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Islanders News Nov 4th

Nov 4, 2019

RUCK OVER HUNGER fundraiser is set
On Sunday November 10th, John Abbott will host the RSEQ Regional Rugby finals. The women will play Dawson for the second year in a row. The Islanders won the regular season meeting 22-17. The men will host Vanier after an easy 108-0 win in their semifinal versus Dawson this past Sunday. In the regular the Isles shutout Vanier in both games.

The upcoming Rugby Finals will give the Sports and Recreation department the occasion to run a food drive for the JAC Pantry. Admission for the day will be $5 or a donation of non-perishable food items. The women’s game will kick off at 12h30, while the men will be in action at 14h30.

On to the semis for Football
The John Abbott football team will continue onto the semi-finals after a 20-10 victory over Les Volontaires de Sherbrooke last Saturday. Despite it being a low scoring game, the Islanders remained one step ahead of the Volontaires, putting up points within the first minutes of play on an Etineene Barriere touchdown run. Penalties and dropped passes by the offense prevented the team from putting more points on the scoreboard. The defensive scouting was on point as the Isles seemed to know where the ball was going on every play. Ashton Miller-Melancon, had 2 interceptions and a quarterback sack, Maxime Lipari-Couture, playing his last year of football at John Abbott, was also a key player with 13 tackles and one interception.

With the score 13-10 in favour of the Isles, Sherbrooke was driving for the go ahead score late in the 4th quarter. The Volontaires took two 15 yard penalties on the same play that forced them to punt. Elijah Williams continued his relentless running as he totaled 155 rushing yards. Unable to score to put the game out of reach, the Islanders did have Sherbrooke pinned deep in their own end. Jake Applebeaum sealed the deal with an interception returned for a touchdown in the last two minutes of the game, bringing the final score to 20-10 for the Islanders.

Head Coach Patrick Gregory commented on the game saying; “We’re very pleased with the way we played on defense, I think that was a game changer. We’re frustrated with our execution on offense but we’ll correct it, fix it and look forward to next week.”

The Islanders will host the Filion de Thetford on November 9th, at 13h00. In the regular season the Isles defeated the Filions 25-18.

If you missed the match you can catch it on the Isles YouTube channel.

Men’s Volleyball using home court to their advantage
On Friday night the Islanders held a food drive for the JAC pantry during the 2nd of 4 home dates this semester. Facing off against Marianopolis in the first match, the Isles over powered them winning in straight sets 25-11, 25-14. Dylan Tyndall had 11 points on 6 kills, 3 aces and 2 blocks.
The next match against Dawson had many rivalries, brother versus brother on the court as Joshua Christopher faced his younger sibling playing for Dawson. On the coaching end JAC assistant Justin Pemberton faced off against his older brother (and Abbott Alumni) Rob Pemberton the head coach for the Blues. With a loud crowd behind the Islanders it was another straight sets victory 25-22, 25-23. Joshua Besner led with 8 kills and an ace. Christopher sealed the deal and took home the bragging rights with the final kill of the match. Matthew Campbell was a key factor stabilizing the serve reception and back row defense with clutch plays and hustle.
If you missed the match you can catch it on the Isles YouTube channel.

Hockey wins twice on the weekend
On Friday, the women’s hockey team was facing Dawson with a shortened roster due to 6 players off with Team Quebec. The team had to be solid in all phases of the game and they came away with a 4-0 victory. John Abbott opened the scoring in the first period on a goal by Sabrina Beaudoin. Oona Emmenegger scored in the second and Laurie Hachez added 2 more. Victoria Bakopanos stopped all 28 shots to record her first shutout of the year.

On Sunday, the team was on the road facing St-Laurent. Despite showing signs of fatigue the team pulled through for the 2-1 win. Emma Piers scored midway in the first period. Sena Catterall had the game winning goal with only 17 seconds left in the second period. St-Laurent’s intensity increased in the 3rd scoring one goal but goalie Sarah Vanier held strong stopping 31 of 32 shots.

Women’s Basketball continue their winning ways
The Islanders improved their league record to 2-0 with a 61-50 victory over Vieux-Montreal. After a slow start the Islanders took control of the game and led by double figures throughout most of the contest. Girlie Owusu led the Abbott with 19 points while Emily Dias and Natasha Hunt added 13 and 9 points respectively. The Islanders are back on the road this Sunday when they play at the Montmorency Nomades.

Men’s Basketball fall short against Montmorency
The Islanders could not overcome a poor shooting night and fell to the Montmorency Nomades 81-48.
For much of the game, the Isles never found their scoring touch, and went 18/68 from the field and 2/12 from the 3 point line. The Isles did have some success winning the third quarter; 23 – 20 but could not sustain their scoring in the final quarter.

YOUTUBE Channel (or search Abbott Islanders)

Upcoming games

Home games:
Friday Nov 8th
20h30 Men’s basketball (1-3) vs. Brebeuf (4-0)
20h30 Hockey (8-3-0-1) vs. Lionel-Groulx (2-9-0-0)
Saturday Nov 9th
13h00 Football vs. Thetford – RSEQ D2 Semifinal
Sunday Nov 10th
12h30 Women’s rugby vs. Dawson – RSEQ Regional Championship
14h30 Men’s rugby vs. Vanier – RSEQ Regional Championship

On the road:
Sunday Nov 10th
15h00 Women’s basketball (2-0) @ Montmorency (2-2)

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