Sunday, March 22, 2009

Campus Corner: Top 10 Gaels' moments poll is live

After much ado and Internet wrangling, my poll of the Top 10 Gaels' moments of the year (a collaboration with the Athletics Department) is finally live. Unfortunately, only part of the explanatory text made it into the Journal post on the matter, so I figured I'd just post the whole thing and the survey link here as well. Check it out and vote for your favourite! If you feel I left out any key moments or just want to talk about the list, post a comment here or e-mail me at andrew_bucholtz[at]

Here's the full release on the matter:


Kingston, Ont. (March 19, 2009) – The Queen’s Journal invites
fans of the Queen’s Gaels to vote online for the top sporting moments
of the 2008-09 season.

Fans can visit the Journal website at to cast their ballot and select this year’s top sporting moment. The moments will be ranked and
unveiled at the 73rd Annual Colour Awards Athletic Banquet on March
31st. Voting closes on Sunday, March 29th at 12:00am.

Journal sports editor Andrew Bucholtz paired down a list of thirty of the school’s top
sporting moments into a top-ten list. Fans are now
asked to rank the top moments.


The ten moments selected to appear in the poll are (in chronological order):

10/05/2008 – Dominant Weekend: Gaels squads across multiple sports
dominate opponents registering significant victories over a two day
period (October 4 & 5) - Rugby (M) vs. Trent 106-0; Football vs. York
80-0; Soccer (M) vs. RMC 5-0; Hockey (W) vs. Western 4-0.

10/18/2008 – Undefeated: Football and Rugby (M) both finish their
regular seasons undefeated without a loss. Football marches to a
perfect 8-0 season while Rugby posts a 5-0-1 record and would go on to
capture a silver medal at the OUA Championship.

10/25/2008 – Champions: Rowing (M/W) captures Queen’s only banners of
the 2008 Fall Term taking both the men’s and women’s banners. For the
women’s team it marked their second consecutive banner. One week later on
November 3, Queen’s would finish second (women) and third (men) at the
Canadian University Rowing Championships.

10/26/2008 – Silver Medal: Lacrosse (W) captures its fourth
consecutive silver medal finish at the OUA Championship. The Gaels
finished with a regular-season record of 9-3 and 18 points second to only Laurier who had 24 points.

11/21/2008 – National Honours for Football – Head coach Pat Sheahan
and linebacker Thaine Carter (Nanaimo, B.C.) are recognized nationally
for their season. Sheahan is named Canadian Interuniversity Sport
(CIS) football coach of the year, while Carter is the recipient of
the CIS Presidents’ Trophy for top defensive player in the country
just a day earlier.

1/7/2009- Moore scores 40: Brittany Moore made Queen’s history scoring
40 points in a single women’s basketball game against Royal Military
College. She broke former Gael and current assistant coach Claire
Meadows’ old record by a single point. Moore was nine points shy of
tying the OUA single-game mark (49) held by Candi Lohr (Brock) in

1/24/2009 – Crazy Ending - Queen’s women’s basketball edged the
Carleton Ravens 53-52 on a last second lay-up by Brittany Moore.
Moore’s basket was part of a bizarre sequence of events which saw
Carleton foul Moore on a three-point attempt and leave her undefended
at the foul line.

2/3/2009 – Captain Burke - In his first night as interim captain,
Billy Burke of Aurora, Ont., scored two goals, including the overtime
winner, as Queen’s defeated the Carleton Ravens 3-2. Burke went on to
score six goals in three games after recording just three in his first 21 games. His efforts helped men’s hockey finish the season with a
6-0-1 record.

2/19/2009- Silver Again- The men’s volleyball team collected a second
consecutive silver medal as they competed against the McMaster
Marauders for the third straight season in the finals. Volleyball
tallied another impressive season, including a seven-game win streak.

3/3/2009- Morra leads Gaels to Semifinals- Amanda Morra of Pickering
Ont., had a hat-trick as the Queen’s women’s hockey team defeated the
No.9 nationally-ranked Toronto Varsity Blues 4-2 in the OUA
Quarter-finals to advance in the playoffs.


  1. For me it would be beating Western on the last ever homecoming weekend.

  2. Yeah, that one narrowly missed the cut because we already had three football moments (the record-breaking weekend, the undefeated season and the national awards). That game was certainly big as well, though.