Head Coach Gerry McGrath (left) and offensive lineman Alex Oliveira (center) were among those on hand Oct. 27 to thank Larry Fredericks (right) for 48 years of service as the voice of university football. Fredericks worked for more than 40 years as a sports reporter, but hes especially fond of college games, where his signature is the cry, The minute flag is . . . UP! His wife Elaine and family attended the celebration, which was held before a semi-final playoff game at Concordia Stadium.
Photo by Martin Chamberlain
by John Austen
The Concordia mens rugby team won its third straight QSSF championship, defeating the McGill Redmen 11-10 last Sunday. The Stingers capped their regular season with an impressive 6-1 record, defeating the Bishops Gaiters in the semifinals to advance.
The final, which was switched to a Loyola High School field due to poor field conditions at Concordia Stadium, was hard fought. McGill led the Stingers 10-8 for most of the second half, until centre Mathieu Garston kicked a penalty goal to put the Stingers ahead 11-10.
With under a minute left in the game, the Redmen had their own opportunity for a field goal but missed. Garston also had a penalty kick earlier in the game and Alfred Davis had Concordias lone try.
This weekend the Stingers will travel to the Maritimes for two exhibition games. The first game is Friday against St. Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia, and the second game is Sunday in New Brunswick, against UNB.
More than a dozen Concordia athletes have been named Quebec all-stars in their respective sports.
The football team captured seven of the 28 spots on the QIFC all-star squad. Burke Dales was named as punter, Brad Remus as wide receiver and as return specialist, Dave Aiken as halfback, Alex Oliveira as offensive guard, Adam Hemming as offensive tackle and Jean-Michel Paquette as running back.
The womens rugby team had four all-stars: flanker Lynda Domazet, No. 8 Joanne Auger, scrum-half Sommer Christie and prop Leigh Garland. Forward Jerusha Osborne of the Lady Stingers soccer squad was named to the second all-star team.
On the mens side, defenceman Frank Pons, forward Ammar Bedawieh, forward Fabien Thomas and midfielder Stefan Takac were all named to the first all-star team.
Its not exactly the perfect recipe for success, to have the perceived advantage over your opponent taken away by sloppy field conditions and lose your number one quarterback to injury early in the game.
That double whammy was enough to send the Concordia Stingers football team packing for another year, as they were upset 11-8 by the McGill Redman in Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference semifinal action last Saturday at Concordia Stadium.
The game marked a disappointing end to the season, which saw Concordia upset top-ranked Laval in the opening game of the season in Ste. Foy and go on to post a respectable 5-3 record in regular-season action.
Soccer squads lose
Both the mens and womens soccer teams were eliminated in semifinal action by McGill last weekend. The women lost 4-0 to the Martlets, while the men were edged 4-3 by the Redmen. Frank Pons and Stefan Takac (2) scored for the Stingers.
Upcoming Stingers Games
Queens vs. ConcordiaNov. 9, 7:30pm
RMC vs. ConcordiaNov.10, 2pm
UQTR vs. ConcordiaNov. 14, 7:30pm
Concordia @ YorkNov. 17, 2pm
WLU vs. ConcordiaNov. 18, 2pm
Laval vs. ConcordiaNov. 17, 3pm
Concordia@St. Francis XavierNov. 10, 2pm
Concordia@St. Francis XavierNov. 11, 2pm
Laval vs. ConcordiaNov. 17, 1pm