Turf training 2014 at Stinger Dome


Here it is, our first real rugby training of 2014 for men and women !
You are all welcome to come and play !

At least for the first session we have the immense honor to have Women’s Canada National 15s Coach to coach us alongside Ricky !

When ?
SAT March 1st: 11:45AM to 2PM
SAT March 8th: 11:45AM to 2PM
SAT March 15th: 15:45AM to 6PM

Where ?
Indoor on artificial grass at the Concordia Stinger Dome
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The best is to park on Maisonneuve right next to the big white inflatable structure. You can use the stairs to come inside.Google Maps - Mozilla Firefox_2014-02-26_10-54-14

The area is also accessible by metro/bus Orange Line to Vendome and Bus105 toward West on Sherbrooke.
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Equipment
please bring 10$ per player (the field rental is very expensive)
either Rubber cleats or Standard trainers
better have long sleeve shirt and long sport pants
better to bring a mouth guard
bring water
Please wear Westmount Rugby Club gear as much as possible

See you on Saturday !

Pre-season indoor training starts next Tuesday (Feb 4th)

Ravens & Ravenettes,
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A reminder that we are starting our indoor training on Tuesday, Feb 4th from 7pm-9pm at 3100 The Boulevard, Westmount. The Sessions will be coached by Ricky Bray, with cardio and speed training provided by Ann Shivas. Rugby specific training will be administered by Ricky and John Moody.
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Below is a breakdown of what you can expect with Ricky and Westmount Rugby for all Tuesday Indoor trainings until April. We will look at indoor turf time when we get a look at our numbers.
7pm-7:15pm- Warm Up
7:15pm-7:30pm- High Intensity speed training
7:30pm-7:50pm- Endurance Cardio
7:50pm-8:30pm- Rugby Specific drills
8:30pm- 8:50pm- Fun Time
8:50pm- 9pm- Cool Down
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Ricky has last say in all trainings and the above is just an rough outline of what we can expect.
Looking forward to seeing everyone back at it!

Voyageurs U19

Bonjour, (english version below)

L’équipe des Voyageurs U19 de la saison 2014 tiendra deux rencontres dans chacune des villes de Montréal et Ottawa (dates ci-dessous). Les athlètes désirant faire partie de l’équipe doivent participer à deux de ces quatre rencontres. Ceux qui sont sélectionnés seront invités à continuer leur développement au sein de l’équipe dans le but d’obtenir une place pour le Championnat de Rugby Canadien en 2014 (St. John’s, Terre-Neuve).

Veuillez vous réferer aux documents attachés pour plus d’informations. Les infos sont également postés sur les sites web de Rugby Québec et de la EORU. Si vous avez des questions, n’hésitez pas à me contacter.

Adriano D’Angelo, gérant
ad_dange@hotmail.com

Hello,

The Voyageurs will be hosting two skill development and identification sessions in both Ottawa and Montreal.

Prospective players should attend two of these four sessions and those identified will be invited to continue their development over the winter with the team and be able to earn a spot on the team for the 2014 Canadian Rugby Championship (St. John’s, Newfoundland).

Please see the attached documents for more information. This is also posted on the Rugby Québec and EORU websites. If you have questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Adriano D’Angelo, manager
ad_dange@hotmail.com

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The Epilogue.

The Epilogue.
We started from the bottom… literally. Four seasons ago, the oldest active rugby club in North America was struggling to make all of its games. Four seasons ago, the club only had one team composed of some players who had never played before, some experienced players, and a bunch of lads looking to have a good time. Fast forward to 2013, the Westmount Ravens Rugby Football Club now has 2 senior men’s teams, a women’s team, and is expanding its U18 and mini-junior programs. The progress of the club has been astounding, winning the 3rd division in 2011, losing by one point in the final championship game of the 2012 season, and arriving to the semi-finals in the 2013 season.

It’s been a development year for the women’s team and with that comes all the trials and tribulations that one can imagine. Rugby is a unique sport; recruiting can be difficult and therefore fielding a full team per game was not always feasible. Despite the difficulties, one thing is undeniable: this team has heart. The women played games where they were only 12 against 15, a battle not many could survive without a few war wounds. Somehow, however, they still kept coming back for more. Each hurdle proved fruitful in some respect, and with it they’ve grown to know their full potential. Rugby 7′s season has already begun and the women are putting together an impressive team. Get ready for next year, Westmount fans – they’ll be bigger, faster, and those war wounds will be a thing of the past!

The 2013 men’s season proved to be a turning point for Westmount. Having been the top club for two years running in the 3rd division, the Ravens were promoted to the 2nd division. Needless to say, the level of competition went up. The first half of the season was a huge wake-up call for the club. Gone were the games where the boys would dominate matches from beginning to end. As the season got underway, the Ravens had to completely re-evaluate what it meant to play in the 2nd division. The Ravens started from the bottom,but they never gave up. Regardless of injuries and other difficulties, the Ravens always strove to field its two men’s teams and to bring the fight to the opposition.

Halfway through the season, the Ravens started turning things around, and got their bearings with the caliber of rugby the new division presented. Through hard work and perseverance, Westmount reached the semi-finals, having beaten the Montréal XV in the quarter-finals. The semi-final playoff game was played against the Ottawa Beavers, a team that had soundly beaten the Ravens twice during the regular season. As they say in football: on any given Sunday, any team may win. The game was played at the Beavers’ home field, and the Ravens showed up ready to play, with a fine delegation of fans having made the trip from Montréal to support their club.

The match was a tightly contested affair. From the get-go, the Ravens didn’t give an inch, and worked on executing the pre-established game plan. The Beavers got on the scoreboard first, and shortly after the Ravens replied. Again, the Beavers scored, but the Ravens, unfazed, replied to the attack and by half-time, the score was Westmount 12 – 10 Ottawa. The second half of the game would prove to be an even tighter contest, with the Ravens relentlessly pushing the attack, having two tries disallowed, and Ottawa scoring the only try of the half. Regardless of the final score, the match was a victory for Westmount, who, after a rough season, had still made it to the semifinals during its first year in the 2nd division.

The social aspect of the club was another great success. Family day was a fantastic day, with old boys, juniors, family and friends coming out to enjoy a perfect summer day. The festivities kicked off mid-morning with the juniors putting on exhibition matches. This was followed by the Old Boys taking the pitch and putting on a clinic of skill and having a good time all around. By lunch time, the barbecue was fired up, the burgers and hot started flowing and the both men’s teams prepared to face off their opponents. By the end of the day, the Ravens had beaten their opposition. This year also saw Brutopia Brew Pub become the home pub for the club. Rookie night, beginning of season kick-off, post-game beers all happened at Brutopia, and the lads bonded off the pitch as well.

Now, the club looks to regroup, recoup and recruit. During the off-season, the Ravens will be looking at preparing for next year, participating in the 7’s League and getting a well-deserved rest after a grueling summer. The Ravens would like to thank their spouses, girlfriends and boyfriends, families and friends, old boys and not so old boys, and every single person who cheered on and supported the club throughout the season. We couldn’t have made it without you, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

The Ravens advance to semi-finals!

This past Saturday, the Westmount Ravens beat the Montreal XV in a rubber match, and in doing so qualified for the semi-finals. The game, which was a tightly contested affair, had a final score of 13-6. The Ravens and the XV are no strangers to duking it our in the playoffs, having met in the cup final in 2011. That year, the Ravens would go on to claim the cup and be crowned Champions.

Now, the Ravens have another shot at playoff glory. They’ll be facing off the Ottawa Beavers on Saturday, 7 September, in Ottawa.

Let’s go, Ravens!!

Playoffs this weekend!

First of all: thank you all so very much for coming out and having a fantastic time with us on our Family Day! The day was a great success and the Ravens beat their opponents, the Montreal XV, by a score of 33-0. Thank you all again and stay tuned, pictures from the day are coming!!

In an interesting turn of event, the Ravens will be facing off again against the Montreal XV this coming Saturday, August 24, in the quarter-finals. It’s knock-out football, so the best team will advance to the semis! The games promises to be rather intense, following the long history these two clubs have playing each other, and the defeat inflicted by Westmount this past Saturday.

Details about location and times are coming soon, but this is a match you don’t want to miss!

GO RAVENS!!!!

National Championship Festival from BC

The National U18 rugby competition is being held in Vancouver, BC. this year and the Westmount Ravens are being represented! Jamie-Lee Deschenes, part of the Ravenettes is proudly representing the U18 Women playing for the Québec Caribou provincial team.

The games are being streamed live from the Championship website, and Québec will be facing off against Saskatchewan at 3pm Eastern time (12pm PT). If you’d like to tune in, you can stream the game here!

Go Jamie-Lee!

You’re all welcome to our FAMILY DAY 2013

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You are all welcome to our annual FAMILY DAY with a lot of happenings this year.

We will be holding some ongoing challenges on the side of the field during the whole day. Among them, you are all invited to show as much Supporter Spirit as possible. The best Westmount Rugby Club supporter will be chosen and rewarded. We are excited to see what you prepare for us (burgundy/black, ravens logo, make up…).

Program of the day:
▌10.30am – Casual warm up with Old boys / Juniors
▌11.30am – Old Boys Exhibition game
- (Juniors obstacle course phase 1 at half time)
▌12.30pm – Womens Friendly exhibition game
- (Juniors obstacle course phase 2 at half time)
▌1.30 pm – Reserve Mens game against XV de Montreal II
▌3 pm – 1st team Mens game against XV de Montreal I
▌4.30 pm – End of games,
Best supporter award
Players awards of the day

All day:
▌Barbecue, Westmount Rugby Club shop, Supporters, Music…

Let’s make this a great day altogether !

Join the facebook event and invite your friends:
https://www.facebook.com/events/294087994067907/

Westmount vs Sherbrooke

This coming Saturday July 27th, the Westmount Ravens will be facing off against the Sherbrooke Abenakis. The game will mark the second time these teams meet this season, and the Ravens will be looking to extend their winning streak.

The Reserves will be kicking off at 1:30pm
The Premiers will be kicking off at 3:00pm

As far as the Lady Ravens are concerned, their game will be confirmed soon, so stay tuned for details.

Both of the men’s games will be played at Westmount Park, so come on out and support your Ravens. The day promises to be packed with high action rugby, so don’t miss it!