Gryphon rugby men nipped by Gaels in OUA final

KINGSTON – The Guelph Gryphons had to return from the OUA men’s rugby championship match as silver medalists following an exciting gold-medal game with the Queen’s Gaels Sunday.

The Gaels won their third consecutive OUA championship and seventh in eight years when they slipped by the Gryphs 27-18 at Nixon Field on the Queen’s campus.

The Gaels hit for a penalty goal and a converted try in the final seven minutes to claim their 28th consecutive victory in OUA playoff and regular-season action. Those were the only points for Queen’s in a defensive second half.

The Gryphs started the second half the same way they had started the first, with a penalty goal by Aria Keshoofy. His second-half penalty goal put the Gryphs ahead 18-17, but it would be their lone score of the half.

The lead changed hands five times during the hotly contested match, the sixth consecutive year the Gryphs and Gaels have hooked up in the OUA final.

A convert by Dylan Young following a try by Trevor Helgason in the final minute of the opening half gave Queen’s a 17-15 lead at the intermission.

Dalton Campbell and Guerschom Mukendi each scored a try for the Gryphs while Keshoofy had a convert to go with his two penalty goals.

Dylan Young scored a try and kicked a penalty goals and two converts for Queen’s while Sam Ibbotson scored two tries and Trevor Helgason added one.

Both Queen’s and the Gryphs advance to the Canadian University Men’s Rugby Championship tournament hosted by the Concordia Stingers at Montreal Nov. 20 to 24.

That tournament will be an eight-team affair this season and is to include three OUA squads, two from Canada West, two from Quebec and one from the Maritimes.

The bronze-medal winning Brock Badgers will be the OUA’s other participant.


Gaels 27 Gryphons 18
Guelph         15-3–18
Queen’s     17-10–27
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