The Dinos Red and Black Squads are in action this weekend!
The Red Squad will be taking on a competitive team made of Clan Rugby Club and UA players, while the Black Squad will be taking UofA in the annual Brown Jug game.
Both Games will be in Edmonton tomorrow at The Clan Rugby Club, 11060 111th Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
The Red Squad Kicks off at Noon, followed by the Black Squad at Two PM.
As the Men’s Alberta Club Season is winding down we have moved our Wednesday training session to Thursdays. Going forward for the remainder of the season we will be Training at 6pm on Monday and Thursday each week.
See below for an Update on the Alumni Game from the weekend, written by Alumni Rep and Stag of ’71 – Dean Kittleson.
What a great day for rugby, weather was perfect, Dinos had 30 plus players out and the Stags had close to 20 players as well. As usual we started with some touch rugby and the Stags took early control with a quick try while the Dinos were still running some pre-game drills, we take advantage whenever we can!! The touch portion lasted about 15 minutes with all players taking part and ended with 2 tries each. We then proceeded to the contact game where we were to play three 20 minute periods of tackle rugby with uncontested scrums…..another advantage!! The Stags really took control and put in 8 tries to 2 for the Dinos. There was lots of ball movement and strong running on both sides but the Stags seemed to have a bit more finish than the Dinos. John Pearce, a Stag from the 70s, was the ref and like most alumni games close calls went in favour of the Stags, need I say, another advantage. This year though with the Stags building up the scoreline, John started calling the game more closely and it made the 3rd period a little more interesting. All in all a very good day with a decent crowd on the sidelines, including some Stags from the 60s!!!!
Below is the game schedule for the season although there might be some slight changes in the coming weeks. A reminder to all players to ensure that they register online or at Campus. No players will be allowed to play prior to registering.
Also, please make sure to follow the Dinos Men’s Rugby Facebook Page for more updates.
Sept 18 – UC Dinos vs Alumni @ U of C, Field 7
Sept 25 – UC Dinos Black Squad vs U of A, UC Dinos Red Squad vs NAIT, both games in Edmonton
Oct 2 – UC Dinos Black Squad Vs MRU, UC Dinos Red Squad vs Red Deer, both games at MRU
Oct 15 – UC Dinos vs U of L, 2nd Game TBD, @ U of C, Field 7
Oct 21-22 – CANWEST Tournament @ U of L
Oct 28 – 30 – Hindson Cup @ UBCO, Kelowna
The 2016/2017 Season kicks off this week!
We will have a practice for all new players this Wednesday, September 7th at 6pm on Field 7 (across from lot 10). We welcome players of all skills level so please don’t be afraid to show up. We will introduce you to the coaches, senior players, and have a bit fun.
Regular practices for all players start Monday September 12. We will train Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm for the month September.
If you have any questions, please contact Coach Rayner Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org
With the season wrapped up it is now once again time for the club’s Annual General Meeting.
It will be taking place on November 26th at 6:00 PM in KNB 126. All club members are expected to be in attendance as well as any alumni that would like to become more involved in the club. Members will be electing a 2015/2016 executive as well as voting on player awards for the past season.
Summer is coming to a close and that means the Dinos rugby season has started! If you’re keen to catch a glimpse of the action you can catch the boys playing in one of the following games:
September 12 – Alumni Game at Noon at the CRU on Field 3
September 20 – vs. U of A at Noon on Field 7
September 27 – vs. MRU at Noon on Field 7
October 3 – @ U of L at 2 PM in Lethbridge
October 4 – vs. UBCO at 10 AM on Field 7 & Annual Memorial Game to follow
October 16-17 – CANWESTS with location TBD
October 24 – Hindson Cup in Kelowna
Congratulations to all the winners at this years Awards Banquet and thanks to everyone, from both the Men’s and Women’s teams, for making it out.
The Dinos 1sts & 2nds traveled to Edmonton this past weekend to play a couple of games, the big one being the Little Brown Jug game vs the Bears. Weather in Edmonton was perfect for rugby and all the action was at the Ellerslie Rugby Park. The Dinos Red Squad were first on the pitch playing against an Edmonton Nor’Wester team in what was supposed to be a friendly… needless to say the opposition didn’t get the message and put out a much bigger, older, more experienced group and completely controlled the game from start to finish. The Dinos never gave up and played hard even when, through injury, we were down to 13 and the ‘friendly’ opposition just kept the pedal down with full complement on their side!
The Dinos Black Squad then took the field vs the Bears who, after losing the Brown Jug the last 8 years in a row, came out more prepared and fired up than I have seen since the resurgence of the competition in 2001. It was a very tight battle and the Bears had the upper hand in the first half leading 10 – 5. The Dinos gradually started taking control in the second half out scoring the Bears 10 – 5. Yep, final whistle 15 all tie game! In competitions such as this defending team retains trophy when there is a tie, but Dean Kittleson pushed for overtime and the Bears were more than happy to go along. A few of the Dinos thought we should just shake hands, but the captain and a couple of the senior players stepped up and pumped the boys up to continue the momentum they had established in the second half. Two 10 minute periods were played with he Dinos scoring 2 tries, ending with a 25 – 15 win and a definitive retention of the coveted Jug!
Fellow Stags – the 2014 Stags vs Dinos game was played on September 13 on a beautiful fall day, perfect rugby weather!! As is the norm for this game club playoffs were scheduled for later in the day and this impacted the Dinos as many of them had club obligations and were not available to play. This always plays into the Stags game plan…..fitter young guys with a short bench while the Stags continue to get more and more guys out for the game. We actually had 21 guys out with many of them part of the post 2000 graduates so still relatively fit. The day started off with a quick meeting with the referee to ensure he understood the rules of engagement with the young bucks and that any questionable plays always called in favour of the Stags, not that we needed it in the end. We started with the traditional 10 minutes of touch where the Stags scored 2 tries to Dinos 0 and then moved to the contact game with uncontested scrums. The Stags maintained the longstanding dominance over the Dinos and scored 6 or 7 tries to the Dinos 3. There was lots of action with good running and great tackles. As indicated we had 21 guys out who played and we had a few supporters on the sidelines, Simon Chi, Harry Irving, Bob Marshall, Clay Rivard and later on the deck Al Laberge & John Schleske.
We will be holding registration for all players the nights of September 2, 3, and 4 in Kinesiology A Room 120 (KNA 120) from 5 pm to 8 pm each night.
We need all player to come and get their forms filled out as well as to pay their annual dues at Campus Rec, by getting this done early you will not have to worry about it once practices start up the following week.
Remember, if you aren’t registered and haven’t paid your dues you will not be eligible to play this season.