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Just how ‘Super’ was the series?

The recent eight-game “Super Series” between Canada’s hockey juniors and their Russian counterparts, in which Canada went undefeated with seven wins and one tie, has been glorified by some as another measurement of our country’s worldwide hockey dominance. Others see it for what it truly was: a tiresome waste of time.Continue...

Mixed results on soccer road trip

The Queen’s soccer teams took a long road trip to North Bay and Sudbury this past weekend, taking on the Nipissing Lakers and the Laurentian Voyageurs.

On Saturday, the women’s team tied the Lakers 1-1 with a goal from Renee MacLellan, while the men lost 1-0.

On Sunday, Katie McKenna recorded her fourth straight shutout for the Gaels in a 0-0 draw. The men were able to convert some scoring chances in their game, and won 3-0 on goals from Brent Lukowski, Stephane Detchou and Nick Milonas.Continue...

Pair of wins for rugby teams

A hard-fought women’s rugby match against the Trent Excalibur Sunday afternoon resulted in a 20-15 win for the host Golden Gaels.

Winger Jocelyn Poirier said she was happy with her team’s effort late in the second half.Continue...

Comeback kids strike again

The Gaels’ football team came from behind to win for the third straight game on Saturday, beating the McMaster Marauders 24-20 at Richardson Stadium.Continue...

Athletes of the Week

Steve Shortly was a driving force behind the men’s rugby team’s 78-0 romp over Trent University last Saturday. Shortly scored two tries and set up another during the first half, leading the Gaels to an opening-half start from which the Excalibur couldn’t recover.Continue...

Gaels defeat Lions

The Golden Gaels women’s rugby team opened their season with a convincing 31-19 win over the York University Lions on Wednesday.

The team received tries from five different players, including two from scrum-half Lauren Young.

Young, one of the team’s four co-captains, said she was pleased with her team’s effort.Continue...

Women’s soccer wins at RMC

The women’s soccer team travelled across town to the Royal Military College on Wednesday and beat the Paladins 2-0 off first-half goals from Laura Johnstone and Kaley Robinson.

Head coach Dave McDowell said he’s happy with the victory, but the early goals may have lulled the team into a false sense of security.Continue...

Men’s soccer beats RMC 4-0

One of the greatest rivalries in southern Ontario took to the pitch on Wednesday afternoon as the unbeaten Golden Gaels travelled to the Royal Military College to play the Paladins for Kingston soccer supremacy.Continue...

No win for soccer Gaels in Ottawa

It was a tough weekend road trip for Gaels soccer. The men’s and women’s teams both earned draws against the Carleton Ravens on Saturday, but the women’s team lost to the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees on Sunday.Continue...

Fans must move on from scandals

With all the scandal surrounding professional sports over the past few months, it’s easy for even the most forgiving fan to become disillusioned with them altogether.Continue...

Rugby dulls Excalibur’s edge

The Gaels’ men’s rugby squad put on a show in their home opener Saturday, defeating the Trent Excalibur 78-0.

In the second half, the Gaels used all seven of their reserve players. One of the starters who remained in the match, fourth-year veteran Colin Alexander, scored the game’s most spectacular try. The Excalibur had the ball within 10 yards of the Queen’s goal when Mike Simmons knocked it loose with a hard tackle. Tim Richardson recovered the ball and quickly passed to Alexander, who promptly ran the length of the field and dodged several tacklers to record the try.Continue...

Gael victory boosts team to 2-0

The men’s football team overcame a slow start to defeat the Guelph Gryphons 26-14 in their rain-soaked home opener on Sunday.Continue...

Strong start for women’s soccer

Women’s soccer turned in an impressive performance on Saturday, defeating the Ryerson Rams 2-0, and then tied the perennially strong University of Toronto Varsity Blues 0-0 on Sunday. The team had a lot to prove after winning silver at last year’s nationals.Continue...

Sports in Brief

The women’s volleyball and hockey teams are starting the fall semester with new coaches, as their old coaches take on less time-consuming positions with the department.

Joely Christian is the new head coach for women’s volleyball. Christian was an OUA and CIS all-star as a player, and was a national team member from 1988 to1991. She spent the last two seasons as an assistant coach with the University of Toronto Varsity Blues.Continue...

Basketball teams lose to U.S. schools

The Golden Gaels’ basketball teams had rude awakenings this past weekend as a pair of NCAA teams gave them a lot to think about.

At Carleton University, the men’s team was soundly defeated 73-43 by the Villanova Wildcats of the Big East Conference. The Wildcats raced to a 23-2 lead and never looked back, leading 41-16 at halftime.Continue...

Should Queen’s raise its mandatory athletics fee?

Probably the best way to justify raising the athletics fee is to consider the consequences of not doing so.

First, Queen’s interuniversity teams will suffer. As suggested in the Athletics Review, their current performance is not acceptable. One reason for this is the financial restriction on hiring. Most coaches are part-time and thus cannot, despite supreme efforts, dedicate themselves to their teams as much as other OUA coaches can.Continue...

Athletics Review proposes hiking athletics fee to top five

One of the more controversial aspects of the recent review of Queen’s Athletics and Recreation was its recommendation to raise the Athletics and Recreation fee “to a level that puts them among the top five universities in Ontario.” This means the fee, which is indexed to inflation and set at $128.66 for full-time undergraduate students for 2007-08, would be raised to at least $163.84, the amount students pay to support athletics and recreation at the University of Western Ontario, which has the fifth-highest fee in the province.Continue...

Football starts in high gear

The Queen’s Golden Gaels kicked off the new season with a bang Monday, defeating the Western Mustangs 26-20 in the Labour Day season opener.

Fullback Mike Giffin had a career-best 156 yards on 24 carries for the Gaels. Giffin also scored two touchdowns, including the game winner in overtime.Continue...

Solid debut for Gaels’ new coach

Men’s soccer head coach Chris Gencarelli was hired less than a month ago, but he and his team were already under the microscope as his soccer Gaels opened the regular season last weekend.Continue...

Is cutting eight to 14 varsity teams a good idea?

The University’s recently released review of Athletics and Recreation raises many questions about sporting life at Queen’s. Of the 18 recommendations made by review authors Bob Crawford and Janice Deakin, the most controversial is the “excellence model” that proposes to reduce the number of interuniversity teams to between 10 and 16.Continue...

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