The Pandas rugby team earned an impressive bronze medal this weekend, defeating Acadia and Concordia en route to a CIS bronze medal. At the beginning of 2012, the Pandas rugby team recruited a handful of blue chip-caliber players, and it really paid off. Rather than fall to Lethbridge in the Canada West post-season, the Pandas saw Calgary do the dirty work, ousting the Pronghorns in the Canada West semis. Then, in the finals, the Pandas clinched their spot to the CIS Nationals with a narrow victory over Calgary.
Over the last three days, the Pandas claimed a close win over Acadia, but then dropped the ‘semi-finals’ game versus Guelph, by a score of 17-10. The Guelph Gryphons, one of the country’s most dominant women’s rugby teams, was pushed to the brink against the Pandas, but it just wasn’t to be. In the bronze match, Concordia stood no chance against Alberta’s best, meaning that the Pandas are now among Canada’s top three university women’s rugby teams.
With the Bears football team failing miserably in 2012, this serves as a small consolation. Rugby and football are comparable enough, right? And at least the Pandas dropped just one match in 2012, compared to the Golden Bears’ eight.