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The Acadia Axewomen will face off Sunday at 2 p.m. against the winner of the second semi-final match between Saint Mary’s University and St. Francis Xavier University. (rugby.acadiau.ca)

Women’s rugby players in the Maritimes are on Prince Edward Island this weekend, vying for the chance to be declared Atlantic champions in the Atlantic University Sport  Women’s Rugby Championship.

Saturday afternoon, the number one seeded Acadia Axewomen beat the fourth seeded UPEI Panthers.

The Axewomen will face off Sunday at 2 p.m. against the winner of the second semi-final match between Saint Mary’s University and St. Francis Xavier University.

The event comes the same week as concerns have been raised about funding for female athletes at the university.

On Wednesday, former UPEI coach and Current NDP Leader Mike Redmond said he filed a discrimination complaint against the university with the P.E.I. Human Rights Commission.

Redmond, who used to coach the UPEI women's soccer team, said the university doesn't provide the same kind of funding for women's sports teams as it does for men's.

Redmond said he has spoken to the university about his concerns, but he is not satisfied with the results of those discussions. He said he filed a complaint with the commission last month.

He hopes UPEI will be forced to provide equal funding to male and female teams.

The university said it was "disappointed" to hear of Redmond's complaints.

"UPEI offers sport and recreation opportunities that are open to all, allocating scarce resources based on needs, demand, and the university’s over-arching goals," read a statement from Jackie Podger, vice-president administration and finance for UPEI, sent out Wednesday.

"In the last number of months, the Department of Athletics and Recreation has been reviewing all of its operations and has initiated a number of processes and programs to improve our offerings."