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Inside Excalibur News Archive for November, 2014

The Weekend Rundown: Rugby Championships Bring Trent Together

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Rugby Ends Season With Silver, Volleyball Continues in OCAA Action

Monday, October 27, 2014, Peterborough

 

All but one of Trent’s Varsity teams concluded their seasons this weekend. Men’s Rugby played its final game, while men’s and women’s continue their regular season schedule.

Friday, November 7th

Women’s Volleyball: Trent (3) @ Fleming (0)

Men’s Volleyball: Trent (1) @ Fleming (3)

 

Saturday, November 8th

Men’s Rugby (OCAA Championships): Humber (29) @ Trent (18)

On Friday evening Trent Volleyball travelled across town to take on Fleming College as they continued in competition for the 2014-15 season. The Women’s team continued their undefeated streak taking Fleming to a 3-0 decision. The group is 5-0 on the season having won 15 sets and lost only 3. The record puts Trent at the top of the OCAA standings in both the East and West Divisions. However, some teams have only played four games so far this season. On the men’s side Fleming was able to defeat Trent by a score of 3-1. Trent currently holds the 6th seat in the eastern division of the OCAA (10 teams) with a record of 2-3 on the season.

Saturday saw Trent host the OCAA Rugby Championships for the second time in three years this weekend at Justin Chiu Stadium. As such, Trent Men’s Rugby enjoyed home field advantage for the gold medal game versus the Humber Hawks. The Hawks, who were the favorites going into the game, secured their fifth consecutive championship title in the OCAA with a win over Trent Excalibur. However, the game was unlike any other Humber had played this season. Touted as the underdog, Trent gave an incredible performance against the Hawks, a team with a juggernaut record.

In the first half Trent took a 6-5 lead over the Hawks on two penalty kicks made by Jesse Leadbetter from 45 & 40 meters out. These were the first points Humber had allowed all season, and the first lead Humber had given up in three seasons. Through the rest of the first half, and much of the second Trent defended against a Humber squad who rallied the score to its biggest margin at 24-6.

 Cue the comeback. First, Trent’s winger Hayden Ryan put it past the Hawks and into the try-zone making the margin 24-11. Then Alex Douglas put it across the line again, with Leadbetter making a conversion to bring Trent’s score to 18. With just under four minutes left on the game clock Trent had possession, and a moment appeared in the game where the Hawks had their fifth consecutive championship on the line. With momentum, Trent began a sequence of offloads down the right side of the field, but Humber closed the holes, and regained possession. In a last minute play the Hawk took one more try against Trent, and the gold medal by a final score of 29-18.

With the game in books Trent ends perhaps its most successful season ever. The team secured Trent’s second OCAA silver medal. At the medal ceremony immediately following the game Trent’s Jordan Buck was awarded the man-of-match for Trent, while Johnny Sheridan, Humber’s captain, received the award for his team. Later that evening at the awards banquet in Champlain College’s Great Hall, the league honored the teams who participated in the bronze, and gold medal games.

Trent’s Head Coach David McCully was announced as the East Division & League Coach of the Year Award by the OCAA. Of the game McCully was quoted by the Peterborough Examiner, ““I really feel the guys gave a championship performance. We didn't get the outcome we wanted but literally the ball was in play with us one score away from winning it in the last seconds. I'm immensely proud of that performance.” Trent Men’s Ruby was also award the East Division Championship title. The East Division Rookie of Year went to Trent’s own Hayden Ryan who finished 12th in the league scoring race and 2nd overall on Trent. Trent’s OCAA team all-star honors were given to Spencer Sheffield, and Allen Vo.

Trent Excalibur would like to thank OCAA for the championships this year, but also the 600 fans who turned out to support Trent Men’s Rugby despite the weather. The team looks forward to its return for the 2015 season. 

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For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck, varsity coordinator, Athletics & Recreation, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6278 or varsity@trentu.ca

 

Posted by Kathryn Pearce at 3:04 pm on 10/11/2014 in General | Perma link

The Week Ahead: Gold Medal on the Table for Trent Rugby

Thursday, November 6th, 2014


Team Ready for the Hawks Come Saturday 

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Thursday, November 6th, 2014, Peterborough

            The countdown is on for Trent Men’s Rugby as they prepare for this weekend’s gold medal match against the Humber Hawks. The Hawks, who by all accounts have been the team to beat in the OCAA this year, will be coming to Justin Chiu Stadium at 1:30pm on Saturday. If Humber wins they’ll have improved their streak of championships to five straight years, tying the league record set by Seneca from 2001-2005. However, Trent isn’t going to make it easy. The team has battled hard all season, coming out on top in every match except one. In their first game of the season Trent took on the Fleming College Knights and fell by a score of 15-14. Later in the season Trent made no mistake in their rematch against the Knights, and defeated the top defensive team in the Eastern OCAA by a score of 31-19. In other games Trent won by scores of 43-24 (Seneca), 50-36 (Algonquin), 63-5 (Loyalist), 33-17 (St. Lawrence). In the semi-finals Trent took Algonquin again by a score of 40-29.

            Trent was lead in scoring this year by Jesse Leadbetter with 37 points (10th overall), followed by Hayden Ryan with 35 (12th overall), and Gabriel Epprecht with 32 (13th overall). Many other players also made significant contributions in points and defensive play throughout the season. Taken together, Trent Men’s Rugby is group with a pool of talent, and a common understanding of teamwork in its truest sense.  In a Peterborough Examiner article regarding the upcoming game Spencer Sheffield, a winger with team, commented, “We are excited to play this game here, … we will keep playing the way we have been and play as a team.’’

            Under the leadership of Head Coach David McCully the past four years have seen Trent become a consistent OCAA medal team. In 2011 Trent secured a bronze in McCully’s first season as coach. In 2012 the team improved to a silver place finish against an arguably even stronger Humber team than this years. Humber’s team from that season currently holds historical OCAA scoring records. In that game Humber walked away the winner by a score of 39-22, allowing more points to Trent than they had against every other team combined that season. In 2013 McCully once again brought Trent another shot at a medal, but that year Conestoga was able to overcome Trent in the bronze medal match.

            All records aside, this Saturday is a blank slate for Excalibur Rugby. With a successful season behind them they now have an opportunity to take gold on home field. There is a saying that applies what lies before, a championship team will always beat a team of champions. So who’s ready to watch David and his team take on Goliath?

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For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck, varsity coordinator, Athletics & Recreation, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6278 or varsity@trentu.ca

 

Posted by Kathryn Pearce at 3:06 pm on 06/11/2014 in General | Perma link

The Weekend Rundown: Winning Weekend for Trent Excalibur

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Men’s Rugby Going to Championships, Rowing Captures Two Medals at Canadians University Rowing Championships

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014, Peterborough

 

Friday, October 31st   

Women’s Lacrosse (OUA Playoffs): Trent (10) vs. McMaster (9), Trent (5) vs. Western (20)

 

Saturday, November 1st

Men’s Rugby (OCAA Semi-Finals): Algonquin College (29) @ Trent (40)

Women’s Lacrosse (OUA Playoffs): Trent (7) vs. Laurier (12)

Men’s Lacrosse (Baggataway Cup Qualifier): Trent (8) @ Bishops (12)

Women’s Volleyball: Trent (3) @ Algonquin (0)

Men’s Volleyball: Trent (0) @ Algonquin (3)

 

Sunday, November 2nd

Men’s & Women’s Rowing (Canadian University Rowing Championships): LTW M2x 3rd (6:55.2), W1x, 7th (8:43.4), M1x 2nd (7:43), LTW M1x 8th, (7:27.8)

Women’s Lacrosse (OUA Playoffs): Trent (11) vs. Guelph (12), OT

Women’s Volleyball: Trent (3) @ La Cite (1), 1:00pm

Men’s Volleyball: Trent (3) @ La Cite (0)

Women’s Lacrosse kicked things off for Trent Excalibur this weekend in Toronto where they played in the OUA playoffs. The weekend would see Trent play four games. In the first match Trent overcame McMaster University to advance and play Western, the four time OUA champions. After falling to Western, Trent went on to play Laurier University on Saturday and Guelph on Sunday. Laurier proved to be a tough match for Trent, losing by a score of 12-7, but against Guelph on Sunday the Trent Women fared better. They battled Guelph to an even score of 10-10 in regulation, but unfortunately fell 12-11 in overtime.

Saturday saw the men’s rugby team take on Algonquin College for a spot in the OCAA championship game. In the first half Trent outworked Algonquin, going up by a score of 26-7. In the second half Algonquin came back, but Trent was able to put it away by a final score of 40-29. Trent now has its ticket booked to play the Humber Hawks on November 8th at 1:30. It will be a home game for Trent as the championships are being held at Justin Chiu Stadium this year.

Men’s Lacrosse fell to Bishops University on Saturday in Lennoxville, QC. Bishops came out strong in the divisional playoff match. With a spot in the annual Bagattaway Cup on the line the game was extremely competitive. Both teams traded goals in the first half with Bishops in the lead by the end of the second quarter by a score of 7-4. In the third quarter Bishops increased its lead to 12-5. In the fourth Trent stopped all of Bishop’s chances, and closed the gap to 12-8 by the end of game. With the loss the 2014 fall season comes to a close for Trent this year. However, deep pool of 29 returning players twill make for an exciting 2015 season.

Men’s and Women’s Volleyball were also continuing their seasons this weekend. In Ottawa both teams squared off against Algonquin College on Saturday, and La Cite on Sunday. The Women’s team continues to be undefeated this season with a record of 4-0 after they secured a 3-0 win against Algonquin and a 3-1 win against La Cite. The men are 2-2 on the season after this weekend. The Men’s team fell 3-0 to Algonquin College on Saturday, but won against La Cite 3-0 on Sunday.

In British Columbia this weekend Men’s and Women’s rowing competed in Canadian University Rowing Championships. The format for the event sees all teams compete in a time trial on Saturday, and finals on Sunday based on rankings from the times achieved. On Saturday Trent was able to secure two A final appearances, and two B final appearances. In racing on Sunday the lightweight men’s double consisting of Joshua King and Christopher Cookson crossed the finish line in 3rd and took a bronze medal for Trent. Later in the day Graham Peeters finished 2nd overall in the men’s single, and walked away with silver medal. Sarah Rothwell won the B final for a 7th place finish in the women’s single, while Alex Watson finished second in the B final for an 8th place finish in the men lightweight single.

Stay tuned for our preview of the upcoming weekend, and the gold medal game for men’s rugby!

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For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck, varsity coordinator, Athletics & Recreation, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6278 or varsity@trentu.ca

 

Posted by Kathryn Pearce at 11:56 am on 04/11/2014 in General | Perma link

Men’s Rugby Headed to OCAA Championship Match Versus Humber

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Trent to Compete in Fourth Consecutive OCAA Medal Match 

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Monday, October 22, 2014.

            Trent Men’s Rugby defeated the Algonquin College Thunder 40-29 on Saturday, and will be heading to the OCAA gold medal game against the Humber Hawks. Fortunately, the team will not have to travel far: the championship is being held in Peterborough at Justin Chiu Stadium on November 8th. Trent will take on the Humber Hawks at 1:30pm in their bid for the gold medal.

            Against Algonquin, Trent played well across both halves. In the first half Trent outworked the Thunder to a score of 26-7. In the second half the squad from Algonquin was resurgent, outscoring Trent 22-14, but Trent maintained composure under pressure. As the game wound down Trent stopped a strong push by Algonquin, and battled all the way back down the field to score a game-clinching try & convert. When asked about the game Head Coach David McCully said, “We were under some pressure in the second half but I was happy we did enough to get there in the end,”

            This season Trent has demonstrated itself as a top team in the OCAA. After losing their first match to Fleming by a single point Trent worked hard all season to take their next five games as victories. This effort secured them the OCAA’s eastern division title, and a second overall finish in the entire league behind only the Humber Hawks. In scoring and defense Trent finished 3rd overall, notching 234 points against their competition, and allowing only 116.

            Trent will have its work cut out for it on November 8th. The four time defending champion Humber Hawks have demonstrated dominance in the league again this year. The team scored 528 points in regular season play, and have yet to allow a single point to be scored against them. Trent faced off against Humber two years ago in the OCAA gold medal game. Humber was able to take that match, and the gold medal, by a score of 39-22.

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Remember to turn up on November 8th to cheer on the Men’s Rugby team. Kick-off for Trent is at 1:30pm sharp!

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For more information, please contact:

Patrick Assinck, varsity coordinator, Athletics & Recreation, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6278 or varsity@trentu.ca

 

Posted by Kathryn Pearce at 1:47 pm on 03/11/2014 in General | Perma link

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