Volume 95, Issue 32

Tuesday, October 30, 2001
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Sweet revenge is best served with a football

Mustangs havin' a ball on the field

'In the Cheap Seats'

Silver and bronze tennis medals

Women's rugby ends with a win

Women's rugby ends with a win

On Saturday morning, the Western women's rugby team capped off their season, winning the consolation finals 10-5 versus Laurier and finishing in fifth place in the OUA.

In a hard-fought battle – which could have "gone either way," according to head coach Natasha Wesch – tries by co-captain Judy McCartney and scrumhalf Sam Chowen were enough to power Western to victory.

Bone-chilling temperatures and and a field saturated beyond the point of quagmire slowed the game and made it tighter than it should have been, noted coach Wesch.

"The field was extremely mucky, which almost evens out the teams, as you can't use the speed you have as well to exploit each other," Wesch said.

Besides the muddy fields, the two teams had clashing styles of play that made for an interesting game of attrition, Wesch said.

"They were very good on the outside and beat us along the perimeter, [while] we focused more on a strong running game trying to crash through the middle. I think our pounding wore them out by the end," she said.

Being a very young team in a rebuilding phase, getting this far in the playoffs is pleasing, she added.

"We started off with the goal of just making it to the playoffs and once we did – we'd see how far we could go.

"We only lost one game in the post-season, but it was the one, [which defined] if you went to the top or bottom pool. This was a very successful year for the team as there were a lot of great steps taken," Wesch said. "This is a great way for the veterans to finish off their careers [at Western], to go out with a win and on a high note."

–Dave Martin

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