Ballenas ballcarrier Mika Melnick eludes the grasp of a would-be Carihi tackler during the Whalers’ win over the visitors from Campbell River last week in Parksville. — Robyn Elliott photo

Ballenas posts big numbers in rugby victory

Match versus Carihi Secondary Schools ends in 39-5 triumph

After resuming a long-dormant program with a tie in their opening game, the Ballenas Secondary School’s senior girls rugby team got into the win column in a big way last week, rolling past Carihi Secondary School 39-5 at Ballenas.

Try scorers for Ballenas were Kristina Janssen, Olivia Bau, Caterina Ferrario and Mika Melnick.

The team’s coach, Olivia Hill, said the team “put on an excellent display.”

However, she said she anticipated the next game would be a greater challenge.

Ballenas was scheduled to play the combined team of Nanaimo District and Dover Bay secondary schools on Wednesday, April 12 at the Nanaimo Hornet’s Rugby Club (results were not available as of print time).

The team’s next home match is Wednesday, April 26 when the Whalers take on Mark Isfeld Secondary from Comox at 3:30 p.m.

The Ballenas boys team, meanwhile, hosts Wellington today (April 13) in a 7s match beginning at 3:30 p.m.

— NEWS Staff