Mac, Western dominate OUA rugby award winners

Finalists McMaster Marauders and Western Mustangs took home the bulk of the hardware as Ontario University Athletics announced the 2010 men’s rugby All-Stars and major award winners.

McMaster’s scrum half Andrew Ferguson (Mississauga) receives the Gilbert Canda Rookie of the Year award. Ferguson scored 51 points this season. That total earned him fifth place in league scoring and top scorer for the Marauders this season. The rookie made a big impact on the talented Marauder squad and will make his first championship appearance on Sunday. Ferguson was also named an All-Star for 2010.

Mac’s Shaun Allen earned the Coach of the Year award. As an assistant coach for the Marauders for four seasons beginning in 2006, Allen won two OUA gold medals and an OUA bronze. In his first year stepping up as head coach, Allen has proven that transferring his skill and knowledge of the game has paid off, earning a spot in the finals.

In addition to Ferguson, the Marauders named four players to the All-Star Team. Tyler Ardron (Lakefield), the 8-man who scored eight tries on the season, and hooker John Williams (Stoney Creek) made the list for the first time while centre Sam Roberts (Oshawa) and flanker Michael Sheppard (Brampton) earned the second All-Star awards of their careers.

The Gilbert Canada Most Valuable Player award went to Rory Tomlinson (Alliston) of the Western Mustangs. The winger was tied for sixth in league scoring, tallying 40 points. Tomlinson is tied for first in the league in tries scored in the regular season with eight. The third-year was a key player for Western’s offence this year, leading his team to an 8-0 finish. Tomlinson was also named an all-star for the second time in his career.

The Gilbert Canada Most All-Around Player is Andrew Crow (Victoria, B.C.). The third-year 8-man from Western earned the award for his outstanding work on defence and offence. Crow scored 30 points this year on six tries and was ranked 10th overall in OUA. The Mustang earned his second all-star award of his career.

On the all-star squad along with Tomlinson and Crow were prop David Jacks (Tottenham), who finished his fifth-year with the third OUA all-star award of his career; centre Conor Trainor (Alliston); prop Mike Penczak (Brantford); and fullback Tom Bridger (Victoria, B.C.), who was fourth in league scoring with 66 points on four tries and 23 converts.

Last year’s champions, the Queen’s Gaels, had five all-stars from their team. Second-year centre Dan Moor (Toronto) was the leagues leading scorer this season with 84 points. Moor earned those points from four tries, 26 converts and four penalty goals. Hooker Mason Curtis (Cobourg), lock Hank McQueen (Vancouver), halfback Andrew Kirk (Paris) and fullback Mike Wong (Barrie) completed the Gaels list. All five of the Queen’s All-Stars earned the award for the first time in their careers.

Samuel Rimmer (Cheltenham) of the Brock Badgers was named an all-star along with three of his teammates. Rimmer was second in league scoring with 79 points this season, only six away from the top spot. The second-year fullback scored seven tries, 10 converts and eight penalty goals in 2010. Joining him were centre Mike Lambert (Goderich), flanker Mike Berry (Brockville), and flanker Ben Thompson (Whitby).

The Waterloo Warriors named four all-stars to the list. Two-time all-star Richard Lebel (Waterloo) was third in league scoring with 69 points. In his third year, the centre scored eight tries, 13 converts and one penalty goal. Fly half Zach Bogdon (Cambridge), 8-man Zach Bentley (Picton) and flanker Ben Vandenberg (Centreville) were also named all-stars.

The Guelph Gryphons placed three on the list. Lock John Scott Beukeboom (Lindsay) earned his second all-star award in a row. He was joined by hooker Michael Reid (Niagara Falls) and flanker Nathan Lippert (Oakville).

The Toronto Varsity Blues had three all-stars for the first time in their careers and two were rookies. Flanker David Balcom (Vancouver), centre David Stockton (Vancouver) and scrum-half Lee Nevitte (Toronto) were all named to the list.

Two players from the RMC Paladins made the cut for 2010: Prop Aaron Barry (Uxbridge) and 8-man Clarke O’Reilly (Kitchener). For the Laurier Golden Hawks, second row Jeff Pickel (St. Mary’s) and Alex St. John (Kitchener) are all-stars for the second year in a row.