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Enfield RFC Winter Update

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Here are all the things you need to know about the Enfield RFC after a long, cold Winter:

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.

Sport Quarterly

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).

 

 

Enfield RFC Winter Update

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Here are all the things you need to know about the Enfield RFC after a long, cold Winter:

Practices

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.

Sport Quarterly

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).

 

 

Tasha McKenzie named Female Athlete of the Year

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The Enfield RFC would like to congratulate Tasha McKenzie who received the Female Athlete of the Year Award at the recent Nova Scotia Aboriginal Sports Summit in November.  Tasha is a long-time member of the Enfield RFC and recently won the CIS Rugby National Championship with the St. FX X-Women.  Tasha also represented Team Nova Scotia and her community (Indian Brook First Nation - Sipekne'katik) at the North American Indigenous Games in July in Regina on the volleyball team.  We are extremely proud of you Tasha!

As bashful as ever, when we asked Tasha to comment on her award, she noted: "Thanks so much! There isn’t really anything I have to say, besides I am honoured to receive the award, and thanks for the acknowledgement! It really means a lot."

 

Tasha receiving her award from Enfield RFC's own Sara-Lynne Knockwood

 

 

 

 

Weekend Update - Rugby Day in Enfield Volume II

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Rugby Day in Enfield Volume Two was a resounding success. The Enfield Rugby Football Club hosted three matches at the Lion's Den on 16 August, the Division I and III men hosted the Halifax Rugby Club, while the Enfield RFC ladies hosted the Halifax Tars for the Rugby Nova Scotia Semi-Final playoff game.

The day began with the Division I match at 12:00.  The guys kicked off and set the tone right from the onset with an aggressive tackle from Kyle Kelly that laid the marker for how he would play for the entire day.  The guys settled into their structures early and controlled the flow of play throughout.  The guys moved the ball well and kicked precisely and secured the first win of the day with a scoreline of 60-12.  Scorers included Stew Cook (3), Matt MacNeil (2), Nick Munroe, Tim Loney, Alex Malay.  The highlight of the game had to be Evan Dickie making the greatest pass of his career.

The Third Division Team followed with another victory, but one that went right down to the wire.  The game was a back and forth "try-fest" that perhaps did not highlight the defensive prowess of either side.  Enfield and Halifax traded tries for the better portion of the match, but when the need was there, it was Enfield who came through on the last play of the match to dot down a try to claim the come-from-behind victory and to lock down first place in the Rugby Nova Scotia Third Division. Point scorers included Derrick Head (2), Chris Rowe, Matthew Pike, Ollie James, Connor Westbury, Ryan Helpard, and Kyle Kelly.

The Enfield supporters (new and old) were out in full force.  Ollie's daughter Peeta' (Ava) has a newfound love for Enfield!

It was great to see Ollie make his Enfield RFC debut alongside Matt Taylor and Jordan Shepperd.  More on that relationship and a formal jersey exchange later this week.

In the most anticipated match of the day, the Enfield RFC ladies took on the Halifax Tars.  After securing a home playoff match last week with a victory over the Truro Saints, the Enfield girls put on a clinical performance against the Tars.  In a proud display of rucking and across the board an excellent off the ball work-rate, the girls scored some very exciting tries and impressed the enthusiastic crowd with their sound defence.  In the end the scoreline read 48-0 for the black and white which secures them a spot in the Women's Division II Championship Game against Pictou County RFC on Friday.  Congratulations to the girls and best of luck!  Scorers on the day included Adrienne MacDonald with three, Megan Sullivan with three, Jacy McNutt and Beckey Head with one each and Ashley Ettinger with four conversion kicks.  Full credit needs to be given to Cailin Winters who had an absolute stormer of a game on both sides of the ball.

The Enfield RFC ladies putting on the pressure

On Sunday, Curly Portables hosted the local rugby community for brunch and a showing of the 2014 Women's Rugby World Cup Final between Canada and England.  The crowd at the bar spent the better part of 80 minutes on the edge of their seats, proudly cheering on the Canadian women who came ever so close to winning the World Cup.  Although it was sad to see England claim the title, the entire Canadian rugby community (and sporting community in general) has a lot to be very proud of as that group of women made history and was center stage in the national sporting media.  A wonderful time to be a Canadian Rugby fan.

The crew at Curly Portables enjoying the World Cup Final

 

Apologies for a lack of updates in recent weeks, but there is a lovely selection of half-written articles sitting on a computer.  Recent issues of note:

-The Enfield contingent for the Rugby Nova Scotia U18 entry at Nationals had a fantastic result, with round robin wins against Saskatchewan (14-0), Manitoba (38-0), and PEI (15-0), and a loss to New Brunswick (12-5).  In the playoff rounds the guys lost narrowly to Eastern Ontario (19-18) and then beat New Brunswick to lock up 7th Place overall (22-19).  Congratulations to the whole squad, but in particular Clay MacDonnell, Connor Westbury, Riley Ashley, Tyler MacDonald, and Austin White as well as Coach Evan Dickie.

-Adrienne MacDonald and the Atlantic Team had a competitive showing at the National Women's League Tournament in Ottawa, with strong efforts, but losses to the Prairies, Ontario, British Columbia and Quebec.  Adrienne scored against Ontario and British Columbia.  Expect an interview with Adrienne about the experience in the next few days.

-Since the last update the Division I men have played St. John, PEI and Fredericton and secured a home victory against the Trojans, a come-from-behind victory away to the Mudmen and a loss away to the Loyalists.  The Div III men beat Riverlake.  The women's team beat Riverlake, lost to the Tars, but closed the gap on a 30+ point deficit in the first half and then beat the Truro Saints in their final game of the regular season.

 

Weekend Update: Morgan Williams in an Enfield Jersey?!?

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It has been an interesting week for the Enfield RFC.  Thursday night featured a Division III match-up between Enfield and Eastern Shore in Musquodobit Harbour, the Friday night Rugby Nova Scotia Keltics versus Barbarians match included a number of Enfield RFC members, and Saturday was another rugby day for the ladies of the Enfield RFC who participated in the annual Seahorse Cup.   In other club news, Mark Sweeney found out the good news that he has been included in the Atlantic Rock squad for the Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC), while Adrienne MacDonald will travel to Ottawa on Monday as a member of the Atlantic entry in the 2014 National Women's League (NWL).

Alex Malay laying down his expectations

Thursday night's feature between Enfield and Eastern Shore proved to be both an entertaining and frustrating endeavour.  Under a cloud of noseeums and on a narrow pitch that favoured the Eastern Shore direct and combative gameplan, the black and white started out on a strong note with some probing runs from Scotty Marrison and John Quincey Beakman.  Enfield pulled ahead early with a penalty kick from Matthew Pike, but Eastern Shore soon answered back with a try of their own.  8-man Kyle Kelly showed his prowess again by tearing through the Eastern Shore defence to put Enfield back on top for a few minutes only to have the lead relinquished before the halftime whistle.  During the second half prop Clay MacDonnell pumped in a long-range try to give Enfield a 13-10 lead and Matt Taylor put the home team under immense pressure, punting the ball into the corners.  Unfortunately Eastern Shore charged back with a late try while Enfield was a player down due to a yellow card for some off the ball shenanigans to give the home team a 15-13 lead and the win.  The Division III boys are now 4-1 and have walked away with points in each match.  The next game is away to Pictou County RFC on Tuesday night.  The game was also the debut of the 48 years-young evergreen Bristolian visitor Simon Gait who had just arrived in Nova Scotia to visit the Taylors and Jordan.

Helpard, Jason, Connor, Clay, and Jordan trying to see in the fog

Friday night's Keltics versus Barbarians fixture proved to be an entertaining - yet sloppy - display of rugby featuring some old and new faces of Nova Scotia rugby.  The match was designed in tribute to the alumni of the Keltics teams of 1998 and 2000 who featured in the Rugby Canada Super League finals, and to the four provincial teams who just two weeks ago came home with gold medals from the Eastern Canadian Championships in Prince Edward Island.  The Barbarians side was lead by former Canada captain Morgan Williams (Bordeaux-Begles, Stade Francais, Saracens, SC Albi) and also featured Canada and Nova Scotia stalwarts such as Derek Daypuck (Ontario Blues), Ed Knaggs, Rich O'Malley, and Jesse Landry.  The Enfield contingent for the Keltics included starting players prop Ryan Dickie, lock Evan Dickie, scrum half and vice-captain Mark Sweeney, center Adam Fitzpatrick, and off the bench, 8-man/wing Matt MacNeil, prop Nick Munroe, and hooker Mike MacNamera.  The two sides traded points back and forth throughout the evening, providing the crowd with a number of "ooh" moments and probably a few more "ahh" moments.  Noteable incidents included a two-try performance from Matt MacNeil (one of the intercept variety and one of the forward smashing brand), some strong open-field running from Adam Fitzpatrick, and a beautifully weighted cross-kick try from Morgan Williams to Derek Daypuck that not only beat the Keltics defence, but left most of the team just watching the play emerge with the facial expressions of a child on Christmas morning.  The Keltics took the win 48-38, just enough to keep provincial coach Jack Hanratty from having a heart attack.  The post-match festivities ran on long into the night and based on the looks of pure joy on the faces of the Barbarians, it was a fine example that the passion for the game and the comradery never dies.

Mark Sweeney and Morgan Williams: You'll never see Sweeney this excited again...

Enfield guys: Fitzy, Malay, Drew, Matty, Joel, Evan (Sergeant-At-Arms), Sweeney, the Honourable Peter MacKay (Minister of Justice and Attorney General), Nick, Ryan, Dunner, Mikey, and Liam

The Keltics and Barbarians: Nice to see the Barbs sporting the new Enfield RFC jerseys with Curly Portables front and centre!

The Enfield RFC ladies were at it on Saturday at the Seahorse Cup out at Graves-Oakley and took on the Halifax Tars and a combination team of Windsor and Valley.  The ladies made it through to the semi-finals where they were defeated by the Halifax Rugby Club.  Reports were scant, but the weekend featured the return of both Daniela Mayo and Dawn Sullivan (which is super awesome), and surely some fun was had after the fact.  'Magine.

Danela back in the Black and White!

Lastly, Adrienne MacDonald finished up the last camp ahead of the NWL tournament at Twin Elms Rugby Park in Ottawa and will depart for Upper Canada on Monday morning.  The Atlantic Team takes on the Prairies on Tuesday, 29 July, Ontario on Wednesday, has a bye day on Thursday and every team is off on Friday.  They will play British Columbia on Saturday and finish out against Quebec on Sunday.  The link to the tournament website is here, and the link to the live stream schedule is here.  Best of luck to Adrienne and all of the Atlantic athletes!

Kit Christmas!: Adrienne MacDonald modelling her Atlantic NWL kit before travelling to Ottawa
 
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