CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - Steady as she goes for the Charlottetown Rugby Football Club Tier B team as it readies for a weekday battle Thursday against Pictou County.
Game time is 7 p.m. at Co-op Field for the Nova Scotia Senior Women’s Soccer League matchup, and Maggie Grimmer of the new Tier B squad (2-2) is confident as she likes what she’s seen since the beginning of the year.
“I think there’s really been a lot of improvement especially since the first practice,” said Grimmer, who’s coached rugby at Charlottetown Rural High School for six seasons. “We really seen the progression of the system and of the younger players as well.”
CRFC began two seasons ago as a way for former and current women’s high school, provincial and university ruggers to play over the summer. This season, the CRFC, defending champs of the women’s Tier A division, started the Tier B team because of increased interest.
CRFC’s gambit paid off as it brought Grimmer, who played last season with the Tier A team, back to the sport as a player where she play on both squads as needed. But her return came not without a few bumps, bruises and a senior women’s rugby learning curve.
“Yeah, it was a little bit of a challenge,” said Grimmer, a UPEI alum who’s working at a second university degree in law at UNB Fredericton.
CRFC is on a two-game winning streak after losing to Windsor Hants County and the Halifax Tars, getting outscored 150-10 along the way, then levelling its record at .500 with wins against the Dartmouth PigDogs and Riverlake.
As far as Pictou County (3-0) goes, Grimmer said CRFC is a little blind as it’s the teams first-ever meeting but she has an idea given Pictou County’s general club makeup.
“I don’t know a whole lot about them, but they’ll have a strong pack and quick backs so we’ll have to play good defence.”
The Tier A team hosts the Valley Bulldogs on Saturday. Game time is 2 p.m. at Co-op Field.