There is no shortage of Golden Horseshoe representation on the Ontario University Athletics’ 2008 list of men’s rugby major award winners and all-stars.
Led by Keegan Selby, the Marauders placed six on the West Division all-star team. Selby, from Lindsay, was named the division’s most valuable player for the second straight year. Selby led McMaster with seven tries, ranking him second in Ontario.
Joining him are teammates Andy Holwerda (Brantford), Kevin Noble (Dundas), Mike Scholz (Oakville), Joel Waldock (Tottenham) and Shawn Windsor (Stoney Creek); Colin Brown (Toronto), Kevin Feheley (Whitby), and Zach Wittenburg and Zack Myers (both Vancouver) from the Western Mustangs; Sean Gowland (Toronto), Thomas Sobotka (Mississauga), C. Leonard (Toronto) and Kyle Binkley (Barrie) from the Guelph Gryphons; Zach Bentley (Napanee), Nick Wray (Victoria) and Mark Goody (Napanee) from the Waterloo Warriors. The Laurier Golden Hawks add Jeff Cooper (Ramona) and Steve Williams (Vancouver). Steve Young (Oil City) and Kevin Mageto (Mississauga) round off the West list from the Windsor Lancers.
The Guelph Gryphons (4-2-1) started the season winning four straight games in September. That earned Gryphons’ head coach Darrell Devine the title of OUA West Coach of the Year.
West Rookie of the Year is awarded to Richard Lebel (Waterloo). He played in all seven regular season games and had a team high six tries and seven converts.
David Jacks (Tottenham) of the Western Mustangs is the OUA West Most All-Round Player for a second straight year. Jacks had three tries, good for 15 points.
The Queen’s Gaels dominate the major award category for the East Division, with three honours, highlighted by Alistair Clark. The Oakville native is the East Division’s Most Valuable Player.
Clark finished the regular season with seven tries, good for second in the league and 35 points. Gaels’ head coach Peter Huigenbos is the East Coach of the Year. Huigenbos led Queen’s to an undefeated season, finishing 5-0-1 improving on last year’s amazing 5-1-0 record.
Rookie of the Year is also awarded to a Gael. Scott Kyle (Singapore) receives the title. Kyle scored two tries in this four games placed with the Gaels this sea son.
Ray Barkwill (Niagara Falls) is the East’s Most All-Round Player. A strong force both offensively and defensively, Barkwill contributed to Brock’s championship in 2007, and looks to take bronze in the OUA Men’s Rugby Championship on Saturday (Nov. 8).
Joining Clark on the East team from the Queen’s Gaels are Tom Binczyk, Pat Richardson, Tim Richardson (all Victoria, B.C.); Graeme Dibden (Edmonton) and Zach Pancer (Unionville); Rory McDonell (Brantford, Levon Kvas-Rothwell (St. Catharines), Tom Clancy (Lindsay), Mike Berry (Trenton), and Hugh McDonell (Brantford) from the Brock Badgers; Royal Military College adds four to the list with Matthew McLeod (Lindsay), Ben Strocel (Victoria), Josh Whiteside (Bracebridge) and Brent McIntyre (Orleans). Benny Mak (Hong Kong), William Sinclair (Toronto) and Sabin Minteanu (Toronto) receive the All-OUA nod from the Toronto Varsity Blues. Kevin MacLean (Diego Martin, Port of Spain) and Chi Hang Liu (Waterford) from the Trent Excalibur round off the East list.