Gryphon rugby women advance to consolation final
KINGSTON – The Guelph Gryphons will be out to secure a fifth-place finish in the U SPORTS national university women’s rugby championship tournament at Queen’s Sunday.
The OUA champion Gryphs gained a berth in the consolation final when they dropped the St. Francis Xavier X-Women 32-12 Friday at Nixon Field.
Guelph Gryphons 32 St. Francis Xavier 12
The Gryphs scored six consecutive tries to rebound from an early try by StFX to claim the win.
Guelph led 17-7 at halftime.
Maddie Harroun opened the scoring for StFX with a try in the sixth minute that was converted by Danielle Franada.
The Gryphs had an answer eight minutes later with a try by Seema Abauehaera. However, they still trailed 7-5 as the convert attempt failed.
The locals went ahead for good three minutes later on a try on a 50-metre run by Hannah Beaumont. Kendra Cousineau converted.
Taylor McKnight’s try completed the first-half scoring in the 22nd minute.
Natalie Armitage opened the second-half scoring with a try for the Gryphs in the 11th minute.
Talia Hoffman of the Gryphs followed with a pair of tries five minutes apart, the first one coming three minutes after Armitage’s try, to wrap up the scoring for the locals.
Sarah Hoerig of StFX completed the scoring in the game in the 66th minute of the match.
Armitage of the Gryphs and Harroun of StFX were their team’s player of the match.
The Gryphs are to face the UBC Thunderbirds in the consolation final Sunday at 10 a.m.
Ottawa Gee-Gees and Queen’s Gaels are to meet in the championship match Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Overtime was needed to decide both of Friday’s semifinals, Ottawa edging the Victoria Vikes 17-14 and Queen’s slipping by Laval Rouge et Or 28-18.
Victoria and Laval are to meet in Sunday’s bronze-medal match at 12:30 p.m.
- Guelph Sports Journal