Gryph Graphs: Guelph Gryphons news and notes
The Guelph Gryphons will host the Brock Badgers in Saturday’s OUA semifinal.
The Gryphs, first-place finishers in the Shiels Division, had a bye in this weekend’s quarter-finals while Brock, first-place finishers in the Russell Division, defeated the York Lions, Shiels’s fifth-place finishers, 20-13 in the quarter-finals.
The other championship quarter-final saw the Shiels’s third-place McMaster Marauders trounce the Laurier Golden Hawks, fourth in Shiels, 109-0. McMaster advances to play the Queen’s Gaels, second in Shiels, in the other semifinal.
The Gryphs win have a home game Oct. 20 as they’ll host the OUA gold-medal match if they beat Brock Saturday or they’ll host the bronze-medal match if Brock wins Saturday.
The Gryphs have played in the OUA final 10 consecutive years.
The Guelph Gryphons opened their preseason Saturday with a 3-1 win over the Waterloo Warriors at the Guelph Gryphons Athletics Centre.
The Gryphs won 27-15, 25-17, 20-25, 25-18.
Next on their schedule is the preseason Dino Cup at Calgary next weekend. The Gryphs are to play the Alberta Golden Bears Friday and the Brandon Bobcats and Calgary Dinos Saturday.
The Guelph Gryphons were seventh-place finishers in the McMaster Thanksgiving Classic after defeating the Nipissing Lakers 3-1 Saturday morning.
The Gryphs won 25-20, 18-25, 25-21, 25-19.
Earlier in the tournament the Gryphs fell 3-2 to the Ottawa Gee-Gees and 3-1 to the Lakehead Thunderwolves.
The Gryphs are to compete in the West Coast Classic at Vancouver next weekend.
Guelph is to play the UBC Thunderbirds and Thompson Rivers WolfPack Friday and the Trinity Western Spartans and Queen’s Gaels Saturday.
The Guelph Gryphons enter next weekend’s Ontario Intercollegiate Women’s Fastpitch Association’s championship tournament at Ottawa as the seventh seeds.
The Gryphs are to play the second-seeded Toronto Varsity Blues in Saturday morning’s opening round. The tournament is a double-knockout format until Sunday’s final that is slated for 1 p.m.
Guelph finished fourth in the West Division at 8-8 while Toronto was tied for first in the East Division with the Queen’s Gaels. Both teams had 11-5 records.
The Gryphs scored 99 runs this season, but had 103 scored against them while the Varsity Blues outscored their opponents 127-67.
While the Gryphs and Toronto never met in the regular season, Guelph did sweep both the Ottawa Gee-Gees and Carleton Ravens in their season-opening weekend, outscoring the Gee-Gees 19-15 and the Ravens 32-13. Ottawa and Carleton were the only East teams the Gryphs played this year.
Toronto split with Ottawa and swept Carleton in their Week 3 doubleheaders. The Varsity Blues and Gee-Gees each scored a total of five runs in their doubleheader while Toronto outscored Carleton 22-6.
Other teams in the championship tournament are the top-seed Western Mustangs (15-1), third-seed Laurier Golden Hawks (11-4), fourth-seed Brock Badgers (11-5), fifth-seed Queen’s Gaels, sixth-seed Ottawa (10-6) and eighth-seed Ryerson Rams (7-9).
The championship tournament participants consist of the top three in each division and two wild-card teams.
- Guelph Sports Journal