CIS women's rugby Saturday roundup
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No. 2 Guelph 78, Western 7 Final - OUA Quarter-Final
The Guelph Gryphons started off the post season exactly how they ended the regular season - dominating the opposition. The Gryphons rolled over the visiting Western Mustangs this afternoon, earning a 78-7 victory in the OUA quarter-final game played at Varsity Field in Guelph.
The Gryphons now advance to the OUA semi finals, a game they will host next Saturday (Oct. 23) at 1:00 p.m., the opponent is yet to be decided.
In today's game, the Gryphons showed great continuity in attack and composure in defence, turning over a lot of ball. The scoring started two minutes into the game when Morganne Linthwaite (Guelph, Ont.) touched it down after an excellent series of quick picks off the base of the ruck. Jacey Murphy (Alliston, Ont.) was once again a scoring powerhouse touching down six times for a total of 30 points. Jacey has great vision of the field and has been able to run through gaps and support the ball carry effectively all season long.
The seven other tries came from Britt Benn (Napanee, Ont.) who tallied three and captain Caitlin Beaton (Hepworth, Ont.) and Mimi Rahneva (Ottawa) with two apiece. Fullback Katie McNally (Guelph, Ont.), making several try-saving tackles, kicked four converts for eight points.
Western was able to put pressure on Guelph in the second half and throw together some great phases of rugby. Liz Wilson's kicks off restarts were consistently causing trouble for the Gryphons. Substitute Arielle Dubissette-Borrice was able to power her way through the Gryphon defence and touch down close to the posts for Western's only try. Veteran Liz Wilson effortlessly kicked the convert. Guelph quickly regained their composure and kept Western out of their end for the remainder of the game.
The Gryphons now host an OUA semi final next weekend at home on Saturday, October 23 at 1:00 p.m
Source: Guelph Sports Info
No. 7 Queen's 44, Toronto 5 Final - OUA Quarter-Final
KINGSTON, Ont. - Toronto's Andrea Wadsworth got the No. 7 Queen's Gaels off to a quick start as they won their OUA Quarter-final matchup against the Toronto Varsity Blues by a 44-5 score.
Wadsworth's try in the early stages of the first half set the tone for what would be an dominant Gaels win. Queen's jumped out to a 12-0 lead before Toronto found some momentum and took a chunk out of the Queen's lead with a try of their own from Hilda Ulloa of Kitchener, Ont. However, that would be Toronto's lone try of the game and it was all Queen's for the rest of the contest.
The Gaels scored another two tries before the end of the first half, with Susan Heald (Burlington, Ont.) putting in the first of her two tries just before halftime. The score was 22-5 with Queen's in the lead at halftime.
The second half saw more of the same as Queen's scored four unanswered tries, while Bronwyn Corrigan (Waterloo, Ont.) added a convert to round out the Gaels 44 point effort.
The Gaels scorers on the day included the aforementioned Wadsworth and Heald (who scored two). Others who scored tries included Samantha Trinier (Toronto), Ashley Ward (Barrie, Ont.), Sarah Pathak (Toronto), Jocelyn Poirier (Ottawa), and Marin Macleod (Pictou Co., N.S.). Corrigan and Annika Rinas (Oakville, Ont.) contributed two points each on converts.
The Gaels will continue their playoff run next weekend in the OUA Semifinal. Queen's will host the Waterloo Warriors at Kingston Field.
Source: Queen's Sports Info
Ottawa 86, Bishop's 0 Final
OTTAWA - The Gee-Gees improve their record to 3-2 after finishing what was supposed to be their final game of the regular season with a convincing 86-0 win over the Bishop's Gators Saturday afternoon.
It was an absolute team effort, with all players contributing valuable minutes on the field.
"It's an absolute must as you go into post-season because you need everybody to be ready to play," said Chaulk when asked about the regular substitutions. "If you don't get your bench on the field and feeling comfortable in their roles, then they're not going to be able to perform for you when you need them."
The garnet and grey took command of the game from the very beginning and were able to maintain their execution throughout, something that fourth-year flanker Jenny Lynn Crawford, Kitchener, Ont., was very pleased with.
"As a team our goal today was to execute, so play our game plan going into McGill and going into Laval, and we did that. I think she [Chaulk] will be happy with us, knowing that we played and didn't back down."
"It's super hard as an athlete to play above your opponent and just play the game that you want to come in and play, added Crawford. And I think we actually did that. So I hope we can just keep building off that and continue on into playoffs."
Seeing as this was the Gee-Gees' last home game of the regular season, Crawford and fifth-year flyhalf Katherine Foulds, Toronto, Ont., were honoured before the game, as they will be graduating after this year.
The Gee-Gees will travel to McGill on Wednesday, October 20, to play their final game of the regular season. Game time is 8:00 p.m.
Source: Ottawa Sports Info
Victoria 27, No. 10 UBC 20 Final
VANCOUVER – The University of Victoria Vikings overcame a 15-8 half-time deficit to the UBC Thunderbirds, scoring three straight tries in the second half en route to a 27-20 win. Victoria clinched third in conference play with the win on a 2-2 record while UBC dropped to 1-3 in the final Canada West regular season game for both schools.
"It was a tough second half," said UBC head coach Lesley McKenzie. "We used our entire bench from injury rather than tactical substitutions."
After managing just one try in the first half, the Vikes scored three consecutive in the second half to take the lead and ultimately the win. Chelsey Minter drove in the opening tries of each half for UVic.
"We didn't put ourselves in the best position going into the second half," said McKenzie. "We had the ability to put more of a point cushion on in the first half. I think we had the legs out wide in our backline and also in our forward pack to put more points on the board and be more ruthless in our execution in the first half."
Darcy Patterson ran in the first UBC try before going down to injury and sitting out the rest of the game on the bench. Gabby Hindley had two more for the Blue and Gold, including blasting one through a crowd in the final minute. Blaine Lyons also scored for UBC.
Jesse Olynyk and Abby Goodwin scored tries for the Vikings. Olynyk found some daylight in the dying minutes and sprinted to the middle of the end zone, ensuring a Randi Hunter convert and putting the game out of reach for UBC. It was the first time in a decade that Victoria has beaten the Thunderbirds.
The loss means the 'Birds will have to face undefeated Lethbridge in the Canada West tournament.
"I'm okay with our effort, but it just means we've taken a harder road in Canada West," said McKenzie. "But to get to nationals you have to play Lethbridge anyway."
UBC Sports Info
No. 8 McMaster 27, York 17 Final - OUA Quarter-Final
No. 9 Waterloo 25, Brock 10 Final - OUA Quarter-Final