Eric Gravel- The Brock Press
The women’s rugby team (1-2, OUA) lost in a sloppy battle on September 21 against the Waterloo Warriors (2-1, OUA). The girls fought hard but could not push past the strong defence of the Warriors.
The game started with a big Brock University cheer and the entire team and crowd was pumped up. Even with a head injury to Hannah Wilson (Trenton, Ont), along with the consistent rain, the team continued to battle against the Warriors in a rucking and mauling battle.
The game was spent in the middle of the field for the first 20 minutes of the game until the Warriors snuck past the Brock defence in the 36th minute to put the score at 5-0.
Waterloo scored three more times to get up to a big 20-0 lead, with tries coming from Lauren Mueller (Mississauga , Ont), Alexis Blair (Mississauga, Ont) and Emilia Pruszkowski (Deep River, Ont). Despite the deficit, this did not stop the spirit and the effort in which the Badger’s battled.
With a lot of rucking from Jordyn Larsh (Sarnia, Ont.) and other forwards on the team, the Badger’s would finally get on the board with a try by Emily Voisin (Kitchener, Ont) at the 42nd minute. The try was Voisin’s first one of the season, but unfortunately she would miss the conversion kick, and the score remained at 20-5 in Waterloo’s favour. The shouts of encouragement enabled the girls to continue their efforts and strive towards even more rucking and mauling in the mud.
The weather conditions were terrible. Even the field turned into mostly mud, preventing proper throws and catches for the two teams, thus sending them into a mud pool for the second half.
Momentum seemed to be a factor more than the weather in this game though as the majority of the second half was spent in Brock’s defensive zone. Although the game seemed to be uneven on the scoreboard, the game was fairly even with a couple mistakes on Brock’s end to spread the score.
Megan Colwell (Spencerville, Ont) kicked two conversion kicks in the last few minutes of the game to give Waterloo a 24-5 lead. This score would remain the same as time expired as the Warriors handed the Badgers a 24-5 loss.
Despite the loss, Brock head coach, Peter Hughes was very positive and was very happy about the team’s performance against such a good Waterloo squad.
“I’m super proud of how they played in these horrific conditions. We didn’t stop for the full 80 minutes,” said Hughes. “Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Today’s just one of those days.”
The Brock Badgers next home game will take place on Sept. 28 at 1:00 p.m. and they will look to redeem themselves against the Laurier Golden Hawks (0-2, OUA)