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CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: Nation’s best women’s rugby teams compete in Ottawa for U SPORTS title 

Photo: Greg Mason
Photo: Greg Mason

All season long, the Gee-Gees women's rugby team has known they'll be competing at the U SPORTS Rugby Championship presented by uOttawa. Now the tournament has finally arrived.

While a birth was always guaranteed, the host Gee-Gees earned their way in, defeating the Laval Rouge et Or by a score of 25-15 last week and winning their sixth-straight RSEQ Championship.

This year, Ottawa enters the tournament with a youthful squad. 17 of 25 players in the RSEQ Final are in their first or second year with the team. Winning the league championship gave the squad a significant boost in confidence heading into the national tournament.

"It gives the young ones a lot of confidence and the older ones know what this tournament is like — anything can happen," said head coach Jen Boyd following the victory last week.

The Gee-Gees open the tournament with the 5 p.m. game on Wednesday, taking on the Canada West silver medalist University of Calgary Dinos.

Catch all the action at Matt Anthony Field, tickets are available at tickets.geegees.ca.

A full schedule of the week can be found here.

All games will be streamed online at USPORTS.live.


DAY ONE SCHEDULE

 

11:00 a.m. — #1 St. Francis Xavier University vs. #8 Guelph University

  • Reigning national champion St. FX enters the tournament undefeated on the season, after going 6-0 in the regular season and 2-0 in the playoffs.
  • St. FX and Guelph previously met last season in the U SPORTS gold 

 

2:00 p.m. — #4 University of British Columbia vs. #5 Laval Rouge et Or

  • UBC earned their way to nationals by winning the Canada West title for the first time in program history.
  • Laval was undefeated in the regular season with a record of 6-0, and outscored opponents by a margin of 241 to 26.

 

5:00 p.m. — #3 University of Ottawa vs. #5 University of Calgary

  • Michaela Haley's 11 tries during the season is tied for most by any player at Nationals.
  • Ottawa and Calgary most recently met at the 2017 National Championship in Lethbridge during their Semi-Final game. Ottawa won by a score of 32-15, tallying 17 unanswered points in overtime.

 

6:30 p.m. — Opening Ceremony

 

7:30 p.m. — #3 Queen's University vs. #6 Acadia University

  • Queen's was also undefeated on the season, going 4-0 in the regular season and 2-0 in the playoffs. OUA MVP Sophie de Goede led Queen's with 76 points, the most by any player appearing at the tournament. 
  • Queen's and Acadia recently clashed in Consolation Semi-Final at the 2017 National Championship. Queen's prevailed by a score of 38-10.