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Green team prevails in grudge match

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FARMER’S KORNER ” Those who came to Tiger Stadium Friday night expecting a friendly match between Summit’s green and white rugby teams must have been a bit surprised by what they saw.

There were four injury time outs, two bloody noses, a handful of infractions and an uncountable amount of crushing hits ” All in the first half.

After each pounding tackle, it became overly apparent that just because these girls may have been teammates all season their loyalties are dissolved once the ball is kicked off.

“We love each other,” sophomore center Alex Cooper said, “but it’s a love-hate relationship when it comes to rugby.”

The Summit green and white teams duked it out on a rain-soaked pitch for nearly two hours before the green team emerged with a narrow 12-7 win.

“It (was) probably the best game of rugby that we have seen in a couple years,” said Kristin Yankowski, who served as the green team’s coach, Friday.

Not only did the victorious Tiger team keep their unbeaten season intact, as this was an official league match, but they also earned bragging rights over their friends.

“Oh, it was great to beat them,” Cooper, a member of the green team, said. “It was fun, because you know them and you compete and you get angry. Then you can just laugh about it afterwards.”

The game began as a back-and-forth maul near center field, with neither team gaining an edge over the other.

After the green team’s first scoring attempt was botched on a bobbled ball, Cooper hopped on a loose ball that just snuck over the try-line for the games first score.

With a successful conversion, the green team took a

7-0 lead.

“I went into the maul, and I had never been in one before,” Cooper said of her try. “Everyone was screaming (for me) to go down (on the ball). So, I did.”

The green team opened up a 12-0 lead after Cooper notched a second try only nine minutes into the second half.

Not to be outdone, the white team answered back only minutes later, when freshman Hailey Anderson kicked a loose ball past a green team defender and dove on it for the try. Freshman Emy Griffith then added the conversion to cut the lead to 12-7 with less than 15 minutes to play.

” … I tried to kick it to myself, and you’re not really supposed to do that, but I did, and it worked,” Anderson said of her score.

For Friday night’s game, Summit’s head coach Karl Barth tried to split his two teams up evenly for the match. Now that the game is over, the Tigers’ coaching staff has the difficult task of separating the two teams into a “varsity” and “junior varsity” roster.

“They just played whole-heartedly, 100 percent, tonight,” Friday night’s white team coach Ashly Good said. “It was very competitive. It makes our decisions that much harder.”

The Tigers green team (4-0) plays next Saturday against the only other undefeated team in the state, Douglas County, while the white team doesn’t play again until Sept. 26.

Bryce Evans can be reached at (970) 668-4634 or at bevans@

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