Gaels lose close one to York, bloody Trent at Peterborough

Queen’s goes to battle against York at Kingston Field Thursday.
Queen’s goes to battle against York at Kingston Field Thursday.
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Monica Marton

After dropping their season opener — as well as a lot of balls — in a 12-10 loss to York on Thursday, the Gaels women’s rugby team vented their frustrations on Trent Sunday afternoon in Peterborough as they lay a 51-0 beating on the Excalibur.

After taking a 10-0 lead against the Yeowomen at Kingston Field Thursday, nothing went the way of the Gaels as everything from their hands to impartial refereeing went missing.

“It was a very messy game. I never really blame games on referees, and I can’t on this loss. But, this ref liked to take part in the game way too much and he ruined the flow,” said head coach Peter Reid, who was also disconcerted with his charges’ lack of fire at the breakdowns.

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“We didn’t commit enough numbers to rucks and mauls. We’ve been working on sending in less forwards to rucks so we can run trailing forwards, but too many of them stayed out altogether,” Reid added.

Reid’s disappointment was quickly quelled on Sunday as the younger Gaels turned the match into a track-meet. Rookie winger and outside center Natalie Bockling dismantled Trent’s wing-line defence as she invaded the Excalibur try-line four times for 20 points. Winger Kelly-Anne Hodgson, another first year Gael, added her own try to the tally.

York 12, Queen’s 10
Queen’s 51, Trent 0

The Gaels also massacred Trent, who are in their first season as a CIAU team, in their own set pieces. The Gaels spoiled nearly half of the Excalibur’s line-outs, as well as their first three scrums. According to Reid, the Gaels’ front row of Becky Smit, Alison Noble, and Lisa McKinnon will be looking to disrupt a lot of opposing scrums all season long.

“They’re an awesome front row. They’re all about four foot nothing, which is a great advantage because they’re all really strong,” said Reid, “they can easily get underneath the other team and drive them back.” Neither the Gaels nor their opponents will have much driving to do next weekend at homecoming as they grapple with cross-town rivals RMC Saturday on Kingston Field at 4 p.m.

OUA IN BRIEF

KINGSTON — Men’s tennis got a chance to gauge their chances in the OUA this year, and found out they are only a couple of breaks away from challenging the best. Queen’s narrowly lost both ends of their tri-meet
Saturday, falling 4-3 to defending champion Western and 5-2 to Toronto.

MONTREAL — On the strength of rookie Beth Wightman’s gold medal performance in 13:58, Queen’s cross-country nearly claimed a victory at the 4 km McGill open meet at Mt. Royal Park Saturday. The host Redman
finished with 70 points, one better than the Golden Gaels. The men, running in the 6 km event, finished sixth.

TORONTO — The women’s field hockey team earned a single point at their doubleheader Saturday at
Lamport Field in Toronto. After losing 4-0 to the University of Toronto in the morning, Queen’s rebounded for a scoreless draw against the McGill Martlets in the afternoon.

ST. CATHARINES — Loose head prop Steve Elliot pounded his way past the try line for 10 points at Brock Saturday as the Gaels stayed atop the OUA standings with a 42-10 win.

HAMILTON — The women’s lacrosse team won twice at the Early Bird
Tournament at McMaster Saturday, defeating Toronto 5-3 and the host team 11-5, while dropping their third match 9-5 to Brock.

LONDON — The women’s tennis team struggled at Western, falling 7-0 to the Mustangs.

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