Sports briefs: rugby, hockey, tennis

The Northern Vikings scored two late tries for a 22-17 comeback win over the Blenheim Bobcats in LKSSAA senior girls' rugby Thursday.

Northern Vikings' Nashita Mukherjee, left, tries to make a pass while being tackled by Blenheim Bobcats' Amanda Unger during an LKSSAA senior girls' rugby game at Blenheim District High School in Blenheim, Ont., on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Mark Malone/Chatham Daily News/Postmedia Network

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Bobcats can’t hold off Vikings

The Northern Vikings scored two late tries, including the winner with one minute left, for a 22-17 comeback win over the Bobcats in LKSSAA senior girls’ rugby Thursday at Blenheim District High School.

Emma Park scored two tries for the Bobcats, Jillian Rideout had one and Kristyn Kistulinec kicked a convert.

The Bobcats (0-3) are the only ‘A’ team in the five-team league. The four others (Northern, Ursuline, Chatham-Kent and St. Patrick’s) are ‘AAA’ teams.

As the lone ‘A’ team, the Bobcats have an automatic berth in the OFSAA ‘A-AA’ championship if they choose to accept it.

Vanroboys plays for Doyle Cup

Thamesville’s Lucas Vanroboys and the Prince George Spruce Kings will play Game 1 in the Doyle Cup on Friday in Brooks, Alta.

They’ll start the series on the road against the Brooks Bandits before coming home to wrap up the best-of-seven tilt for the Pacific Region crown. However, both teams have already qualified for the National Junior A Championship to be hosted by the Bandits on May 11-19.

Vanroboys had four goals and five assists in 17 games as the Spruce Kings won the British Columbia Hockey League championship by going 16-1 in the playoffs.

Ex-Maroons forward Bobby Harrison plays for the Bandits.

Nationals lose Game 1 blowout

The Waterloo Siskins beat the London Nationals 9-4 in Game 1 of the Sutherland Cup final Thursday in London.

Nationals captain Kyle Dawson, a former Dresden King, scored a late goal.

“We were absolute crap,” Nationals head coach Pat Powers said to the London Free Press. “We let them out of their zone too easily, we backed down at the blue-line too much, we were soft in our corners and we didn’t get a save when we needed it.”

Game 2 in the best-of-seven series is Sunday in Waterloo.

Tennis club set for new season

Registration will be held for club memberships and junior lessons when the Chatham Tennis Club celebrates opening day Saturday, May 4.

League nights begin Monday, May 6. The junior spring academy starts Saturday, May 11.

Junior lessons for 5-17 year-olds will be held July 1 to Aug. 8.

Go to or contact Aldo Gonzalez at for more information. Registrations forms are available on the website.