Queen’s ends Gryphs’ three-year hold on women’s rugby title
KINGSTON – The Queen’s Gaels pried the OUA women’s rugby championship trophy out of the grasp of the Guelph Gryphons Friday night as they claimed a 46-17 victory at Nixon Field on the Queen’s campus.
The Gaels scored the opening two tries of the game before April Wright scored Guelph’s first try to cut the gap to 12-5. However, Queen’s responded with another try late in the opening half and three in a row in the second half to take control.
Julia Schell, Brianna Martey and Emilie P. Belanger scored the other tries for the Gryphs while Schell had two converts.
Rachel Hickson and McKinley Hunt each scored two tries for the Gaels while Celia Martensson, Sophie de Goede and Gillian Reason had one each.
The win was the second for Queen’s over the Gryphs this season as they had won 54-19 in league play at Guelph’s Varsity Field Sept. 14.
It also gave the Gaels their second OUA women’s rugby title, their first coming in 2013 when they beat the Gryphs 19-15 in the league final at Varsity Field.
The Gryphs have hoisted the league’s championship trophy 16 times and this year’s final was the 12th consecutive final appearance for the Gryphs. They won eight of them as they prevailed in 2008 and ’09 over the Western Mustangs, 2010, ’12, ’17 and ’18 over Queen’s and 2011 and ’16 over the McMaster Marauders.
The Gaels and Gryphs both advance to the U Sports national championship tournament at Ottawa Oct. 30 to Nov. 3.
Gaels 46 Gryphons 17
- Guelph Sports Journal