The Enfield RFC ladies continued their successful campaign on Monday night with an excellent team victory over the Halifax Rugby Club in Rugby Nova Scotia Division II Women's action. In what was a back-and-forth match in the mist at Graves-Oakley, the black and white women were able to rally when they needed to and came out with a 43-21 win. Captain Adrienne MacDonald attests the success to Enfield's unwillingness to quit on defence. Whenever HRFC's offensive prowess put Enfield under pressure, the girls were able to weather the storm and leave their defensive end without relinquishing points. With their characteristic positivity and determination, the Enfield girls stayed stuck into the match the entire way through and came out on top. Try scorers included Saralynne Knockwood with a natural hat-trick (3), Tasha McKenzie (2), and Adrienne MacDonald (2). Ashley Ettinger knocked over four conversions to seal the match.
Adrienne MacDonald and Saralynne Knockwood combined for some serious points on Monday night
Taylor and Cailin running in support of Pauline McLeod
On Tuesday night the Enfield RFC men took to the field in Enfield against their Division I rivals the Halifax Tars. In a match that is always highly anticipated, this one certainly delivered. In what was a hugely physical match-up, Enfield was able to take an early lead off of the foot of Stew Cook with an early penalty and a try sniped from a defensive lineout from Justin Dunn to make it 10-0 for the black and white. The two teams traded possession and points and by the halfway the scoreline read 13-5 for Enfield. The first half of the second half was a period where the game could have gone in any direction. The Tars scored a try to bring the game to within 1-point, but Enfield was able to capitalize on a few Tar penalties at the breakdown with fullback Stew Cook knocking over two more penalty kicks. Toward the end of the match Enfield managed to build offence out of their defensive pressure and following a turnover around halfway worked down for a grinding try from prop Ryan Dickie and a conversion kick that all but put the game away in the dying minutes. The final score was Enfield 26 to Tars 17. Tries came from Justin Dunn and Ryan Dickie and Stew Cook came through with 4 penalties and 2 conversions.
Enfield was sound on the defensive end of things. Jeremy Loney and Evan Dickie work into a tackle
Man of the Match Justin Dunn carries the ball
This coming weekend is a huge one for the Enfield RFC:
Saturday is Rugby Day in Enfield which will feature 3 senior games and a whole host of festivities at the Enfield Lion's Den. The day kicks off with a match between and Enfield in the men's Division III grouping at 1pm. The black and white hope to continue their early success. The second match-up of the day features the Division I men taking on the St. John Trojans at 3:15 as a part of the Maritime Interlock. The day caps off with a hotly contested match-up between the Enfield ladies and the Riverlake Ramblers at 5pm. The two Enfield/Riverlake games make up the 2014 volume of the Grand Lake Cup in which the neighbouring clubs battle it out for fishing and natural resource access for the coming 12 months. The winner reaps the spoils, while the families of the loser will go hungry. There will be a barbecue and beer garden running at the Lion's Den all day, so come hungry and thirsty and be ready to enjoy some exciting rugby! There will also be "Rugby Day in Enfield" tank tops available for purchase at the field!
Let everyone know where you were!
Sunday will showcase the young talent of the Enfield RFC and Rugby Nova Scotia community as Enfield hosts the second 2014 "Junior Blitz" day. The Enfield Lion's Den will host a full day of junior rugby 7's with some of the most exciting young players in the province taking the field to show their skills and speed in the abbreviated version of the game. Games kick-off at 9am and will run through until 2pm.
The Enfield RFC would also like to wish the best of luck to Sweeney as he travels to Newfoundland on Thursday for the CRC Atlantic Rock camp at the Swilers Grounds in St. John's. The camp involves training sessions on Thursday and Friday followed by a trial match on the Saturday. Good luck and make the black and white proud Sweeney!