A Great Day for High School Rugby
On Saturday, April 15th, approximately 100 high school players from 7 schools attended the inaugural Assassins High School Rugby Skills Clinic. A revamped version of the old South End Tournament, this new clinic worked to combine a morning of skill specific practice with an afternoon of exhibition games. Participants worked through eight sets of drills that focused on scrumming, passing, tackling, kick reception, line-outs, kicking, rucking, and running and cutting under the guidance of the senior Assassin men and women. To close the morning, teams had a chance to run through some live kickoff scenarios. As players made some of the first live tackles of their rugby career, coaches took note and got set for the afternoon’s exhibition games.
A complimentary hot dog lunch gave players a chance to connect with other teams and enjoy some down time before the afternoon got underway. The first matchup of the afternoon featured a lively 15’s game between the Glenlawn and Sisler Varsity Boys. Following matches featured girls and boys 7’s, as well as a combination 12’s game as the Sisler Varsity Girls took on a combined team from Glenlawn and Collège Jeanne-Sauvé. With a certified referee on site, all these matchups provided a valuable opportunity for coaches and players to do a final check in real game situations as the end of the high school pre-season approached. More importantly, the day introduced all attending players to their future teammates. While they currently wear the colours of their respective high schools, each girl and boy who took the field caught a glimpse of the future that awaits them under the banner of the Assassins Rugby Football Club. If the display of athleticism and sportsmanship on Saturday was anything to go by, the future for this generation of players is looking bright.
– Megan McManes