Volume 93, Issue 25

Thursday, October 14, 1999


A Vigar-ous conversation

No horses in this polo

Barrier breaker or boxing match?

A trying first half of the season

A trying first half of the season

By Wes Brown, Sean Maraj and Chad Thompson
Gazette Staff

Rugby (men) – This team lets the stats speak for themselves – they are unbeaten this season. The Mustangs have dominated every team they have faced, controlling both the tempo and play of the games. Even with the changes the team has faced this year, Western has stayed on top of the Ontario University Athletics conference, and are now preparing for the playoffs.

Western's head coach Gerry Slattery said he was still cautious on his teams future despite their record. "It's important not to underestimate teams because of our unbeaten record. We have to focus even though we're in an enviable position – it's day by day, week by week."

Rugby (women) – Not to be outdone by the men, the women's team is 5-1 this season. Built upon a strong roster, the team has spent most of the first half overpowering the competition. However, they are dealing with the recent departure of head coach Natascha Wesch, as she has left to play with the Canadian national team.

The mustangs have already secured themselves a place in the OUA playoffs and are strong contenders to win and compete in the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union championships.

Interim co-coach Mike Phillips said the team has played some challenging matches and is progressing very well. "This year started as a rebuilding year, but it is not going to be a rebuilding year anymore. Our goal is to go to the OUA finals."

Phillips said one positive aspect this year has been the play of Rebecca Skillet, a first-year forward. "She is a rookie and our starting hooker, she has been a pleasant surprise," he said, adding Skillet was also a very hard worker.

Lacrosse (women) – The lacrosse team continues to earn respect even though they do not have varsity status. The team currently has a record of 1-4, however, head coach Ann Henderson said these results could have been much different.

"Three of the four games we lost were by one goal," she said. Henderson added the team is coming along nicely and has a lot of talent. "We have the capabilities to beat teams. We just have to work on keeping our heads in the game."

The mustangs have three league games left and are looking forward to the playoffs. "We have a good chance if we win one of the next three games," she said. Henderson added two pleasant surprises have been the play of first-year point Michelle Walker and goalie Ronda Schnurr.

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