News and Announcements
Bill Foster was recently awarded OFSAA’s Leadership in Sports Award following this year’s OFSAA Girl’s Rugby tournament, held at Twin Elm June 4-6, 2012. The award is OFSAA’s version of a hall of fame for teacher/coaches.
It was Bill’s fifth trip to OFSAA and fourth in a row in the A/AA level. Foster and the Rockalnd Distrcit high school girls, won bronze, after coming very close to beating the four-time defending champion Trenton.
Foster has been involved in rugby for 32 years—as a player for the Ottawa Irish, starting the Irish senior women program in 1995, and coaching for close to two decades. He is truly one of the best in our sport.
Congratulations Bill, very,very well deserved.
A heated debate over the budget isn’t the only thing in happening in Ottawa. A group of 9 Members of Parliament (MP) are preparing for a scrum of a different sort.
With less than a month until the National Senior Men’s Summer Series kicks off, the buzz is picking up on Parliament Hill. It isn’t just coming from rugby fans, excited about the match vs. the US happening just next door in Kingston, but MPs who have begun training from their big opportunity to shine on their pitch.
The “Game on the Hill”, which was announced earlier this month, will see the MPs, as well as local celebrities and some of Canada’s National team players, take the field in what has been set up as a school yard type version of 7s rugby on our national lawn. The Ottawa Irish’s Robin Maclachlan has been instrumental in making this year’s event happen. As Ottawa Irish players, alumni, and fans will remember, the first Game on the Hill was hosted by the Irish in 2009. The event raised $28,000 for the Military Families Fund.
Several of the MPs in this year’s event have rugby experience under their belt, including the Speaker of the House of Commons and Saskatchewan MP the Hon. Andrew Scheer, who played some rugby during his high school years. The Minister of Sport, the Hon. Bal Gosal, who was with the Canadian Mens 7s team when then they won the gold at the Pan Am games, will also be participating as well as BC MP Bob Zimmer, who was previously the coach of Trinity Western University’s varsity rugby team.
Quebec will be represented by three of different MPs with Matthew Dube, Justin Trudeau and Massimo Pacetti playing. Pacetti is one of the most experienced political figures involved, having played for both Quebec and the Montreal Irish. Trudeau, whose rugby experience may be limited, is currently being touted as the boxing champion of Parliament Hill.
Others taking part in the match are Ontario MPs Paul Dewar and Glenn Thibeault and Nova Scotia MP Peter Stoffer.
“For me, sports has always been and continues to be an important part of my life,” said Massimo Pacetti, MP for the Saint-Léonard—Saint-Michel riding in Quebec. “I look forward to being apart of “the Game on the Hill” to show the country that rugby is still king!”
The honorary coaches for both sides have also been announced, as one team will be lead by Al Charron and the opposing squad will be lead by Stu Ault. Both Charron and Ault are the two most capped Ottawa 7s internationals.
Acting as referee for the match will be the National Men’s Program Manager and Canadian rugby legend, Gareth Rees.
With the first training session before the match taking place last Saturday, with help from some of the local coaches, the group plans to get together once more before June 4th to continue to hone their skills and get prepared to take the field with members of a team ranked 13th in the world.
Everyone involved in “the Game on the Hill” would like to thank CN, the EMS Chiefs of Canada, Ernst and Young, and TD Bank who have been kind enough to sponsor and help make this event possible.
Roster of MPs
The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons and Saskatchewan MP
The Hon. Bal Gosal, Minister of Sport, Ontario MP
Peter Stoffer, Nova Scotia MP
Justin Trudeau, Quebec MP
Massimo Pacetti, Quebec MP
Matthew Dube, Quebec MP
Bob Zimmer, British Columbia MP
Paul Dewar, Ontario MP
Glenn Thibeault, Ontario MP
This Saturday, April 21, starting at 1pm the OIRC is launching a preseason/exhibition tournament of epic proportions! We will be hosting a great day of rugby for our mens program, followed by a social reception for the two visiting clubs taking part in the tournament: Montreal Irish RFC and Balmy Beach RC!!
The schedule for the days events consists of 4 games to be played in a mini round-robin format amongst the Ottawa Irish, Montreal Irish and Balmy Beach. The winning club will be crowned the victor by receiving the inaugural Ottawa Irish Preseason Tournament Trophy!
We encouraging ALL club members, past & present, to come to Twin Elm Rugby Park this Saturday to take in the games and to take part in the afternoons festivities. We hope to see you all there!
: April 21, 2012
: Twin Elm Rugby park (website http://www.twinelm.ca/)
1:00pm – 1:50pm
Montreal Irish 1st VS Ottawa Irish 1st
2:00pm – 2:50pm
Montreal Irish 1st VS Balmy Beach 1st
3:00pm – 3:50pm
Ottawa Irish 1st VS Balmy Beach 1st
4:00pm – 5:20pm
Montreal Irish 2nds VS Ottawa Irish 2nds
Social gathering for all players, spectators, coaches and rugby enthusiasts!
The Ottawa Irish will be running a youth rugby program (ages 5-11) this summer for ten weeks this summer, starting May 17th.
For full details, see Youth Rugby under Our Teams (left menu).
A Free Introduction to Youth Rugby Clinic and Early Registration will be held: Saturday April 21, 2012 at 8:30-10am at the Superdome (1660 Bearbrook Road, Gloucester, ON)
Today four of Eastern Canada’s most prominent rugby clubs announced the creation of a new Eastern Canada Rugby Club Tournament. Ste. Anne de Bellevue Rugby Football Club of Quebec, the Fredericton Loyalists Rugby Club, the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club and the Swilers Rugby Football Club of St. John’s, Newfoundland, have agreed to a four year deal which will see each of these teams competing annually in a weekend tournament for the inaugural Al Charron trophy.
“This is a very positive development for rugby in our region,” said Dr. Pat Parfrey, Director of Rugby for the Atlantic Rock and one of the organizers of the event. “To get these top clubs together annually for top flight club competition is a great opportunity for our players and supporters alike.”
The first tournament will take place in St. John’s, Newfoundland at the Swilers Rugby Complex from October 12 – 14, 2012. It will be a round-robin format with the winner determined based on record and points total. All teams will play three games.
The Ottawa Irish Rugby Club will donate the hardware for the tournament. Al Charron was a long-time great Ottawa Irish star, is one of Canada’s most capped and well known rugby players. Charron participated in 5 Rugby World Cups, 4 as a player and 1 as a member of the management team. Charron has always been a huge proponent of a strong club system in Canada.
“Al Charron is one of the best players to come out of Canada let alone Eastern Canada, to compete for a trophy named in his honor will motivate us all,” said Simon Pacey former Canadian National Team member and Fredericton Loyalist player. “We can’t wait to get to St. John’s and get this tournament going.”
Further details concerning match times and other activities related to the tournament will be released closer to the start of the competition.