Championships Women’s Rugby

Siobhan Sheerin scored a pair of overtime tries in the 73rd and 80th minute sending the Queen’s Gaels to the Women’s Rugby Championship Final with a 28-18 semifinal victory over the defending national champions, Laval Rouge et Or on Friday night in Kingston, Ont.

The Gaels will have home-crowd support at Nixon Field when they square off against the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the gold medal game on Sunday at 3:30 pm.

With Queen’s up 12 on Laval in the second overtime frame, No.8 Sophie de Goede added insurance with the All-Canadian’s third successful penalty convert of the game. The U SPORTS Rugby Player of the Year also added two converts in the winning effort.

Third-year Gaels winger Carmen Izyk also scored a try for the Tricolour.

Laval outside centre Audrey Champaign chipped in with a penalty goal and a convert for the Rouge et Or, while Nele Pien and Emelie Desjardins touched down for tries.

With the defeat, Laval advances to the U SPORTS bronze medal game where they’ll take on the Victoria Vikes Sunday at 12:30pm.

Nike Players of the Game 

  • Queen’s: Siobhan Sheerin

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  • Laval: Audrey Champagne

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Scoring Summary

Queen’s 28 – Laval 18 (Extra Time)

First Half

LAV – Try, Nele Pien (Audrey Champagne convert) 5’                     0-7
QUE – Penalty Convert, Sophie de Goede 15’                                  3-7
LAV – Penalty Convert, Audrey Champagne 22’                              3-10
QUE – Try, Carmen Izyk (Sophie de Goede convert) 35’                 10-10

Second Half

LAV – Penalty Convert, Audrey Champagne 47’                              10-13
QUE – Penalty Convert, Sophie de Goede 66’                                 13-13

Overtime 1

QUE – Try, Siobhan Sheerin (Convert unsuccessful) 73’                 18-13
QUE – Try, Siobhan Sheerin (Sophie de Goede convert) 80’           25-13

Overtime 2

QUE – Penalty Convert, Sophie de Goede 88’                                  28-13
LAV – Try, Emelie Desjardins (Convert unsuccessful) 90’                28-18


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As the official Rugby Ball Supplier of U SPORTS, Gilbert Rugby Canada will provide match balls and other prizing to the 2021 U SPORTS Women’s Rugby Championship Presented by Queen's University from Nov. 10 - Nov. 14 at Nixon Field.