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Ormstown Saracens kick off 50th anniversary season

This year, the Ormstown Saracens rugby team is celebrating its 50th anniversary. In 1972, David Hardy and Rod Beattie started a rugby organization in Ormstown. Over the years, the Saracens have won many provincials championships and numerous players have gone on to play for the provincial team and the Canadian national team.

The first game of this jubilee year was played on May 14 at Chateauguay Valley Regional High School (CVR). Dave Thompson, who scored the first ever try for the Saracens, and co-founder Dave Hardy, who also scored points in the first game in 1972, were on the sideline for the opening kickoff

“The start of the season was positive and successful, with a hard-fought 20-17 victory over XV Montreal,” said Hardy after the game. “The scrum was solid, and the backs showed lots of running and effort. Four newcomers from Chateauguay, a newcomer from Samoa, and good solid effort won out in the end,” he continued, while saluting the play by stalwarts Alex and Mark Sample, the returning Justin Lemire, and hard-running Corey Duncan and Alex Audette.

“Rounding it all out was the marshalling play of Mitch Recher at fly-half, and a two-try effort by Tristan Bergevin,” he concluded, suggesting the result bodes well for the rest of the season.

The game marked the return of senior rugby in Ormstown after a two-year pause due to the pandemic. The team has a great mixture of returning players and rookies. Coach Shawn Blair was happy with the game’s result, and says he now has a better idea of what the players can do on the field in a real a game, and where they need improvement.

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