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Sea-hawks finish 4th at national championships


While a medal wasn’t in the cards for the Memorial University men’s rugby team at the national championships, the highest placing in the program’s history was very much in play.

The Sea-hawks met the University of Guelph Griffons in the bronze medal match at the 2023 Canadian University Rugby Championships held in Langley, B.C., last week.

The Griffons proved to be too much for the lads from Memorial, as they defeated the Sea-hawks 38-12 to claim third place and a bronze medal. Lucas Shortall was named the man of the match for Memorial.

That left the Sea-hawks to finish in fourth place in the tournament.

It is the highest a team from the Atlantic provinces has finished at the national tournament in its history. The Sea-hawks entered the tournament as the three-time Atlantic University champions.

In the tournament semifinals, the Sea-hawks ran into a strong team in the University of Victoria Vikes, losing 47-19 to the eventual tournament runners-up.

To punch its ticket to the tournament semifinal, Memorial had to beat the University of Ottawa Gee-gees in the tournament quarterfinals. They did with a 33-21 victory.

After the tournament, a trio of Sea-hawks players were named to tournament all-star teams. Winger Jack Mccarthy was named a firstteam all-star, while Finbar Browne and Seamus Goodyear were named secondteam all-stars.

As a team, Memorial was named the Jack Chan Spirit of Rugby Award winner as the team that best demonstrated the spirit, values and culture of rugby.

That included respect for their opponents and the officials, while also showing competitive spirit, sportsmanship and a desire to build the rugby community during the tournament.





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