This past Saturday, July 6th was a big rugby day in Enfield. The Enfield RFC held their one and only triple header of the season, with the women's team and both men's teams stepping out on the pitch for 3 great games of rugby. The women's team was matched up against Halifax RFC in the scorching heat for the second time this season. Enfield played short one winger to match up with Halifax's numbers and although they both played a very good game, scoring the same amount of tries, Halifax got luckier on their conversion kicks, which unfortunately gave them the win. Enfield's hooker, Amanada MacAskill stated, "despite the heat and matching HRFC's numbers, we worked well together, took advantage of the open field spaces, kept up the communication, and although we did not come out with the win, I believe we out played them on many levels." Tries for Enfield were scored by Tasha Mckenzie, Adrienne MacDonald, and Megan Sullivan (3), with a final score of 35-25 for Halifax. A big thank you goes out to all the dedicated fans who braved the heat and came out to show their Enfield spirit. The next Enfield women's game will be held this Saturday, July 13th at 1:00pm vs Windsor at Kings Edgehill.
The men's Division I side also took on Halifax RFC. Enfield came out with plenty of intensity off the start, scoring two quick tries under the intense summer heat. Notable plays included Bryan Hollister's running, fending off many attempted tackles from Halifax players to score his first division one try. The game provided a great opportunity for some of Enfield’s young talent to play at the division one level and featured great decisions from fly-half Joel Doyle, who kept Halifax’s defence line in a constant state of confusion. As the game wore on Halifax RFC began to rally and put a few points on the board, but Enfield’s massive goal-line defence was enough to fend them off from scoring a game winning try. Final Score: 24-18 Enfield; Scorers: Evan Dickie (1), Bryan Hollister (1), Nick Munroe (1), Stewart Cook (3 conv, 1 penalty kick).
Enfield kicked off against eastern shore in the first division 3 home game of the season, the young team, some playing there first rugby game. They showed the drive and conviction of a much more seasoned team, proving that the future of Enfield RFC is in good hands. The boy’s fitness showed against the larger eastern shore, as they never stopped running at pace in pursuit of the ball carrier, and then proceeded to make excellent tackles. Coach Matt Taylor made a return to the rugby pitch in the final minutes of the game, to show that after a several year hiatus, he still has some skill. Final Score: 41-5 Eastern Shore; Scorer: Stew Cook (1).
Enfield RFC Coach Matt Taylor dusted off the boots and made his rugby debut on Canadian-soil, donning the black and white for the first time. (Editors note: Those boots aren't actually Matt's, they belonged to Adrienne's grandfather from his playing days in Cape Breton).