Volume 94, Issue 42
Tuesday, November 14, 2000
Taking matters into their own hands Western male ruggers scrimmaged with the Acadia Axemen in the unofficial national championships on Sunday.
The Ontario University Athletics champion Mustangs came away with an 18 - 8 victory against the maritime champs off the strength of hooker Mark Cosgrove's second try in two weeks, who played his last game for Western.
"He has several goals before the game that he hands to me on a piece of paper, he's quite intensive," said Western head coach Gerry Slattery. "He's had an amazing career as a student athlete."
Since rugby does not have an official national championship the two schools got together to battle it out in the exhibition.
"It gives us bragging rights to the eastern Canadian regions," Slattery said. "It was quite a competitive game."
Slattery was surprised to see the competitive level of the game was so high because traditionally teams on the eastern coast have not been the powerhouses among Canadian rugby.
"Most people consider Ontario the hotbed of rugby in the country," Slattery said. "Most coaches would agree that the team that comes out of Ontario is usually the best team. But recently team from out east have gotten their act together."
Slattery hopes that events like this will lead to a championship that has a little more at stake than simple boasting entitlements.
"We're very excited about the prospect of having a sanctioned national championship," he said.
"We've been knocking on the door quite a bit. It's just a matter of finding the right person."
As the graduating captain of the men's soccer team, Mike Potts was given Friday night to prove he deserved some lofty recognition for his athleticism for the second year in a row.
At the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletics Union annual awards banquet in Hamilton, Ontario, held last Friday evening, Mike Potts was named the CIAU's Most Valuable Player for the second year in a row. He was also selected as a first-team All-Canadian defender to complete the hat trick he received the nomination for the third consecutive season.
"I didn't expect the award because our team wasn't doing well this season," Potts said. "It's nice to be recognized."
"Mike personifies the essence of the ideal student-athlete," said Mustang head coach Rock Basacco.
"He has demonstrated excellence academically and athletically and motivated and inspired his teammates to compete and achieve success at both the provincial and national level. He has established a standard of excellence at Western that very few athletes will ever be able to match."
Potts has been named a first-team Ontario University Athletics All-Star in each of the five years he has played with the Mustangs, in addition to receiving the 1999 Howard-Mackie Award [CIAU Male Athlete of the Year].
Among Potts' athletic accomplishments at Western are his five-time First-Team OUA All-Star honours, the 1999-00 Dr. Claude Brown Award for the UWO Male Athlete of the Year, 1999 OUA Male Athlete of the year, captain of back-to-back CIAU national championship teams in 1998 and 1999, 1998 CIAU National Championship MVP and 1998-99 Academic All-Canadian.
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