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Enfield's Cameron Farnell off to Rugby Canada U-17 Camp

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The Enfield RFC could not be any happier to announce that our own Cameron Farnell has been invited to participate in the Rugby Canada U17 East camp in Kingston, Ontario in October.  Cameron is a talented and determined young prop forward with a natural set of skills that has seen him quickly break into the Enfield Division I squad, lead from the front on his HERH Tigers team, represent Nova Scotia at the U16, and as an underager at the U18 level, and represent the Atlantic Rock at the National Festival and on tour to the United Kingdom this past season.  Cameron will be joined by his friend and provincial teammate James Davy of the Tars and we wish the two of them the best of luck away at camp.  We are very proud of you Cameron, go well!

 

For more information on the camp see today's Rugby Canada release.

 

U17 Men’s East Camp Roster (Name, club, province):

Ben Burnside (Cobourg Saxons) ON

Zeidi Collaku (Mississauga Blues RFC) ON

James Davy (Halifax Tars RFC) NS

Kaleb Delaney (Oakville Crusaders) ON

Jake Demmons (NB Rugby) NB

Michael DiMonte (Vaughn Yeoman) ON

Cameron Farnell (Enfield RFC) NS

Evan Gilliland (Saint John Trojans) NB

Alexander Hickman (Swilers RFC) NL

Jeremie Lavoie (Abénakis) QC

Jeremy L'Heureux (Ormstown Saracens) QC

Evan Mackenzie (Swilers) NL

William Matthews (Beaconsfield RFC) QC

Liam McLaughlin       (Wanderers) ON

Noah Meyer-Gray (Team Quebec / Saints Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue) QC

Sam Mills (Crusaders) ON

Ryan Perkins (BRFC) QC

Nathan Pinder (Belleville Bulldogs) ON

David Richard (Mississauga Blues) ON

Gregory  Recher (Ormstown Saracens) QC

Harry Sanders (Bytown blues) ON

Tristan Villiers (Polyvalente de la Baie St-Francois ) QC

Brock Webster (Oshawa Vikings) ON

Carson Young (Oshawa Vikings) ON

Coaching Staff:

Paul Hahn

Sean McDonaugh

Tyler Leggatt

Darrell Devine

 

Enfield RFC Member Joe Westin Internationally Capped for the Cayman Islands

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Those who have been around the club for a while will no doubt fondly remember Joe Westin, and those of you who are newer will have heard a few tall tales about the fleet-footed lock known endearingly around Enfield RFC as “Cayman Joe.”  Joe came to us during his tenure at Saint Mary’s University, joining the club to play alongside the friends he had made in the Nova Scotia University rugby league.  Joe was excellent in the lineout, tremendously fit around the park, and aggressive in the contact area on either side of the ball (he also flourished at the club pool parties which were much more frequent in those days…).   He put an incredible amount of passion into the shirt during his time in Enfield and has been sorely missed since he returned home to his family in the Cayman Islands.

An always physical Cayman Joe suited up for Enfield in 2011 (Photo credit to Jaclyn Doyle)

Since leaving the Enfield RFC Joe has continued on with his rugby and taken his game to much higher levels.  For those who follow the international rugby news a bit of this will be old hat, but we are very proud to share that one of our own has been plying his trade with the Cayman Islands national rugby team, and has earned international caps (alongside his three brothers).  We have recently caught up with Joe and he has been good enough to share his experiences with us in the aftermath of a Rugby World Cup Qualifier test series against Bermuda and Mexico this summer.

Joe (far right) with his brothers Paul, Edward, Shane and Matthew after defeating Bermuda (Photo credit to Caroline Deegan)

Mark Sweeney: How long have you been involved with the RHSW Cayman National XV?

Joe Westin: I started my involvement with the XV’s squad last year in 2015 when I was first capped against Mexico for the Rugby Americas North semi-finals. My international endeavours this season started in August 2015 training with the Hong Kong sevens squad.  After 5 months with keeping up with that squad I blew my A/C joint in February 2016 putting me out of selection.  I started training with the XV’s squad that same month.

Out of a group of 32 to 37 players we have had a core of about 24 training together since February.  Many hours put in with a world class professional coach, former South Africa Bulls head coach Phil Petorious.

MS: One of your most recent matches was a RWC qualifier against Bermuda, what was the atmosphere like, any comments on the match?

JW: Bermuda is, for lack of a better title, our arch nemesis.  The atmosphere was hostile and exciting.  We were confident going into the game, however, we knew Bermuda would be tough and it would be a physical game.  I came on the field in the second half with 30 minutes to go and immediately re-injured my A/C joint by a crushing tackle mid field.  However, we played our game pattern much better in the second half and came out with a historic win over Bermuda.

MS: Your next fixture was a big one against Mexico, how was the feeling among the squad?  What were the preparations like?

JW: Mexico is my favorite team to play against.  We are a small island with only 37 men to pick from, and we compete and can out play Mexico who has 10,000 rugby players registered.  Our preparations started before the Bermuda game.  We had Mexico in our sights from February.  As a team our coach gave us a vision and a dream to make it into the Rugby World Cup. He made us see that it was possible.

Unfortunately battling 8600 feet altitude we started finding our legs too late in the second half and could only fight our way back from a 27-7 deficit to 34- 24 final score.

It was an especially bitter loss because we out played them in the second half and would have outlasted them if there were only 10 extra minutes left or we started playing our game 10 minutes earlier.

MS: The Westin’s are in a very small club, having four of you marching out in your national team colours, how much does it mean for you to be representing the Cayman’s alongside your brothers?

JW: My brothers playing beside me on such a grand stage is so special.  It is hard to describe. We play on all teams together.  5 Westins are on the Pig Trotters club team who are reigning champs 3 years in a row now.  We put our own Westin’s team into the annual sevens tournament and Beach rugby tournament.  I can sometimes take it for granted but once I saw our names on the team roster for the Bermuda game and again 4 Westin’s for Mexico I get a real sense of pride, but again am humbled by how big of a blessing it is.  We are a very Catholic family, and with a few team mates on the field before the games we say a prayer together and give all our successes and failures in the upcoming game to God and thank Him for the privilege of playing for our Country.  It is very special.

We might never get to do this again together so I cherished each moment.  Our game against Mexico topped the cake when all 4 Westins were on the field at the same time.

The Cayman National XV greet their fans (Photo credit Caroline Deegan)

The Enfield RFC is tremendously proud of Joe’s accomplishments and grateful to him for sharing his experiences with us.  We have recently carried out a long-distance jersey exchange with Cayman Joe and will proudly display Joe’s Cayman Island’s National Team jersey in Enfield.  We are also in the early stages of planning a tour to the Cayman Islands to play a couple of men’s and women’s rugby games and catch up with our old friend Joe.  Keep your eyes peeled for more information on the tour as the planning shapes up.  As for closing thoughts, we will leave that to Joe who reflected fondly on his time playing with the Enfield RFC:

JW: I am happy to say that Enfield RFC is the best club I have ever played for.  The love in Enfield RFC cannot be compared to any club I’ve played for.

I hope I can come and play with you boys again.  Even for a game or two.  Say hi to the boys I think of you guys often.

Joe's Jersey in Enfield

For more information on the Cayman Island’s national rugby team please see link.  For detailed match reports see Cayman Compass and Americas Rugby News.

Thanks to Caroline Deegan [Caroline Deegan Photography (Cayman Islands)] for the use of her images in this article.

 

Youth Rugby in Nova Scotia

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If you loved watching the Canadian women's rugby team capture a bronze medal in their debut Olympic performance, maybe you would like to give the beautiful sport a try for yourself!  Rugby Nova Scotia is offering three new opportunities for young people to get involved in the sport this fall!

In brief the three events are:

1) a Youth Combine

2) a try rugby day

3) a 7's tournament Series

The details of each are below and attached in respective posters.

Things to keep in mind:

  • We welcome all interested in volunteering to organise these events!
  • Please distribute information as widely as possible!
  • Please send money and questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Combine:

Who: Male and Female Athletes Trying to reach their Olympic potential between the ages of 15 and 19 (Still in Secondary School) are invited to the Rugby Nova Scotia Keltics 7’s Combine.

Where: The day will consist of strength, fitness, and rugby testing and will take place on August 28th from 9-12 at the Canadian Sports Centre Atlantic 26 Thomas Raddall Dr. Halifax.  And then from 2-4pm at Graves Oakley.

Why: Successful athletes will be selected for this years Keltics Academy which will take place in three locations (Halifax, Wolfville and Antigonish)

Also successful athletes will be selected for the long-list for Keltics U18 7’s Squad, which will compete at NY Sevens in November and the Rugby Canada National Sevens in Vancouver in March.

How: To register please email $35 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (please state 'combine' in the memo)

Any questions on the combine can be directed to Provincial Coach Jack Hanratty at (902) 292-6778

Please note: All money raised will go into the development of the squad.

Youth Try Rugby

What: You’ve seen rugby in the Olympics, now come try it for yourself. Rugby Nova Scotia is looking for any player who is interested in giving rugby a try.

Who: Rugby Nova Scotia would like to invite any athletes between the ages of 13-19 players will receive skills drills, tips on Canada’s new favourite sport.

To register please send 15$ to (specified in notes )

When/Where: August 28th, at Graves Oakley

How: To register please email $15 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (please state 'combine' in the memo)

 

Tournament Series

What: First of its kind 7's tournaments series, to be held at various locations around the province. Games will be played alongside skills sessions with provincial coaches.

Who: Rugby players of all skill levels between the ages of 13-19 (Secondary School)

When/Where:  The first to be held September 11th at Graves Oakley Fields in Halifax

How: To register please email $25/player to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (Note Tournament in the memo section)

Note: we encourage people to register either as a group (eg a club team) or as individuals. Any individuals looking to play without a connection to a group will be put on a barbarians team!

 

Away to Riverlake: Featuring Mini Rugby!

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A much shorter article this time around because Mr. Pike was unavailable (you can’t get good help…), but it was a lovely away Sunday against our old friends Riverlake this past weekend for women’s and men’s division III matchups, and the highlight of the day, a mini-rugby demonstration of extraordinary skill and energy that took place featuring the Riverlake and Enfield youth programs.

 

The women’s game kicked the day off and was a joy to watch.  Veterans of the club showed why we keep them on the payroll: Saralynne Knockwood had her defensive switch flicked to “Beast Mode,” Dawn Sullivan showed crazy pace on the outside of the field, and Adrienne MacDonald traded her centre hat for a scrum half cap and made a fine showing of it.  But it was the youth of the club that really stood out on the day, with fine showings from Emma Julian (a brace of tries), Keisha Nowe (her first try!), and Jewlia Burke (showing great leadership and attack from the base of the scrum).  The women’s team came out with a convincing victory, and are slated to take on the Halifax Rugby Club in the Division I playoffs next Wednesday, 24 August at the Don Bayer Field in Dartmouth.

The men’s game was another fine installation in the four-part miniseries of Enfield v. Riverlake: 2016.  A back-and-forth affair where Riverlake looked very powerful through the mid-field and Enfield fronted up in the forwards and showed blistering pace on the wings (thanks to Kyle MacNeil and John McCrae), the scoreline didn’t represent how painfully uncomfortable the contact area actually looked.  Both sides traded scores to about 130-127, until Riverlake’s replacement fly-half decided to kick a penalty to tie the game, at which point everyone retired to Bubba Ray’s for tea.

A Teachable Moment with Coach Kelly; On the Attack!

The undoubted highlight of the afternoon was an excellent match between the Enfield RFC and the Riverlake Mini’s.  A crew of about 20 youngsters played a lovely game of flag rugby for the crowd of players, parents, and fans at Range Park in Bedford.  The game was tremendously inspiring both for the skill shown by the kids, but also by the good-nature with which it was played by all who participated.  Both sides demonstrated a good range of passing, defensive, and support skills and some fine footwork that would not be matched by either senior game on the day.  Full credit to the organizers who did a great job of putting the event together and facilitating on the day, to the parents, and especially to the kids who put on such a fine demonstration of all that is so wonderful about our sport.

‘magine

 

Division I: A Loss at Home

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For their second game of a busy weekend swing through Nova Scotia, the PEI Mudmen stopped in Enfield to play the Division 1 Men’s team. Despite some hopeful spattering of rain the day before, there was no mud to be found on the Lion’s Den field.

Enfield started the game with energy, bolstered by some early penalties taken by PEI. Unfortunately, one of Enfield RFC’s kicks for touch stayed in bounds.  After the PEI back three cleared the ball, Enfield tried an offensive chip kick. PEI’s scrum-half ended the soccer match by speeding through several missed tackles to score the first try of the game.

The Enfield RFC scrum proved to be powerful as the game wore on

After the restart, PEI kicked for points when Enfield took a high tackle penalty. The attempt went wide, but PEI kept Enfield against their try line. Enfield took a scrum penalty, and from the ensuing line-out, PEI used quick passes to give their outside backs space to score a try in the corner.

Enfield replied with excellent distribution from scrum-half Mark Sweeney. Ryan Dickie, Jeremy “Chuck” Owens, and Bryan Campbell all did their part to muscle through PEI’s defense. When PEI took a ruck penalty at their 40, Chase Kirkendall made a beautiful kick to put 3 points up for Enfield RFC.

Players such as Brandon “I like that people are scared of me” Horne, Justin Dunn, and Evan Dickie put in huge hits to keep the Mudmen off the scoreboard before the first water break. PEI’s winger speed proved to be the difference though. Their wingers scored two quick tries in a row, finding overlaps after great offload passes from their centers. It would’ve been three tries except for a great open-field tackle by John McRae and Jordan Sheppard.

With the score at 24-3, Enfield needed a try to keep them in the game. Enfield RFC’s fly-half, Chase, started it with a highball over PEI’s back line. Alex “ayuckyuckyuck” Malay gathered the kick and ran until forced down near the try line. Evan Dickie took a pass from the ruck and stiff-armed his way in for a try.

PEI ended the first half by kicking a penalty for 3 points. After half, Enfield had to play shorthanded because of a dubious yellow card.  PEI used the space provided to score a try through Enfield’s backs. Then PEI scored again not long after when their winger retrieved a grubber kick placed well in Enfield RFC’s corner.

Sam MacDonnell gave Enfield RFC a boost after those demoralizing tries, going on a long run before offloading to Mike McNamara to finish for a try. PEI answered right back by using the grubber again to score in the same manner after the restart.

Late in the second half, Enfield RFC found momentum by showing dominance in the scrum. For the next two tries, Enfield RFC’s pack drove PEI back into its try zone from 5-meter scrums. Evan Dickie showed off his dribbling skills, dragging the ball along behind the scrum for both tries. Enfield RFC fans also got a special treat when team captain Mark Sweeney went on a massive solo run, dancing around like he was on the Curly Portables dance floor.

[Editors Note: Thanks to Shawn MacSween for the video evidence of Dickie's chipkick]

With the heat sapping the energy out of both teams, the game ended with Evan Dickie and a PEI player each received yellow cards to prevent frustrations boiling over. Coach Joel Doyle commented: “Three tries and a yellow card should be called the Evan Dickie Hat-Trick.”

At the final whistle, the Lion’s Den scoreboard showed 44-29 for the PEI Mudmen.  Man of the Match honours went to Alex Malay for Enfield and Stewie from the Mudmen.

 
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