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Clippers rebound from semifinal loss to win bronze at provincials

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It was not the colour they wanted, but the Dauphin Clippers girls rugby team came home from the high school provincials with a medal.
After falling 22-10 in the semifinals to the Sisler Spartans, Friday in Winnipeg, the Clippers captured the bronze medal with a 67-0 win over the Kelvin Clippers, Saturday. The Clippers did not have their full lineup for provincials due to injuries and other commitments, which was a factor in the loss to Sisler according to Clippers coach Rod Carberry.
“Our 13 took a vicious high tackle in the first half and that took her out of the game. So four of our real strong players were not with us. The ones that were there played their hearts out. But we fell out of our system and we just didn’t have what it takes,” he said.
Carberry has no doubt the outcome would have been different if Dauphin has fielded their full starting lineup.
“They wouldn’t have had a chance against us. It would have been a guaranteed game against Minnedosa in the finals like it’s been the last couple years. It was just unlucky for us,” he said.
Carberry was pleased with the way the team rebounded in the bronze medal game. The Clippers were still shorthanded, but were able to come away with the win and third place in the province.
“They played very well. So we’re happy with the way it turned out considering what we had to work with,” Carberry said.
Minnedosa beat Sisler to win their third provincial title in a row.

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Doug Zywina
REPORTER
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