Sports in brief

Construction begins on the West Campus turf field, which will host the Queen's Rugby teams in 2011.
Construction begins on the West Campus turf field, which will host the Queen's Rugby teams in 2011.

Kingston Field to be renamed Nixon Field

Kingston Field is being redeveloped to open as Nixon Field in September 2012. The name change comes in recognition of a donation from Gordon Nixon, Comm ‘79, LLD ‘03 and Janet Nixon, Comm ‘80. The field has been home turf for the Queen’s rugby program, but the teams will relocate to a new field on West Campus until upgrades are completed.

Nixon Field, the future home for Gaels rugby, will be a synthetic pitch. Originally, it was supposed to be a grass field, but plans changed when the International Rugby Board approved turf fields as official playing surfaces. Construction at West Campus is expected to be completed by the fall.

—Gilbert Coyle

Bullard knocks off France

A Gaels basketball player is making waves with Great Britain’s national under-20 women’s basketball team.

Gemma Bullard, who’s a dual citizen in Great Britain and Canada, scored the winning basket for Great Britain to beat France 66-64 in an exhibition match earlier this month. Bullard and her teammates are playing in a series of exhibition matches to prepare for the U20 European Championship, which begins on July 7 in Serbia.

Bullard will return to Queen’s for her second year when the tournament ends. In her first year, she played 16 games for the Gaels, averaging nine points per game.

—Gilbert Coyle

Tresierra to join men’s hockey team

Steve Tresierra of Golden B.C. will be playing hockey for Queen’s next season. Tresierra comes from the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League.

The 5’11 190-pound defenceman played with the Centennials for four years, serving as captain during his last two seasons without missing a single game. He recorded 21 goals and 64 assists in his 206-game career for the team.

Tresierra will join former Centennials teammate, forward Jordan Soquila, in Kingston. Soquila joined the Gaels last season, scoring 15 points in 27 games.

—Gilbert Coyle

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