Men’s, women’s rugby in OCAA finals

Hawks men’s team cheers shutout semi-final win over Fleming ( Courtesy of Humber Athletics) Hawks men’s team cheers shutout semi-final win over Fleming ( Courtesy of Humber Athletics)

Jessica Dempsey 
Sports reporter

The Hawks continued their winning ways over the weekend as the men and women’s rugby teams won their OCAA semifinal matches.

Humber Hawks men’s rugby team held out for a convincing 54-0 win over Fleming College.

The team kept their strong offence going throughout the game, said Matt Tierney, prop and U20 candidate for Canada.

“Our offence was just beating the crap out of them. We were pretty relentless.”

John Sheridan, co-captain and fitness and health promotion student, totalled 29 points throughout the game, including three tries and seven converts.

Justin Tota, inside centre, top try scorer this season, and Jordan Reid, winger, each had two tries to help the Hawks to the OCAA finals at Trent University this weekend.

Jason Rice, co-captain and Humber mechanical engineering technology student, said that defence was great even in the second when Fleming was trying to score.

“Nobody has scored on us, so that was their goal and that would be their season if they could even get five points on us. As soon as they started pressing harder the boys just came tighter together, and we pushed them back and stopped them from getting any points,” said Rice.

The Hawk’s strong defence throughout the regular season kept on working. The team has not had any points against them all year.

The team is going to have to continue their hard work going into the finals, said Sheridan.

“The hard work on and off the field. At practice and even in the games is the place we have to be at all times,” he said.

The Hawks play Trent for the gold medal game on Nov. 8 in hopes of a fifth consecutive gold medal.

“I feel excited and happy. I’m happy to prove to everyone that we are the new champions of 2015,” Tota said.

The Humber Hawks women’s rugby team played the same day.

The team went up 36-0 against Conestoga College in the first half.

Dale Essue, head coach, said that the team underestimated Conestoga, because they defeated them last game 61-0.

Early in the second half the Hawks gave up their first and only points so far of the season.

“It was upsetting for the girls, but at the same time it was good to get scored on especially in the playoffs. It shows that we know how to deal with it and bounce back,” said Essue.

Jennifer Jones, starting lock, was injured during the game and will not be able to play going into the finals.

Their offence was strong throughout the game. Luci Foss and Robynn Graham, scrum halves, each had two tries to lead the Hawks to a win.

The final score was 41-5 and another win for Humber. They were able to clinch a spot into the finals where they will play Seneca on Nov. 8.

The team is looking for its third gold title in the past four years.

“We want to take the crown back, we need to match our jerseys,” said Essue.