Gryphon rugby women OUA champs again

GUELPH – The Guelph Gryphons continued their hold on the OUA women’s rugby championship title as they won it for the third consecutive year with a 39-14 victory over the Queen’s Gaels Saturday at Varsity Field.

The Gryphs were limited to a single try in most of the first half hour of the game, but once they weren’t about to be kept away from the Queen’s end zone much after that.

Guelph led 17-0 at halftime, but put the game away with two more tries in the first five minutes of the second half.

Queen’s collected two tries in the second half, one in the 59th minute and the other in the 78th minute of the 80-minute match.

Rebecka Sundell led the Gryphs with a pair of tries while Julia Schell had a try and two converts. Adding one try apiece were Kylie Shaughnessy, Alexandra Everett, Talia Hoffman and Amara Hill.

Sophie de Goede responded with a try and two converts for Queen’s while Nadia Popov scored the other try.

The win was the third OUA championship victory in a row for the Gryphs and their league-best 16th in its 25-year history. It was also the 11th consecutive time Guelph played in the championship match.

Both the Gryphs and Gaels advance to the eight-team U Sports national championship tournament hosted by Acadia University in Wolfville, N.S., Nov. 1 to 4.

  • Guelph Sports Journal