It was a bruising defeat for men’s rugby as Waterloo was shut out once again by the Queen’s Gaels.
Within the first 10 minutes, the Gaels were up 10–0 by a penalty kick and a try-conversion combination. Before the first half ended, the Warriors would see three more tries scored past them, each getting their own conversion. The score would be 31–0 entering the second half.
Waterloo stayed strong for half of the remaining 40 minutes, but would see another try and conversion be put onto the scoreboard. The Gaels would find room for one more try and conversion in the last few dwindling moments of the game.
Injuries have been a huge factor against the Warriors, who look to get back a win Oct. 5 against Laurier on home turf.
Reunion 2012 on Warrior field did not have much to cheer about during the football game. The Toronto Varsity Blues dominated the Warriors from the beginning.
Quarterback Brian Chris found Michael Robson for a quick touchdown for Waterloo but the Blues were up 14–7 after the first quarter. The second quarter was much the same as the Blues faked a kick for a touchdown. The Warriors would find another touchdown from Marco Visentin off a pass from Jamie Cook, who replaced Chris after an injury.
The second half had both teams exchanging points. In the end, the game ended 40–26, bringing the Blues to 2–3 record and dropping Waterloo to a 1–4 record. The Warriors tried but were simply no match for Toronto’s offence.
Before the game even started, the Warriors were up three points as Queen’s had forfeited. This meant that a win against Toronto would give the women first place overall in the OUA. Needless to say, the ladies wanted this one.
The Varsity Blues were aware of the importance of this game and put Waterloo on the defensive early. Waterloo broke down as Toronto got a shot off that led to a capitalized rebound, giving the opposing team a 1–0 lead.
Miscommunication was still apparent as less than five minutes later Toronto got a penalty stroke. Hilary Neeb, netminder for Waterloo, was not about to give the goal without a fight as she made the save with her head. The Warriors were not about to squander their goalie’s effort and toughened up defensively and keeping the score as it was.
The second half was full of fervour as both teams were strong in every aspect. Toronto would break through again, though, and take a 2–0 lead from a penalty corner. Waterloo were not going to give up. They were rewarded with a goal by Courtney Bisch.
With minutes left, head coach, Steven Rodrigues, rolled the dice by pulling the goalie for an extra attacker. It gave the Warriors one last push that had the crowd going. It would end up being just short as Waterloo took the loss but not without the knowledge that they could beat them. The women will have a chance for retribution during the OUA Championships Oct. 26–28 on home field.
Until then, the Warriors take a weekend off and will head to Downsview Park on Oct. 13 and 14 to face York, Western, and Guelph.
It was a wonderful weekend to be a runner representing the black and gold.
Waterloo women simply decimated their competition as Kristen Flanagan (18:33), Heather Dimond (18:41), and Karina Sils finished first, second, and third respectively in the five km race. This is Flanagan’s second time in three years where she finished with golden glory for the Warriors.
Stephanie Hinton rounded out the team’s stellar performance with a 14th place finish and a time of 19:47 that gave the Waterloo team a first place finish overall.
The men were not too shabby either as Patrick MacKinnon (24:32), David Stewart (24:50), and Brent Scheibelhut (25:07) finished 10th, 13th, and 25th respectively. The men would receive third place overall as a team as well.
The black and gold look to keep up these fantastic performances at the Guelph Open on Saturday, Oct. 13.