More on the playoff loss in Kingston

FB Dan MacDonald leads the way for a 1st down pickup by Rob Farquharson Photo: Lou Toppan

FB Dan MacDonald leads the way for a 1st down pickup by TB Rob Farquharson
Photo: Lou Toppan

Lots of links on the game including two game stories from the local dailies, Sportsnet’s highlight package, two posts from the sportkingston blog and a story from the Queen’s Sports Info people. [Claude Scilley’s blog posts are the longest but most informative IMO.]

From the Mercury: Gryphon football season comes to an end

KINGSTON – There were no miracles for the Guelph Gryphons on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Richardson Stadium.

… Saturday’s game was similar to the regular-season finale that saw the Gaels defeat the Gryphs 37-23. The score at halftime was 17-16 both times, but Guelph led this time while Queen’s led last time.

… But things began to unravel when running back Rob Farquharson went down with a hamstring injury in the third quarter. Guelph had run the ball with the veteran on the field as he gained 85 yards on 20 carries.

And the Kingston Whig-Standard: Gaels storm into Yates Cup

KINGSTON – The Queen’s Golden Gaels are on their way to the Yates Cup, making amends for a lost trip to the Ontario University Athletics football championship last year.

The Gaels chased away those demons by sacking the Guelph Gryphons 34-17 Saturday at Richardson Stadium before about 2,500 fans.

It was the same Guelph team which upset Queen’s 42-39 in overtime in a similar semifinal meeting last season.

Was it really the same Guelph team? Well, yes and no. They did wear the same all-black uniforms. But the Gryphons had a lot more turnover on their roster than the Golden Gaels. Think about who was not there – Millar, Reinhart, Seilis, Baines, Durigon, MacDonald, Richardson, Androschuk, Dunjko, Berta, Rukavina and likely some others I’m forgetting. Then there were players like John Rush, Mac Myers and Kyle Fraser who missed this year’s version of the game with injuries.

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And from Sportsnet.ca, their mini package of game highlights: http://www.sportsnet.ca/cis/cis-queens-34-guelph-17/

Sportkingston blog: Halftime adjustments spur Gaels’ defence to masterful second-half performance & Brilliant fourth quarter sparks Gaels past Guelph

Finally, a game story from the Queen’s Sports Info Office: GAELS YATES BOUND AFTER KNOCKING OFF GRYPHONS 34-17 IN OUA SEMI

“We just battled, it wasn’t pretty. but it was a battle,” said head coach Pat Sheahan after the win. “We caught them on man coverage on the big play with Macdonell. It was our receivers coach who made the call, and Macdonell beat him.

“Quarterback was good today, he didn’t make any mistakes and he played very poised. There were some sacks he took today, that under those conditions at that time, he should’ve taken them.  And that’s what you have to do, you don’t want to cough up the ball and make a critical error and cost your team the ball game when it’s all on the line like that.”

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