Volume 93, Issue 14

Wednesday, September 22, 1999


Mustang's runners get bronze

Women ruggers trample Yeomen 48-3

Hockey team breaks even

Stangs continue their tennis racket

Sports just not living up to the hype

Hockey team breaks even

By Sean Maraj
Gazette Staff

You can't win them all.

That adage proved true for the field hockey team this weekend at a tournament in Toronto. The Mustangs beat the universities of Queen's and Trent 1-0 and 2-0 respectively, but came up short against the University of Toronto 5-1 and tied York university 1-1.

The Mustangs, coming off a year of rebuilding and looking for championship gold, played strongly against some of their stiffest rivals. Western assistant coach Karen Murtaugh said she was happy with how her team played during the tournament.

"The team played great, except for the beginning of the first game. They really turned it around in the last three," she said.

Western opened the weekend with a slow start against Queen's but still managed to salvage a victory. By the end of the game the team had pulled together and was able to produce strong performances for the rest of the tournament, including a strong showing against the favourite, York. Murtaugh was quick to point out the fundamental reasons why the team fared as they did.

"Our passing [went] really well and the fact that they played as a team throughout the tournament. They showed a lot of spirit and worked really hard," she said.

Western captain Jenn Symmes said she was happy with her team's performance. "Overall, we were very strong and consistent. We practiced hard all week and it really showed," she said.

The Mustangs gained momentum with a hard fought victory against Trent. Amy Hollingsworth, Trent coach, defended her team, despite their loss. "They didn't play to potential," she said. "We were missing key defenders, but I'm happy with how they played on the turf."

According to Symmes, grass versus turf has been a major issue for field hockey teams this year. Many teams such as Western and Trent do not have the facilities to practice and play on turf. Because of this, both teams will not play any home games this year. This can cause problems in a team's ability to perform, as they are forced to switch from grass to turf.

As for the game, Hollingsworth thought it was close and could have gone either way. In what turned out to be an excellent match, she commended both teams.

"Each team did very well. One team didn't dominate the game. Our downfall was execution in basic stuff," she said.

The Trent game was pivotal for the Mustangs as it helped boost their confidence before they moved on to face the favourites to win the Ontario Universities Athletics championships – York and Toronto.

"Morale was up, it was a nice precursor before York and Toronto," Symmes said.

As the Mustangs moved on from the weekend, the team was not ready to take it easy. Murtaugh was quick to point out that there is still room for improvement. "We need to continue working on our skills and training," she said.

The Mustangs play their next game against Carleton in Ottawa, Sept. 26..

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