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Purple Pipe: Kristin Ferguson

Alison Stolz/Gazette
ME LIKE TO PUSH PEOPLE DOWN AND STEP ON THEM. Women’s rugby captain Kristen Ferguson and the team won the OUA final, but more importantly she won the Purple Pipe.

With the women's rugby team enjoying a perfect season this year, it's hard not to find at least one player deserving of the prestigious Purple Pipe. The entire team has had a very successful season, gaining the No. 1 ranking in the province. The Mustangs will be travelling to Alberta today to compete nationally in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport Championships.

Western defeated the Guelph Gryphons 15-3 in semi-final action on Sun., Oct 19, using their strong defense to hold back the Gryphons.

In the championship game, the Mustangs creamed the Waterloo Warriors 19-5, making it their first Ontario University Athletics title. During the regular season they beat them by an even bigger gap of 19-0.

Although she doesn't come across as the biggest or toughest player on the team, Kristen Ferguson has consistently been found making great plays offensively and defensively. She was selected an OUA All-Star for the second year in a row along with team members Barbara Mervin, Jen Kryszak and Sarah Vandergaast. Ferguson was also named as the OUA's Most Valuable Player for the 2003 season.

Ferguson, a captain for the Mustangs, is the top scorer on the Mustangs with 40 points this season. She is also part of the U-23 Canadian National Rugby Team.

-Alison Stolz




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