Growing the sport
Baddeck rugby club offers programing for Victoria County players
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.