Volume 93, Issue 18

Thursday, September 29, 1999


Western Ducks the competition

Thirteen lucky for Western ruggers

Hockey's double play

'Stangs double fault this weekend

Thirteen lucky for Western ruggers

Tom Baumgartner/Gazette
DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE THE BALL IS? Western's women's ruggers were able to find the ball on their way to a 13-0 win over the Queen's university Golden Gaels.

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

The women's rugby team rucked their way to a hard-fought victory over Queen's university on Saturday, improving their record to 3-0 with a 13-0 win against the visiting Golden Gaels.

Western flanker and co-captain Angie Donovan said the team came out very slow in the first half against a surprisingly strong Queen's team.

"Our play was very sloppy. We were having a hard time getting the backs [good passes] and when we did, there were a lot of knockons," Donovan said.

Andrea Haney scored eight points for the Mustangs on two penalty kicks and one convert. Kelly Donovan finished off the scoring, adding the only try of the game in the second half.

The team has recently changed their warm-up before the game to keep a high intensity, something Donovan said she hoped would prepare the team for their game today against McMaster university.

"The team is looking forward to kicking their ass. The veterans always get pumped for Mac games."

Head coach Natascha Wesch said Western followed their game plan well, but it took them an entire half to really get their systems going. "Our biggest problem is that we tend to take it easy in the early going and warm up us the match goes on. We have to work on being ready to go right from the initial kick-off," Wesch said.

As slow as the first half was, the second half was excellent and Wesch said the team basically ran through their opponents. "The game was summed up by the final minute, as Queen's had us pinned in our end. We just would not let them score," she said.

Western will be up against some pretty fierce competition facing McMaster today and the University of Toronto on Saturday, games which Wesch said will be pretty hard-core.

"The systems are working when [the team] follows them. If we can stick to them and play hard throughout the duration of the game, then we will be in good shape."

Queen's head coach Peter Reid complimented the Western program and more specifically Wesch on what she has done with the team. "Western rucked exceptionally well during the game. They kept possession of the ball and continued to hammer away. With all that pressure, something eventually had to give way," Reid said.

Queen's has been on an unbelievable stretch – four games in the last 10 days – and Reid said a lot of people are pushing themselves to the limit. "We just didn't have enough gas, we had [Western] deep in their end and they put up one heck of a goal line stand," he said.

Reid added there are five teams currently looking to make the Ontario University Athletic finals and Queen's and Western are among them. "[Queen's] has gone through the hard part of their season. There will still be some tough games in which scoring is going to be our biggest thing."

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