Gryphon rugby women clinch top spot in Shiels Division

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons clinched first place in the OUA women’s rugby league’s Shiels Division standings with a 41-7 victory over the McMaster Marauders Saturday at Varsity Field.

The Gryphs had already been assured of playing for a medal after they secured a finish in the top two in the division by winning their first two games. Top two in the division get byes in next week’s quarter-finals and will host a semifinal the following weekend.

Guelph will host the winner of a quarter-final match between the York Lions and Laurier Golden Hawks in a semifinal Oct. 13. Semifinal winners will meet in the gold-medal match while semifinal losers will play in the bronze-medal match. The medal games are set for the Oct. 20-21 weekend.

Saturday, the Gryphs jumped into a 20-0 lead in the first half. McMaster opened the scoring with a try in the first minute of the second half, but the Gryphs responded with two tries of their own in the next eight minute to erase any thoughts McMaster had of a comeback.

Madison Brattan had a try and three conversions for the Gryphs while Brodie Schmidt scored two tries. Adding one try apiece were Rebecka Sundell, Emmanuela Jada, Alexandra Everett and Talia Huffman.

Sara Svoboda had the try and the convert for McMaster.

Guelph finishes atop the Shiels Division at 4-0 while the Queen’s Gaels are second at 3-1, McMaster third at 2-2, York fourth at 1-3 and Western Mustangs fifth at 0-4. Brock Badgers finish atop the Russell Division at 4-0 and Laurier will be second. They’re at 2-1 with a game against winless Waterloo Warriors (0-3) to be played Sunday. Trent Excalibur are third at 2-2 and will lose a tie-breaker with Laurier as the Golden Hawks defeated the Excalibur Sept. 15. Toronto Varsity Blues finish at 1-3.

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