The Queen’s Gaels will not leave Quebec empty-handed. The OUA champions defeated the Guelph Gryphons 36-20 in the U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship bronze medal game at Stade TELUS-Université Laval on Sunday afternoon.
This is the fourth consecutive national podium finish for the Gaels, champions in 2021 and finalists in 2019 and 2022. It was also the third meeting between the two Ontario rivals this year, with Queen coming out on top in each.
The Gryphons got on the scoreboard first when Madelyn Ryan scored a quick penalty in the 10th minutee Minute. Queen’s responded midway through the first half. Two consecutive tries from Carmen Izyk, Lizzie Gibson and Jaden Walker gave the Gaels a commanding 19-3 lead at halftime.
Queen’s continued their momentum in the second half. Thanks to converted attempts by Carmen Izyk and Jaden Walker as well as a successful penalty kick by Gibson, the score was 36:3. The Gryphons ended the game on a positive note by scoring three tries in the final 20 minutes of play, but it was too little, too late for Guelph.
Player of the game
- THIS – #8 Abby Auger
- GUE – #Siobhan Sheerin
Queen’s 36 – Guelph 20
- GUE – Madelyn Ryan Penalty #12-10e (3-0)
- DAS – Essay Carmen Izyk No. 11 – 21e (5-3)
- THIS – Lizzie Gibson Essay #7 – 37e (converted Lizzie Gibson #7) (12-3)
- THIS – Jaden Walker Trial #15 – 40e (converted Lizzie Gibson #7) (19-3)
- THIS – Carmen Izyk Essay No. 11 – 49e (converted Lizzie Gibson #7) (26-3)
- THIS – Jaden Walker Essay #15 – 55e (converted Lizzie Gibson #7) (33-3)
- THIS – Lizzie Gibson Penalty #7 – 61e (36-3)
- GUE – Abby Auger Essay #8 – 63e (36-8)
- GUE – Maddy Hobson Essay #11 – 71e (36-13)
- GUE – Essay Jillian Bernard-Jardine No. 17 – 80e (converted Madelyn Ryan #12) (36-20)
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