Photo credit Thomas Kolodziej
|Source: Virginia Tremaine, Laurier
WATERLOO, Ont. – The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks women’s rugby team soared to a 43-24 win over the Brock Badgers to secure a playoff spot for a second consecutive year.
Forward Jennifer Gilmour of Waterloo, Ont., added to her outstanding season for the Hawks (2-2-), notching two tries and four conversions in the victory. Her performance gives her nine conversions so far this season.
Centre Chloe Graves of Kitchener, Ont., also had a clutch performance for the Hawks as she added two tries to bring her season total to five. Also contributing in this true purple-and-gold effort were Gillian Geremia (Newmarket, Ont.), Natalie Snyder (Waterloo, Ont.), and Danielle Mitchell (Burlington, Ont.) with one try each.
As for the Badgers (0-4), four different players recorded tries while Meagan Hart of Brantford, Ont., notched a pair of conversions.
The Hawks have secured a playoff spot for the second straight year with the win. The final game of the Golden Hawks’ regular season is on October 5, 2014 when they host the Waterloo Warriors. Third place in the OUA Shiels division will be on the line when the two cross-town rivals meet. The game is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m.
Source: UBC Sports Info
VANCOUVER – The UBC Thunderbirds clinched a berth to the Canada West women’s rugby playoffs with a 20-5 victory over the visiting University of Lethbridge Pronghorns on Friday afternoon in Vancouver.
With the victory, UBC improved to 2-0 while Lethbridge fell to 0-2.
“We kept our composure,” said UBC head coach Maria Gallo. “For most of the game, we were able to follow through with our game plan. That try they got was a bit of quick decision making that caught us off guard but I think overall, I think our game was structured and organized.”
Kamloops, B.C., native Haley Glendinning scored two tries for UBC while teammate Nicole Mallow of Caledon, Ont., added the other. Paige Smith of Surrey, B.C., kicked a convert and a penalty goal for the rest of UBC’s points.
Third-year wing Nicole Ronsky of Rocky Mountain House, Alta., got the lone try for Lethbridge.
Glendinning’s first try, the game’s winning points, came just before halftime in the 40th minute. Out of a scrum, UBC moved the ball from the five-metre line towards the end zone. Glendinning was able to touch the ball down to increase the T-Birds’ lead. Smith made the convert to put the home side up 10-0.
Smith opened the scoring in the third minute with a penalty goal, which was set up by a nice run from inside centre Mackenzie Lee (Langley, B.C.).
The Thunderbirds made it 15-0 in the 48th minute. After a series of quick taps, UBC moved the ball wide through several pairs of hands before Mallow crashed over the line carrying multiple players with her.
The Pronghorns responded almost immediately with a great display with speed and quickness. With the ball inside the UBC 20-m line, Ronsky took a pass from her right and outran the T-Birds defence nearly untouched over the try line.
The convert was missed, leaving the visitors trailing 15-5.
Fifteen minutes later, Lethbridge’s Ronsky was assessed a yellow card, the team’s second of the match.
Right away, UBC took advantage and move the ball down to the goal but a turnover, and a long kick by Pronghorn Tiffany Wideen negated the threat.
The T-Birds did finally breakthrough with Ronsky in the sin bin, as Glendinning found the end zone on a run to the wing to cap off the scoring in the 70th minute.
UBC will host CIS No. 1 Alberta on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in front of the Gerald McGavin UBC Rugby Centre, while Lethbridge will head to Vancouver Island for a game against Victoria at 11:30 a.m. PT.
Source: Kaitlyn Rosenburg, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA— The second home game of the University of Victoria Vikes women’s rugby team saw UVic take on the Alberta Pandas on Wallace Field at 5 p.m. The Vikes found defeat, losing 34-5 to the Pandas who are currently ranked No.1 in the CIS and defending national champions.
Julia Folk earned the only try for Victoria. Alberta found points from Aanna Fittes, Rebecca Fairbaim, Morgan Palzeit, Dakota Weir, Sara Haring and Amy Speers.
In the first minute of play, Alberta’s Aanna Fittes sped down Victoria’s left side, scoring an easy try. Rebecca Fairbaim missed the conversion, making an early score 5-0. The Vikes rallied back, keeping the play deep in the Pandas end. Victoria continued to face ball fumbles, failing to connect on key passes and handoffs.
Fittes was soon racing down the field again, earning her second try of the match. Fairbaim again missed the conversion, making the score 10-0.
Victoria’s Chelsea Marshall came close to UVic’s first conversion, pulled out of bounds before reaching the try line. Steph Hanson also came close to a try, whistled down for a forward pass before scoring.
Alberta once again asserted their dominance, earning 7 points off a try and conversion from Morgan Palzeit and Fairbaim, bringing the tally to 17-0. The Vikes Gurpreet Dhaliwal was especially effective on the back row, making huge tackles throughout the game.
At the end of the first half, Alberta led 17-0.
Five minutes into the second, Alberta’s Dakota Weir drove through the Victoria defense for a try, again converted by Fairbaim, making the score 24-0.
Maddie Graham of Victoria snagged a breakaway, but couldn’t penetrate the tough Alberta back row. Spurned by Graham, Julia Folk powered through and earned the first conversion for the Vikes, narrowing Alberta’s lead slightly 24-5.
After controlling the play for over 10 minutes, Alberta’s Sara Haring earned their fifth try of the game, unconverted for a score of 29-5. The Pandas continued to control play, expertly tackling Victoria whenever presented with the opportunity.
Moments before the final whistle Alberta scored another try from Amy Speers, allowing them to finish the game 34-5.
“This match was an opportunity to use our new players and they all performed well,” said head coach Mark Hall. “It was a really encouraging second half, the girls were much better organized.”
The team takes Saturday to rest before their next match. “Sunday will be another tough battle,” said Hall. The Vikes continue their season at home on Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Wallace Field against the Lethbridge Pronghorns.