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NDSS’s varsity rugby girls achieve perfect season record and advance to KASSAA semifinals

NDSS’s Ryan DuChene, a junior called up to play for the varsity club, breaks away from the pack to score a try during Tuesday’s KASSAA league match against Holy Cross. Photo by Adam Prudhomme.

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NDSS varsity girls rugby has a direct route to the KSSAA semifinals after their perfect 6-0 regular season.

Napanee capped their dominant run with a 58-0 victory over the visiting Holy Cross Crusaders on Tuesday.

The Hawks were able to get several of their juniors into the game and didn’t miss a beat, demonstrating the depth of their program. Carley Uens (two), Ryan DuChene (two), Addy Holden (two), Devan Maxwell (three) were responsible for the tries with conversions kicked by Brooke Alaver, Neeleigh Ford and Devan Maxwell.

With their first-place finish in the regular season, the Hawks will skip the quarterfinals and face the winner of that round in the semifinals on Friday, May 17.

The winner of that match will advance to the league final on May 22, which will be held at Queen’s Nixon Field in Kingston.

Napanee is looking to repeat as KASSAA and EOSSAA champions, which would give them a chance to improve on last year’s fourth-place finish at OFSAA.

-NDSS junior girls are also undefeated this season and will look to secure top spot when they play their final regular season match on May 21.

-NDSS’ junior boys played doubles Tuesday afternoon visiting Holy Cross 14-7. NDSS’s rookies took the scoresheet into account as Brock Boutilier and Lucas Asselstine scored a try each. Quintin Whaley kicked both conversions, including a very difficult angle from the five-yard line. The win improves Napanee’s record to 2-1-1 on the season, moving them to third in the KASSAA standings.

The Hawks close the regular season by hosting La Salle on May 14 at 5 p.m