Last week, it was the Senior Girls Rugby teams that battled it out at the Bradford Sports Dome in Innisdale Secondary School’s second annual Invader Warm-Up Tournament.
This week saw the first-ever Junior Girls Rugby warm-up tourney at the dome – and judging by the number of teams entered, rugby is the up-and-coming girls’ sport.
There were five teams competing in the senior tournament, eight in the junior.
The junior girls teams came from Barrie and Innisfil, and as far away as Owen Sound, Guelph and Shelburne, for the opportunity to play in the pre-season tournament.
“This is the only place around here with a good field,” said Innisdale coach Trevor Parker, referring to the Bradford Sports Dome.
Each team was guaranteed three games during the day-long tourney, which started shortly after 8 a.m. and didn’t wrap up until 4 p.m. - but no one was keeping track of wins and losses, Parker said.
“It’s all about development today, giving those junior girls the opportunity to play,” he noted. “It’s a very competitive five-week season.”
There might not have been a championship title awarded at the tournament, but every team played to win, battling hard in every game.