On June 1, 2013, the Ottawa Wolves hit the pitch for the first time to compete in the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union Women's division.
The She-Wolves were awarded a victory by default, an honourable concession by the Coven who were unable to field the minimum number of players. The ladies went on to enjoy a friendly, but hard fought match against the Coven side bolstered by players from Cornwall. At the end of the day, the score was not in their favour.
Some might say a win by default in those circumstances is somehow hollow, but it underscores a very important concept in team sports – especially for a new team. The She-Wolves won the match not because of something the opponent didn't do, but as a direct result of their own actions. Our women won because they got out there and recruited players. They won because they believed in the club and we all believed we could start a women's side. They won because they worked hard to make that side a reality.
A full side showed up at the pitch that day and they won because they earned it!