BY JORDAN JOHNSTONE
The Conestoga men’s rugby team faced utter defeat at the hands of powerhouse Humber College on Sept. 21. The Condors could not hold off the offensive onslaught unleashed by the Hawks and were unable to fire back with offensive scoring strikes of their own, falling 65-0.
“It’s a sobering experience facing a club like that,” said men’s rugby head coach Kyle O’Neil. “It’s a tough bite for the boys to get beat like that today, you just have to keep moving forwards.
“That’s sports, that’s why we play.”
The team fared better at the start of their season, streamrolling over Mohawk College in their season opener on Sept. 10 at Riverside Park in Cambridge. The Condors outmatched Mohawk and did not allow a try en route to a 25-3 victory. Greg Dawksins, Brandon Innis, Daivd Stummph and Michael Sullivan led the team to victory, scoring a try each.
Only four days later the Condors travelled to Orangeville to play Georgian College. It was a hard fought match, which saw Innis and Sullivan continue their scoring streak with a try each. However, Condors would eventually fall to the Grizzles 33-24.
The Condors have two road games in which they hope to rebound. The Condors will play against Sheridan on Oct. 4 and look to give Mohawk another thrashing on Oct. 9. They have a chance at redemption against Georgian at home on Oct. 19.
“Keep together, keep working hard and what we have to focus on is winning the next three games,” O’Neil said.
Meanwhile, the Condors women’s rugby team is off to a 1-1 start. On Sept. 9 they pounded Mohawk in their home opener 63-5, with Rebecca Matejin leading the way with four tries. But, their winning streak was short-lived. They travelled to battle Seneca on Sept. 18, but got shut out 27-0.
The women’s team will also travel to Sheridan on Oct. 4.