Here are all the things you need to know about the Enfield RFC after a long, cold Winter:
Training has been going well all winter at the Dome in Lantz and will continue on Friday evenings at 9pm for the time-being. We are also running additional sessions at the Renfrew Strength and Conditioning Centre.
Rugby NS Banquet:
The Enfield Rugby Club was very successful at the Rugby NS Banquet in Halifax in January. The highlight of the evening was the Enfield RFC entry into the performance portion of the evening. The image of Justin Dunn, Kyle Cigolotti, and Drew Hutt prancing about while Matt MacNeil performed his slam poetry (in a turtleneck) will forever be burned into the collective Rugby NS imagination. Kelly Cigolotti and Becca Ryan’s glitter-throwing support play proved to magnify Bryony Taylor’s legitimate beautiful singing voice (she sang the song from Frozen whilst lifted upon high by the guys like some kind of a singing-angel).
Several club members were recipients of honours at the banquet:
Women’s Division II All-Stars: Pauline McLeod, Ashley Ettinger, Adrienne MacDonald,
Men’s Division III All-Stars: Liam Jeffery, Kyle Kelly, Alex Malay, Derrick Head
Men’s Division I All-Stars: Ryan Dickie, Evan Dickie, Kyle Cigolotti, Mark Sweeney, Adam Fitzpatrick
Enfield RFC AGM:
In January the Enfield RFC held its Annual General Meeting. The content of the meeting is available for review on the club forum, but it is important to thank our two long-serving executive members, Ashton Parker and Mark McManus for their service. Mark and Ashton have both been members of the Enfield RFC executive for a number of years and have made a tremendous contribution to the on- and off-field activities of the club. Mark has been vital in expanding the Enfield RFC relationship with the Enfield/Elmsdale Lion’s Club and in professionalizing the way that the Men’s VP position operates in terms of managing players. Ashton has offered level-headed and sound advice as long as she has been involved in the club and has been an advocate for the Enfield RFC women’s team within the club and with Rugby Nova Scotia. Thanks so much to Mark and Ashton, and welcome Liam and Kyle!
Truro 7’s Results:
The Enfield RFC had an eventful and successful Truro 7’s weekend both on the pitch and inside the confines of the elitist Enfield country club. The Women’s B team put in physical efforts against the Lady Locks from Montreal and the Truro Rugby Club en route to a Friday exit from the tournament (arguably the most enjoyable option). The Men’s B team was successful in their first match against the Dartmouth High Alum, but went on to fall to their opposition on Saturday afternoon. The Women’s A team lost to HRFC on opening day, but went on to beat the Truro Rugby Club and UPEI Panthers (2) before losing to the UPEI Panthers (1) in the Consolation Final (UPEI went on to win the Championship-side). The Men’s A team scored at the death to beat HRFC in the first round on Friday and then beat the Young Boks on Saturday afternoon before losing to a strong Pictou County RFC on Sunday in the semi-finals. Overall a good time was had by all, and the club is raring to go for the 2015 season.
East Hants Sport Heritage Society:
Several members of the Enfield RFC are nominated for awards at the East Hants Sport Heritage Society’s Sports Awards gala at Riverside Education Centre in Milford on 25 April. Our nominees include:
U18 Male Athlete: Tyler MacDonald
19+ Female Athlete: Tasha McKenzie
19+ Male Athlete: Mark Sweeney
Coach: Evan Dickie
For more information on the nominees, categories, and the EHSHS more generally, please check out their facebook page.
Nova Scotia Keltics
A large contingent of Enfield RFC players (junior and senior) have been involved in the two sets of RNS Keltics camps and trial matches in March and April. There will be more training sessions coming up on the men’s side of things.
There will also be a Keltics Senior Women’s camp coming up in early May.
CRC Atlantic Rock
Evan Dickie and Mark Sweeney were both invited to the Senior Rock Camp in Lantz in March and have subsequently been asked to travel to Montreal for camp in early May. Best of luck to the boys!
Tyler MacDonald, Connor Westbury, Devon Rose, Clay MacDonnell, and Josh Garden were all invited to participate in the Rock U19 camp in Lantz alongside the senior team.
Rugby Canada High Performance Camp
Ashley Ettinger participated in a Rugby Canada High Performance camp in Lantz at the East Hants Sportsplex though the winter. Ashley also went on to a follow up camp in New Brunswick.
Club President and Captain Mark Sweeney was recently interviewed about his experience returning to rugby after his accident and subsequent surgeries. Please check out the article in the Sport Nova Scotia publication Sport Quarterly here (on page 15).