Throughout the past three seasons, the Women’s Rugby team has fought and fought for a chance to compete in the post-season. Thankfully, the women’s rugby team has gotten their wish and have clinched a spot in the 2015 playoffs.
Currently sitting at 0-4-1 OUA, the team has faced some tough times. Although they haven’t been able to win a game this season that doesn’t mean that they do not deserve a spot in the playoff season.
During the women’s home game on September 26 at Alumni Field, the Badgers faced a very tough tie. Playing against Waterloo (0-4-1 OUA) the Badgers started the game off right with a fast paced attitude.
While taking advantage of a penalty, Chelsea Braithwaite seized the moment and scored in Waterloo’s end making it 5-0 for the Badgers. Shortly after the score, outside center Amarije Barnes made a solid run down field to score for the Badgers making it 10-0. Unfortunately after Brock’s success, Waterloo came back into the game and was able to convert on a penalty kick and try for ten points to tie the game. To end the first half, Brock was able to answer aggressively and hooker Chelsea Hutchinson was able to score for the team.
To start off the second half of the game, the Waterloo Warriors were able to convert on a fumble made by the Badgers, which brought the team neck and neck making it 17-17. The Warriors didn’t stop there as they increased the pressure and continued to score putting it in their favour with a score of 22-17. But the Badgers would not walk away that easily, as the third year winger Kelsey Smith was able to score for the Badgers but was unable to convert on the try and get the win for the team. Although they did not get the win, the Badgers were still able to make it into the post-season due to the point differential between them and the Warriors
To kick start the post-season, the Brock Badgers took on the undefeated Guelph Gryphons. Just before, the Gryphons had taken on their biggest competitor of the season – Queens University (4-0 OUA) when they beat them 48-7 during that game. Overall, the Gryphons had an outstanding regular season in which they had outscored their opponents by a combined total of 391-3. Not to mention, the Gryphons have a strong, talented fullback on their roster – Alexandra King, who currently leads the OUA in scoring with 100 points.
Sadly, the Badgers faced a tough loss that ended their season. Saturday afternoon the Guelph Gryphons set an OUA record with 140 points scored against the Brock Badgers, making it a final score of 140 – 5.
Reported from the Gryphons athletic website, Gryphons team captain Devon Stober picked up three tries on the day, while the Gryphons were also able to showcase the team’s tremendous depth by utilizing several of their substitutes throughout the game. OUA leading scorer Alex King deferred kicking duties to Kendra Blackbourne who impressed throughout. Despite the lopsided score, both teams showed class and good sportsmanship throughout the match.
As the Gryphons take on the Queen’s Gaels in the semi-finals, Brock’s women’s rugby season has come to a conclusion but the team refuses to walk away with heads down and they will prepare themselves for their next season.
In terms of the Brock’s men’s rugby team, they are currently sitting in the fifth position overall with a 2-4 record. Although their regular season is not quite over, during Brock’s latest game against RMC Paladins Friday afternoon at Alumni Field, they lost a tough game 21-12. Stated from Brock’s athletics website, The Badgers rallied back with two trys and a convert to make it 14-12 midway through the second half.
The Badgers had a number of chances to score to take the lead, but it was the Paladins defence that stepped up. Blake Sanderson rattled one of the uprights after the Badgers first try. After a lengthy discussion, with three officials on hand for the first time, Sanderson was sent to the sin bin with about 10 minutes left in regulation. The Paladins took advantage of the penalty and scored late to defeat the Badgers for their second win of the season. Scoring for the Badgers were Karl Mueller and Patrick Nguyen with single trys and Jamie Corbett with a convert.
Despite their most recent loss, the Badgers still have two more games to prepare for during their regular season in which they play at home against the Western Mustangs on October 24, at 1:00 p.m. and then end their regular season playing at Waterloo against Wilfred Laurier University at 7:00 p.m. on October 30.
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