December 15, 2018

Slow start for Conestoga men’s rugby

By Nathan Timmerman, Spoke News The Conestoga Condor’s men’s rugby team fought hard on Sunday, Sept. 16, but ultimately lost 69-0 to the Georgian Grizzlies. Despite losing their first two games of the year, coach Greg Dawkins is optimistic about the upcoming season. “We had five returning players and everyone else is brand new. So they’ve never played the game or have very little experience with it,” said Dawkins after … Continued

Living the varsity dream

BY MIKE TURCOTTE Andrei Lupoae, 26, is the blindside flanker for the Conestoga College varsity rugby team which just recently secured a 35-21 victory over Mohawk College. Lupoae has been playing sports most of his life, from rugby in high school to five years of representative lacrosse, and even volleyball. Nowadays, Lupoae is living the varsity dream by playing on the college team, with games once a week, usually on … Continued

Rugby coach wins coach of the year

BY JOE WEPPLER Despite a heartbreaking loss in the regional finals to Humber College, the coach of Conestoga College’s varsity women’s rugby team has been named the women’s rugby overall coach of the year by the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association. Lori Artinger – who started coaching at Conestoga as an assistant in 2011 – has been playing rugby since Grade 9. “I love playing rugby, so after some surgeries on … Continued

Rugby team looks to rebound after sobering loss

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 … Continued

Rugby and volleyball players named athletes of the year

BY CODY STEEVES The awards banquet for Conestoga College varsity sports is always an exciting evening for both players and coaches. Receiving an award of excellence is something an athlete will remember forever. The 2013/2014 award ceremonies on April 8 was a night full of celebration, with two athletes taking home top honours as best male athlete and best female athlete of the year. Team MVPs were also recognized. Arman … Continued