The Ontario Colleges Athletic Association men’s rugby regular season has one game remaining on the regular schedule, but the final four teams have been set with the semi-finals to be played this weekend. Mohawk (Hamilton), Fleming (Peterborough), Humber (Etobicoke), and Seneca (North York) will be vying for a spot in the OCAA gold medal game, to be played as part of Rugby Canada’s OCAA/OUA Rugby Championships scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 10.
Seneca Sting finished atop of the OCAA standings by going undefeated in the regular season and by doing so, earned the right to home field advantage for their semi-final. This Saturday (Nov.3) they’ll tackle Mohawk College, who comes into the post-season as the defending provincial champions. The match is scheduled for Fletcher’s Fields in Markham. Kick-off is 2:00 pm.
Seneca and Mohawk come into their match with a lot of history between the two teams. In 2006, Mohawk ended Seneca’s run at a sixth consecutive title after defeating the Sting 41-8 in their semi-final encounter. Seneca looks to be back in championship from, sweeping the regular season with an 8-0 record. In the only regular season meeting of the year between the two teams, Seneca upended Mohawk 17-12 in a hard hitting affair.
Mohawk will be led by 2006 OCAA leading scorer James Cumpson. In 2007, Cumpson had another terrific year finishing second in league scoring with 83 points, moving him into second place on the OCAA career scoring list. Cumpson and his teammates will have to be at the top of their game if they hope to upset the Sting on Saturday.
Dave Prentice, a fourth year centre from Wroxeter, ON will be looked upon to have a big match against the Mountaineers. Prentice scored two tries in the win over the Mountaineers this season. He also finished the year as Seneca’s leading scorer, recording seven tries for 35 points.
For the second consecutive year, the Fleming Knights will travel to Etobicoke to take on the Humber Hawks in the semi-final round. The rematch is scheduled for Sunday at 2:00 pm at Humber Fields. The Hawks enter the postseason as the number two seed, but boast the leagues top offence and defense scoring 288 points and allowing a league low 27 points. Last postseason, Humber prevented Fleming from reaching their fourth consecutive provincial title game with a 17-10 victory over the Knights.
Humber’s Adam Chianello had one of the best offensive seasons in OCAA history, scoring 101 points to lead all OCAA scorers. The Woodbridge native had a breakout season for the Hawks, leading the team to a 7-1 record and home field advantage for the semi-finals.
All four teams will head to the provincial championship as Rugby Canada is set to host the OCAA/OUA Rugby Championships on November 10 at Fletcher’s Fields in Markham, Ontario. For more information, visit the Championship website at http://www.rugbycanada.ca/2007oua-ocaa/.
Semi-Final #1: Mohawk vs. Seneca, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2 p.m. (Fletcher’s Fields).
Semi-Final #2: Fleming vs. Humber, Sunday, Nov. 4, 2 p.m. (Humber Fields).
Saturday, Nov. 10, at Fletcher’s Fields (Markham).
OCAA bronze medal game, 10:30 a.m.
OCAA gold medal game – noon.
OUA bronze medal game, noon.
OUA championship, 2 p.m.