by David Weatherall
Before last Saturday, the Bishops Gaiters had had only three losses
in three years. The first was to Concordia in last years upset win
in the provincial final. The second was a game in this years regular
season. After last Saturdays provincial final against Concordia,
better make that four.
It was a war out there. I almost got my face torn off in the first
three minutes, said flanker Chris Chapman.
Head coach Gerry Clayton said, Full credit to the Bishops
side. They played the best rugby Ive ever seen 13 guys play. The
turning point in the game was when we scored the try just before half
time. After that, we just lived by our defense.
Not only by their defense, but also by the boot of Mathieu Garston. The
third-year TESL student successfully kicked the conversion on Concordias
only try and put four penalties through the uprights, including what would
prove to be the game-winner 10 minutes from the end of the game from 25
This being the last year for Loeiz Cadiou, an exchange student from Quimper,
France, the win couldnt be sweeter.
It is unbelievable, I couldnt be happier, he said. In
the last university I was at in Germany, we also won the championships,
so now I have two medals. It was a great team to be a part of and I was
glad for the opportunity to play with them.
As for the future, Clayton is optimistic. We have a good core of
players returning next year, I hope to return as head coach, as long as
the school wants me back and work keeps me in Montreal.
Assistant coach Tom Smith revels in the present. These guys are
an absolute credit to the university. I feel privileged to have been able
to coach them.