NEW GLASGOW – To the surprise of many members of the Pictou County Rugby Club, they were the recipients of a special award at the recent Rugby Nova Scotia awards banquet.
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Dougal MacInnis, president of the Pictou County Rugby Club, centre, poses with club members Cole Livingstone and Tori MacCuish. The club was recently recognized as the recipient of the Bev Piers Memorial Award from Rugby Nova Scotia for dedication to growing the sport as well as showing dedication and sportsmanship.
The club was awarded the Bev Piers Memorial Award.
This was an old award that Rugby Nova Scotia has reintroduced this year after approximately 20 years of not presenting it.
Traditionally the award was presented to an individual who showed a contribution to provincial rugby, but when they reintroduced the award Rugby N.S. decided to start awarding it annually to the club that shows an outstanding contribution to the development and growth of rugby in the province of Nova Scotia, as well as exhibiting respect and sportsmanship.
“It's nice to be recognized, especially by the rugby union itself,” said Dougal MacInnis, president of the Pictou County Rugby Club. “We grew over five times our size this year compared to last, so it was good to be recognized for growing our club and the sport in this area and it now gives us something to strive towards again in the future.”
The Pictou County Rugby club was selected by the NSSRUR (referees society) for their sportsmanship, while the Nova Scotia Rugby Union recognized the club for their growth and development. They highlighted the Pictou County club’s expansion from one team to three teams this past year, and that all three were very competitive.
“Hopefully the growth will take on a life of its own,” he said. “Now that we have the women's team off the ground we hope that more girls will become interested in the sport and that it will draw some new girls to the sport or some back to it that haven't played since high school.”
Pictou County was also recognized for having the largest enrolment in mini-rugby in the province, which MacInnis said was the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people.
“The sooner we get the kids playing the better for the sport long term,” said MacInnis. “Typically we don't get players until they are 15 or 16, so they're pretty easy to hold onto for the senior program, but if we get them addicted to rugby when they're five or six it will be even better for the program.”
Aside from the club receiving their award there were also a number of Pictou County players selected as league all-stars.
In men’s Division 2 Alex Capson, Darrell Frazee, Dana O'Brien, Bryan Campbell and Bryan Rushton were named as all-stars. Nick Davison, Evan MacDonald and Chris Paddon were named in men’s Division 3.
For the women’s Division 2 league Tanisha Campbell and Alyssa Canning received all-star honours.
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