Volume 92, Issue 29

Tuesday, October 27, 1998

purple haze


Women ruggers squeak by Waterloo in tight match-up

©Tom Baumgartner/Gazette

BOY, WHAT I DO FOR THE TEAM. McMaster players were doing anything they could to win – including receiving atomic wedgies – to no avail as they lost 13-7 to the 'Stangs.

By Chad Thompson

Gazette Writer

The Huron Flats were alive with the sounds of rugby Sunday afternoon as Western's women's rugby took on MacMaster.

Western opened the scoring in the first half. After a long struggle for the ball, Vicki Peacey was able to break through McMaster's defence and go in for the try when she received a pass from Tamara Curtis.

After Western's try, McMaster put on some offensive pressure which allowed them and score a converted try. At the end of a hard-fought half, the score was 7-5 for McMaster.

Western started the second half strong and continued with the offensive pressure they had began to build in the first half. Andrea Haney was able to put a penalty kick through the uprights which put Western back in the lead. After a strong defensive effort by Western, the 'Stangs were able to drive down to the McMaster goal line where after a scramble for the ball, Curtis was able to plunge in for the try. Western remained out in front 13-7.

The second half of the game belonged to Western's defence as they were able to stop MacMaster three times on the goal line. Western's constant offensive pressure allowed them to remain in control of the ball, keeping the play in the middle of the field during the late stages of the game.

Western's coach Natasha Wesch was impressed with the hard-fought game. "Overall the game went well. We had a bit of a lull after scoring in the first half but we were able to come back and play strong defence. This game showed the team's character. The last game of the season means a lot."

Co-captain Tamara Curtis also said she felt the team played a strong game. "It all came together today and we played really well. This was our biggest game of the year. Our defence played really strong."

McMaster head coach Val Swift-Alderdice agreed defence played a major factor in the game.

"I would say both team defences played very well. Every yard gained was every hard fought for," she said.

The playoffs begin next week against Waterloo. Wesch believes the team is ready. "We are mentally ready for Waterloo. We have played and beat them before."

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