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Grizzlies win battle for bronze in Barrie

Nicholas Martino of the Georgian Grizzlies men’s rugby team lumbers up the field through the defence of the Fleming Knights on Saturday at J.C. Massie Field in Barrie.

The two heavyweights were battling not only frigid temperatures but also for the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) bronze medal.

The Grizzlies and Knights went back-and-forth, with each team leading the deciding twice.

Bradford native Nana Ntim scored his second try of the game in the final moments of the first half to give the Grizzlies a 20-19 lead at halftime.

Georgian took their game to another level in the second half, scoring 24 points on four tries and two converts from Noah Spicer (Aurora) to win the bronze-medal game, 44-31.

Henry Do (Brampton) had a huge game, leading the Grizzlies with three tries and was named player of the match for the home side.

Georgian’s other tries were scored by Jordan Carppi (Lindsay), Mark Rodman (Minesing) and Albert Calamatta (Erin). Corey Finch (Peterborough) was named player of the match for Fleming.

This is the third-straight medal for Georgian’s men’s rugby team, having won gold and silver the previous two seasons.

In the OCAA gold-medal game, Sheridan defeated St. Lawrence (Kingston), 31-29.

The OCAA also handed out its year-end awards on the weekend. 

Henry Do was named OCAA men’s rugby player of the year after an incredible season, which saw the third-year fly half score five tries in five regular-season games.

He also added a try in the semifinal playoff game and three tries in the bronze-medal final where he was also named player of the match.

Serving as Georgian’s team captain, the Brampton native was a leader on both sides of the ball and was instrumental in leading the Grizzlies to a perfect 6-0 regular-season record with the team posting a team record in points scored for with 414.

Do was also named an OCAA all-star.

Ryan Connolly was named the OCAA rookie of the year for the West Division and the entire league.

The Barrie native played in all six regular-season games for the Grizzlies, scoring a try and recording three converts.

This is the second-straight year that a player from Georgian has won the player of the year and rookie of the year awards for the OCAA.

Four additional Grizzlies were named as OCAA all-stars: Nana Ntim (Bradford) scored seven tries in six regular-season games; Kirk Addai Sarfo (Bradford) scored seven tries in five games; Jayden Norcross (Beeton) had three tries in five games; and Jordan Carppi (Lindsay) scored three tries in four games.