February 27th was a busy day for the Assassins RFC. A large contingent of the club started their morning bright and early at the club’s own Six Nations Fundraiser at the Pint. After eating breakfast and watching 2 matches about a dozen members of the Mens team along with some female members of the club made their way down to the Wasps Snow 7’s tournament at River Heights CC.
The Assassins had to play three 7’s games in succession due to the late arrival. The team’s first game was against the tournament host Wasps. This was a back and forth game which saw the Assassins prevail under the veteran leadership of Shane Nobiss, Cam Clark, Adam Setka and Brendan Kowal.
The second match was played against the Saracens. Most of the Saracens playing were kind enough to support the Assassins event earlier in the day, however once both teams stepped on to the snow covered pitch; the rivalry was renewed. It was in this match where the young Assassins showed their worth. Justin Mackay(Wild), Cody Nykolitian, Colin Kowal and Connie Sutherland defended hard, were running smart support lines and earned some trys for their strong support work. The team wearing blue and white won this match handily.
The third match was played against the University Manitoba Student’s Team or the Herd as they are also known as. This was another back and forth match, but due to hard defense and many Assassins making an absolute nuisance of themselves at the breakdown the boys were able to come away with their third successive win. It was a great day for some of the Assassins to get their footy fix on a beautiful day in February. Special mention to Colin Whitley for returning from a two year absence from rugby due to an ACL tear. Whitley was back at it with his barnstorming runs and hard tackling. The three wins would not have been possible without his efforts. He will be a welcomed addition back to the team for the season in 2016.
The Assassins were named the champions of the tournament for the second year in a row and if you were a part of the fun last year; you know what happened to the trophy. Unfortunately the Assassins never got to play Lakehead University who drove in from Thunder Bay for the tournament, but the club appreciates them coming in for the tournament to provide unfamiliar opposition. Thanks to the Winnipeg Wasps for hosting another great tournament, we will see you at Maple Grove when the season starts!