After winning the Ontario University Athletics championship five straight times, the Guelph Gryphons women’s rugby team has had to settle for second place.
In the championship final on Saturday at home, Guelph fell 19-15 to Queen’s. It’s the first-ever championship banner for the Queen’s squad.
Guelph opened the scoring in the game on a try by Lindsey Yuen before Queen’s scored 12 straight points to take a 12-5 lead into the halftime break.
Devon Keys cut the visitors’ lead to 12-10 with a second-half try before Queen’s went up 19-10. Keys scored another try to cut the deficit to 19-15, which would be the game’s final score.
Both teams are currently in Quebec City for the CIS championship. Guelph is seeded No. 5 at the six-team tourney and Queen’s is No. 2.
Guelph plays its first game today (Thursday) at 10:30 a.m. against top-seeded StFX.
Championship day is Sunday, with the gold medal match at 2 p.m. The game for bronze takes place at noon.