A cluttered last week of the regular season saw the Blue Devils falling just short of a playoff spot. Forced to play 3 matches in the span of 5 days, the UKC Ladies found themselves sitting in 5th going into the final match against the UNBSJ Seawolves at Mainland Commons. Despite controlling the ball majority of the match, King’s was unable to convert a goal and fell 1-0 to their New Brunswick rivals.
In spite of their early exit, there is much to look forward to for next season. The UKC Ladies retain the core of their squad, losing only Natalie Crawford and Morgan Macintosh as seniors, and will be buoyed by rookie standout Rebecca Dupuis, who managed 5 goals in her first season with the Blue Devils; and could very well be selected as an ACAA All-Star.
UKC@Dal AC: 1-1 Draw
UKC vs. STU: 0-2 Loss
UKC vs. UNBSJ: 0-1 Loss
Similar to their female counterparts, the UKC Men will also not be travelling to Prince Edward Island for ACAA Playoffs after finishing 5th on the last day of the season. Enduring the same schedule struggles, the Men’s side found themselves in playoff position heading into the final weekend of the season; knowing a win in either game would ensure their safe passage to playoffs. Alas, a stalemate at home against STU and a loss to UNBSJ, combined with a STU routing of MSVU resulted in the Blue Devils falling just shy of 4th place.
The Kingsmen will count themselves unlucky after a season filled with such magical moments, including stoppage time goals from Cash Layden and Nick Little against STU and MSVU respectively. This alongside a draw at Holland College, the leagues leaders, will leave Blue Devils fans wondering “what could have been?” had a few breaks gone the way of UKC in the seasons final weeks. The UKC Men will say goodbye to one of their largest and most decorated graduating classes; with Jack Creaser, Brendan Irish, Nick Little, Simon Miller, Jordan Gillis, and Matthew Ryan all moving on next year. The 2020 roster will be led by veterans Shinji Yamamoto and Mubarak Abdul-Azeez, as the Blue Devils aim to right the ship with a fresh batch of rookies in the coming season.
UKC@Dal AC: 5-1 Win
UKC vs. STU: 0-0 Draw
UKC vs. UNBSJ: 0-2 Loss
The UKC Women’s Rugby squad played its final game of the season away to the UNB Varsity Reds. In a beautiful Sunday of ACAA action in Fredericton, the Reds defeated UKC 86 – 5.
Early in the game the Reds scored through a hard-fought play of UKC. With constant pressure the Reds kept their offensive going and ended the half with a score of 41-0. For the second half with determination UKC scored against a strong Reds defense. Scoring for Kings Bridget Landry.
The Blue Devils will look to further strengthen their side in the off season, before playing again this spring in Truro.
UKC@UNB: 86-5 Loss
Plagued by injuries, the UKC Men held their lines against a rowdy Axemen side in their last match of the season against Acadia on Saturday. Operating with no subs, the Kingsmen repelled their opponents time and time in the first half. Fresh legs from Acadia proved to be the deciding factor in the match as the second half saw the Axemen record several trys, with the final score resting at 56-0.
Despite recording no wins, this season marked the revival of King’s Men’s Rugby; with close games being narrowly lost to St. FX, Acadia, and neighboring Dal sides. The “boys in blue and black” will retain the bulk of their roster for next seasons team; which will be anchored by captains Stephen Harvey and Noah Lawless; alongside a host of returning veterans including Connor Adsett, Gabe Isenor, and James Innes. Like the Women’s team, the Men will also head to Truro this Spring to compete in the annual indoor 7’s tournament.
UKC@Acadia: 0-56 Loss
Winter sports are right around the corner, with Basketball and Volleyball seasons starting in early November, and Badminton following soon after. Be sure to check in each week to stay up to date on the latest new from UKC Athletics.