Back to Back Gold for Fleming Knights Women's Rugby

Fleming Knights win back-to-back gold in OCAA Women’s Rugby action in front of a crowd of 625 fans at the Fleming Sports Complex on Sunday November 6 2016, defeating the S.t Lawrence Vikings 41 to 10 after 80 minutes of play. Jacinta Addai-Sarfo scored 4 tries having a match total of 20 points. Joanna Bronson kicked 3 conversions giving her a match total of 6 points  and scoring single 5 pt tries for Fleming were Jillian Hartung, Annie Nelson, and Alize Spalding-Lawrence. Jacinta was named player of the match for Fleming.


OCAA Award winners

  • Rachael Shantz and Amber Teasdale were named OCAA Women’s Rugby League All-stars
  • Named OCAA League Scoring Champion Fleming Knight Alize Spalding-Lawrence
  • Shannon Burton Fleming Knights was named OCAA Coach of the Year.
  • Fleming Knights were presented Regular Season Champions





Fleming Knights going for Gold in Men's OCAA Rugby Action

Fleming Knights Men’s Rugby are going for gold after a commanding win 43 to 0 over Conestoga Condors in OCAA semifinal action on Sunday Nov. 6 at Fleming College.

Scoring for Fleming Matt Straathof scored 2 try’s with the following athletes scoring single try’s Matthew Blais, Corey Finch, Nolan Jackson, Alex Sicker and Ethan Wyatt.

Ethan Wyatt added 4 conversions to his try giving him the game total high of 13 pts followed by Matt Straathof with a total of 10 pts in the match.

Fleming Knights  will host Georgian Grizzlies in the gold medal match on Saturday Nov 12th 1:00pm kick off at the Fleming Sports Complex.



Loggersports Competition @ Frost Campus November 5th

Fleming College to Host Men’s & Women’s Rugby Championship Games

Men’s semi-final and women’s championship games to take place November 5, followed by men’s bronze or gold game on November 12.

Peterborough, ON, November 1, 2016– This November 6th, Fleming College (Sutherland Campus) will host the men’s rugby semi-final game ahead of the OCAA gold or bronze game November 12, while the women’s team also look to win gold at the championship game on November 6.

After failing to qualify in 2015, the men’s team have won the 2016 OCAA East division with a 5 – 1 tiebreaker over St. Lawrence Kingston, earning them a bye to the semi-finals and home field advantage. The team has two players in the top 10 for individual scoring including second place Ethan Wyatt with 43 points, and seventh place Alex Sicker with 31 points, who also achieved OCAA Athlete of the Week.

The Knights women’s rugby team are the defending OCAA Gold medalists and two time bronze medalists. As the defending East Division champions, they have won their division again this year placing them in the Finals with home field advantage. The team have 10 players in the top 15 for individual scoring including league leader Alize Spalding Lawrence with 40 points. OCAA Athletes of the Week have been awarded to Fleming Knights Jacinta Addai-Sarfo, Meagan Dick, and Alize Spalding-Lawrence

“As the defending gold medalists, the Fleming Knights women’s rugby team are looking to repeat,” said Fred Batley, Athletic Coordinator for Fleming Athletics. “We’re very excited to host the gold medal game this weekend. The home field advantage will hopefully give the team the fire and drive to go for the gold,” he added.

Both the OCAA Fleming Knights men’s rugby semi-final game will take place this Saturday November 6 at 12 pm, with the Knights women’s Championship Gold game following at 2 pm. The men’s Championship gold or bronze game will take place on November 12 beginning at 1 pm. Both free events are open to the public with all games taking place at the Fleming Sports Complex in Peterborough.

OCAA Provincial Cross Country Success

For some, the season ended but not without a fight. Last year Fleming sent four individual athletes to represent the college at CCAA. This year we have doubled our numbers. 

On the women’s side our team was ranked 12th going in out of 22 teams.  Despite injuries, and a fast paced start with over 120 female athletes our women’s side was led by team Captain Madison Sloan who had qualified for her 2nd CCAA Championships in as many years as an individual.  Our women’s side displayed many great performances and seasonal bests as our team elevated their performance placing 8th overall.  Just missing out on a top 5 placing to qualify for the CCAA Championships.  Alexandra Kaczmarek had a stellar start and ran nearly 50 secs faster than any other race this season and just missed qualifying while running just behind Amy Corcoran.  Sarah Hein also had a seasonal best but missed qualifying with the team.

The men’s side was a bit of a different story as we had a lot of good surprises. Out of a field of over 140 runners for the first time in over 10 years two men ran and both qualified for the First Team Al-lstar. Our team led by Captain Riley Olesky placed 4th out sprinting a top ranked all Canadian athlete to the line in a display of guts and will power using every ounce of energy he had just missing out on a medal along the way.  Riley was followed closely by Andy Hein placing 6th.  What was even more impressive than his placing was how it was accomplished his college career best as he beat an adversary from Fanshawe College whom he had never come within 25 seconds of.  By the line he had outwitted his opponent by 18 seconds.  This was followed by Jake Buchan placing 22nd and along came Luis Curry to the rescue.  This was a difficult course and Luis had undergone a nagging injury for months surviving on water running as his sole training regime and was just in the game for a great experience.  No one expected him to pull the team to the line as he was our final counter runner.  The top 4 runners count for team points and we had 6 so to see Luis pulling us across the line was a inspiration.  Thanks to the teams effort our team was ranked 5th prior and placed 4th just narrowly missing a medal. 

We have high hopes moving on to CCAA as our team was sitting in second place while awaiting our fourth runner. While some had tough races, others having to run barefoot after losing their shoe we know moving ahead we can only move up from here.

-Darl Sutherland, Coach

Alex Sicker Named OCAA Player of the Week Men's Rugby

alex-sickerFirst-year player Alex Sicker (Norwood) scored a pair of tries in Fleming’s 69-12 win over Loyalist on Oct. 22. Sicker ended the six-game regular season with seven tries and one convert totaling 37 points. Fleming finished tied with St. Lawrence-Kingston atop the East Division standings at 5-1, but won the tiebreaker, giving the Knights a division championship and a bye into the OCAA semi-finals.

Megan Dick Named OCAA Player of the Week Women's Rugby

megan-dickFirst-year player Megan Dick (Peterborough) scored a try while kicking three converts for a match-high 11 points in Fleming’s 31-17 victory over St. Lawrence-Kingston on Oct. 15. Reigning champion Fleming has clinched first place in the regular season standings, and will host the OCAA gold medal match Nov. 5 or 6. Fleming will have a 15-match win streak against OCAA clubs entering the championship match.

"Go Big or Go Home" Cross Country @ Seneca

Go big or go home was the mentality of this weekends meet.

Our women’s team was riddled with sickness yet we managed to fill a team for the event. Led by team Captain Madison Sloan, “never give up” doesn’t even exist in her vocabulary as she ran the best race of her career at Fleming. She ran 9th place just seconds out of top 5 in a heat exchange of guts and pain. Alexandra Kaczmarek came in close behind, running what was easily her best race of the season, followed closely by Amber Nykyforak and Sarah Hein who had just returned from shoulder surgery to solidify what it is to be a Fleming Knight “No Guts, No Glory”!

On the men’s side: three time OCAA medalist Riley Olesky led the men despite an error at the start of the race and having to make up time during the event. While he was able to make his way back to the top 10 in a field of over 100 runners, he ran out of time to make a dent in the medals and placed 4th just seconds out of third. Andy Hein ran his best race of the season also, despite an error at the start, and managed to place an impressive 7th overall. This was followed closely by Jake Buchan who placed 21st, Luis Curry and Joseph Tuskin who will all represent Fleming at the OCAA Championships. Our men’s team placed 5th despite missing Anthony Slade who is the missing piece to what will bring another team medal to Fleming at the OCAA Championships two weeks from now.

Get ready for some noise Knights as the battle for team Champion is on the line.

Mobility & Strength and Conditioning Training

Athletic therapist Ray D’Almeida will be offering mobility training every Monday evening from 7 – 7:45 pm in Gym A at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre. Strength and conditioning coach Ryan White will be leading training sessions every Monday evening from 8 – 9 pm in the Leisure pool at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre. These training sessions are available for all current Fleming varsity athletes.

1st Cross Country Invitational Success!

Fleming Knights started the season in epic fashion.  While many of our veteran athletes were under the weather, the rookies and athletes responded with actions rather than just words.

On the women’s side Madison Sloan, having just returned from the World Triathalon Championships in Mexico just over a week ago, led our women’s field placing 13th overall followed closely by Amy Corcoran placing 16th, Alexandra Kaczmarek and Amber Nykyforak.  Good enough for our shortened women’s team to place 5th.

On the men’s side, in exciting fashion, the race came down to a photo finish as Riley Olesky placed a close 2nd, followed by Andy Hein, Jake Buchan, Anthony Slade, Joseph Tuskin, and Samuel LaChance.  While our men’s team was seriously debilitated with flu and sickness we found a way to still place 5th overall with their eyes set on winning the first OCAA title in over 12 years.

While unfortunate events kept our teams scrambling one thing is for sure, when it comes down to it everyone in our team has the ability to step up.

Great job knights, we look forward to the challenge at our next meet in Seneca.