The UKC women’s team took St. Francis field in a third meeting with Mount Allison University to decide who would advance to the finals in to play the University of New Brunswick for the ACAA Championship. After a tight 34-26 match against the mounties last weekend, King’s erased all doubt on Saturday, running riot over the Mounties 39-12. Rookie #8 Chloe Beamish led the way for the Blue Devils, scoring three tries and solidifying the King’s lead. Caitlyn Gannon, Taryn Hanrahan, and Amelia Jardine also found the try zone, with Mackenzie Butt putting three conversions through the uprights to round off the King’s scoring.
It’s been a dream season for Head Coach Lysa McGrath, who will take the Blue Devils to the conference finals for her first time at the helm. Sporting a 5-2 record on the season, King’s have toppled all-comers except for the undefeated Reds of the University of New Brunswick. A tactical battle of size verse speed will be the narrative in Fredericton, as the undersized Blue Devils will look to capitalize on their superior mobility to bring the championship back to Halifax.
vs. MTA 39-12 Win
A muddy match in Pictou County ended with the men’s rugby team dropping from playoffs to the Axemen of Acadia University by a score of 44-5, with Rowan Sanderson scoring the lone UKC try. Despite the early post-season departure, Head Coach Geno Carew can reflect on a productive first season managing the Blue Devils squad. Marquee wins at St. Francis Xavier and Cape Breton highlight the potential of the King’s side. This year King’s received strong performances from upper year players Eric Murphy and Ryoma Mibuchi, both of whom are set to return for the Blue Devils, and the return of Josh Williams from injury and consistency of Dylan Aleck as scrum-half provide cause for optimism heading into the off-season. Senior and Captain Noah Lawless will leave big shoes to fill, but King’s look primed for a deep recruiting class to help fill the gaps.
vs. Acadia 44-5 Loss