OUA M-RUGBY ROUNDUP: GAELS, MARAUDERS CHAMPIONSHIP BOUND

KINGSTON, Ont. – Chris Barrett (Vancouver, B.C.) had one try and two converts leading the Queen's Gaels to a 19-8 victory over the Western Mustangs in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) semi-final men's rugby game held Saturday. The win advances Queen's to the OUA Men's Rugby Championship, sponsored by Rugby Canada and Gilbert Canada Inc., to be held in Markham, Ont. on Nov. 8.

Barrett would open the scoring early, just eight minutes into the game as he would intercept the ball in the Queen's end and return the ball the entire length of the pitch for the try.

Western had opportunities to pull close, but missed a penalty kick by their fly-half Peter Jawl (Victoria, B.C.) to keep Queen's on top before the half. The Gaels would go on to take a 19-0 lead with tries coming from Thomas Binczyk (Victoria, B.C.) and Zach Pancer (Unionville, Ont.).

The Mustangs would convert a penalty kick in the 33rd minute showing optimism heading into the half. The Mustangs would start the second half with a try as Matthew Barrett (Lindsay, Ont.) scored to pull Western within eight.

While the Mustangs held the Gaels off the score sheet in the second half, Queen's dominate defence preserved the 19-8 victory and a berth in the OUA Championship final.

The Gaels will focus on the championship final being held next Saturday at Fletcher's Field in Markham, Ont. The Gaels, who were last year's runner-up will aim to defeat the McMaster Marauders who defeated Brock 29-14 in the other semi-final contest.

The Gaels have met McMaster only once this season with Queen's edging the Marauders 14-10.

Source: Gaels Athletics

MCMASTER 29, BROCK 14

HAMILTON, Ont. - The Brock Badgers men's rugby team travelled to Hamilton to take on the McMaster Marauders in the OUA semi-final Saturday afternoon. The Badgers gave a valiant effort, but would not come out on top.

With their characteristic quick start, the Badgers were in position to take the lead as Levon Kvas-Rothwell (Perth, Australia) kicked a penalty goal in the opening minutes. Not to be outdone, Shawn Windsor (Stoney Creek, Ont.) would notch three points of his own shortly after. It would be the last time the teams were close on the scoreboard.

Still in the first half, McMaster players found gaps in the Brock defence, forcing the Badgers into penalty trouble, from which the Marauders would kick for 15 of their points on the day.

The lone highlights for Brock came late in the game, as Hugh McDonell (Brantford, Ont.) would attempt and make a seldom seen drop goal from just in front of half. Brother Rory McDonell (Brantford, Ont.) picked off an opposition pass deep in his own end and ran it nearly 80 metres to touch it down in the corner.

The Badgers will play for the OUA bronze medal against the Western Mustangs on Sat., Nov. 8, at Fletcher's Fields in Markham.

Source: Badgers Athletics

Photo Credit: Michael P. Hall

OUA SCOREBOARD
Queen's 19, Western 8
McMaster 29, Brock 14
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