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On Saturday, Feb. 13th the Ottawa Irish Old Boys took on the Cracked Conches of the Bahamas in Nassau. Skippered by Irish legend Greg Ashe and with one practice under their belts took to the field uncertain of the competition the Conches would provide.
Adorned in tight fitting jerseys better made for a teenage boy band the Old Boys demonstrated they had a few moves of their own. From the opening kick-off onwards the Irish took charge and never looked back. A back-line lead by Paul Doherty and Rene Monette aided and abedded by Scott Hunter, Cam Petrie, Tom Murphy, Greg Colby, Steve Reilly, Scott Dexter, Doc Murphy, along with Jim Carr carved up their opposition.
The most decorated Ottawa Irish player of all time, Al Charron, guided the team from the front. Showing he still had a trick or two in his arsenal he smashed and crashed his way down the field. Charron and Ashe’s forwards may have lacked in speed but never in effort. The beefy boys included, Izzy Hansen, Craig Billo, Billy Foster, Duncan McNaughton, Lee Powell, Wayne Doswell, Dan Cyr, Brian Botting, Tim Powers and Brandon Price.
When the final whistle blew the Irish had cracked the Conches by a score of 60 to 10.
The players weren’t the only ones who made the trip. Jim Lohoar, Dan Demerah, Norm Carr and John Billingsley were also vital members of the touring party. Jim Lohoar’s performance in Kangaroo court suggests a Supreme Court appointment cannot be that far away.
Finally, special thanks to Greg Colby and John Billingsley for making the trip a reality. A great time was had by all.
OIRC’s Laurie Biewald was awarded Rugby Athlete of The Year at the Ottawa Sports Awards Dinner on Jan.17th, 2010.
Biewald had a tremendous year: She was named Ashbury’s Athlete of the Year for her contributions to the girls field hockey, volleyball, and rugby teams in the spring; played U-18 Ontario, which captured the gold medal at the nationals; was named Rookie of the Year (Sheils Division, Ontario University League), as well as being named to the Ontario University All-Star team (2009), and most recently named to Canada’s U-20 Women’s Rugby Team and started against the USA in January in Tampa, Florida.
Linda Cunningham was one of 25 Orleans residents who recently received a Celebration 2010 Community Sports Volunteer Awards, for her outstanding contribution to rugby in Ottawa. A high school rugby coach in Ottawa since 1997, Linda she was the longest serving community-based coach in Colonel By history when she retired there. Five years ago, she started the rugby program at St-Matt’s, where she co-coaches the girl’s and boy’s teams with her husband, Paul. She also works with the girl’s rugby team at Immaculata High School, recently coaching their 7’s team in a tournament.
Ottawa Irish and rugby supporters from across the Ottawa turned up at City Hall on Saturday, 12th, 2009 to cheer on OIRC legend and former Team Canada captain Al Charron as he carried the Olymic torch down the red carpet and along Laurier to the Canal. The torch relay made its way through the streets of the capital to Parliament Hill, where Joe Juneau, Albertville 1992 Olympic Winter games ice hockey medallist and former Montreal Canadiens Team member lit olympic cauldron.
Congratulations to Al, a tremendous honour for the most worthy of recipients.
In May 2009, Global National did a feature on Ottawa Irish legend Will Thompson. Will helped organized the event and Global took interest in his story because Will has taken leave from a good job to go into the military on a full-time basis with the goal of serving in Afghanistan in the spring. The “Everyday Hero” profile done on Will displayed lots and lots of footage on rugby and was great publicity for the Ottawa Irish.
Will was later named to the short-list for Everyday Hero 2009.