Train­ing pays off for Bad­lands Rugby play­ers

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Terri Hux­ley The Drumheller Mail sub­mit­ted

Four Bad­lands Rugby Foot­ball Club (RFC) play­ers joined the Bow Val­ley Bar­bar­ians, also known as the ‘Ba-Baas’, for their game on Fri­day evening against the Cal­gary Sara­cens on July 14.

The game was held on field one at Cal­gary Rugby Park, the same field where just last month the Cana­dian na­tional team hosted Ge­or­gia.

“Imag­ine cen­tre court at Wim­ble­don, well this would be the Rugby equiv­a­lent in Cal­gary, not bad for our first game,” re­marked April Harrison, a club mem­ber.

The weather was po­lar op­po­site to that game, with clear skies and tem­per­a­tures soar­ing to 27 de­grees for the 6:30 p.m. kick off.

The Ba-Baas, a de­vel­op­men­tal team out of Bow Val­ley RFC, wel­come play­ers from mul­ti­ple teams that might be new and in need of some game ex­pe­ri­ence.

Six Bad­lands play­ers from both the Se­nior Men’s and Se­nior Women’s teams, at­tended train­ing at Bow Val­ley on Thurs­day ahead of the Men’s game.

Short enough play­ers for a full side, the Sara­cens agreed to a ‘friendly’ game of 10’s, play­ing 25 min­utes each way.

For three of the four Bad­lands play­ers this was their first ever game of Rugby, but the train­ing had clearly paid off as two of them scored Trys! You score a ‘try’ when you move the ball into the in-goal of the other team and “ground” the ball. That is the only place a try is scored.

The Ba-Baas put in a great ef­fort and a last minute Try from Dustin Clark, one of the Bad­lands boys, brought the score to within one point.

“De­spite our in­ex­pe­ri­ence and a nar­row loss, the Bad­lands play­ers fit into the Bar­bar­ians side com­fort­ably. The other three guys have never played rugby be­fore and they per­formed well be­yond my ex­pec­ta­tions,” said An­drew Beat­tie, Bad­lands RFC player/ coach.

“The ex­pe­ri­ence the four of us gained at the train­ing ses­sion and in the game on Fri­day is im­mea­sur­able”, he added

The other Bad­lands Try came from ‘Left Wing’, Brady Kaiser, who showed his pace when he saw a gap in the Sara­cens’ de­fence and sprinted for the try line early in the first half. “I was a lit­tle wary of join­ing the team at first be­cause I lit­er­ally didn’t know a thing about the sport but the guys and gals in Drumheller and Cochrane re­ally make it fun,” he said. “It’s a great chance to get out for some ex­er­cise and for­get about the weekly grind for a night. I’m su­per ex­cited to keep play­ing rugby for years to come.”

Salen Prasad rounded off the Bad­lands co­hort and put in a re­sound­ing ef­fort at ‘Loose­head Prop’.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this group of rugby new­com­ers that left it all out on the field” said SalenPrasad. “The Bow Val­ley squad wel­comed us with open arms and even though we came up one point short, we won’t be hang­ing our heads any­time soon! There’s a big fu­ture for rugby here in the Bad­lands.”

Bad­lands play­ers are plan­ning to join the Ba-Baas for more games in the com­ing weeks. Beat­tie en­cour­aged peo­ple from Drumheller and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties to think about join­ing in Canada’s fastest grow­ing sport.

“We’ve al­ready had a cou­ple of clubs ask if we’d be in­ter­ested in set­ting up an ex­hi­bi­tion game. We get new play­ers along to train­ing most weeks and if we could get say, five more, we could for sure do that,” en­cour­aged Beat­tie.

Bad­lands Rugby Foot­ball Club joins forces with Bow Val­ley Bar­bar­ians for first game.

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