Gryphon rugby women out of national medal contention
KINGSTON – There’ll be no national medal for the Guelph Gryphons this year as they dropped their quarterfinal match at the U SPORTS women’s rugby championship tournament Wednesday.
The OUA champion Gryphs were handed a 21-10 setback by the Victoria Vikes, Canada West silver medalists, Wednesday on the opening day of the national tournament at Nixon Field on the Queen’s University campus.
Victoria 21 Guelph Gryphons 10
The Vikes overcame an early try by the Gryphs with two consecutive tries to claim a 14-5 lead at halftime.
Hannah Beaumont had given the Gryphs the early lead when she touched the ball down in the fourth minute.
The lead stood for eight minutes until Faith Tilley scored a try for Victoria and Alexie Pusch’s convert put the Vikes ahead for good.
Taylor Briley scored the other first-half try for Victoria about 20 minutes later and Brooke Bazion added the convert.
The Gryphs closed the gap 23 minutes into the second half when Beaumont scored her second try of the game. Like the first one, the convert was missed.
Victoria wrapped up the scoring in the game eight minutes later when Soleil Brooks added a try and Pusch kicked the convert.
Performers of the match were Beaumont of the Gryphs and Chanelle Edwards-Challenger of the Vikes.
The win ensures the Vikes of their highest ever finish in the national tournament as it was Victoria’s first national quarterfinal win in the school’s history and its first win over the Gryphs as the locals had defeated the Vikes 54-10 in 2018 and 33-27 in 2016.
In Wednesday’s other quarterfinals, Quebec silver medalist Ottawa Gee-Gees defeated the Atlantic champion St. Francis Xavier X-Women 40-12, Quebec champion and reigning national champion Laval Rouge et Or downed the Atlantic silver medalist Acadia Axewomen 46-12 and the Ontario silver medalist Queen’s Gaels slipped by the Canada West champion UBC Thunderbirds 33-26.
The Gryphs and StFX are to meet in the consolation semifinals Friday at 11 a.m. The winner is to play the winner of the following match between Acadia and UBC in the consolation final, effectively the fifth-place match, Sunday at 10 a.m. Friday’s losing squads are eliminated as there is no seventh-place game.
All tournament games are to be broadcast on CBC Gem.
The championship semifinals pit Victoria against Ottawa and Laval against Queen’s. Winners advance to the championship match Sunday at 3:30 p.m. while the losers are to play in the bronze-medal match Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
The all-Canadian banquet is set for Thursday evening.
- Guelph Sports Journal