The Gee-Gees women’s rugby team put on a dominant performance in front of a strong crowd of over 500 supporters, winning its Home Opener match 38-19 over the Concordia Stingers. Ottawa showed its depth and grit to fight off a Stingers comeback attempt in the second half.
“We did everything that we practiced, and our execution was flawless. We played territory off restarts and got out of trouble, our defence was able to negate their key players,” said Gee-Gees head coach Jen Boyd. “There was such grit and such perseverance, and I’m really proud of the team.”
Ottawa opened up a 21-0 lead on tries from Emily Gray, Alex Ellis, and Emma Sandstrom from in tight. Sandstrom added the converts on each of the first three tries and finished with four converts on the day.
After Concordia broke through with its first try of the day, Samantha Alli wowed the crowd with her speed and blazed down the right sideline for a try just before halftime, putting Ottawa ahead 26-7 at the break.
The Stingers fought back to within seven at 26-19 before a pair of tries from Breanna Phillipps finished the game off for Ottawa.
“I’m just really proud of our team,” said Phillipps, a fifth-year veteran. “We played our game today and it took every single player on the team to win this game. Today we focussed on executing the next play. Every part of the field we had a plan and we were very organized today which kept us calm.”
“We have a bench that helped a lot today,” noted Boyd, pointing to experienced substitutes Erin McCallan and Danielle Erdelyi who made an impact in the late stages of the game.
“The crowd was amazing,” said Phillipps. “It makes such a difference because you can feel the support. When we made a play you could hear them erupt.”