The Enfield Rugby Football Club would like to thank all of the participating teams and the main sponsors of the event – Curly Portables, Shoppers Drug Mart, and the East Hants Sportsplex – for making the first Enfield RFC Sweetheart Sevens such a success.
Saturday, 13 February was a full day of high-quality rugby at the Dome in Lantz, with three fields running some excellent men’s and women’s games, featuring club and university sides from around Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The tournament organizers did a wonderful job putting the pieces in place for an outstanding tourney and keeping the show on schedule throughout the day, which featured 40+ high intensity matches and a skills competition that was enjoyed by all.
Scotty Marrison in action for the Enfield RFC during the Sweetheart Sevens
The men’s bracket featured some stellar performances by the Saint John Trojans and Halifax Rugby Club, but the winner on the day was the Halifax Tars who combined the right balance of patience and pace to put one over on the Fredericton Loyalists who took the long, grueling road to the finals. On the women’s side, the crowd was delighted with spirited showings from the Saint John Irish and Nova Scotia U-18s who both put on a display of fleet-footed rugby, but it was the A-Team from Antigonish who showed a great ability to clog the middle of the field and create space on the flanks which put them over the Enfield RFC 2 entry to take home the women’s title.
2016 Sweetheart Sevens Men's Champions Halifax Tars and the Women's Champions "A-Team"
A wonderful day culminated with the after-party at Curly Portables, which as always proved to be an absolute delight. Another big thank-you to all club members and friends who pitched in with the planning of the tournament and the execution on the day. There was no shortage of hands-raised to help out with touch judging, merchandise sales, and any of the odds and ends that needed done. The club was very pleased with the event and if it was any sign of things to come, the 10-year anniversary of the Enfield RFC in 2016 and the next installment of the Sweetheart Sevens for 2017 should be something special.
Some of the Enfield RFC women's players at the end of a great day of rugby
We at Enfield RFC will be hosting our inaugural 'Sweetheart 7s' indoor sevens tournament the weekend of February 13th and 14th 2016. Depending on registration numbers, the tournament may be held in its entirety on Saturday, February 13th. The tournament will be held in the largest sports dome in Atlantic Canada, located outside Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Enfield RFC's Devon Rose has been named by the Rugby Canada U18 coaching staff as a part of a 52-player roster to attend training camp in Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia in October. The club would like to congratulate Rosie on the invite and wish him the best of luck at camp.
Rosie and Badger representing the Atlantic Rock at the U19 CRC
Canada’s 52-man camp list (Name, position, hometown):
Conrad Luthe, (prop) Vaudreuil, QB
Jeremy Fleet, (prop) Dollard des Ormeaux, QB
Cole Keith (prop) Sussex, NB
Liam Murray (prop) Langley, BC
Branden Mangold (prop) Calgary, AB
Alex McAra (prop)
Caleb Belo (prop)
Riley Savard (prop) Stoufville, ON
Dewald Kotze (hooker) Port Alberni, BC
James O'Neil (hooker)
Steven NG (hooker) Ottawa, ON
Carson Dunbar (hooker) New Glasgow, NS
Tom Davidson (lock) Gatineau, QB
Jordan Montgomery (lock) Kensington, PEI
Damon Adams (lock)
Callum Botcher (lock) Vancouver, BC
Matt Van Camp (lock) Blackstock, ON
Kolby Francis (lock) Brantford, ON
Cody Hawkes (back row)
Rakim Brooks (back row) Ottawa
Liam Doll (back row) North Vancouver, BC
Jake Thiel (back row) Abbotsford, BC
Mathew Fish (back row) Waterloo, ON
Devan Deguera (back row) Holland Landing, ON
Mike Smith (back row) Surrey, BC
Nick Delallo (back row) Ottawa, ON
Jamie Mcnaughton (back row) Carlton Place, ON
Kiernan Collie (back row) Montreal, QB
Sebastien Iaricci (scrum-half) Laval, QB
Logan Smith (scrum-half) Surrey, BC
Mathew Ye (scrum-half) Unionville, ON
Rob Freckleton (scrum-half)
Brody Viancourt (fly-half) Huntingdon, QB
Miller Thind (fly-half) Pitt Meadows, BC
Josh Thiel (fly-half) Abbotsford, BC
Ethan Hager (midfield) Toronto, ON
John Jubenville (midfield) Surrey, BC
Andrew Steele (midfield) Oromocto, NB
Emerson Padley (midfield)
Mitch Cameron (midfield) West Vancouver, BC
Darian Morrison (midfield)
Myles Donoghue (midfield) Ottawa, ON
Connor O'Neil (midfield)
Elias Ergas (outside backs) Vancouver, BC
Isaac Trask (outside backs)
James Dugiud (outside backs) Fredericton, NB
Devon Rose (outside backs) East Hants, NS
Mostyn Finlay (outside backs) Regina, SK
Roy Walters (outside backs) Toronto, ON
Parker Leclaire (outside backs) Bedeque, PEI
Cole Davis (outside backs)
Noah Bain (outside backs) Abbotsford, BC
In a championship match where the home team came out with a clear intention to put their mark on the game early and not let off, the Enfield RFC women overcame a mid-season loss to their opponents, the Dartmouth PigDogs, and cruised to a convincing 71-31 victory in front of a very loud Enfield crowd. Enfield captain Adrienne MacDonald noted that lopsided loss to Dartmouth in July was the motivation the Enfield women needed to enter the closing weeks of the season with a fresh focus and intensity, changing their gameplan considerably in the weeks leading to the final.
Straight from kickoff Enfield showed a wide attacking flair getting ball runners into space and keeping the ball alive through the outside channels. Tries came early and often through Amy Fraser, Daniela Mayo (2), Adrienne MacDonald (3), Megan Sullivan (2), Bryony Taylor (2), and Saralynne Knockwood. Mayo came good with 8 conversions, a few of them nearly from the Lion’s Den parking lot. Full credit to the PigDogs, who continued to put in the hard graft on defense throughout the match and looked to threaten playing the spoiler in the quarter after halftime. Dartmouth sparked 20 points onto the scoreboard, largely through the evasive running and kickchase of fullback Breanna Allison. Enfield found the same intensity that they started the match with in the final quarter, putting the game out of reach on offense and closing it out with a solid, flat line of defending. Coach Drew Hutt was thrilled with the result, particularly through the use of the entire bench, “which displayed the dynamic we had all year of some added depth to the squad. It really showed it was a full team victory.”
The club is extremely proud of the girls for putting on such a comprehensive showing in a championship game, and the girls would like to thank coach Drew Hutt for his hard work and belief as well as Matt MacNeil and Mark Sweeney for helping adjust tactics toward the end of the year. The girls would also like to thank the club and club supporters for their backing throughout the season and on the day.
From Rugby Nova Scotia President Geno Carew:
This Friday, August 7th, will be the final men's Keltics game of the season. The senior men take on Quebec after a 15-9 win last weekend in Montreal. This is a two game test series with the winner having most aggregate of points over the two games.
The Senior Mens team has had their most successful season in 15 years with wins over Quebec and the Newfoundland Rock. We would like to reach out to all club teams to help support the Keltics in another victory. The game will be held at The Wanderers Grounds at 7:00pm with our U18 Mens team as curtain raiser against NB at 5PM.
We will be celebrating all of the Keltics achievements including gold medals and capped players over this past season and we hope to see you there!
Also, the Enfield RFC would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of its members who have been involved in Provincial and Regional rugby programs during the 2015 season. The accomplishments of our athletes and these programs has been awesome this year and we are very proud of everyone involved!
Keltics Men's U16
Mike Dickie (Coach)
Keltics Men's U18
Evan Dickie (Coach)
Keltics Women's U18
Atlantic Rock Men's U19
Keltic's Women's U20
Keltics Men's U23
Keltics Men's Senior
Keltics Women's Senior
Atlantic Rock Men's Senior
Atlantic NWL Women's Senior
Our Enfield RFC Mini Players also featured at the Senior Men's Atlantic League fixture against the Newfoundland Rock as a part of the halftime entertainment!
Thanks to Steve MacBeath, Jack Hanratty, MSchroFoto, and someone's iPhone for the images above.