‘Best game of the year’
Acadia Axewomen suffer last-minute loss in ‘riveting’ national match at home
Acadia’s rugby Axewomen were minutes away from victory Nov. 1 when the Ottawa Gee-Gees scored two final points to continue their pursuit of yet another national championship.
A release provided by Acadia Athletics said the game came to 26-24 for the Ontario team, and was a “riveting” match until the final seconds ticked off the clock, and the GeeGees scored to secure the victory, punching the visiting team’s ticket to the semifinal round.
Acadia Athletics executive director Kevin Dickie said this meant the match was a tough one to lose for the team, and the university.
“I’ve not seen us play better, and I’ve not seen a better game. There’s the moral victory part, and then the difficult part is playing to the No. 1 team in the country and coming out on the short side,” he said.
Rugby coach Matthew Durant led the team, ranked eighth in their division, as players Maddie Mackenzie, Alysha Corrigan and Gillian Bergsma scored tries for Acadia.
Mackenzie’s second try put Acadia in front with nine minutes remaining, and the team later tallied a pair of tries – six minutes apart after falling behind – and assumed a 24-19 advantage, but the top-ranked Ottawa team persevered and scored the game’s final points.
Dickie has dubbed the game the club’s “best game of the year,” and said this only means it was a more devastating loss because of it, especially considering the team’s nearsuccessful comeback.
He said it’s even more heartbreaking considering the province’s success overall in the sport.
“If you take a look at success we’ve all had at the national level, Nova Scotia is trending rugby-wise – especially on the female side,” he said.
“We’re certainly trending ahead of the curve in terms of the sport becoming bigger and better in the province.”
Tournament play continued until after press time. Updates will be available at KingsCountyNews.ca.
Acadia rugby Axewoman Gillian Bergsma.