By L.A. Eaton
Special to the Rappahannock News
The Wolpack U-13 rugby team started the season off strong with a 107-0 victory over Fort Hunt, Saturday in Alexandria.
“Everybody scored a try,” said head coach Greg Hicks. “D’montae (Noble) and Gregory (Hicks) tried to make sure everyone got a chance to score.”
With players from Fauquier, Culpeper and Rappahannock counties, the Wolfpack has players as young as nine and 10 years old, but the U-13 team has more experience compared to other teams and has been practicing through the spring season. “Fort Hunt just started practicing maybe a couple weeks ago,” said Hicks. “We’ve been at it with this group for the last three months.”
For the U-15 group, the day’s results were a little different as they dealt with a new team and injuries, losing to Fort Hunt, 37-7. “We just don’t have enough experience,” said Hicks, who explained that the team has only been together for about a week. “This team has only had one full practice. They’ve got a lot of work to do.”
The U-15 program was recently split into two teams: one playing 11-man rugby and the other playing seven-man rugby. With only 11 players to begin with against Fort Hunt, players from the seven-man team were brought off the sidelines to play after injuries kept two teammates out.
Summer practice has begun for U-13, both U-15 teams and the high school team. New players are welcome regardless of experience. The younger teams practice at Rady Park in Warrenton, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and the high school age team practices at Great Meadows. For more information visit www.warrentonwolfpackrugby.com.