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Pitch perfect: Farnham Mill Rugby Park site of two national championships


Published on July 14, 2017

The Farnham Mill Rugby Park will be a hive of activity next week when it hosts the national under-19 men’s and Canadian senior women’s championships.

©Joey Smith/Truro Daily News

TRURO, N.S. – The Farnham Mill Rugby Park will be in the national spotlight next week when players hit the pitch for a pair of high-level tournaments.

The five-team Canadian under-19 men’s championship and the national senior women’s event will be played at the park on the Farnham Mill Road in North River.

“It means a lot; we think it’s great to expose not only what we have to Rugby Nova Scotia and rugby in the province, but to the country,” said Owen Hutchison, president of the Truro Saints Rugby Club, which operates the Farnham Mill rugby site. “We think we have the best facilities in the Maritimes.”

Rugby Nova Scotia approached the Saints last fall about the possibility of hosting the championships. The Saints immediately jumped on board and submitted a bid to Rugby Canada. It was announced in June their bid was successful.

“We’re excited to host his, we’re excited to show that the Town of Truro can hold national events, and hopefully down the road we get either a senior men’s or senior women’s national game, that is our end goal, to host at our club,” said Hutchison.

The Atlantic Rock is host team for the under-19 men’s championship. Its roster features Truro native and flanker Kelton Dawe. Other teams competing are Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and B.C.

On the senior women’s side, the Nova Scotia Keltics will see action against Quebec, Ontario, the Prairies and B.C.

Hutchison said rugby fans can expect to see “some hard, good, strong-playing rugby players. We have a local boy and I know Kelton will put on a show for everyone in Truro.”

The tournaments get underway Monday.

Schedules

U-19 men’s (preliminary games)

At Truro Saints Rugby Park

(All matches on Field 1)

July 17

Quebec vs. Ontario, 2 p.m.

Prairie Blizzard vs. Atlantic Rock, 4 p.m.

July 18

B.C. vs. Atlantic Rock, noon

Quebec vs. Alberta, 2 p.m.

July 19

Alberta vs. Ontario, 2 p.m.

B.C. vs. Prairie Blizzard, 4 p.m.

Senior women

At Truro Saints Rugby Park

July 17

Ontario vs. N.S. Keltics, 6 p.m.

July 18

B.C. vs. Prairie Wolfpack, 4 p.m.

Quebec vs. N.S. Keltics, 6 p.m.

July 19

Quebec vs. Ontario, 6 p.m.

July 20

B.C. vs. Ontario, 4 p.m.

N.S. Keltics vs. Prairie Wolfpack, 6 p.m.

July 21

Prairie Wolfpack vs. Ontario, 4 p.m.

B.C. vs. Quebec, 6 p.m.

July 22

N.S. Keltics vs. B.C., 11 a.m.

Prairie Wolfpack vs. Quebec, 1 p.m.