Saturday was a big day for the Penguins Rugby club. They hosted their first home games of the year. In addition, a youth rugby clinic was held in partnership with Rugby Alberta. Over 50 kids attended the clinic.
Youth clinic brings interest
Penguins Youth Director Jared Nichol had worked tirelessly putting together the framework for the youth clinic. With support from fellow Penguins, and Rugby Alberta things worked out well. The clinic is the first such event for the Penguins, and aimed to generate interest in the sport among Lakeland youth.
“It was a great event for the club. it’s kind of the next step for our club. For us to reach out to the community and show we aren’t just men’s and women’s, that we have a strong focus on the youth. We are fortunate to have the support from Rugby Alberta… We’re going to do it again next weekend from 10-12.” Jared Nichol says.
Women battle to a draw
The Women’s Penguins team had a back and forth match against the Edmonton Pirates Women side. The game seemed like it was in favour of the Pirates in the early going, as they scored the opening try. The Penguins answered back shortly after. The game remained close throughout, ending in a 19-19 draw.
“The game ended 19-19. They had a great contest. It was back and forth, and really great rugby to watch. It was an amazing contest. I guess everybody wins.” Dave Brown, Penguins Rugby president, explains.
Men drop hard fought game
The Men’s Penguin team ended up with a 45-15 loss. The team struggled with player numbers, and players who had missed practice time. The game was still hard fought, and gave the fans quite a show.
“Our guys game we had a really hard nosed game. Unfortunately on the wrong side of the score, but we competed well.” Dave Brown says.
Brett Todd inducted
After 25 years of service to the Penguins Rugby club, Brett Todd received a special recognition following play on Saturday. Todd was inducted into the Edmonton Rugby Union Hall of Fame. He is the second Penguin to be inducted into the Hall. He was also presented with a special 25 year anniversary jersey to commemorate his service with the Penguins.
Back to back
The Penguins will be back in action next weekend at the Energy Centre.