Hun­ters rugby Mud­men bat­tle for Cale­do­nia Cup, Mar­itime rugby crown

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - Fred Mac­Don­ald Fred Mac­Don­ald’s col­umn ap­pears ev­ery Satur­day in The Guardian. He can be reached at fid­dlers­facts@hot­

Lo­cal sports fans get a chance to watch cham­pi­onship rugby to­day as the Hunter’s Cor­ner Mud­men RFC meet Fred­er­ic­ton Loy­al­ists at 4 p.m. at Ma­cAdam Field on the UPEI cam­pus for the Cale­do­nia Cup, the Mar­itime rugby cham­pi­onship.

It’s a big day on cam­pus with a triple-header start­ing at noon with the Mud­men’s Divi­sion 2 club meet­ing Monc­ton Black Tide for the Wheaton Cup, fol­lowed by a 2 p.m. con­test be­tween the UPEI Pan­thers and Saint Mary’s in At­lantic Univer­sity Sport women’s ac­tion.

In the 4 p.m. clash, the Is­land club will be at­tempt­ing to bring the Cale­do­nia Cup back to Char­lot­te­town for first time since 1955. The sport of rugby is en­joy­ing a huge pop­u­lar­ity growth world­wide and es­pe­cially so on P.E.I., bol­stered by grad­u­ates from the Is­land high school ranks.

The Mud­men Divi­sion 1 crew is a vet­eran team with guys like Phil Gal­lant, Char­lie Wad­dell, Alex For­rest, Liam Carter, Phil Lan­thier, Kyle Robert­son, Mike Deighan and Brodie Mac­Don­ald, plus a great sup­port­ing cast. Mar­cus Dun­phy is doubt­ful with a bro­ken thumb. One of the key play­ers for Fred­er­ic­ton is hard-run­ning eight-man Austin Comeau.

The Mar­itime Se­nior Rugby Cham­pi­onship was first con­tested in 1923 with Dal­housie Univer­sity win­ning the first tro­phy, which was later re-named Cale­do­nia Cup in hon­our of Cale­do­nia RFC from Cape Bre­ton which cap­tured the tro­phy from1932-40. In re­cent years, Hal­i­fax Tars and the Loy­al­ists have won the cup nu­mer­ous times, but P.E.I. has not cap­tured this Cup in more than 60 years. Char­lot­te­town’s Saint Dun­stan’s Univer­sity first won the Cale­do­nia Cup in 1952 and again in 1954 and some of those play­ers joined the Char­lot­te­town No­mads, which won the ti­tle in 1955.


Now that my New York Yan­kees have been side­lined by archri­val Bos­ton Red Sox, my in­ter­est in the World Se­ries has faded a lit­tle bit as I’ll be pulling for Hous­ton in the Amer­i­can League Cham­pi­onship Se­ries.

The last se­ries with Bos­ton was a roller-coaster ride. Af­ter split­ting two games at Fen­way Park, the Yan­kees headed back to Yan­kee Sta­dium confident they could side­line the BoSox. I al­ways feared that crafty right-handed pitch­ers would even­tu­ally give the right-handed hit­ting Yan­kees lineup fits, but I didn’t think that Rick Por­cello and Nathan Eo­valdi were ca­pa­ble. They made New York hit­ters look pa­thetic, es­pe­cially slug­ger Gian­carlo Stan­ton, who is a mis­take hit­ter, but an easy out against qual­ity pitch­ers, es­pe­cially right­ies.

In ad­di­tion, Yan­kees man­ager Aaron Boone played right into the Red Sox plans by start­ing seven con­sec­u­tive right-handed hit­ters in the key Game 3. Fur­ther­more, he waited un­til the dam­age was done be­fore pulling his Game 3 and 4 starters Luis Sev­erino and C.C. Sa­bathia. Boone’s ten­ure in New York will likely be a short one.


The bu­gle called for Richard Bradley last Satur­day morn­ing and it was painful in­deed when I heard of his pass­ing in Ohio.

You may not have known Richard Bradley, but you can take it from me that he was one of har­ness rac­ing’s most knowl­edge­able play­ers, and one of the great­est and most metic­u­lous care­tak­ers.

Grow­ing up in Char­lot­te­town, he played on the top ju­nior hockey clubs of the mid1950s with guys like Vince and Billy Mul­li­gan, but his first love was har­ness rac­ing. He worked lo­cally for James (Roach) Mac­Gre­gor when Roach cam­paigned the likes of Jim Fash­ion, one of the fastest horses in the Mar­itimes in 1963, against the best in­vi­ta­tional pac­ers from Blue Bon­nets and New Eng­land tracks.

Richard is best re­mem­bered for his work with the great horse­man Stan­ley Dancer with whom he worked for 30 years. Richard was so highly re­garded that when Su­per Nice cap­tured New York sire lau­rels, dancer and owner Mar­gareta Wal­le­nius-Kle­berg, the first lady of in­ter­na­tional trot­ting, took Richard along to the tro­phy presentations.

Richard knew ev­ery­body worth know­ing in the har­ness rac­ing game and when he re­tired from ac­tive care­tak­ing, he and his part­ner Peggy Bishop looked af­ter the Lit­tle Brown Jug pad­dock at Delaware, Ohio. He helped pro­pel Ohio driver David Miller into the grand cir­cuit ranks and pushed Ohio-based Ja­son Set­tle­moir into mov­ing to The Mead­ow­lands where he is now GM. Good­bye old friend.

Har­ness rac­ing

Live har­ness rac­ing con­tin­ues to­day at 12:30 p.m. at Red Shores at the Char­lot­te­town Driv­ing Park with a 13-dash card.

The $2,600 fea­ture has at­tracted the likes of Rose Run Quest, Euchred, Czar Seel­ster, Machinthe­sand, Keep Com­ing and Three Truths. The Truths horse is co-owned by Ja­son Rice and Dar­ren Doyle and has been ra­zor sharp of late sport­ing a new life­time best of 1:55.

Marc and Tasha Camp­bell are start­ing their own frac­tional own­er­ship group and pur­chased Hip 14 Streakazana (by Western Par­adise) at the re­cent Cra­paud sale. For de­tails contact Tasha at tashadawn42@hot­ or call Marc at 902-218-5391.

A big card at Mo­hawk tonight with the On­tario Sire Stakes Su­per fi­nals each worth $225,000. The two-year-old colts has Syd­ney, N.S.,-owned-and-trained Bronx Seel­ster in against a tough field in­clud­ing Stag Party (Dave Miller), Harry Poul­ton’s Sunshine Finest (James Mac­Don­ald) and seven oth­ers. James has a num­ber of live shots on the rich card. Percy Bluechip is listed at 5-2 in the sopho­more mares fi­nal.

The in­ter­na­tional trot head­lines a big card at Yonkers as well where Mar­ion Ma­rauder (Scott Zeron) car­ries Canada’s hopes in the $1 mil­lion race. Lazarus N and McWicked meet again in the $250,000 Dan Rooney. Also, Great Vintage (Mark Mac­Don­ald), who was sec­ond beaten by a nose last start, has the eight-hole in the $44,000 open. Reg MacPher­son’s two-year-old Shadow Play colt Carlisimo scored eas­ily at Mo­hawk on Thurs­day night in 1:55.2 for trainer James Fri­day Dean and driver James Mac­Don­ald.


The Char­lot­te­town No­mads lost the 1954 New Brunswick-Prince Ed­ward Is­land se­nior rugby cham­pi­onship. Many of these play­ers were on the 1955-win­ning Cale­do­nia Cup squad. Front row, from left, are Noel Wil­son, Eb­bie Devine, cap­tain Ron­nie McIvor and Ger­ard Burge. Sec­ond row, Fred Driscoll, Gor­don Tweedy, Bill Led­well, Char­lie Ready and Jack Ready. Third row, Cliff Gil­lis, Ge­orge Kelly, David Ni­chol­son, David Ma­cLeod, Joe Coyle, Gerry Mac­Don­ald and Jim Mac­Neil. Miss­ing were coaches Elmer Blan­chard and Dr. Frank Jelks and man­ager Ge­orge Scantle­bury.

Richard Bradley

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