Welcome to Weekend Watch, your weekly preview of all the best U SPORTS action that can’t be missed across Canada West, the OUA, RSEQ and AUS.
Swimming @ Victoria – Thursday to Saturday
Wrestling @ Brock – Friday and Saturday
This weekend marks the start of U SPORTS Winter Championships, with swimming and wrestling up first. In the pool, the UBC Thunderbirds men and women will look to defend their crown as 2019 national champions. The CW champion Thunderbirds men are just one national championship shy of the all-time record set by OUA champion Toronto with 19. On the Women’s side, UBC already owns the record of most national championships with 23, which is six more than second-place Toronto. Other conference champions include McGill (RSEQ), Acadia (AUS men), and Dalhousie (AUS women).
On the wrestling mats, the Brock Badgers will be seeking their seventh straight national title sweep at home. Both the men’s and women’s teams come in ranked No. 1 in the country, and have captured Brock 28 national championships. They’ll face stiff competition from the CW champion Saskatchewan Huskies men and Calgary Dinos women.
Canada West Semifinal: No. 8 Calgary @ No. 2 Saskatchewan
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
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Conference semifinal play is underway across the country, and CW action features a Top 10 matchup with the No. 2 Saskatchewan Huskies battling the No. 8 Calgary Dinos. The Huskies (22-4-2) have been on fire in the second half of the season, winning 19 of their last 20 games, including back-to-back shutout victories on the road against the Dinos in January. The Dinos (18-7-3 / 2-0 playoffs) meanwhile are coming off a two-game sweep of the Manitoba Bisons in the quarterfinals.
Other conference semifinal matchups are as follows:
CW: UBC @ No. 4 Alberta
OUA West: No. 6 Ryerson vs. Western; No. 5 Guelph vs. Brock
OUA East: No. No. 3 Carleton vs. Concordia; No. 7 UQTR vs. No. 10 Ottawa
AUS: No. 1 UNB vs. Moncton; No. 9 Saint Mary’s vs. Acadia
RSEQ Semifinals: No. 1 Concordia vs No. 9 Montreal
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. ET / 11:00 a.m. PT
A top 10 battle is also on tap in Quebec, as crosstown rivals Concordia and Montreal face off in the RESQ semifinals. Concordia (15-3-2) is led by Rosalie Begin-Cyr, scoring a conference-high 15 goals and 28 points in the regular season. Montreal took the early series lead winning 2-1 in triple overtime on Thursday night.
The conference playoff slate also features the following best-of-three series:
CW Semifinals: Mount Royal @ Calgary; UBC @ No. 4 Alberta
OUA Quarterfinals: No. 10 York vs. Waterloo; No. 3 Toronto vs. Guelph; No. 8 Nipissing vs. Queen’s; Brock vs. Ryerson
RSEQ Semifinals : No. 6 McGill vs. Ottawa
AUS Semifinals: No. 5 UPEI vs. No. 7 StFX; Saint Mary’s vs. UNB
OUA Quarterfinals: No. 6 Ryerson @ No.5 Ottawa
Saturday, 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
This weekend’s top men’s basketball games features No. 5 Ottawa hosting No. 6 Ryerson for an OUA quarterfinal battle. The Rams (16-6 / 1-0 playoffs) have been getting hot at the perfect time coming off of a 46-point victory over Guelph in the first round of the playoffs. Ryerson is led by U SPORTS January Athlete of the month Tevaun Kokko, who had 23.7 points per game this season. The Gee-Gees (18-4) are also trending in the right direction, winning nine out of their last 10. The last time these two teams met in late January, the Rams won by 24 in a blowout victory.
Other playoff this weekend is as follows:
Canada West Quarterfinals: Fraser Valley @ No. 4 Calgary; UBC vs. No. 9 Saskatchewan, No. 10 Manitoba vs. Victoria; Lethbridge @ No. 3 Alberta
OUA Quarterfinals: No. 7 Laurentian @ Western; Laurier @ No. 8 Lakehead; McMaster @ No. 1 Carleton
Meanwhile out east, the RSEQ and AUS regular seasons officially comes to an end.
OUA Quarterfinals: No. 6 Windsor @ No.7 Brock
Saturday, 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT
On the women’s side, No. 6 Windsor travels to No. 7 Brock for another OUA quarterfinal showdown. The Lancers (17-5 / 1-0 playoffs) are coming off of a huge win, beating the Lakehead Thunderwolves by 54 points in the preliminary round, while The Badgers (17-5) are trending in the opposite direction losing their last game to Carleton 65-49. The Badgers are led by Melissa Tatti, who topped the conference and ranks ninth nationally with 18.5 points per game. In their previous meeting on Jan. 18, the Badgers came on top at home with a nine-point victory, 63-54.
The remaining playoff slate features the following matchups:
Canada West Semifinals: No. 9 Alberta vs. No. 2 Calgary; UBC vs. No. 1 Saskatchewan
OUA Quarterfinals: McMaster @ No. 5 Western; No. 10 Carleton @ No. 4 Ottawa; Queen’s @ No. 3 Ryerson
Like on the men’s side, the RSEQ and AUS regular seasons come to a close on Saturday.
No. 6 Queens @ No. 10 Ryerson
Sunday, 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT
The No. 6 ranked Queen’s Gaels take on the Ryerson Rams in a Top 10 matchup to close the OUA regular season. The Gaels (13-4) have finished the campaign strong, winning nine of their last 10 games, while the Rams (11-6) have won their last four this month. The last time these two teams met on Jan. 24, Queen’s came away with a three-set sweep.
Post-season action is as follows:
CW Quarterfinals: Saskatchewan @ No. 4 Alberta; Calgary @ No. 9 Brandon; Winnipeg @ No. 5 UBC; Mount Royal @ No. 1 Trinity Western
RSEQ Semifinals: UNB @ No. 3 Montreal; Sherbrooke @ No. 8 Laval
No. 7 Brock @ No. 10 Western
Saturday, 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT
On the women’s side of the court, the No. 7 ranked Brock Badgers take on the No. 10 Western Mustangs to wrap the regular season. The Badgers (14-3), are six points up on a four-way tie for second place in the OUA west division and are riding a six-game win streak that includes wins over Guelph, Waterloo and McMaster. When these teams met in October in the second game of the regular season, it was the Badgers that came out on top 3-1.
The playoff slate across the country includes games from the remaining three conferences:
CW Quarterfinals: Thompson Rivers @ No. 8 MacEwan; Winnipeg @ No. 1 Trinity Western; Saskatchewan @ No. 6 Alberta; UBC @ No. 4 Mount Royal
RSEQ Semifinals: Laval vs. No. 9 UQAM; Sherbrooke vs. Montreal
AUS Semifinals: UNB @ No. 5 Dalhousie; Acadia @ Saint Mary’s
Track and Field
It's conference championship weekend across the country, with the best runners, jumpers, and throwers competing Friday and Saturday, looking to qualify for the U SPORTS championships in Edmonton in two weeks.
Out east, the Dalhousie men and women will look to extend their impressive conference championship win streaks— the men are looking for their 18th title in 19 years, while the women are hoping to extend their AUS win streak that dates back to 1989-90. Andrew Peverill, on the individual side, will be one athlete to watch for. The Saint Mary's distance runner ranks first in the 300m and 1500m in the conference, and second in the 100m.
In the RSEQ, Jean-Simon Desganés will attempt to lead the No. 4 Laval men to a conference title. Desgangés recently ran a 7:53.21 time in the 3,000 time over the weekend in Boston. It will be a trio of schools on the women’s side competing for the team title, with No. 7 Laval, No. 10 Sherbrooke and unranked Montreal competing for the conference championship. Jessy Lacourse and her Laval teammate Catherine Beauchemin are expected to be neck and neck in the women's 300m.
The No.1-ranked Guelph men and women are expecting to repeat as champions in the OUA, bolstered by depth across various distances on the track. The Guelph women have three individual athletes with top times in the country (Shyvonne Roxborough, 60m. Zoe Sherar, 300m. Jenna Smith, 600m.) in their respective events, and currently own the best 4x200m and 4x400m relay marks in Canada.
Finally, Calgary and Saskatchewan are expected to duel it out for the team titles in Saskatoon this weekend as Saskatchewan hosts the CW Championships The Dinos men, coming off their second U SPORTS cross country team title, are led by Russell Pennock, Eric Lutz, Matthew Travaglini, and a strong short distance crew.
You can follow all the track and field action on the following streams:
Quebec City, Que.
Saint John, N.B.