Volume 93, Issue 26

Wednesday, March 18, 1999


'Stangs prepped for Bishop's

Singing soccer in the rain

Revenge Mustang style

Kickin' it with Harding

Ruggers get muddy in victory

Mustang rowing rocks the boat

Ruggers get muddy in victory

By Jess Leeder
Gazette Writer

Cheers of "nice try" were about the only thing that could be heard between the crashes of thunder during the women's rugby team's romp over the Brock Badgers Wednesday.

The rain, which threatened to cancel the Mustang's third last game of the year, didn't stop Andrea Haney, co-captain and fullback, from leading the scoring with 20 points, as the Mustangs leveled Brock 30-5.

"We really came together out there today and we needed the win," Haney said. "We dominated out there as a team."

Haney chalked up the first points of the game, capitalizing on a penalty kick from the first of many Badger penalties. After inside centre Tara Wells added the Mustang's first try, Haney finished out a well-disciplined first half with three more points on another penalty kick.

The rain showed little sign of letting up in the second half and neither did the Mustangs. Winger Katie Aguirre scored the first five points of 19 more to come in the half. "We just needed to maintain the intensity. We weren't going to let up," said Haney, who assisted on Aguirre's try.

The Badger's only successful try of the game came five minutes into the second half, when the Mustang defence lagged. "We wanted to come out and be a spoiler," said Badger assistant coach John Yardley. "The girls played well today [but] we just couldn't get it together."

Faces got muddier, the wind got colder and the legibility of jerseys worsened. Nevertheless, two more tries and conversions were scored by a determined Haney, whose forging leadership carried the team down a muddy victory lane. The triumphant, dirt-laden Mustangs have two games left to play this season.

Western coach Mike Phillips was happy with the team's performance, especially considering the conditions of the game.

"The game was played in poor conditions, but the forwards played brilliantly in rucks. The backs dominated with strong handling skills and despite the muck they were able to pass well," he said.

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