Sports

Cross-country ready to run

The men’s and women’s cross-country teams have seemingly traded places from this time last year.

Last season, the men were a young team, and their strong group of rookies took them to a surprising fourth place finish in the OUA and tenth place at the CIS Championships.

The women, on the other hand, easily took the OUA Championship after an undefeated regular season, and ran some brilliant races at the CIS final to finish second in Canada.Continue...

Get involved in Queen’s Athletics

If you like sports, cool people and good times, then joining an athletic club or intramural team will be right up your alley. Tonight, from 5-7 p.m., in Ross Gym in the PEC will be the home of all the fun-filled athletics Queen’s has to offer.Continue...

Gaels downed by Guelph

Even the presence of The Tragically Hip couldn’t inspire the Gaels football team in their Saturday afternoon game against the Guelph Gryphons. Hip members Rob Baker and Gord Sinclair made the ceremonial kickoff—possibly an omen foreshadowing the significance that kicking would play throughout the game. After another game marred by mistakes, the only thing “tragic” is that the team has now begun its season 0-2 for the first time in two years.Continue...

Dramatic finish an excellent start

The Varsity Mens’ Rugby team opened its season on Saturday with a tightly contested match against the Brock Badgers. The game’s result looked in doubt until the final play, when Queen’s second-year fly-half Dave Poettcker slotted a dramatic 30-yard penalty to give the Gaels a hard-fought 22-21 victory.Continue...

Rugby club gears up for season

Kingston Field has endured two weeks of training camp punishment by sixty men with cleats on their feet and a fire in their bellies. After last year’s disappointing loss to Western in the OUA semi-finals, the Queen’s Rugby Football Club is eager to field a more disciplined and fit team for the upcoming 2004 season.Continue...

Queen’s athletes ready to play ball

Summer may have turned into fall, and Major League Baseball may be heading into its playoff stretch, but Queen’s Golden Gaels baseball season is only just beginning.

With one of the largest turnouts in recent memory, the Gaels held their annual tryouts on Tuesday and Wednesday this past week, eager to spot the next Nolan Ryan or Barry Bonds in the group of incoming rookies.Continue...

Gael soccer season set to kick off

Both the men’s and women’s Queen’s soccer teams brought their preseasons to a close last weekend with the Old Four tournament at Richardson Stadium. The Gaels played host to McGill, Western and Toronto, and while neither team finished in the top half, their games boasted some strong performances and good signs for the upcoming seasons.Continue...

point counterpoint

I need to get something off my chest: I hate the Dream Team. The United States Men’s Basketball team. I was so happy with their dismal performance that I did a little dance.

But as much as I would love to blame the Scream Team’s terrible record on their arrogance and lack of team cohesion, I find that I cannot. They lost mainly due to the simple fact thContinue...

Football team loses opener at WindsorFootball team loses opener at Windsor

The Golden Gaels football season began on Monday in the same fashion in which it ended last November—with a closely contested but disappointing loss. The eighth-ranked Gaels travelled to Windsor and came home with a 30-28 defeat.Continue...

Former football player recounts first training camp

I arrived at Queen's to begin my first year—not during the typical chaos of move-in day in residence, but two weeks earlier—hoping to earn a place as one of the quarterbacks for the Golden Gaels football team. That 12-day training camp is one of my fondest memories so far in my two years at Queen's, and my participation in varsity athletics was one of the primary reasons I enjoyed my first year as much as I did.Continue...

Will you be watching the Olympics?

I’ve always loved watching the Olympics. There are so many great moments involved in an event of such magnitude, where all the athletes have worked so hard to get there and have dreamed about it for so long. I even watch the opening ceremonies. I know, they’re cheesy and overblown. But there’s such magic and joy in the faces of everyone involved that I can’t resist.Continue...

A different stance

In their professional lives, athletes exist in a parallel world where the black and white rules of the game pass for reality. In baseball, a ball is a ball and a strike is a strike. No question. But outside the stadiums and arenas, baseball players are also citizens. They live in a world of politics that does not resemble the rigid regulations that define their professional lives. When this outside world invades the field of play, as it did this past summer for Blue Jay’s slugger Carlos Delgado, the reaction from fans can be explosive.Continue...

Olympic committee chooses Queen’s alums

Golden Gael contributions to the Olympics extend beyond the athletic field and into the executive branch. In June, three Queen’s graduates were named to the leadership team of the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.Continue...

Gaels sail for Olympic gold

The moment John Curtis and Oskar Johansson have been working towards for the past four years is fast approaching. Athens is on the horizon, and they can’t wait.

The Queen’s alumni will be sailing in the Tornado class of the upcoming Olympics, taking place in Athens from August 8-20. The duo, currently ranked first in Canada, third in North America, and fifteenth internationally, learned that they had qualified for the games on June 23.Continue...

Will Araujo stop Raps’ decline?

The chorus of boos at the Air Canada Centre that greeted Rob Babcock’s first draft choice as the Raptor’s general manager last Thursday represents an expression of the general malaise felt by Toronto fans in recent months.Continue...

point counterpoint

Soccer in North America will never match the status it has on the international stage, however there are encouraging signs that the game can catch on in the overwhelmingly instant-gratification craving masses of our country.Continue...

Gael athletes off to world championships

Two Queen’s athletes will get a chance to take their game to the next level this summer after being selected to represent Canada in intenational competition.

David Clinkard, a second-year Arts and Science student from Toronto, will be a member of the Canadian team heading to Spain for the seventh annual World University Triathlon Championships.

The competition runs from July 2-3, and the athletes will be competing in Olympic-level distances—15 km of swimming, 40 km of biking, and 10 km of running.Continue...

Surprises galore at Euro ’04

The round robin of the 2004 European Championships brought all the thrills, chills, and spills that soccer fans around the world have been waiting for since 2002’s World Cup in South Korea.Continue...

On the road to the Memorial Cup

The Mississauga IceDogs have finally learned how to win. The perennial losers of the Ontario Hockey League’s Central Division mustered only 27 wins in their first four seasons from 1998-2003. Renowned hockey figures such as former part-owner Don Cherry and former Leaf Rick Vaive tried their hands at coaching, but they both failed to rescue the drowning ’Dogs. Highly-touted draft picks such as Jason Spezza and Patrick Jarrett begged for trades as the losing continued unabated.Continue...

How the West can be won

The atmosphere of renewal synonymous with spring usually creates a sharp contrast with the tired trend of inequality in the NBA Playoffs. As the buds blossom, the cries of basketball fans for parity have been drowned out by the victory parade of the champion from the Western Conference, while players from the East can only bow their humble heads. Over the past five seasons, a duo of Goliaths, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs and Shaquille O’Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers, have perpetuated the dominance of the West—garnering five Finals MVPs, en route to outclassing the East by a total of 20 Finals wins to six.Continue...

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