The senior members of the Ormstown Saracens Rugby Club gathered at the Huntingdon Legion on December 2 to toast the end of a busy season and to present the club’s annual awards.
Among the season’s accomplishments were the senior men’s team reaching the provincial division 2 semi-finals; the club’s hosting of the provincial junior rugby finals in Ormstown in August; and the junior Saracens players who were selected to play for Team Quebec in various tournaments this year.
The winners at this year’s ceremony included Men’s Most Valuable Player, Mark Sample, and runner up MVP, Hugo Laudo, as well as Rookie of the Year, Anthony-Blain Parent, and Most Improved Player, Emeric Desbiens. The Most Social award was presented to Jeremy L’Heureux, while Phylicia Brunette was named the Hardest Worker of the club. Member-at-Large for this past season was presented to Matthew Barkley, and Mark Sample won the Rod Beattie award.
A special mention and thank you was extended to coaches Serge Tremblay and Shawn Blair.
The awards evening concluded with the unveiling of the club’s new logo, which includes depictions of the Scottish thistle (for founder Rod Beattie) and the English rose (for founder Dave Hardy).
Looking ahead to the 2024 season, recruitment efforts are already underway and registration for indoor mini rugby has begun. The Saracens have teams for players from ages four and up, and no experience is required.
Anyone interested in giving rugby a try this winter can find registration information on the website, www.saracens.ca, or on the team’s Facebook page.