Ravens and gentleman,
The time has come! The 2014 season will officially take off this Saturday May 24th against the Ottawa Beavers. Our semi-final game against this same team in the playoffs of last year is still fresh in our memories. At the end of our first season as the newcomers in the second division and with the challenges we faced, we pulled together as a team and finished on a strong note. It is fitting then that we should open the season against the last team we played last year. The game will be an away game in Ottawa, so let’s get out there and get our rugby on!
Twin Elm Rugby Park. 4075 Twin Elm Rd. Nepean, On.
Reserves: 1:30 pm kickoff
Firsts: 3:00 pm kickoff
practices this week will be held at King George Park (Murray Hill) in Westmount this Tuesday May 20th and Thursday May 22nd from 6:30 pm till 8:30 pm.
All practices will be held at that same time and same location from now on!!
Here is the googlemaps link :
Bring water!! There is a fountain but it might be out of order at the moment!!
Fixtures – Cuda
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 !
SAT March 1st: 11:45AM to 2PM
SAT March 8th: 11:45AM to 2PM
SAT March 15th: 15:45AM to 6PM
Indoor on artificial grass at the Concordia Stinger Dome
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
Please wear Westmount Rugby Club gear as much as possible
See you on Saturday !
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
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
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.
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!!