Mac’s Pletch is MVP, White coach of year in OUA rugby

The Ontario University Athletics defending rugby champion McMaster Marauders took home three major awards and five all-star selections while the Brock Badgers grabbed two pieces of hardware to go along with their five all-star picks.

OUA finalists Western Ontario and the Queen’s Golden Gaels led the all-star list with six selections each. Brock’s Jarod Selby, the two-time OUA East Division MVP has been talked about throughout the entire country all season. The fourth-year student from Lindsay displayed offensive production that might be unmatched in any OUA sport. Selby finished the season with an astonishing 186 points, from 21 tries, 33 conversions and five penalty goals. He totalled more points than the second, third and fourth place conference scorers combined and finished with more points than six entire teams in the OUA. Selby’s production was highlighted by a 57-point performance during Brock’s 107-13 win over Toronto on Sept. 20.

The Marauders captain and current Team Canada member, Mike Pletch (Lucan, Ont.) took home two major awards, including West Division MVP honours. The aggressive prop leads a McMaster team looking for its fourth OUA title in five years. In the semifinal game against the Badgers, Pletch set the tone from the opening kick, diving into a huge puddle to recover the ball. That aggressiveness led to him scoring the first try of the game, running in a tap penalty through the Badgers defence to score his first solo try of the season.

Pletch was also selected as the West Division recipient of the Trillium Award, presented to a player in each division who, in the eye’s of the coaches, represents the best all around player in the OUA.

Other Marauders named to the allstar team were Chris McKitterick, Cam Mitchell, Daniel West, and James Wood.

Brock’s fifth-year scrum half Pat Boyle (St. Catharines) captured the Trillium honour in the OUA East.

The OUA East Rookie of the Year is flanker Alistair Clark of Queen’s. The Oakville native scored four tries in eight games for the Golden Gaels and was a key member of a Queen’s squad that tied Brock with a 6-2 record, best in the division.

The top first year player in the West Division is Warriors’ centre Tyler Haladuick (Calgary). The engineering major recorded two tries during the 2006 campaign and gave Waterloo (4-4) much hope for next season.

Finally, the OUA Coach of the Year awards were given to Phil White of McMaster and Kevin Breese of Trent for their outstanding contributions to their respective programs. Each first team all-star and major award winner, receives a gift courtesy of Rugby Canada in recognition of their accomplishment.