Gryphon rugby women do the usual, advance to OUA final

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons gained a berth in the OUA women’s rugby league’s championship game for the 10th consecutive year as they scored a 55-0 semifinal win over the York Lions Saturday at Varsity Field.

The last time the Gryphs were not in the OUA final was 2007 when they won bronze. They’ve won six gold medals and four silver since then.

The Gryphs had things pretty much their own way against York, scoring five tries in the first half on their way to the win. Guelph had two tries in the first 10 minutes to put to rest any thoughts of an upset that York might have had.

Emmanuela Jada struck for three tries for the Gryphs while Taylor Durham scored two in the second half. Emily Samek and Julia Schell added one apiece. Schell also kicked two converts while Jasmine Ing kicked three and Madison Brattan kicked one. Chloe Runge booted a penalty kick.

The Gryphs had defeated York 76-10 in their regular-season meeting.

Guelph won all four of its regular-season games to finish first in the Shiels Division. York was 1-3 in the regular season and defeated the Brock Badgers 34-24 in the quarter-finals.

By winning the semifinal game, the Gryphs get to host the OUA final and they also gain a berth in the U Sports national championship tournament that is to be held at Lethbridge, Alta., Nov. 2 to 5.

The Gryphs are to host the Queen’s Gaels in the OUA championship Saturday at Varsity Field. The Gryphs defeated the Gaels there 38-31 in their season opener Sept. 2.

It’ll be the ninth consecutive year that the Gryphs and Gaels have met in the playoffs with three of the previous meetings being in championship games. The Gryphs won in 2010 and 2012 and Queen’s won in 2013.

Game time Saturday is 1 p.m.

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