played arguably his best game as a northmen. He was a force out there and really made a ton of good stuff happen for us.”

The northmen now head to Prince Rupert this weekend for Seafest. Then they have a bit of a break before travelling to Williams Lake at the end of the month.

The next chance to catch the Northmen at home will be July 11 when the team hosts Prince George for a rematch. Linteris said the team is always working on getting more people out to watch the games.

“We’re not a hockey team, we’re never going to have a following like that,” he said. But the team wants to get people out there “not only to have people come out and watch but the more people who know about the team the more chances we have at recruiting players – because there’s a ton of good athletes in this town.”

Just Posted

Terrace River Kings schedule released

Two new teams join CIHL in upcoming season

Is this the world’s cleanest pellet plant?

An inside look at Skeena BioEnergy’s new $20 million facility

Australian gold mining giant acquires Red Chris mine

Newcrest now owns 70 per cent of the mine south of Iskut and operatorship

Prince Rupert shuttle service set to get underway

New shuttle bus between Prince Rupert and Terrace

Cats shot with BB gun in separate Thornhill incidents

The pets were shot in their own yards, neighbours say

VIDEO: Could we BE any more excited? ‘Friends’ fans go crazy for merch

Movie theatres will show select episodes to mark the NBC series’ 25th anniversary

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Nearly 50% of Canadians experience ‘post-vacation blues’: poll

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

More women may need breast cancer gene test, U.S. guidelines say

Recommendations aimed at women who’ve been treated for BRCA-related cancers and are now cancer-free

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Most Read