OCAA & OUA 2019 Season Recap
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19th, 2019
(WHITBY, ON) - The Ontario University and College Rugby season has come to a close! Both the OCAA and OUA, Men’s and Women’s rugby champions have been crowned. Rugby Ontario would like to congratulate Algonquin College, The Durham Lords, and the Queen’s Golden Gaels on their championship seasons!
OCAA Women’s Sevens
Champions: Algonquin College Thunder
The Algonquin College Thunder went 9-3 during the 2019 regular season, finishing second in the East Division. In the OCAA Championships, the team defeated the Conestoga Condors in the Quarter-Finals and the Humber Hawks in the Semi-Finals. In the Championship match, the Thunder matched up against the Durham Lords. The Lords finished ahead of the Thunder in the East division during the regular season. In the final, the Thunder proved too much for their East Division rivals, winning the match 24-14, capturing the OCAA title. Congratulations to the Algonquin College Thunder on their Championship Season!
OCAA Men’s Fifteens
Champions: Durham Lords
The Durham Lords finished in first-place in the East Division during the regular season, posting a record of 5-1. By virtue of winning their division, the Lords earned a bye into the OCAA Semi-Finals. They defeated the Seneca Sting to earn a spot in the Championship match. In the Final, the Lord faced-off against the Georgian College Grizzles. The Grizzles went 6-0 during the regular season, finishing first in the West division. In a closely contested match, the Lords edged out the Grizzles, capturing the OCAA title for the second straight year. Congratulations to the Durham Lords on their second consecutive OCAA Championship!
OUA Women’s Fifteens
Champions: Queen’s Golden Gaels
During the 2019 OUA regular season, the Queen’s Golden Gaels Women’s Rugby team posted a record of 4-0. Queen’s scored a league high 371 points and allowed just 26 over the four game season. In the OUA Playoffs, the Gaels defeated the Brock Badgers to earn a spot in the OUA Championship match. In the final, the Gaels took on the three-time defending champion Guelph Gryphons. Heading into the 2019 final, The Gryphons had won their previous nine contests against Queen’s dating back to 2013, including the past two OUA Finals. This time, it was the Gaels who would come out on top, winning the match 46-17, ending Guelph’s streak of OUA Championships.
After their OUA victory, the Gaels moved on to the USports Women’s Rugby Championship in Ottawa. In the opening rounds of the tournament, the Gaels defeated the Acadia Axewoman and the Ottawa GeeGee’s to earn their way into the National Final. In the Championship match, Queen’s faced off against the Laval Rouge et Or. In a closely contested match, Laval defeated Queen’s Gaels by a score of 22-14 to capture their first national title in Women’s rugby. Congratulations to the Queen’s Golden Gaels on their OUA title and their National Silver Medal!
OUA Men’s Fifteens
Champions: Queen’s Golden Gaels
The Queen’s Golden Gaels went 6-0 during the OUA regular season, finishing first in the East Division. The Gaels scored 326 points during that span and only allowed 53 points against. Queen’s earned a bye into the Semi-Final round, where they defeated the Brock Badgers to advance to the OUA Final. For the sixth-straight year, Queen’s matched up against Guelph for the OUA Championship. For the fifth time in six years, The Gaels edged out their long-time rivals in the final game of the year. They defeated Guelph 27-18 to win their third consecutive OUA title. The Gaels have now won 28 straight OUA league and playoff matches.
Next up, the team will travel to Montreal for the Men’s National Championship! Congratulations to Queen’s on another OUA title and on earning their way to the National Championship! A full tournament preview and schedule can be found by clicking here.
ABOUT THE ONTARIO BLUES
The Ontario Blues program is the high performance representative program for male and female rugby players in Ontario. Rugby Ontario is represented at the provincial level by the Ontario Blues. The program includes representative teams from Under-15 to Senior in both Women’s and Men’s Fifteens and Under-18 Men's and Women's Sevens. Specifically, the program is designed to develop and showcase rugby players for Canadian representative national teams.
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