This past weekend, Acadia University played host to the top eight Women’s University Rugby programmes in the country during the 2018 USports National Championship, and King’s-Edgehill was well represented. The championship weekend began with the All-Canadian Awards Gala where KES alumna and current University of Ottawa star, Alex Ondo (2013-16), was named a 1st Team All-Canadian. Ondo, who played her first-ever rugby game here at King’s-Edgehill, was a former National Under-20 team member and had been named a 2nd Team All-Canadian last season. Ondo joins former alumna and StFX rugby star, Emma Taylor (2009-10), as recent KES rugby athletes to have been named one of the top 15 players in the country.
Joining Ondo on the number-one ranked GeeGees from Ottawa were recent graduates Amy Marchand-Dion (2015-18), Kenzie Cecchetto (2014-18), and Morgan Rogers (2013-18). For these three 2018 graduates, their participation in this tournament was very impressive as each team could only travel with 25 players. Even more incredible is the fact that all four girls only began playing rugby in the 10th grade here at KES.
While Ottawa boasted the highest number of KES alumna on their rosters, two other KES grads, Lucy (2010-15) and Anna Killacky (2010-16) also took the field for the number two ranked X-Women from StFX and the number four ranked Gaels from Queen’s, respectively. In fact, in the second game of the tournament, the two sisters faced off leaving their oldest sister and current Assistant House Parent, Madeleine (2010-14), and parents, Avril and Chris, with a tough decision about who to cheer for. In the end, Lucy and the X-Women prevailed.
In the final game of the opening day, our KES quartet from Ottawa faced off against the hometown Axewomen. Before the game began, our Cadet Corps’ RSM Sophie Fraser (2014-19) brought the capacity crowd to an attentive silence as she directed our Guard of Honour which was the centerpiece for the opening ceremonies. Made up of primarily female rugby players, our Honour Guard represented our School in superb fashion and no doubt reminded our alumnae of the time they had spent on parade as part of the 254 Corps.
By the final day of the tournament, both Ottawa and StFX were still in contention for medals. In the Bronze medal game, the GeeGees from Ottawa prevailed over L’Univeriste Laval 15-12 in the final seconds of the game. Shortly after, StFX cruised to a 42-24 win to capture their 6th national championship in the last 13 years. With the victory, Lucy Killacky received her second USport National Gold to go along with Silver and Bronze medals she has won over the course of her university career. Other KES alumnae to win the National Championship include Ondo who won in 2017, and Emma Taylor, Abena Danquah (2011-14), and Catherine Rutledge (2010-14) all who won in 2014 while playing with StFX.
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J. Rory Campbell
Junior English and Technology Teacher
Girls’ Rugby and Basketball Coach
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