Column: You can go home again

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Emily Jameson never saw the special presentation coming.
But when Saint Mary’s Huskies women’s basketball coach Scott Munro told his players to take a seat after Saturday night’s Atlantic University Sport (AUS) game at the Field House, she knew something was up.

Emily Jameson

And when Memorial Sea-Hawks coach Doug Partridge picked up a microphone, she figured it out. And that’s when she began to tear up.

Partridge thanked Jameson for her four years as a Sea-Hawk before she moved on to the Huskies for her final year.

By the time Partridge handed Jameson a bouquet of roses, she was crying freely as many of the fans stood and cheered.

Jameson was quick to point out to me that she left MUN without any animosity. She said there was absolutely no ill will against anyone on the Sea-Hawks.

“I love Doug,” she said of her former coach. “I came here (SMU) to do a Masters of Business Administration. That’s the only reason.”

She admitted it was a little strange playing against her former Sea-Hawks’ teammates, but the fans made her feel at home as she was cheered when she was announced as a starter.

Jameson, who gave her former teammates a little hug as the players went through the line-up for the post-game handshakes, said it was great to see her old buddies who she says will always be her friends.

She may have been a little emotional, but if she was a little nervous, she didn’t show it as she finished with 10 points, three rebounds and three steals in her return to the Field House. She then added seven points Sunday as the Huskies swept the two-game series.

Munroe said Jameson has fit into their program seemlessly and is doing quite well. Obviously, he is happy to have her on his roster.

Jameson said she had to learn a whole new system at SMU, but that she feels she’s adapted pretty well and now feels comfortable with it.

She certainly likes the idea of being on the No. 1-ranked team in Canada, and hopes her new team is in the same position at the end of the season.

In the meantime, Jameson said the presentation really took her by surprise.

Wiping a tear from her eye, she said, “I’ll remember this night for the rest of my life.”

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St. John’s native Patrick Parfrey is one of the most promising rugby players in the country and, like our other top rugby players, he’s had to move out west to maintain the elite edge.

Parfrey, who is living in Victoria, B.C. and training at the Centre of Excellence in Langford, will come home for Christmas and will spend next summer at home.

The Centre of Excellence facility, by the way, provides the athletes with meals and training sessions on the field along with an indoor weight training program.

Parfrey was on the bench to start the recent exhibition between Canada and Maori New Zealand All Blacks. He got into the game with about 15 minutes to play.

He said the game against the All Blacks was definitely an experience he won’t soon forget.

“There was a big buzz around the game which created a sell out crowd,” noted Parfrey.

In fact, the match which drew a capacity of 22,566 spectators, set records for the largest crowd to see a rugby match in North America and in the history of BMO Field which is used primarily as the home field for the Toronto FC soccer club.

“They (All Blacks) were very fast and physical and taught us a few lessons,” said Parfrey.

“The Haka was exciting. It seems to be something that actually pumps up our team and gets us excited.”

Parfrey said since moving to Victoria, he’s experienced quite a bit of rugby.

He travelled to the Gold Coast 7s tournament in Australia with the national 7s team, played the final America’s Rugby Championship game against Argentina when he returned to Victoria. He also travelled to the Cayman Islands to play for the Maple Leafs in a 7’s tournament.

Brownie points

The new St. John’s IceCaps third jersey looks terrific ... Michelle Healey, the former Sea-Hawks basketball star who recently moved on to the provincial government’s recreation and sports division Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation after serving many years as Memorial's director of athletics, was on hand for the ceremonial jump ball for Memorial’s home opener Saturday night at the Field House …St. Mary’s Huskies’ Becky Nash wears a large skull and flowers tattoo on her left shoulder ... Should have included some females in my article on multi-sport athletes. The obvious choices were Vicki Thistle, Karen Baggs and Mag Davis ...

jbrowne@thetelegram.com

Organizations: Sea-Hawks, Field House, Business Administration All Blacks Toronto FC Maple Leafs Department of Tourism

Geographic location: Victoria, MUN, Canada Langford New Zealand North America Australia America Argentina Cayman Islands

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