By Brent Sabino


November 8, 2005

The Vanier College Women’s Rugby Team defeated the powerhouse John Abbott Islanders on penalty kicks on the weekend to capture the League Championship

John Abbott scored first and was leading 5-0 until Aly Caza scored a try to knot the score at 5-5. The score remained tied throughout the game and two overtime periods before being decided on penalty kicks. Caza then secured the win on her second kick to give the Cheetahs the title. The Men’s Rugby Cheetahs weren’t as fortunate as they were defeated 11-6 by Dawson in semi-final play last Wednesday.

The football Cheetahs completed the regular portion of their schedule this past Saturday with a 51-22 road setback at the hands of the first place Vieux-Montréal Spartiates. After a scoreless first quarter, the Spartiates opened the scoring early in the second frame before the Cheetahs drew even at 7-7 on a 16-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Marco Brouillette to François Bruno and a Louis Blais convert. The home team then went up 14-7 but Vanier stormed back to make the score 14-14 as Ishamar Sovary crossed the goal-line on a 46-yard bomb from Cory Watson. Blais then added his second convert to round out the Cheetahs’ first half scoring. A safety touch gave Vieux-Montréal a 16-14 advantage at the half. As the game did not affect the standings, Vanier rested their starters in the second half and the Spartiates took full advantage as they ran up 35 straight points to seal the victory. Jeffrey Charleton rounded out the scoring for the Cheetahs on a 4-yard pass from Matt Altman and a 2-point convert by François Bruno midway through the fourth quarter.

The Cheetahs were led offensively by François Bruno with 4 receptions for 86 yards and Ishamar Sovary with 68 yards on 3 catches. Len Gittens paced the Vanier ground game with 50 yards on 9 rushes. Defensively, Tylar Duncan notched 11 tackles while Ricardo Willis and Nickalos Sapone each had 5 tackles in the loss. Sapone and David Bradley picked up a quarterback sack apiece and Adrian Wallace had a 20-yard interception return for the second place Cheetahs, who finish the regular season with a 5-3 record and will play host to the third place Champlain-Lennoxville Cougars this coming Saturday at Concordia University in semi-final action. Game time is 1:00 p.m.

On the basketball court, the Men’s AA Cheetahs posted a 1-1 weekend. On Friday, they outlasted Montmorency 74-66 to run their early season record to 3-0. The Cheetahs trailed by 3 points at half-time and by 14 in the third quarter before rebounding for the win. Joel Borges led the Vanier scoring parade with 14 points while John Kourafas netted 12 points and Pierre Monuma had 11 in the win.

The AA Cheetahs then suffered their first loss of the season, 104-81 at Brébeuf on Sunday in a battle of undefeated teams. Vanier trailed 27-22 after the first quarter and 43-42 at the half before the home team took control and opened up a 20-point lead in the third quarter. Jomo Johnson paced the Cheetahs with 17 points. Joel Borges notched 14 points and John Kourafas added 10 points as the Cheetahs slipped to 3-1. Coach Rowan Barnes and his troops have a pair of home games this weekend as they take on Heritage College on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and then play host to Abitibi on Saturday at 8:00 p.m. at the Vanier College Sports Complex.

Elsewhere, the Men’s AAA Cheetahs kicked off their regular portion of their schedule on Sunday with a hard-fought 67-60 decision over Ste-Foy, who had opened their season by defeating Dawson by 14 points the previous week. The Cheetahs held a 38-33 advantage at the half and never looked back. Veteran captain Mark D’Agostino led the Cheetahs with 12 points and 7 rebounds while rookie guard Kenny Perry also poured in 12 points in the win. Point guard Germaine Young had 10 points and 6 helpers and co-captain Olivier Dupiton was a rebounding force with 11 boards to his credit. Coach Andy Hertzog’s crew, which consists of 8 rookies, will host to Ahuntsic on Thursday, November 17th. The tip-off is slated for 9:00 p.m.

Meanwhile, the Women’s AAA Cheetahs dropped to 1-1 in league play with a 66-57 loss to Ste-Foy this past Sunday. The ladies, with 5 rookies on the roster, looked impressive as they vaulted to a 36-28 lead at the half but could not hold on against a strong Ste-Foy squad. Arianne Duchesne was the Lady Cheetahs’ top point-getter with 12 points while Kristin Portwine and Magalie Beaulieu netted 10 points apiece in the setback. Coach Ruby Viray and her team will be in action on Thursday, November 17th when they host Ahuntsic. Game time is 7:00 p.m