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We would like to congratulate Ottawa Irish legend Al Charron who was inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame at Scotiabank Place on May 5th, 2009. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Al helped to make the Ottawa Irish one of the premier clubs in Ontario before heading overseas to embark on an impressive professional rugby career. Al appeared for the Canadian national team more than 72 times, 22 of those as Captain. He participated in an amazing four Rugby World Cups making a remarkable comeback from knee surgery to
Captain the Canadian side in the 2004 World Cup. Al was a powerful player who had blistering speed and great hands. His bone crushing hits and never-say-die attitude made him the heart of the teams he played for and always a fan favourite. He remains one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian rugby and the Ottawa Irish are extremely proud that he will be recognized in the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.
The much anticipated match between the Ottawa Irish select side and Team Forces took place on Parliament Hill on May 27, 2009. It was a hard fought game that raised more than $27,000 for the Military Families Fund.
Fans were treated to a tight game of elite level rugby featuring some of Canada’s most notable players. Ultimately the Irish emerged with a 6-5 victory (30-25) with the fans cheering both teams leaving the field.
The OIRC would like to thank the many volunteers worked extremely hard to pull this remarkable event together. The event would not have been possible without the participation of the Hon. Peter MacKay, PC, MP, the Minister of National Defence and his staff. The support of the Chief of Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk, and his office was invaluable. A great debt of gratitude also goes to Ottawa’s Cameron Highlanders Regiment for all their hard work.
The OIRC would like to thank the following sponsors for their support:
Beau’s Brewing, Ajilon, Summa Strategies, Downtown Chiropractic, Rugby Canada, Boeing, Shoppers DrugMart, Lang Michener, Team 1200 Sports Radio, Merit Golf Vacations, Bourque Newswatch, Sakto, Allen-Vanguard, TD Financial Group, Provincial Aerospace, Hill and Knowlton, Rideau Carleton Raceway, Oracle, CFRA, The Globe and Mail, Ritchie Feed and Seed, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canadian Vinters Association, Gowlings, EMS Chiefs and Canterbury.