Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Valerie Wutti
OTTAWA, Ontario – In front of past Carleton Ravens women’s rugby players, the rugby team dropped a 46-12 decision to the University of Ottawa Gee-Gee on Alumni Night.
“We didn’t come out with as much energy as we had hoped. You know, again, we know every week is an opportunity to learn, and I think we learned today what we need to do to make sure that we’re in the fight right from the start, so, we can build on this for sure, and we will this week,” Ravens head coach Patrick Thompson said.
The Gee-Gees took advantage straight off the get go as they took an early 19-0 lead in the first half and would eventually leave the field at halftime with a 29-5 lead.
Following halftime, the Gee-Gees would jump out to a 39-5 lead early in the second half, and although the Ravens offence stepped it up, U Ottawa’s defence would hold strong for the resulting 46-12 victory.
Aside from the game, Alumni Night allowed past players to reunite with current players.
“When I can hear them on the sidelines just screaming it makes me so happy, and it definitely makes me play ten times better. It’s amazing, I love seeing their faces, and I can’t believe I’m already in my third year and so many alumni have come back,” Ravens third-year wing Maya Addai said.
“And I remember how much they’ve helped me so much through my first, and second years, and they still do it. I still get so many messages from them, so I was really happy to see them tonight,” she added.
The night also allowed the alumni to interact with new faces in the first-years.
“Oh, it felt awesome because we haven’t had too many fans out at our past games, but seeing everybody up on the hill and everybody in the stands, it really picks up the tempo, and it really gets me in a way better mood for the game,” first-year wing Mariah MacLeod said.
Following the conclusion of the game, the Ravens are now entering the second half of their season in which they play the Gee-Gees, Laval Rouge et Or, and Sherbrooke Vert et OR in the opposite locations of where they last played.
“The focus is just going to be cleaning a few things up in our game defensively. We got to get that points against number down, we’re happy with what we’re doing on attack, our opportunities will come, so it’s just a matter of working on the defensive side of the game,” Thompson said about what the focus will be on.
The Ravens will now get set to face off against Laval on Sept. 22 at the Raven Road Field at 1 pm.
“We’re learning, we take it week to week, we want to get better every day, we know success doesn’t happen overnight, but at the same time we’re working on peaking at the right time,” Thompson said.
“We know we’re in the quarterfinal, and if we can peak at that time, you only need to win two games to make it to the championship and if we can put it together in those two games then we’ll be happy with that,” he added.
Ravens Players of the Game
Attack – Roberta Drummond – 4th year – Scrum Half
Defence – Charlotte Elliott – 2nd year – Prop