Since 1967, the Assassins Rugby Football Club (ARFC) has been one of Manitoba’s most successful and enduring amateur sports organizations, introducing thousands of young men and women to the great sport of rugby and creating friendships and professional connections that endure throughout these players’ adult lives. From August 25th-26th, 2017 hundreds of Assassins RFC players, past and present, gathered in Winnipeg to celebrate the club’s half-century of sporting accomplishment.
The weekend started at Maple Grove Rugby Park (MGRP) where a meet & greet was held while to current Assassins faced-off against the Saracens and were able to come away with a win. The next morning everyone was back at MGRP bright earlier to have a nice breakfast but more importantly to play some touch rugby. Once the touch rugby was over the real game started when the Assassins old boys took on the Saracens old boys and ended in yet another Assassin win. Once that game was done everyone went home to get ready for an amazing 50th Anniversary Gala.
The 50th Anniversary Gala was the highlight of the weekend! It was held at the Metropolitan Entertainment Centre where everyone had an amazing night that included great food, dancing and live entertainment. During the Gala a club member from each generation spoke about the people they played with, their experiences, and memories with all in attendance.
That’s a whole lot of rugby, a whole lot of blood, sweat, beer, brotherhood, sisterhood, shared stories and indelible memories. Fifty years of Assassins rugby. Yes, that certainly is something to celebrate.
As part of the 50th-anniversary celebration, ARFC members received a commemorative volume that outlines the club’s history throughout the decades. This book, filled with photos and reminiscences from players from all generations, will be a treasured keepsake that will remain in the Assassins RFC 50th Anniversary Reunion participants’ homes for many years to come. Assassins RFC – 50th Anniversary Book
Thanks to those that were able to come and share their memories and experiences it means a lot to the club and a good excuse to talk about the good old days.