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Weekend Wrap-up June 22

Posted by Ottawa Irish Rugby Club at Jun 25, 2013 2:18PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

This past Saturday saw the Ottawa Irish men engage in three league games, with the I and II teams fighting the Bytown Blues, and the III against the Hull Volant. Both the Irish men I and II squads fought hard matches against the Blues, with either club vying to gain supremacy in the FRQ-EORU Div 1 league. Although the Irish II lost a heart breaker game (by 1 point!) to the Blues, the Irish I handed the Blues their first defeat of the season and moved squarely into first place in the Division 1 standings !!! Excellent work all around lads! Thanks also to all the Irish Alumni who came to support us and take in the match- we hope to see all of you (and more) all season long!

Nigel Hearns
President, OIRC

(Games synopsis below courtesy of Jim Lohoar)

Ottawa Irish III @ Hull Volant
A mixed team of young and senior players took to the field against Hull and presented a valiant effort against our rivals from Quebec. With wet conditions on the day affecting traction and a few hard lessons learned for the less experienced players, the lads played with big heart but came up a little short by the end. Good work fellas and we are looking forward to your next match against Cornwall on July 6.

Final Score: 5-12

Try: T.Cunningham

Ottawa Irish II & I vs, Bytown Blues

Playing Conditions

Light rain was falling with gusty winds blowing down the field from the South. Both games were played on the front stadium field at Twin Elm. A large number of enthusiastic, cheering spectators, including many former Irish players and social members, were in attendance to watch the two closely fought contests

Ottawa Irish II

First Half: The Blues took an early lead through an interception in the Irish 22. The Irish forwards played very well in the scrums and were helped by the Blues being a man short as a result of a yellow card. This enabled the Irish to gain a slender lead at half time.

Half-Time Score: 8-7

Despite the Blues being back to full strength, the Irish continued to win a lot of ball in both set scrums and loose play. The strong Blues defence in the backline limited the number of scoring opportunities. Irish scored two more push over tries, but the game was narrowly lost in the closing minutes.

Final score: 17-18.

Tries: Xavier Landreville (3)

Ottawa Irish I

First Half: Although playing against the wind, the Irish were successful in maintaining good field position in the Blues’ half. An early penalty was followed by a converted try scored by the hooker following a determined run.
Half Time Score: 10-3

The Irish backs made good use of the wind to gain good field position and two further converted tries from the backs resulted, providing a comfortable lead. However, an Irish player received a yellow card and this gave the Blues the incentive also to score 2 more converted tries and narrow the gap to a single score margin by the end of the game.

Final Score: 24-17

Tries: C.Seyler, J.Thurston, M.Doyle ; Penalty: T. Banks

In the dressing room following the games, both teams were congratulated by Al Charron. He emphasized the importance of all players keeping up the hard work all summer and seeing through the entire schedule into victory for the end of the season.

NEXT GAMES: Saturday, 6 July @ BRFC, Beaconsfield High School

Craig Hughes Remembered

Posted by Ottawa Irish Rugby Club at Jun 10, 2013 3:57PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

As many Ottawa Irish members will have known, Craig Parry Hughes died on Remembrance Day(Nov. 11) last year.

At the end of May, Craig’s ashes were taken by his family to Wales and scattered on Cader Idris, the mountain above his home town of Dolgellau. At the service, the following message on behalf of the Ottawa rugby community was read:

Whereas the rugby season has just finished in Britain, it is only starting in eastern Canada because of our long severe Winter. It is therefore with much regret and sadness that Craig will not be here with us for the 2013 Season and in the future..
Throughout Craig’s stay in Ottawa, the rugby community benefited greatly from his Welsh wisdom on the sport. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the game was transferred to numerous younger players over the years and contributed to the growth of the sport here. As the most senior and enthusiastic supporter of the Ottawa Irish Rugby Club, his presence is being particularly missed. This is the 50th Anniversary of the Club, and Craig was actively involved for more than half of the Club’s existence, His counsel and advice over the years continue to be reflected in the Club’s operation and well being.

Craig’s company and contribution are going to especially missed at Twin Elm Rugby Park. His regular presence at the Park since it opened in 1976 was a key factor in its growth into a leading venue for Canada’s international rugby games . It is certain that many glasses will be raised in Craig’s memory at Twin Elm this season.

Courtesy of: Jim Lohoar

This year the EORU junior men representative teams will be playing as Rugby Ontario East – Junior Blues and participating in the Rugby Canada National Festival in Vancouver.

The basic details of the season are:

July 7 – Sunday – Quebec U16 & U18 – in Montreal

July 13 – Saturday – Stewart’s Melville College (Edinburgh) U17

July 15 – Monday – Stamford Endowed School (Stamford, Lincolnshire, England) U18 and U16

July 16 – Tuesday – Sherborne RFC (Dorset, England) U16

NCYRF – July 20 & 21

July 28 – Sunday – Quebec U16 – at TERP also possibly U18

July 29 – Monday – Tiffin School (London, England) U17
August 5 – 11 — Rugby Canada National Festival (U16 and U18) – Vancouver, UBC Wolfson Fields

Practices – Sundays 6pm at Canterbury High School

  • See Attached Document for Tryout Information *

Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Kick off @ 2:00 PM local time
Richardson Stadium, Queen’s University
Kingston, ON



Posted by Ottawa Irish Rugby Club at May 15, 2013 11:30AM PDT

The tragic death of Rowan Stringer has started an important national conversation about head injuries, player safety and their well-being.

In rugby, as in any sport, the number one priority is to care for and protect the health of all participants. As a National Sports Organization, Rugby Canada works closely with the International Rugby Board (IRB) and concussion guidelines are comprehensive and managed by medical professionals.

In working with the IRB, Rugby Canada takes injury prevention and management very seriously, which is a part of the ‘Rugby Ready’ course. ‘Rugby Ready’ is intended to raise awareness of good practice and to help stakeholders manage the risks of sport by putting appropriate safeguards in place. Rugby Canada adheres to its governing body, the IRB, for risk management, injury protocol and player welfare of all players.

Rugby practices and protocols for player safety and head injuries include:

(Both of these are available through our website,

Rugby Canada’s General Manager of Rugby Operations and Performance, Mike Chu has spoken with the Stringer family to offer condolences.

“We called to offer our support and condolences and to see if there’s anything we can do as a National Sports Organization,” said Chu from the Canadian Rugby Centre of Excellence in Langford.

“Rugby Canada will honour Rowan’s memory in Ottawa during our Senior Men’s Fifteens International match against Fiji on June 5 at Twin Elm Rugby Park. Before the game we will have a moment of silence, the entire Canadian team will wear armbands and we’ve offered to host the Stringer family at the game.”

-Taken from : Wednesday, May 15, 2013 – Submitted by Rugby Canada Communications