Vanier College Womens Rugby Team defeated the powerhouse John
Abbott Islanders on penalty kicks on the weekend to capture the League
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 Mens Rugby Cheetahs werent as fortunate
as they were defeated 11-6 by Dawson in semi-final play last
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 Mens 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 Mens
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 DAgostino 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 Hertzogs 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 Womens
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
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