Dawson’s own Women’s and Men’s Rugby Teams bring home the gold as regional champions

WOMEN’S VICTORY

By Gabe Gilker

This past Sunday at the Concordia campus in NDG there was much celebration coming from Dawson’s Women’s rugby team as, teary-eyed, they took home gold in the championship along with becoming regional champions at the same time, destroying the John Abbot Islanders with a 22-8 win.

The game started at 12:00 p.m. and within the first 10 minutes Dawson’s own Kaylie Stuckey scored the first goal of the game, earning The Blues an early 3-0 lead over the Islanders.

“It was a slow first half, but we picked it up in the second half because we really wanted it” Alison Henstridge, third semester Cin/Vid/Com student and player said.

During the second half of the game the tension and intensity only grew as Dawson continued to score more points, and The Islanders tried in vain to stop the team.

Bianca Farella powered through the game, scoring a try, followed by a beautifully executed conversion kick, where the ball flew through the uprights effortlessly.

Kadina McKenzie followed Farella’s lead and brought in the big points for Dawson, pushing their score count even higher as she scored two tries in total. McKenzie also earned the team another two points on a penalty by running through their defence as they tried to defend their gold line, racking up a total of 13 points for the Blues within 10 minutes of the second half.

“I’m pretty proud, three years and three gold medals, I can’t really ask for more, I just can’t believe it’s over” team captain Chloe Nudo said, “We had a good team game. We worked our asses off this year and it showed in the finals because we wanted it more than them. This game we were calm, it was like a rollercoaster from calm to craziness, but in the end we kept our heads on and took home the championship.”

The Islanders started getting more aggressive as the game came closer to the end, and managed to move the ball toward the Dawson try-zone but thanks to the amazing defence John Abbott was not able to gain any more points.

The game came to an end and the Dawson Women’s Rugby team was awarded gold and regional champions. Their banner is now hanging proudly in the window of the sports club until it finds its permanent home down in the gym.

“We bond, we’re family. This is a family, and it’s hard to leave,” Henstridge said, “I’m pretty happy though, we worked hard all semester and now we got the medals.”

MEN’S VICTORY

By Dahlia Belinsky

Dawson’s Men’s Rugby Team defeated John Abbott at the Concordia-Loyola field on Sunday with a score of 21-15 to become regional Champions.

“We started off a little bit rocky, but after the first 10 minutes there wasn’t a doubt in our minds that we were gonna win,” Caleb Jordan, who scored the first try, said.

Dawson kicked off the game with high intensity as they advanced on Abbott’s side of the field but only five minutes later, Abbott had forced their way to Dawson’s half of the terrain. Throughout the entire game, both teams were evenly matched as the ball was being thrown and kicked across both sides of the field.

Abbott’s swift and organized backs were still no match for Dawson’s forwards who stopped the Islanders at almost every breakaway they had.

Thirty minutes into the first half, Dawson was awarded a penalty kick taken by scrum-half and team captain, Mickey Moroz, giving Dawson an early lead of 3-0.

Not two minutes later, Abbott tied the game with a penalty kick of their own.

The Islanders were winning the majority of the scrums, but Dawson’s forward was still preventing Abbott’s back from gaining more yardage.

After a short while Dawson was finally able to exploit one of Abbott’s gaps and Jordan scored a try. To his dismay, the try was made seconds after the whistle was blown and did not count. They were then awarded a penalty kick which put Dawson back in the lead with 6-3.

The ball was passed back and forth until Dawson won a line out where they threw the ball off the top to the backs. The ball was brought down the line giving Dawson more and more yardage. The Blues continued to set up and win ruck after ruck until finally Moroz passed the ball down to Jordan who scored Dawson’s first try of the game giving Dawson a handsome lead of 11-3.

“We played as a team, we had our game plan and we executed it,” Moroz said.

After the half time, Abbott picked up the intensity and scored two minutes in with a breakaway from their backs and brought the score to a close tie of 11-10.

Dawson, seeking revenge, pushed through Abbott’s defenses. Brett Boheman received the ball after the Blues’ forward won a ruck and scored a try, making the score 18 – 10.

While Dawson was in the lead, the majority of the second half was being spent at The Blues’ try line as The Islanders were attempting to maul their way to a try. Dawson’s Yannick Fortin kicked the ball out of his zone, but instead of just clearing it he ended up scoring a drop goal changing the score to 21-10 for Dawson.

With time running out and Dawson in the lead, Abbott, to the Blues’ advantage, began getting messy and missed a lot of opportunity to score.

Ten minutes left to play, Abbott kicked the ball out of bounds and set up for a line out. Once they won it, they created a maul and pushed themselves 10 yards closer to Dawson’s try line after setting up multiple rucks and winning them. Abbott inched closer and closer and finally scored after trying to break Dawson’s persistent forward for the entirety of the second half.

Preventing any further points against The Blues, after Abbott’s try, the game ended and Dawson won with an overall score of 21-15.

“We played hard, didn’t give up, and we squeaked out a win. I’m extremely proud,” Head coach Rob Anhert said. “This is the first time in a long time that Dawson win [the regional championship]. This is the end of the season for us and it’s time to celebrate.”

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