September is always a great time of year here in Kingston, arguably Canada's best college town, as thousands of students descend on the city and bring in energy and buzz to the old stones.
Part and parcel of that energy is the fights on the gridiron, as Queen's Gaels take on contenders from across Ontario. Yesterday Queen's football Gaels edged out the Guelph Gryphons 52-49 in a game designed for television, as Queen's won on a 37-yard field goal launched as the clock ran out. Now that's a good football game!
In pre-season play, Queen's Men's Rugby Gaels travelled to Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH for the Royalle Lyme Classic, with matches against Dartmouth College and Boston College. The Gaels hammered their American opponents, with a 55-3 win over Boston and a 45-6 win over Dartmouth.
Of course, the Gaels are more than just football and rugby. Queen's fields 26 varsity teams in the CIS/OUA and another 15 interuniversity sports clubs, all part of an athletic tradition dating back to the 1880s.