When they play

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY CHARLES REID

Af­ter a four-week break, the Char­lot­te­town Rugby Foot­ball Club is anx­ious for some pitch time.

And that wish gets ful­filled when the CRFC (3-0) host Val­ley (1-1) in a Nova Sco­tia Se­nior Rugby League women’s Tier A game Satur­day in Char­lot­te­town.

Game time is 3:30 p.m. at Co-op Field, and CRFC’s Re­becca Chap­man said her squad is set to square off against the Bull­dogs.

“We’re as healthy as we were at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son and ready to go. The long break was a bit of a mo­men­tum breaker, how­ever we were able to rest a few bodies and prac­tise some skills, so hope­fully that comes through,” Chap­man said in an email in­ter­view. “The Val­ley has some strong back­three play­ers, so they’ll likely be look­ing to spin it out wide and go around us. But I think it’s a chal­lenge that our backs can meet head on and over­come.” Nova Sco­tia se­nior rugby ac­tion to­day for the Hunter’s Ale House P.E.I. Mud­men and the Char­lot­te­town Rugby Foot­ball Club.

1 p.m. - East­ern Shore at P.E.I., Men’s B Di­vi­sion, Co-op Field

2:30 p.m. - Rookie Rugby jam­boree, Co-op Field

3 p.m. - P.E.I. at Wind­sor, Men’s A Di­vi­sion

3:30 p.m. - Val­ley at CRFC, women’s Tier A, Co-op Field

The game is part of three se­nior games on the day, which starts when the Mud­men B Di­vi­sion team (1-0) hosts East­ern Shore (0-1) at 1 p.m. at Co-op.

Mean­while, the Mud­men’s A Di­vi­sion team squad (1-0) trav­els to Nova Sco­tia to face Wind­sor (0-1) at 3 p.m.

Phil Gal­lant, long­time Mud­men player and or­ga­nizer, likes how P.E.I. is far­ing so far, and Wind­sor will be a chal­lenge.

“The team is play­ing well a month in. Still work­ing on chem­istry and con­ti­nu­ity with new guys in po­si­tions, but we have a lot of tal­ent. The club is work­ing re­ally hard on im­prov­ing on our de­fence and ag­gres­sion. We have al­ways been strong at putting up points, but in ev­ery sport de­fence wins

cham­pi­onships. We spent time this spring with Paul Abel at Wol­frun MMA try­ing to im­prove our ag­gres­sion, and we are see­ing the re­sults on the field,” said Gal­lant in an email in­ter­view. “Wind­sor is a young, fast and fit team. Their speed is very no­tice­able, but we hope be­ing a vet­eran team that ball re­ten­tion and smart de­ci­sions will give us the edge.”

The B Di­vi­sion team, led by cap­tain and flanker Syl­vain Duguay, goes into its first ac­tion of the sea­son. Its lone win came from a Hal­i­fax Tars for­feit two weeks ago.

A long lay­off has been chal­leng­ing, said Duguay, but it shows a lot that the guys have still kept a strong work ethic the whole time. He said speed will

fuel the Mud­men at­tack.

In­nis Wheat­ley and Bar­ring­ton Duffy, grad­u­ates from the Char­lot­te­town Ru­ral Raiders’ pro­gram, don the Mud­men jer­sey for the first time, and vet­er­ans Blake Doyle and Steve Farmer should put in solid min­utes against a young and speedy East­ern Shore team.

Also a Rookie Rugby jam­boree goes, at 2:30 p.m., at Co-op show­cas­ing the youth who prac­tice ev­ery Tues­day night in the club’s pro­gram for play­ers four to 12-years-old.

The CRFC is invit­ing older fe­male P.E.I. play­ers to the women’s game, and a re­cep­tion af­ter­ward at The Fac­tory.

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