Five rugby Marauders recognized by OUA

Four McMaster Marauders were named all-stars Friday (Nov. 13), while Ethan Sanders took home the Trillium Community Service Award, as Ontario University Athletics announced its major award winners in men’s rugby ahead of the weekend’s conference final.

A fourth place finish in the regular season earned all-star spots for four Marauders. (Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

A fourth place finish in the regular season earned all-star spots for four Marauders. (Photo: Fraser Caldwell/McMaster Athletics)

Lock Aaron Mabbott and 8th man Mitch Salisbury both received their second all-star nominations this year, and are joined by rookie fly-half Mitch Richardson and inside centre Jamie Leveridge. Leveridge collected 31 points this year on two tries, six converts, and three penalty goals.

Off the field, fourth-year kinesiology student-athlete Sanders (Rockcliffe, Ont.) has been performing like an all-star, receiving the Community Service Award for his efforts.

Sanders represents the Marauder men’s rugby teams on McMaster Athlete’s Care, and has organized several community outreach initiatives around Hamilton, including visits to McMaster Children’s Hospital. Sanders is also an honour roll student in his program, and will be applying for medical school next year. On top of all of this, Sanders is a regular starter for the Marauders and a major contributor on the pitch.

Marauders didn’t make it to the finals this year after a tough semi-final loss to Guelph, 47-15, but battled through a difficult conference schedule all season long to make it as far as they did, finishing with a 5-3 record. The fourth place Marauders only lost to the top three teams.


Most Valuable Player – Lucas Rumball – Queen’s Gaels
Rookie of the Year – Matt Beukeboom – Queen’s Gaels
Coach of the Year – Darrell Devine – Guelph Gryphons
Community Service Award – Ethan Sanders – McMaster Marauders


Eric Howard – Guelph Gryphons – Hooker
Jeremy Wright – Guelph Gryphons – 8th Man
Jonathan West – Guelph Gryphons – Fullback
Byron Boville – Guelph Gryphons – Scrum Half
Scott Simmonds – Guelph Gryphons – Centre
Lucas Gillham – Guelph Gryphons – Prop
Brendan Blaikie – Queen’s Gaels – Prop
Matt Beukeboom – Queen’s Gaels – Lock
Lucas Rumball – Queen’s Gaels – 8th Man
Mark Charette – Queen’s Gaels – Scrum Half
Jeff MacDonald –Queen’s Gaels – Centre
Mike Turnbull – Western Mustangs – Fly Half
Mark Denton – Western Mustangs – Fullback
Glen Bullock – Western Mustangs – Wing
Cole Sopik – Western Mustangs – Centre
Peter Milazzo – Western Mustangs – Flanker
Aaron Mabbott – McMaster Marauders – Lock
Mitch Salisbury – McMaster Marauders – 8th Man
Mitch Richardson – McMaster Marauders – Fly-Half
Jamie Leveridge – McMaster Marauders – Inside Centre
Matt Courtney – RMC Paladins – Fullback
Alex Markovic – RMC Paladins – 2nd Row
Max Williams – RMC Paladins – Hooker
Cole Milne – RMC Paladins – Prop
Andrew Quattrin – Laurier Golden Hawks – Hooker
Andrew Thomson – Laurier Golden Hawks – 8th man
Mitchell Shiels– Laurier Golden Hawks – Lock
Joshua Gomer – Brock Badgers – Prop
Jeremy Brownridge – Brock Badgers – 8-Man
Blake Sanderson – Brock Badgers – Wing
Connor Bevington – Waterloo Warriors – Back
Jason Park – Waterloo Warriors – Centre
Paul Ciulini – Toronto Varsity Blues
Robert Welch – Toronto Varsity Blues

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