A difficult semi-final draw against the top seeded and undefeated University of New Brunswick in Fredericton resulted in the conclusion of the Blue Devil’s season, falling by a score of 94-10. Plagued by injuries for a fair chunk of the season, the UKC women went 3-5 in the regular season, finishing fourth overall in the ACAA.
Despite the early exit from the playoff race, there’s plenty of promise within the UKC camp. The vast majority of the King’s roster will be returning for another season in Halifax, with Marah James as the only senior slated to graduate. With a healthy and bolstered roster of returning veteran players, head coach Lysa McGrath and co. will have a good shot at upsetting the UNB apple cart, who are in contention to win the seventh consecutive ACAA title in a weeks time.
ACAA Semi-Final @UNB: 10-94 Loss
A semi-final win in Halifax punches the ticket for the UKC men, who will play in their first league final in 10 years on Saturday, November 5th. In a through thumping of STFX, the Kingsmen had eight players crack the scoresheet, with Duncan Smith leading the way with four tries. Noah Lawless, Nate Cameron, Evan Mostovac, Dylan Aleck, Charlie Harris (2), Ryan Simms and Nick Ferguson all also found the try zone; with Harris and Aleck scoring five and four conversion respectively.
With their undefeated record still intact, all roads now lead to the league final against Cape Breton University. Having bested the Capers once already this season on the road, the Blue Devils will pull out all the stops at home to ensure their campaign for a league title does not end prematurely. As the high seed, King’s will have the honour of hosting. Should Geno Carew’s team pull through, it will be the first King’s Rugby title in 10 years, and only the second in the programs history.
Semi-Final vs. STFX: 78-5 Win
Next Match: League Final vs. CBU, November 5th 3p.m., Graves Oakley Field