Three Oaks hold­ing jer­sey day in mem­ory of Brodie Mc­Carthy

Sum­mer­side high school tak­ing donations for schol­ar­ship fund

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Three Oaks Se­nior High School in Sum­mer­side will hon­our the mem­ory of Brodie Mc­Carthy on Fri­day. Mc­Carthy, a se­nior at Mon­tague Re­gional High School, passed away early this week from a se­ri­ous head in­jury suf­fered dur­ing a game in the 22nd an­nual David Voye Me­mo­rial rugby tour­na­ment at Three Oaks on May 11.

“We are do­ing a jer­sey day Fri­day in mem­ory of Brodie Mc­Carthy,” ex­plained Hope DesRoche, a cap­tain with the Three Oaks Ax­e­women se­nior AAA team. “We are ask­ing any­one to bring a jer­sey and bring a do­na­tion to go to­wards the schol­ar­ship fund that has been set up in Brodie’s mem­ory.”

Jor­dan Arse­nault, cap­tain of the se­nior AAA Ax­e­men, added, “It’s real im­por­tant for us to show our sup­port to the fam­ily, show that we are here for them and show them that our whole school and rugby com­mu­nity is think­ing about them at this tough time.”

The Three Oaks se­nior AAA and A rugby teams are ex­pected to wear their team jer­seys.

“We ask that the other staff mem­bers and stu­dents if they have a rugby jer­sey they can wear that, but Brodie also played hockey, so peo­ple can wear a hockey jer­sey,” said Ax­e­women head coach Tim Hockin. “If peo­ple don’t have a jer­sey there’s no pres­sure what­so­ever, and maybe they will con­trib­ute to the schol­ar­ship.” DesRoche ac­knowl­edged news of Mc­Carthy’s pass­ing had an im­pact on the en­tire rugby com­mu­nity.

“It def­i­nitely hit every­body on the rugby teams pretty hard for sure, which is un­der­stand­able,” said DesRoche. “Def­i­nitely, in the school, you had a sense that ev­ery­one was deal­ing with it and griev­ing with it in their own way. There were a lot of hugs and talk­ing, and peo­ple were re­ally there for each other.”

Hockin said it’s im­por­tant for Three Oaks to show “re­spect and sup­port” for the Mc­Carthy fam­ily. “The rugby com­mu­nity is re­ally tight knit,” said Arse­nault. “Ev­ery­one is al­ways look­ing out for each other.”

JA­SON SIM­MONDS/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Three Oaks Se­nior High School rugby play­ers Hope DesRoche and Jor­dan Arse­nault dis­cuss Fri­day’s jer­sey day in mem­ory of Brodie Mc­Carthy. The Mon­tague Re­gional Se­nior High School se­nior passed away ear­lier this week af­ter suf­fer­ing a se­ri­ous head in­jury...

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