Looking ahead to sports this fall

Here’s what to expect from Gaels come September 

Sports are almost back in full swing.
This fall, it’s time for students to fill the stands. 
Gaels are expecting stadiums of energetic fans, fields lined with tricolour, and off-tune renditions of the oil thigh. Let’s deliver on those expectations. 
To kick off their season, Queen’s Football will continue their historic rivalry against the McGill Redbirds on Aug. 20. Since 1898, this game has been a yearly tradition, although the game hasn’t been held at home on Richardson Stadium like this since 2017 
“Embracing a traditional rivalry is something we love to do here, and playing an additional football game is a major bonus for any OUA Team,” coach Steve Snyder said in a press release.
The football regular season will officially start a week later on Aug. 27.
The Gael soccer season is next on the docket as both the men’s and women’s teams are set for a home opener on Sept. 2 against the Carleton Ravens.
From there, men’s and women’s rugby, field hockey, fastpitch, and men’s and women’s hockey all have home their openers scheduled in September and October. 
Women’s rugby will continue to dominate at their home opener on Sept. 10 against Brock. Men’s Rugby will have their first home game about a week later on Sept. 18. 
Field hockey will get to it on Sept. 17 with their first home game of the season taking place at Tindall Field against U of T.
Women’s fastpitch will take on the uOttawa Gee Gees at Garrigan Park on Oct. 8.
Men’s and Women’s Hockey are both up next with opening days on Oct. 21 and Oct. 28, respectively. The men’s team will face off against the uOttawa Gee Gees while the women’s team will take on the Guelph Gryphons.
There’s a game out there for every type of fan. With a student ID in hand, a jersey from the Q Shop, and a friend who knows a little bit about the sport of interest, students will be all set for a night of riveting sports entertainment. 
Basketball and volleyball are both coming in a little later with their home openers scheduled for early November. These seasons promise to be worth the wait.
Queen’s has many titles to defend this year—perhaps most notable is the Women’s Rugby 2021 U Sports Championship. It’s going to be an intense season. 
Also be sure to keep an eye out for the ultimate, cross-country, golf, baseball, fencing, rowing, sailing, and wrestling seasons starting this fall.
The Journal hopes you’ll join us in the stands. 

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