Mustangs on Tap: baseball, rugby, soccer at home this weekend

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Men's rugby

Kurt Stolberg

UP, UP AND AWAY. The men's rugby team hopes to impress their new head coach when they play the Windsor Lancers this Saturday at home.

While the rest of us were finishing up summer jobs or enjoying the last days of summer, many of Western’s dedicated student athletes were busy trying out and training for their respective sports.

Well, the time has come to see if all that hard work paid off. With the baseball, cross country, field hockey, football, soccer and rugby seasons getting underway, there are tons of upcoming chances to see the Western Mustangs in action.

The men’s baseball season opener is Saturday afternoon, when the Mustangs, winners of the past two Ontario University Athletics baseball championships, take on the rival Brock Badgers. These two teams have battled for the OUA title for the past two seasons, so expect to see two great games. Watch out for ’Stangs ace pitcher Sean Grimes and OUA All-Star outfielder Matt Bekar during this home opener. First pitch is at 1 p.m. at London’s famous Labatt Memorial Park.

Also on Saturday, the men’s rugby team faces the Windsor Lancers. This year, the Mustangs welcome a new head coach in Western alumnus Tony Roes. Roes played for the Purple and Silver for four seasons, captaining the 2005 OUA champion Western team; he replaces former head coach Scott Stewart. The men’s rugby team has made it to the OUA finals for the past eight seasons, so this talented squad is definitely worth watching. The game begins at 1 p.m. at the rugby pitch located near the Health Sciences Building.

The men and women’s soccer squads have busy weekends, playing two games apiece. Both teams were very successful last season, the men’s team defeating the Toronto Varsity Blues on penalty kicks to capture OUA gold and the women’s squad making it to the OUA final four before falling to the Queen’s Golden Gaels.

On Saturday afternoon, both teams take on the McMaster Marauders at TD Waterhouse Stadium, a significant step up from their former home base, the Brescia Flats. The women play at 1 p.m., while the men’s game starts at 3:15 p.m.

On Sunday, the soccer squads suit up to play Brock at TD Waterhouse. Once again, the women play first at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 3:15.

Also on Sunday, the baseball team meets the McMaster Marauders. The action starts at 1 pm at Labatt Memorial Park.

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