Volume 93, Issue 31

Tuesday, October 26, 1999


SPORTS

Western comeback foiled by McMaster

Volleyball team spikes opponents

The sweet taste of athletic perfection

Men ready to slam dunk da funk

Women to improve on last year's finish

Mustangs feel the winter chill

Soccer team clinches first - barely

Mike Tyson - suffering from "Iron" deficiency

The sweet taste of athletic perfection



By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

It gets pretty lonely at the top – just ask the Western men's rugby team.

The Mustangs beat Brock University 50-15 last Saturday, to finish their season undefeated and on top of the Ontario University Athletics West division.

In their last game of the season, Western opened fire on a young Badger team. The veterans ran away with the game, dominating from the start. Western captain and flanker Aaron Abrams was happy with the outcome of the game and said this was great preparation for the playoffs, which begin next Saturday.

"We played well, we stepped up to the challenge and we did a lot of things well. We played prepared for the playoffs," he said.

Brock head coach Derek Boal said he was also happy with his team's performance, but complimented Western's play on the field. "I thought Western showed why they're number one," Boal said.

Boal said despite the lopsided score, his team played well on offence, against a stronger Mustang defence. "Our forwards played very well and scored three trys – that was our strength," he said.

Mustang head coach Gerry Slattery said he viewed this game as a work up to next week's playoff match against the University of Waterloo. He added the team was on track.

"We played well and had big results," Slattery said. "We're finally putting things together – we're going in the right direction. We need a big game next week versus Waterloo."

The Mustangs are now preparing themselves for the playoffs, where they will face tougher competition. The team must also deal with the added pressure of having an undefeated season as well as high expectations to live up to in the post-season.

Abrams said his team has come together in the past few weeks and are well prepared to face any new challenges. "We're starting to play more as a team, we had some guys who unexpectedly stepped up. It's been a good last couple of weeks," he said.

Abrams attributed the team's increased cohesion to their activity outside of game situations. "We've started spending more time off the field together," he said. "As the season progressed we spent more time talking and meeting just to keep the blood flowing as a team."

Slattery was quick to downplay the impact of the undefeated season and instead set his sights on higher accolades. "It feels good to finish in number one, but without the right result it doesn't mean anything," he said. "We feel confident, not cocky. We're focused on our game and our goal is perfection."

The Mustangs will start their playoff run against Waterloo this weekend on the Huron Flats.


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