As the rain has pounded down in the past weeks, few would want to spend hours outside on a muddy grass field. However, the Gleneagle girls’ rugby team has been doing just that – and has been successful so far.

Two weeks ago, the team battled its way to two victories over Fleetwood and Earl Marriott, winning by scores of 42-10 and 22-17, respectively.

“This year, rather than having a junior and senior team like we usually do, we have one combined team,” said Nikita Evans, grade 11. “It’s harder, because we still have to play against other schools’ senior teams.”

Despite the challenge of having one team with junior and seniors, several younger players, such as Sarah Fong, grade 10, and Gabi Cross, grade 9, have risen to the occasion.

One early memory came against the powerhouse Carson Graham squad, the second-ranked team in the province.

Gleneagle players are proud of their win against the team and their close 27-24 score.

The team has been spearheaded by coach Simon Quinto, who, as Evans says, “can really see [the players’] potential, and tries to help [them] see it too. He’ll push [them] to do [their] very best.”

Players have also set personal goals for their season. “[I want to] lead more, and take on a more vocal role off the field as well, in areas such as fundraising,” concluded Evans.