Spirited game leaves Redcoats as OWL Cup finalists

MARKHAM – The Guelph Redcoats finished their Ontario Women’s Rugby League season as OWL Cup finalists.

The Redcoats were defeated 46-36 by the defending champion Toronto Saracens.

The Guelph squad, affectionately called the Goats, proved they couldn’t be counted out of the match as they came back from a pair of deficits of more than 10 points, taking the lead in the first rally and closing the margin to three points in the second.

The Saracens struck early, scoring a pair of tries to go up 12-0. However, the Goats came back to shoot ahead 19-12. Emily Samek, Julia Schell and Lori Josephson each scored a try while Schell kicked two converts.

Toronto came back after the Guelph outburst with three tries and a convert to claim a 29-19 lead at halftime.

The Saracens added another try early in the second half before tries by Samek and Jasmine Ing and a convert by Schell closed the gap to 34-31.

Toronto scored two tries after that, one converted, to extend its lead to 15 points.

A late try by Brittany Kassil of the Redcoats completed the scoring in the game.

Irene Patrinos had three tries and three converts for the Saracens while Natasha Smith had two tries. Scorers of the other three Toronto tries were not announced.

The Saracens and Redcoats gained their berths in the final with semifinal victories last weekend. The Redcoats edged the Aurora Barbarians 48-47 with a try on the final play of the game while the Saracens dumped the Niagara Wasps 72-0.

The Barbarians dropped the Wasps 76-5 in Saturday’s bronze-medal match.

The Redcoats finished the regular season first in the West Conference at 8-2-0 while Niagara was second at 6-3-1. The Saracens were first in the East Conference at 9-1-0 while Aurora was second at 7-3-0.

The Saracens had defeated the Redcoats 64-22 in league play at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Park July 11.

 

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