This Week in CK Sports: Rugby, MMA, and Running

Breanne Nicholas wins the Nations Cup with Canada

Breanne Nicholas wins the Nations Cup with Canada

It was a big weekend for Blenheim’s Breanne Nicholas, as she helped Team Canada’s Under 20 Women’s Rugby team capture the Nations Cup in England. Nicholas, who plays club rugby for the Kent Havoc, and is a three-time Kent high school rugby champion with the Blenheim Bobcats, scored her first international points earlier in the week in a win against host England. In Sunday’s final, Nicholas helped her Canadian squad finish the tournament undefeated, as they cruised to a 27-3 victory over the United States.

Back home in Chatham, Nicholas’ Kent Havoc womens team grabbed a win without their star, defeating the Wilmot Warthogs 31-27. The Kent Havoc mens side took a strangle hold on first place in the Niagara Rugby Union ‘B’ Division, defeating the Niagara Wasps 31-8. Rookie Jack Thomas scored twice for the Havoc who will face the Bruce Barbarians next Saturday in Chatham.

Sticking with rough and tumble sports, Chatham’s Chad Laprise improved to a perfect 7-0 in his professional MMA career, defeating Derek Boyle by a unanimous decision as a part of the Xcessive Force Fighting Club’s East vs. West promotion in Grande Prairie, Alberta over the weekend.

From Wallaceburg, several local competitors finished well at the annual St. Clair River Run over the weekend. Pastor Brian Horrobin was the top Wallaceburg runner, crossing the finish line in 3rd place for the 10K race in a time of 38:29, good for first in his age bracket. As well, Chatham’s Kim Wood was the female winner for the 10K.

Finally, the Wallaceburg Lakers will take to the ice this weekend in Chatham for their mini-camp. The camp will give Wallaceburg’s coaching staff a first look at their returning veterans, as well as the many new prospects coming in this season. After finishing last in the Great Lakes Junior C loop last season, Wallaceburg’s management is optimistic with a large crop of veterans returning, and several promising rookies attending this weekends camp.

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