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Mid-week Update: HRFC and Tars and a big weekend for the black and white!

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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!

 

Weekend Update - Gold Found on PEI!

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It was a golden weekend for the Nova Scotia Keltics entries at the 2014 Eastern Canadian Rugby Championships in Prince Edward Island this past weekend.  All of the Nova Scotian entries in the tournament came out with gold medals after a hot weekend of exciting rugby.  The senior women, U20 and U18 girls, and the U18 boys were all victorious, making it a clean sweep for the Scotians.

Proud Scotians: Backrow - Clay MacDonnell, Austin White, Evan Dickie, Connor Westbury, Devon Rose, Tyler MacDonald; Second Row - Riley Ashley, Tasha Mckenzie, Josh Garden; Front Row - Ashley Ettinger, Tor Colbert, Adrienne MacDonald

The black and white were well represented on the weekend with center Adrienne MacDonald and scrum half Ashely Ettinger featuring for the senior women and hooker Mikey MacNamera and center Adam Fitzpatrick representing the senior men in a match against the New Brunswick Black Spruce.  The senior women showed very well over the weekend with four strong victories over their Atlantic Canadian counterparts, and conceded only one try (which was scored by friend of the club Olivia DeMerchant).

Senior Ladies Ashley and Adrienne with their gold medals

In the age-grade categories winger Tor Colbert and prop Tasha MacKenzie helped the U20s to a gold medal, making a strong contribution both on and off the ball.  Tasha carried the ball with her typical powerful and direct approach, while Tor showed she has speed to burn on the outsides of the park.  The girls defeated PEI 34-0 to lock up the gold medal.

U20 Ladies Tor and Tasha with their hardware

In the U18 boys category, under the tutelage of coach Evan Dickie, prop Clay MacDonnell, backrow forwards Josh Garden, Connor Westbury, and Riley Ashley, halves Tyler MacDonald and Austin White as well as winger Devon Rose all played a role in the Nova Scotia victory.  Of the U18 boys, Coach Dickie was very pleased to see the guys take Rugby NS men's rugby to a higher standard.  He was impressed with the effort of the Enfield players, who all played a key role in winning the tournament.  Tyler MacDonald continues to improve with his distribution and leadership around the field, and Josh Garden showed both excellent discipline on the field and immense heart for his team.  Josh remained on the sidelines after separating his shoulder during the final game so he could see the boys win and be a part of the team photographs.

The U18 Crew with their championship gold - the first in a long, long time for the U18 Keltics

A huge congratulations to all of the Rugby Nova Scotia athletes, coaches, parents, and administrators for a job well done.  That is a weekend to be very proud of.

Coming this week: The Enfield RFC women's team take on the Halifax Rugby Club in women's action on Monday night at Graves-Oakley while the Enfield RFC Division I men take on the Halifax Tars on Tuesday night at the Enfield Lion's Den.

 

Monday Night Update: Division I

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After a long, cold, blustery off season, the Enfield RFC men's Division I side finally got to put practice into play and stepped out for the first match of the season against the Halifax Rugby Club.  Enfield was able to come out strong, putting Halifax under pressure right from the opening phases.  The Black and White got on the scoreboard early with a try from Nick Munroe, and never really looked back.  Building good opportunities off of a strong set-piece, Enfield was able to vary their attack, relying on a mobile and aggressive forward pack, and a pace-filled backline.

 

Highlights of the match included several strong carries from flanker Justin Dunn and some stellar chemistry between flyhalf Tim Loney and newcomer Adam Fitzpatrick.

 

Enfield came out on top with a 45-5 victory with tries from Nick Munroe, Matt MacNeil, Stew Cook, Adam Fitzpatrick (2), and Sam MacDonnell.  Stew Cook went well off the tee with 5 conversions and a penalty kick, while Cameron MacBeath knocked over the final conversion of the match in his first Division I game for Enfield.

No actual photographic evidence from the game survived, only this snap of Adrienne and Sweeney's new pup asleep on Touch Judge Mike Gervais' kitbag.  Classic.
 

Monday Night Update

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The Black and White continued their Division III unbeaten streak with a 19-14 victory over the Halifax Rugby Club on Monday night at Graves-Oakley.  It was a very tight match throughout with both clubs trading back and forth the lead, but the guys from Enfield managed to control the flow of play, put the ball in the corners, and secure the win on a sunny July evening.

Tyler MacDonald of the Enfield RFC looking to sky the opening kickoff.

The first half was a touch on the sloppy side and some dropped balls frustrated the loyal Enfield RFC crowd, and exhausted the packs on both sides with about 300 scrums.  The guys kept themselves calm, managed to focus on the basic facets of the game and put together some quality rugby in the second half.  Some impressive linebreaks from Alex Malay were a positive feature, as was the footwork of Mike "Conrad" Dickie who found himself in far more open space then he is accustomed to, and his deft handling saw Jeremy Loney put into a lovely gap for the final try of the match.  Josh Garden was a major threat in the defensive lineout, and Captain Sam MacDonnell again had the workrate of a trusted old mule.  Drew Hutt increased his contribution from last weekend and put in a solid 20-minutes of ruck smashing, ball carrying, and forearm chop-tackling intensity.

"You just drive that old girl into touch and let me worry about the rest."  Drew Hutt  (Not an official Drew Hutt quote....)

Enfield tries came from Alex Malay, Mike Dickie, and Jeremy Loney, with two conversions from Cameron MacBeath.


 

Weekend Update - End of June and Canada Day!

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What a long weekend!  The Enfield RFC was very busy over the 28/29 June/Canada Day weekend: two Senior club matches, involvement in the Rugby Nova Scotia Junior Blitz program, a chunk of the men's team away to Newfoundland with the Nova Scotia Keltics, and the culmination with a big day of community events on July 1st.

The women's team kicked off the weekend with a long and hot Women's Crossover battle away to the Division I Valley Bullkitties in Coldbrook.  Valley continues to perform well, particularly showcasing their strength and depth off the bench.  The Enfield women perhaps let Valley's confidence impact their own throughout the match, but had some great moments in spots and came out with their heads held high.  They were pleased to have kept their emblematic intensity switched on right until the end of the match.  The final scoreline was 80-14, with tries from Adrienne MacDonald and Saralynne Knockwood and two conversions from Ashley Ettinger.

The girls talking it through in the Valley

On Sunday the men's Division III hosted the Pictou Co. RFC at the Lion's Den in Enfield in what was a high scoring and hotly contested match right through to the end.  The Enfield RFC was marshalled around the field by flyhalf Matt Taylor, whose kicking put the black in white in strong field position throughout.  The match marked the return of the one man rucking machine Drew Hutt to the pitch, which was greatly celebrated by everyone who has ever met the man.  The final score of the match was 41-22, with tries from Matt MacNeil (3), Tim Loney (2), Alex Malay, Mitch Avery (his first on Enfield soil), and the kicks split between Joel Doyle and Matt Taylor.

Back in black: Drew Hutt back on the field!

The Junior Girls played away at the Rugby NS Junior Blitz which was hosted by the Halifax Tars at Graves Oakley on Sunday. The girls were in a pool with the Tars and Dartmouth and lost two close games, 15-10 and 14-10.  The girls closed out the day with a win over Halifax RFC 12-5 to wrap up 5th position.  A big thank you to all of the Enfield girls who participated, and to Mackenzie and Jessica from Pictou County who played with Enfield.  Notable efforts came from Tor and Sarah who both played extremely well and put some points on the board, and all in all everyone performed strongly, despite the heat and a short bench.  Well done girls!

 

Seven of the Enfield guys were selected to travel with the Nova Scotia Keltics to St. John's for the final match of the Atlantic League against the Newfoundland Rock. The Keltics narrowly missed in a 13-8 defeat to the Rock in what was a fast-paced and physically aggressive, yet error-filled match at the Swilers grounds.  Ryan Dickie (Prop), Mikey MacNamera (Hooker), Evan Dickie (Lock), and Mark Sweeney (Scrum Half) started the match, while Justin Dunn (Flanker), Nick Munroe (Prop), and Stew Cook (Winger) featured off the bench.

Looking Sharp: Enfield marches on

The black and white were busy from dawn until well after dusk on Canada Day.  The day began with the decorating of the Enfield RFC Float at the Truck Centre in Elmsdale.  A major thank you to Carl and Danielle from Miller's Towing for providing the truck and support all day long, and to Rod Dickie for driving the Perma Dry van carrying our extra candy.  The Enfield/Elmsdale Parade was the first stop for the Enfield RFC/Miller's Towing crew and Enfield looked very sharp with plenty of folks marching in the black and white, including a contingent of our newly formed Mini-Rugby Program.  In partnership with the Enfield Weekly Press, Enfield passed out copies of the most recent newspaper to parade-goers all along the route, which has a pull-out copy of Enfield's summer rugby schedule. The atmosphere along Highway #2 was as awesome as ever, and our supporters were pleased to get handfuls of candy and freezees and the obligatory water gun blasts.

Working the Crowds

Following the wrap-up of the Enfield parade the Miller Towing float scooted off to the Shubenacadie Parade with a smaller, but still very enthusiastic Enfield RFC contingent in tow.  The Shubie Parade crowd were also in great spirits and were keen to toss the rugby balls around with members of the Enfield RFC.

Miller's Towing and Perma Dry with the Enfield RFC

The next step of the day was down at the Enfield/Elmsdale Lion's Dens in Enfield where the black and white could be found organizing the parking (in green MCT Financial training bibs), running the extremely popular dunk-tank, and running around helping the Lion's Club ensure that the rest of the event went off without a hitch.  The night culminated with a wonderful display of fireworks, at which point the now totally exhausted volunteers could finally head for home.

Becca Mac and Ashton at the Dunk Tank

Thanks to all of our friends for helping out!

The Enfield RFC is in action in Division III against Halifax RFC at Graves Oakley on Weds night at 6:30pm.

 
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