The UNB varsity women’s hockey legal battle was scheduled to resume this week.
Hearings were expected to begin on Monday and continue through to Wednesday. They take place again on Dec. 8-10 and Jan. 12-16.
Former Varsity Reds women’s hockey players, coaches and community members are expected to be on hand to testify over the next couple weeks.
The women’s hockey team was one of the varsity teams downgraded to competitive club status in 2008. In 2009, complaints were filed to the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission, alleging that UNB’s decision constitutes discrimination on the basis of sex. The legal battle has been ongoing since then.
During the break
The month-long hiatus begins now for most Varsity Reds teams — but there will be some action before classes start back up again in January.
The men’s hockey team will host the Windsor Lancers for a pair of exhibition games on Saturday, Jan. 3 and Sunday, Jan. 4 at the Aitken Centre.
Meanwhile, the men’s basketball team will host the UNB Alumni Tournament on Friday, Jan. 2 and Saturday, Jan. 3 at the Currie Center.
Also, the women’s basketball team will be travelling to Miami for three exhibition games from Dec. 17-19 where they’ll play Broward College, Baltimore and North Central Missouri.
Mooney qualifies for nationals
The Varsity Reds participated in their final swim meet of the first half on Nov. 22-23 at Dalhousie.
The meet was highlighted by Cassey Mooney qualifying for CIS nationals with a time of 2:37 in the 200m breaststroke. Another notable performance came from Charli LeBlanc who reached her goal of breaking 30 seconds in the 50m backstroke, finishing with a time of 29.63.
Overall, the Varsity Reds women finished fifth at the event while the men came in sixth.
Up next for UNB is the Invitational Meet at UPEI on Jan. 17-18.
UNB still winning the battle
Following the St. Thomas Tommies’ win over the Varsity Reds in men’s hockey last season, one of the storylines heading into this year was just how much of a battle the Battle of the Hill would be this season.
Like in recent years, it’s been all UNB. The Varsity Reds have won both regular season meetings — 7-5 and 6-4 — and picked up a 4-0 win in pre-season play. St. Thomas has been able to keep games close though, even leading for much of the 7-5 loss.
The two meet again on Jan. 14 at the Grant-Harvey Centre and two weeks later at the Aitken Centre.
The UNB Fencing Club had a strong showing at the 2014 New Brunswick Open, held Nov. 22-23 at the Currie Center.
The club won five medals at the event, highlighted by Raphael Bradley winning silver in the Senior Sabre event and bronze in the Junior Sabre event. Meanwhile, Cameron Haigh won bronze in the Junior Sabre event, Wendy Yano took home bronze in the Senior Sabre event and David Themens captured silver in the Senior Epee event.
The next New Brunswick based event for the fencers will be the Alfred Knappe Team Tournament, which will be hosted by the UNB Fencing Club from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1.
Even with the Varsity Reds men’s hockey team on hiatus for the next few weeks, the Papa John’s “Shots and Saves” online Tuesday discount will continue throughout December.
It was announced at Friday’s game that beginning next week and by using the promo code VREDS, the discount at Fredericton area locations will be 44 per cent — which is the highest jersey number being used by a UNB player this season.
Around the conference
The Saint Mary’s Huskies women’s basketball team enters the holiday break with a perfect 6-0 record. They kept the Acadia Axewomen, who are winless on the year, to just 43 points in their final game … it’s looking like another tough year for the MUN Sea-Hawks men’s volleyball team who are off to a 0-10 start … Mount Allison Mounties football head coach Kelly Jeffery was named the CIS coach of the year last week.