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Yeti Rugby Women’s Team debuts in Salmon Arm home opener

Young rugby players show their stuff in Mini games
The Yeti’s Naomi King making a break through run during the club’s Home Opener Games at J.L. Jackson Secondary on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Photo contributed)

It was a solid afternoon of rugby at the J.L. Jackson Secondary field on Saturday with Yeti Rugby’s home opener games.

More than 90 players took part in the Men’s, Women’s and Mini Games held on May 11.

The Yeti Men came out strong scoring the first two tries of their game. In the second half, the Penticton Harlequins were up by a try (5) and a conversion (2). The game was very physical and the final score resulted in 17-26 in Penticton’s favour.

Jent Hoekstra was recognized as Best Forward, Lucas Simmonds as Best Back and Connor Milton-Wood as Hardest Worker.

At half time, Mini rugby players (ages 3-12) sprinted onto the field joined by the Yeti Mascot, volunteer parents and senior Yeti players. The kids enjoys showing their skills and speed.

Following the Men’s game, the Yeti Women’s team had their debut, a first in the club’s history. Consisting of players from Salmon Arm, Vernon, Revelstoke and Kamloops, the team worked cohesively together, earning a final score of 72-0 versus Penticton’s Women’s team, which also played its first club game.

Best Forward was Sara Fast, Best Back was Jenna Elidoros and Hardest Worker was Braiden Parkes.

The Yeti Men’s next home game, versus the Vernon Jackals is at 2 p.m. on June 22 at J.L. Jackson Secondary Field vs Vernon Jackals.

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Hudson Bremer runs with the ball during the half-time Mini Game, part of the Yeti Rugby Club’s Home Opener Games at J.L. Jackson Secondary on Saturday, May 11, 2024. (Photo contributed)