Written by Kassia Skorzewska
Photo by Marc Lafleur
OTTAWA, Ontario – On Oct. 4, the Carleton Ravens women’s rugby team were defeated 45-10 by the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees in their final game of the regular season.
“It was a good game. Playing U of O, playing the Gee-Gees on this rivalry weekend, it’s always got a bit more excitement, a bit more edge to it. It’s a big rivalry, so, it was exciting in that way,” Ravens head coach Patrick Thompson said.
“Obviously not the result we wanted, but we did some really good things on the field, so there was a lot of positives to take away,” he added.
During the game, Thompson also noticed a few players that stood out to him.
One of those girls was first-year center Joleen Mason.
“Joleen works incredibly hard every day. She’s on the field for two reasons. One, she can execute on attack and defence, and two, she doesn’t play with any fear, and coming in as a first-year player, you need that level of courage and intensity on the field, and she brings that, and she gets the job done,” Thompson said about Mason’s play so far.
Originally not planning on coming to Carleton for academics, Mason decided to come to Carleton when she fell in love with the campus and the rugby team while on her tour.
Since joining the team, Mason has noticed the warm welcome the veterans have given her and the 13 other first year players.
“It’s honestly amazing. I don’t think you can explain how incredibly supportive this team is. The vets immediately welcomed everyone, I don’t think there was anyone that felt left out, it’s just a very inclusive environment, and everyone is working for you to get better,” Mason said.
So far, Mason’s favourite part about being on the team has been the support she has experienced.
“Even though we’re not winning this year, every time something good happens, we all come together, we all come to support each other, we all connect with each other, so, it’s a lot better than having a team that shuns a person for making a mistake,” Mason said.
“Instead, we look at them and say nice job. We make sure that they feel good and that they’re ready for the next play,” she added.
On Oct. 11, Mason and her teammates will be looking to pick up their first win as they face off against the Concordia University Stingers in the quarterfinals of the RSEQ playoffs.
“We’re just going to be working on our game, and making sure that what we’re playing is true to us. We’re going to forget about this season, forget about all the games and all the mistakes, and we’re just going to be working on us and what can make us better in order to defeat Concordia,” she said.
RAVENS PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
Defence: Joleen Mason
Attack: Demi Swann