Senior Boys Rugby
Third term means all hands on deck for the Senior Boys Rugby team. With unprecedented numbers this season, the program has been able to dress two full teams. This year the teams have been able to face outside competition for the first time in over two years, which has been exciting for everyone - players, coaches, students & parents. Having already hosted a handful of games that brought the Brentwood community filling the sidelines, Gillespie Field has been brought back in action after an upsetting drought.
Rugby is a game requiring both mental and physical grit, and is certainly unforgiving when it comes to making mistakes. Avoiding those mistakes is what is most important, but learning from them is the ultimate goal. Some errors are more controllable than others, of course, but one skill that is absolutely crucial to staying safe on the pitch is tackling. From the first practices this term, a ton of focus has been put towards the do’s and don’ts when approaching or taking a tackle.
Nominated for his genuine devotion to the team, Captain Oliver C, Ellis ‘22 sets the perfect example of what it means to be a Brentwood rugby player. Never shy to give pointers, or speak up to get the boys ready to go, Ollie is glad to lead the team this season: “After two years of no competitive rugby, the boys have shown how eager they are to play.” Ollie added that the Sr Boys are the “fastest progressing team” he has played with and he “can’t wait to see what the future holds for the boys.”
After being invited to a Rugby Canada West camp back in the fall, Ollie was re-invited to a second camp, in Ontario, facing the best players identified in the East. Excelling there as well, Ollie was recently selected to represent Canada overseas this summer, with the U18 National Team. Ollie told me that the East Vs. Camp was the “biggest test of my grit” and further enthused that “going off to Toronto and being selected to represent my country has been a dream of mine since I first picked up the rugby ball. I challenged myself every day to keep pushing and it ended up paying off as I have the honor to represent Canada on U18 team in Amsterdam, in July 2022.” Congratulations, Ollie. The boys will be rooting for you and your team.
Since the first practice of the competitive season at the beginning of March, the senior teams have faced St. George’s, SMUS, Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan, Lord Tweedsmuir & Earl Marriott. Both teams have felt both success and misfires so far, but the Senior Boys still have their eyes fixed on Provincials coming up in May.
Over the Easter Weekend, local players and those who remained on campus for the few days had the opportunity to compete in the Westshore Senior 7’s tournament. This was a great weekend for the club as the boys managed to win the event. Kaelin D, Whittall ‘22 was “proud of the boys for working hard as usual” and found 7’s to be “tough but a ton of fun to play.”
On sports days you will find the Senior Boys Rugby team out on the pitches getting better, working hard, and improving in all areas of the game. Coaches, Mr Thompson, Mr Flynn, Mr Panga, and Mr Griffiths bring their expertise and dedication to the program to the field and beyond, and every one the boys would tell you how much of a privilege it is to be coached by the best.
Lucca P, Whittall ‘22.