The Lethbridge Rugby Club held our annual Banquet on November 9, 2019. We had a lovely time sharing food and beverages with our Ruggerfamily. Thanks to everyone who attended.
President’s Award– Doug Checkley Waikato– Cassidy Taylor
Women’s Division I-
Most Valuable Player– Jennifer Izyk Most Improved Player– Morgan Elemans Rookie of the Year– Jenna Jonker Best Newcomer– Savanna Collison Player’s Player– Meghan Buchanan
Men’s Division II-
Most Valuable Player– Ryan McKeown Most Improved Player– Wes Tanner Rookie of the Year– Chayse Kopeck Best Newcomer– Philipp Reintjes Player’s Player– Dennis Wickliffe & Doug Checkley
Men’s Division III-
Most Valuable Player– Wes Tanner Most Improved Player– Tom Tsukishima & Victor Nwabuogor Rookie of the Year– Tom Tsukishima & Kyle Chisholm Best Newcomer– Tom Tsukishima Player’s Player– Cory Williams & Alan Hansen
Congratulations to all of our winners. It was a fantastic season all around and we’re all excited for the 2020 campaign!
The 2019 Season was a great one for the Lethbridge Rugby Club, with teams competing in the Women’s Division I, Men’s Division II, and Men’s Division III of the Calgary Rugby Union.
Our women had a remarkable year, taking only a single loss in the regular season and coming out on top of both the regular season standings *and* the playoffs, taking home the Calgary Rugby Union Women’s Division I Championship and adding to the club’s hardware.
Men’s Division II had a shaky start, but recovered, finishing with an even record at 5-5 and securing third place in the regular season standings. This set the men up for a semi-final playoff match vs The Canucks. It was a tough match, with LRC having a number of injured players, and we took a disheartening loss 59-19 at Calgary Rugby Park. Congratulations to both the Canucks for handing us a loss and the other teams in Men’s Division II.
Men’s Division III found itself in a rebuilding year in 2019, with a handful of players completely new to senior rugby making up the core of our players. Although a 1-8 record for the season was not a desired outcome, our new players stood strong and picked up skills and a love for the game along the way. Well done lads!
We’re very happy with this schedule, as for the first time in years our teams are all together regularly- 6 weeks total, with our Men’s teams almost always playing together (every week except one), which is great both for ensuring we keep full team sheets and for giving development opportunities to our younger players.
St. Patrick’s Day- the yearly excuse for everyone to pretend they are Irish and drink Guinness all day. $5 Pints of Guinness! Homemade Irish Cream! Boozy Shamrock Shakes!
$5 Bangers and Mash Dinner (with fresh-made bangers) at 7:00 PM.
All are welcome!
Early morning rugby action from Super Saturday- the final day of Six Nations Rugby, and we’ll have it live on screen at the Lethbridge Rugby Club. Can Ireland take down England and sweep the Six Nations? Will Wales triumph over France? Come watch with us and find out.
Free pancake breakfast for attendees.
It’s been a good long while since the LRC had a deep clean and decluttering – you’ll already be at the club for Six Nations Rugby and St Patrick’s Day, so why not help out and start off the new year on the right foot?
Free Dinner (Bangers and Mash) provided for those that volunteer for cleanup.
Note: If you are a member in poor standing with the club due to owed Bingo shifts, helping with cleanup will count as a shift towards what you owe.
Lots of upcoming dates and events for the Rugby club
March 17 – St Patrick’s Day Party – Six Nations Rugby in the AM. Drinking in the PM (and AM). $5 pints of Guinness all day long.
April 3- First practice of the 2018 Season
May 5- (Likely) first game of the 2018 Season
May 18-20- Maggotfest in Missoula, Montana
The Lethbridge Rugby Club is heading to Maggotfest! For the first time in a decade, the Lethbridge Rugby Club will be sending a Men’s team to Maggotfest 2018, May 19th and 20th in Missoula, Montana. We couldn’t be more excited for the preseason runabout, the cheap beer, and the rugby camaraderie.