Rugby Mountaineers pound way into first place in OCAA

The beat goes on for Mohawk’s rugby team. The Mountaineers scored their third straight Ontario Colleges Athletic Association victory, 47-3, over the Conestoga Condors of Kitchener. The win gives the Hamilton college a 3-0 record and with three bonus points, Mohawk sits alone in first place with 15 points. One point behind is Humber, also at 3-0 but with one less bonus point. Bonus points are given for scoring four or more tries in a game.

Mohawk Winger Zachary Crocker straight-arms his way past Conestoga challenger. (Photo: Ron Bernardo)

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The Mountaineers don’t play again until Wednesday, Oct. 4 when they travel to Belleville to play winless (0-3) Loyalist College. Their next home game, Thursday, Oct. 12 should be interesting. Seneca, the five-time OCAA champion, comes to the Mohawk Sports Complex. Seneca sits in third place and has one loss this season. The school had gone 40 games without a loss until it was snapped this season,
This week the powerhouse Mountaineers, who have outscored their opposition, 132-15, got two tries each from Zack Crocker and Brian Pearman (Stoney Creek). Darcy Palmer (Port Elgin), Steve Johnston (Vinemount) and Craig Pineo (Port Dover) had one each while James Cumpson (Stoney Creek) continued his accurate kicking, making six conversions in seven attempts.

Mountaineers’ head coach Alex Paris noted last year at this time the team was 0-3. He said the team set a goal of making it to the OCAA championship Nov. 4, and so far, so good. Paris noted that the level of OCALA rugby has gone up several notches in the quality of play his team has exhibited.

“Even the opposing (Conestoga) coach recognized the fact we have a lot of players coming from the club level and that definitely is reflected in the game and the quality of the league as a whole.”