While the regular season is on hold for Gee-Gees varsity teams in order for student-athletes to write exams and celebrate the holidays, all six of the active varsity programs will be competing in exhibition contests and taking advantage of training retreats over the break. Here is the rundown of where the garnet and grey will be over the next month. The first regular season event of the new year will be when the women’s hockey team travels to Concordia on Sunday, January 10.
December 19 – Track and Field
The Gee-Gees will host the first uOttawa Super Saturday event of the season on December 19 with events starting at 11:30 a.m. The final events of the day, high jump and 4x400 relays, are scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., and 3:15 p.m., respectively. The team will then be on break from competition until the St. Lawrence Classic on January 16.
December 28-30 – Basketball
Both Gee-Gees basketball teams will travel to Quebec City to compete in the "Tournoi Rouge et Or des Fêtes,” and will play three games each over a three day span. The women (6-1) will open the tournament against Montmorency College of the CCAA before facing Windsor (4-3) and no. 5 ranked McMaster (5-2). Of note, there was a planned game for the women against no. 2 ranked McGill, which has been replaced with the Montmorency game. The Rouge et Or are ranked no. 8 on the women’s CIS Top Ten.
uOttawa’s no. 1 ranked men’s team will face Laval (1-3), no. 7 ranked Calgary (6-3), and UNB (3-4). The Gee-Gees last met Laval in October of 2013, winning 95-73, while the Calgary game will mark just the third ever meeting between the teams with both previous meetings taking place in Winnipeg during the December break. In 2008, Calgary edged the Gee-Gees by a 74-73 margin and the Dinos also took the 2002 game, so Ottawa has the rare opportunity to record a first ever win over a new opponent. The Gee-Gees will close out the tournament against the more familiar UNB Varsity Reds; Ottawa scored a 102-82 win over the Atlantic squad on October 31.
Note, games from Laval will not be webcast.
December 28-January 10 – Swimming in Hawaii
The team with the most vitamin D at the end of their exam break will be the swimming team as 37 members of the squad head to Hawaii for a training camp. The team will stay near Waikiki Beach in Honolulu and attend training sessions further inland. The Gee-Gees spent time in California last season for a similar training camp in January.
January 2-4 – Women’s Hockey
The Gee-Gees will return to the Theresa Humes Tournament at Concordia University to open the new year. The long-running tournament will see no. 10 ranked Ottawa take on an NCAA Division 3 team from SUNY Plattsburgh as well as Atlantic University Sport teams St. Francis Xavier (6-5) , ranked no. 9, and Dalhousie (6-6). The Plattsburgh Cardinals are 7-0 in Eastern College Athletic Conference West play this season, recording five shutouts.
January 8-13 - Volleyball
The women’s volleyball team (6-4) will reconvene on January 4 to prepare for a busy week of exhibition matches. The Laval Rouge et Or (6-7) will visit Ottawa on January 8 and 9 for matches at Montpetit Hall – tickets are available online for these games. The Gee-Gees will then travel to Montreal to face the no. 6 ranked Carabins (11-3) on January 10. That will be followed by an exciting event for the team, partnering with the Cornwall Vikings Youth Volleyball Club for the second season in a row to present an exhibition game against UQAM (4-10) at L’Heritage High School in Cornwall, Ont.