Gryphon rugby women clouted by Queen’s Gaels

GUELPH – The Queen’s Gaels came and avenged their 2018 OUA women’s rugby championship match loss to the Guelph Gryphons on Varsity Field as they clubbed the Gryphs 54-19 there Saturday.

The hosts scored the first try of their match, but trailed 22-7 at halftime. The Gaels collected the first try of the second half half before the Gryphs battled back to cut the gap to 10 points with two tries and a convert. However, it was all Queen’s after that as the Gaels struck for 25 consecutive points.

The loss put an end to Guelph’s 24-game unbeaten streak in OUA regular-season play as it was their first setback since they were beaten 29-12 by Queen’s at Alumni Stadium Aug. 31, 2014.

It was also Guelph’s largest losing margin since they were hammered 89-0 by the McGill Martlets in a preseason match at Montreal Sept. 2, 2012.

Emilie Belanger, Hannah Beaumont and Sidney Brown each had a try Saturday while Julia Schell kicked two converts.

Sophie de Goede led the Gaels with 24 points as she connected on three penalty kicks and five converts and also scored a try. Carmen Izyk added two tries while Rachel Hickson, Jaden Walker and McKinley Hunt had one apiece.

The win was the third of the regular season for Queen’s as the Gaels had earlier defeated the Western Mustangs 135-0 and McMaster Marauders 100-0.

The Gryphs had defeated McMaster 49-12 in their only other league match.

Guelph is to host Western Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. at Varsity Field.


Gaels 54 Gryphons 19
Queen’s     22-32–54
Guelph        7-12–19
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