A weekend to forget for the UKC women, who travelled to Fredericton, N.B. to play league leaders UNB. Shorthanded with only 16 players, the Blue Devils found themselves overwhelmed by the host Varsity Reds, who tagged their visitors for 57 unanswered points. Injuries forcing players off the field left King’s playing much of the second half down and out numbered.
There is an, albeit thin, silver lining for the Blue Devils, in that their league standing will remain largely unchanged. Resting in second behind UNB, King’s is still poised for a deep playoff run, should their numbers recover in the coming days. A lengthy and needed rest break is on the way, with the Thanksgiving break just around the corner. The UKC women will first need to navigate a tricky midweek match at home against Dal AC on Thursday, after which they’ll be able to regroup ahead of the business end of the season.
@UNB 0-57 Loss
vs. Dal AC, October 6th, 6 p.m.
A program in Renaissance, as the UKC men recorded their third win of the season, completing the sweep of STFX and maintaining a perfect winning record. The regulator of the newly inspired Blue Devils, Head Coach, Geno Carew highlighted senior scrum-half Dylan Aleck’s performance as being clutch during the match. Aleck recorded two tries to lead the UKC offence and answered the call defensively, making key tackles to contain the the X-Men. Fellow Blue Devils finding the try zone included Ethan McCarthy, Nate Cameron, and Ethan McCarthy (2), while Hirundith de Costa completed a pair of conversions and a penalty before being forced off through injury. In de Costa’s absence Nick Ferguson admirably stepped to the tee and slotted a final conversion through the uprights.
Top of the table after three matches, the favourite sons of King’s are scheduled for an extended break, with the Thanksgiving Holiday providing an opportunity for recovery. With that said, postponed games due to weather are yet to be resolved, with the Blue Devils having had their home match against Acadia and away match to Cape Breton chalked off. All signs point to the King’s next match against Acadia in Wolfville becoming a four-pointer, in a crucial match for both sides heading into the late stages of the season. King’s last visited Acadia in the post season of 2021, when they we’re eliminated in the semi-finals. That match is scheduled for 2 p.m., October 16th in Wolfville.
@STFX 39-19 Win
@Acadia (4pts) October 16th, 2 p.m.