Brock goes for gold; Mac, Mohawk seek bronze in OUA/OCAA rugby finales

The Brock University Badgers and the Queen’s University Golden Gaels will compete for this year’s Ontario University Athletics men’s rugby championship at Fletcher’s Fields in Markham on Saturday (Nov. 10) at 2 p.m. The game is a re-match of the 2005 and 2006 bronze medal games which saw the Badgers defeat the Golden Gaels 23-13 and 7-3, respectively.

Queen’s has won 11 OUA championships in the past 20 years, the most recent in 2001. Brock, however, has yet to win a provincial banner.

The Golden Gaels finished the regular season with a 5-1 record before moving to playoff action and blowing out Trent University, 99-0, and defeating the University of Western Ontario 18-13 in last weekend’s semi-final match-up. Fourth-year veteran Bryn Davies (Schomberg, ON), a scrum-half, is the OUA leading scorer. Davies has tallied 54 points total, scoring three tries, 15 converts and three penalty goals on the season. In the display against Trent, Davies was the biggest contributor on the day with two tries and six converts for 22 points.

Alistair Clark (Oakville), a second-year flanker for Queen’s and 2006 OUA East Rookie of the Year, has also established himself as an offensive threat this season, recording five tries in six regular season games. The Queen’s defense has proved resilient in conceding the fewest number of points, 52, in regular season play. The Golden Gaels will look to both their offensive flair and stringent defense to overtake Brock.

Brock, the 2005 and 2006 OUA bronze medal recipients, will take confidence from their 26-7 convincing victory against Queen’s on Oct. 5, heading into Saturday’s championship match. The Badgers had another impressive campaign ending their regular season with a 4-2 record and 21 points, landing them in second spot behind their rival Gaels. In their playoff run, the Badgers shutout the Royal Military College 26-0 prior to upsetting the defending 2006 champion McMaster Marauders 11-5.

Brock’s offense and defense are second in the OUA behind Queen’s, scoring 245 points and conceding only 67 in the regular season. Rory McDonnell (Brantford) a rookie flyhalf, is his team’s leading producer of points. He has demonstrated his consistency in scoring 49 points on the season from one try, 16 converts and four penalty goals, in his OUA debut. Third-year student-athlete, Jonathon Cregg (Oshawa) scored six tries in as many games and strives to carry his streak forward to help Brock claim their first ever OUA championship.

Prior to the championship match is the bronze medal game at 12:00 pm between the Western Mustangs and McMaster. For the first time in six years the Marauders are not competing for the gold medal and enter unfamiliar territory as they battle the Mustangs for third place. The Mustangs, the top team in the west, hope to finish their season on a winning note, in what is shaping up to be a thrilling match on a rugby-packed Saturday.

Taking place alongside the OUA Championship is the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) men’s rugby bronze and gold medal games, at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively. Rogers Television will televise both the OUA and OCAA finals on Saturday. Mohawk Mountaineers are playing for the bronze medal. They meet Peterborough Fleming at 10:30 a.m. at Fletcher’s Fields.