The Queen’s Football season opens this Labour Day weekend, pitting the Queen’s Gaels against the McMaster Marauders. The September 5 game is being advertised in a slick, professional video shot on Queen’s campus this summer that features a number of team members. (embedded below).
As stated on the GoGaelsGo website, the Gaels team is coming off its first losing season in five years while the #3 ranked Marauders are looking to make up for a OUA semi-final loss in 2010.
The Queen’s Gaels football program is one of the oldest in Canadian Interuniversity Sport – beginning organized games in 1883 and most recently enjoying a 5-year Vanier Cup winning streak that ended just last year.
The team’s rallying cry is the “Oil Thigh” fight song, sung in Gaelic (to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic) by spectators when the Gael’s score a touchdown.
According to Wikipedia, it was originally written in 1898 after a disappointing loss to the University of Toronto and named for the phrase sung repeatedly in the main chorus: “Oilthigh na Banrighinn, a’ Banrighinn gu brath”, or “College of the Queen forever” in Gaelic.
This Monday’s game will take place at Richardson Stadium on West Campus beginning at 2pm.