Grow­ing the sport

Bad­deck rugby club of­fers pro­gram­ing for Vic­to­ria County play­ers

Cape Breton Post - - Sports - BY JEREMY FRASER jeremy.fraser@cb­ Twit­ter: @CBPost_Jeremy

Brock Fownes has been play­ing rugby for the past 53 years and be­cause he en­joyed the sport, he thought oth­ers would as well.

Fownes, along with Brian Ma­cLeod and Robin Stu­art, formed the Bad­deck Rugby Club three years ago with hopes of pro­vid­ing play­ers with an op­por­tu­nity to learn and play the game.

“We wanted to pro­vide an out­let for people to play an en­joy­able sport and at the same time main­tain fit­ness, health and well­ness,” said Fownes.

At the time the club was formed, Vic­to­ria County had been with­out a rugby club since 1981.

The ques­tion sur­round­ing the club at the time it was formed was where the games would be played. The club had hoped some­one in the Bad­deck com­mu­nity would do­nate land for a field. How­ever, the land they hoped for was later sold, but that didn’t dis­cour­age the club.

“One of our club mem­bers de­cided to con­vert a farm field into a prac­tice area that could also be used for un­of­fi­cial games,” said Fownes.

Aside from the farm field, the club is cur­rently using the Bad­deck Le­gion Field and Why­co­co­magh Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre for prac­tices for its mi­nis pro­gram as well as its women and men’s pro­grams.

“We don’t plan to build a field,” said Fownes. “Lack of funds is hold­ing us back from build­ing a field — we are very

thank­ful to the Bad­deck Le­gion for the use of their field.”

In to­tal, the club cur­rently has about 50 play­ers play­ing the sport in Vic­to­ria County.

Despite be­ing granted club sta­tus by Rugby Nova Sco­tia in 2015, the club doesn’t have any teams par­tic­i­pat­ing in pro­vin­cial leagues this year, but that isn’t stop­ping its teams from play­ing games.

“At our an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Jan­uary we de­cided to en­ter as many tour­na­ments as pos­si­ble this year,” said Fownes.

“We have par­tic­i­pated in the En­field Valen­tine’s 7s Tour­na­ment in Fe­bru­ary and the fa­mous Truro In­ter­na­tional In­door 7s Tour­na­ment in March. We plan to play a friendly game in P.E.I. later this month.”

Re­cently, the men’s team hosted Cale­do­nia RFC in a friendly game in Bad­deck. The two clubs will play each other again on Aug. 19 in Glace Bay.

The Bad­deck Rugby Club is al­ways look­ing for new mem­bers to join their pro­grams. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Fownes at 902-295-1865.


Doug Ronne, left, runs the ball dur­ing a re­cent prac­tice of the Bad­deck Rugby Club.

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