Sports in brief

Women’s hockey coach Matthew Holmberg poses with the OUA women's hockey championship trophy.
Women’s hockey coach Matthew Holmberg poses with the OUA women's hockey championship trophy.

Golfers to compete in championship

The men’s and women’s golf teams are set for the 2011 Canadian University/College Golf Championship at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club this week. The four-day, 72-hole event will be run by Golf Canada.

In the tournament’s nine-year history, the men’s team’s highest finish was eleventh place in 2007 while the women’s team’s best finish was sixth place last year. The national competition will run from May 30 to June 3.

—Benjamin Deans

Rowers win regatta

The men’s and women’s rowing teams both defeated McGill in the 15th annual Queen’s-McGill Boat Challenge on May 1 at the Cataraqui Rowing Club. This marks the ninth title for the Gaels in the yearly encounter.

The regatta is often seen as Canada’s equivalent to the annual Oxford-Cambridge race or the the Harvard-Yale challenge.

On the men’s side, Queen’s took four of six races, losing only the novice events. The women swept all six events.

—Gilbert Coyle

Shaw and Zeeman to represent Canada in China

Two Queen’s athletes will represent Canada in an international tournament in August. Men’s volleyball’s Joren Zeeman and women’s soccer’s Brienna Shaw will join national squads competing at the Federation Internationale du Sport (FISU) Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China.

Zeeman, a CIS all-Canadian, will compete with Canada against China, Switzerland, Australia and Norway in the first round of the men’s volleyball tournament. Shaw, an OUA first-team all-star, will compete against China, U.K. and Taiwan.

—Gilbert Coyle

Women’s hockey coach wins OUA award

Women’s hockey coach Matthew Holmberg was named the OUA Male Coach of the Year at the 2011 Honour Awards that took place in Huntsville on May 12.

The accolade comes after the Gaels won OUA gold and CIS bronze last season.

Holmberg is the third Queen’s coach in two years to receive an OUA coaching award, after football’s Pat Sheahan and men’s volleyball’s Brenda Willis won awards in 2010.

Holmberg said his coaching style developed over last season, especially after the Gaels’ historic six-overtime win over the Guelph Gryphons.

“We took the strategy of almost distracting the players from the game and just going into the room and talking about other things,” Holmberg said. “Talking about what it was like growing up and playing hockey … rather than the enormity of the game that they were playing at that moment.”

—Benjamin Deans

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