A close loss for the UKC women, who dropped an away match to the Mount Allison Mounties by a score of 17-37. The loss brings the Blue Devils to a 3-2 record on the season, with the playoff seedings rapidly approaching. A replay with the Mounties at home still looms in the schedule in the approaching game week, before a final road trip to Holland College for the final match of the regular season.
With playoffs already secured, the UKC women will be keen to secure home field advantage for the impending semi-final matches. With UNB securely in first place, the Blue Devils will need consecutive wins to cement the second overall seed with a home match against MTA or Holland in the semis. Should King’s falter in their final matches, they could fall to third and sacrifice home field advantage, or potentially drop to fourth and face UNB in the first round. With several key players set to return from injury, the UKC women will need all hands on deck to win out and preserve their advantageous playoff positioning.
@MTA 17-37 Loss
vs. MTA (TBD)
@Holland, October 23rd
A herculean weekend for the Kingsmen, who maintained their undefeated steak in back-to-back road games on Saturday and Sunday. The UKC men began their trials in Sydney, meeting the CBU Capers for the first time this season in what was set to be a four-point match, worth double points in the table. The Blue Devils executed their game plan with devastating effect; with four players finding the try zone, led by senior flanker Rowan Sanderson with a career high 10-point performance. Ryoma Mibuchi, Dylan Aleck and rookie Charlie Harris also reached the try zone, with Hirundith de Costa clipping in four conversions to propel the Blue Devils to a 33-12 win.
The momentum from Sydney carried on for the Blue Devils all the way to Wolfville, where they met the Acadia Axemen, again for the first time this season and in a four-point match. A near mirror result from the previous days match, the Kingsmen cruised to a 32-11 win, with tries coming from Ethan McCarthy, Duncan Smith, and Dylan Aleck, with the latter two finding scoring twice each. Charlie Harris chipped in a pair of conversions, and fullback Hirundith de Costa added a penalty to round out the scoring, before being forced off with an injury.
With these two road wins in hand, the Blue Devils retain their position atop the league table having gone 5-0 so far though the regular season and accruing the maximum 14 points available. Their final regular season test will come on Saturday afternoon in a Halifax Derby match against Dalhousie at St. Francis Field. The Kingsmen toppled the Tigers earlier in their first meeting in September, and with playoff positioning on the line, the stakes will be even higher for this rendition of the local rivalry. That match is set to kickoff at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 22 at St. Francis Field in Halifax and will be classified as a home match for Dalhousie.
@CBU 33-12 Win
@Acadia 32-11 Win
@Dalhousie, 3 p.m. October 22 at St. Francis Field