Brock women’s and men’s rugby began 2017 play this past weekend, as both teams looked for bounce back seasons. The women finished their five game 2016 season with a 2-3 record, with a point differential of -179. Last year was a step forward for the women, as they had a 0-4-1 record in 2015 and went 0-5 in 2014.
The men finished 2016 with a 3-5 record, where they saw themselves drop the final two games of the season, which ultimately caused them to miss the playoffs.
The women started their season on the road on Saturday, coming out strong with a 51-0 lead at half over the Waterloo Warriors. In the second half, the Badgers added to their lead, scoring 31 points to defeat Waterloo 82-0.
The Warriors have been a struggling team the last couple years, posting identical records as the Badgers. However, in Stefanie Pavlovich’s second-year as Brock head coach, she has been able to attract some top rugby players. The 82-0 win is a bright spot for the Badgers, as its their largest margin of victory over the last four seasons.
The men began their season against the Warriors as well, however, they opened play at home. They took a quick 14-0 lead thanks to a try from Ryan Hickey and a second convert from Spencer Karn. Both Hickey and Karn would continue to lead the Badgers, as they led 28-0 after the first half. Waterloo would get on the board in the second half, scoring 12, but the Badgers were too much as they picked up a 49-12 win.
This was the first time since 2012 that the Badgers have started the season with a win. The last time was against Royal Military College, when the Badgers won 39-15.
Both teams will return to action on September 9. The men will travel to Kingston to play RMC, and the women will host Trent at 3:00 p.m.