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.