Celeste Corless of the Oakville Crusaders Rugby Club (Ontario, Canada) contacted the Howlers in January about donating some rugby strip for the Cuban rugby community. We connected her in turn with Chukin Chao who heads up Cuban rugby. While holidaying in Varadero Celeste handed over 3 sets of jerseys to Chukin which will certainly be put to good use in a country where rugby kit is not sold, not that anyone could actually afford to buy it considering the average monthly wage is $20. Thanks to Celeste and the Oakville Crusaders Rugby Club who have again shown that "it's more than a game, it's a way of life".
AFGHANISTAN RUGBY FEDERATION CEO ASAD ZIAR RECEIVES RECEIVES HIS JERSEY AND BECOMES A HONORARY DOG RIVER HOWLER
Thanks to some generous supporters (listed below) the Howlers have raised funds for some 150 touch rugby velcro belts, 150 rugby balls along with mouth guards, speed pumps, whistles, saucer cones, kicking tee's, duffel bags, singlets for inter squad training purposes and some Howlers shirts for the upstart Afghanistan Rugby Federations youth program .The goal is to have arrangements in place to ship all of this by this June.
1. Tim Powers - Ottawa Irish RFC/ Rugby Canada board member
2. Jim Sullivan - Regina Rogues RFC (now living in Vancouver, BC )
3. Karl Fix - Dog River Howlers/ Regina Rogues RFC
4. Donnie Hewson - Vancouver Rowing Club,/Canadian Classics RFC
5. Troy Meyers - Rugby Nova Scotia/Rugby Canada board
6. Randy Ludwar - Moose Jaw Nads RFC/Dog River Howlers board member
7. Shawnigan Lake School, Shawnigan Lake BC
8. Rick Bourne - UBC Old Boys RFC/Rugby Canada board
9. Pemberton Holmes (Mike Holmes - Velox Valhallians RFC in Victoria, BC)
10. Joshua Campbell - Regina Rogues RFC
11. Ottawa Irish RFC
12. Frank Hart - President and Managing Director od Greystone Managed Investments : Regina, Saskatchewan
13.Tom Woods - James Bay Athletic Association/ Canadian Classics
14. Arnold Gaudin - Lep Tigers RFC, Edmonton Alberta
15. Dale Dickson - Regina Rogues RFC
16. Bruce Simms - Regina Rogues RFC
17.Dick Cornish - Regina Rogues RFC
18.Bruce Mc Farlen - Velox RFC, Victoria BC
19. Vaughn Nichols - Regina Rogues RFC
20 Mark Lawson - Regina Highlanders RFC
21. Rode Consulting
22. Canadian Rugby Foundation
“Rugby is a hooligan’s game played by gentlemen”. It’s been said so many times that it’s almost a cliché. But no-one really knows from where, or whom, this phrase originated, although some credit Sir Winston Churchill; others Oscar Wilde. The fact is, despite much research, some of it my own, it seems the quote cannot be correctly attributed to anyone. My son did shout it out in the middle of a game once (with an added expletive), after witnessing an unprovoked attack on his team-mate, but I don’t think he can claim the words as being his own.
Mothers watching their sons and daughters take to the field, unprotected, to face an oncoming full-on running tackle from an opposing player, will take little comfort from the fact that rugby is “played by gentlemen”. But as one of those mothers, after watching countless games over the past 20 years – including many professional games in England and Scotland – I have never witnessed an injury in rugby as bad as some I have seen in other sports.
I still cover my eyes sometimes, if my precious (six feet tall, 200 pound) son happens to be at the bottom of a ruck, or a scrum, and I am always grateful when the full-time whistle blows and there are no injuries – on either side. Please don’t ask me to explain what a ruck, or a scrum, is. I may have watched countless games, but I still struggle to understand the game fully. I still find rugby, whilst an exciting spectator sport, to be complex and multifaceted, and the rules are not always clear to me.
It’s our instinct as women to be protective, and our instinct as parents to be scared if we perceive our kids to be in danger. The fact is, rugby is no more dangerous than other sports, though it is almost impossible to back this up with statistical evidence, as the numbers of players involved in each sport varies considerably, and there is very little research being done to record injury statistics.
Now throw in the fact that I now live in Canada, where rugby is still largely misunderstood, and where people look at me like I am an abusive parent when I tell them my son plays the game – and here we have a problem. That problem is ignorance, and the key is education. We need to educate people about the benefits of kids getting involved in the sport; we need to show that it is a great game and that it is not dangerous, as it is perceived to be. The perception has shifted slightly in the past few years, due in some part to the attention received by the Canadian national team in the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand. All nations need a sports celebrity, and this came for Canada in the unlikely form of Adam Kleeburger, whose talent – and overgrown beard – caused a surge of publicity for himself and the sport.
Kleeburger says, “Typically in Canada people perceive rugby players as being these goons who go out on the field, smash each other around, get bloodied and bruised and then go and drink beer afterwards. I think it comes down to exposure and getting people to see there’s more to it than that.”
We all know that rugby is actually one of the only games that promotes respect on the field; something that inevitably translates into life off the field; and something we all want our kids to be is respectful.
Kleeburger says, “The biggest thing, I think, rugby can give a young player is the idea of respect. I think rugby is the only sport where if you are going to address the ref, (it is usually only your captain who can do so), you address them as ‘sir’. If you have an issue, you have to address it in a proper way, in a manner that will help get your point across without being insulting.”
That’s great, but what about the fact that the idea of the game is to run at each other full speed, and bring each other to the ground in a battle of brawn, strength and skill? Kleeburger says, “Players realise you’re not wearing helmets and pads, and you have to learn to do things in a proper manner, not only so you don’t hurt the other player but so you don’t hurt yourself.”
So, will there come a time when rugby players have to wear protective gear? “I hope not, “ says Kleeburger. “Rugby is a contact sport, and with contact sport comes injuries – I am a prime example of that.” (He is currently recovering from a back and shoulder injury). “You have to understand going into the sport that it does have that risk. But you can get injured playing football, soccer or hockey. There have been a lot of changes in hockey; players used to not wear helmets, and they didn’t have the same injuries they do now; they didn’t have sticks to the face because there was that element of respect. Players realised that they should keep their sticks down. Whereas in today’s game, you see sticks all over the place, you see injuries to the head; it’s just a case of understand and respecting.”
Kleeburger’s rugby career started in White Rock when he was 14. He had been involved in ice hockey up until that time, but was getting sick of the politics in the game. He got a taste of rugby in Grade 8 after going on a rugby tour to Argentina.
I am interested to know how Adam’s parents coped with his transition from hockey to rugby. “My parents were like a lot of parents – they didn’t understand the game very well. They had been around for hockey and they support me in whatever I do, but it’s a little more difficult when they don’t understand certain things. My mom would come to my games and cringe every time I went into a tackle. But unless you’ve grown up with it, it’s hard to understand that it’s not the same kind of contact as, say, football. It’s much more controlled, and there is more respect, and you are actually trying to make a proper tackle, whereas in football guys can just jump out of line and just charge at you and grab your legs. You can’t do that in rugby because you are responsible for the tackle, and if you miss a tackle, that puts your entire team under pressure.”
Something I love about rugby is that it seems to be all-inclusive; there are players of all sizes and abilities. Kleeburger, who is studying kinesiology at The University of Victoria in British Columbia and is coaching the rugby program there, says “Rugby is the one program in the school where nobody gets cut. We have a lot of guys who are there because they want to be a part of the team, and want to be a part of the rugby atmosphere; they don’t have maybe the same skills as some of the guys playing at a higher level, but they are still involved and they still feel like part of the group.”
And there is something else. Rugby is not just about rugby. It’s about socializing, community, acceptance, team spirit, camaraderie – and creating life-long memories. As a mother, I like that. I want all of that for my kids. And as a parent, I get to experience that myself too; my own social life has centred around rugby for over 25 years. I guess that makes me a rugby groupie, but that’s OK.
Kleeburger says, “Rugby is the sort of sport that people get so much out of it that they really want to give back. We have a lot of parents and ex-players who still want to be involved in it because they have had such a good, positive experience.”
Rugby is a culture, one that keeps people involved, sometimes all through their lives. I personally know of one player who played well into his 80’s.
Kleeburger, who is not recognised so much now that his famous beard has been shaved (“and I’m fine with that”), says that the sport helped him build confidence. “I would say I am fairly shy, so I think rugby has brought out an ability to be in social situations. I feel more comfortable being around a wide range of people. I think rugby generates a more well-rounded person.”
And as a mother of a 15-year-old giant who is a budding gentleman, I would have to agree.
Four youths, ages 17 to 19, (George Moa, David Moa ,Malia Moa and Rachel Fisi'iahi) were tragically killed in a car accident on February 10 on their return trip to Oakland from the Las Vegas International 7's Rugby Tournament . One passenger Hunter Halatoa suffered injuries not considered life threatening. The teens were part of a large Tongan family that are members of the Oakland Warthogs Rugby Club (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yn2pMxJ8vsM).
Our deepest sympathies go out to their families and friends.
Read more about the the "4 Oakland Angels" campaign on http://www.oaklandwarthogsrfc.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/pages/4-Oakland-Angels/568379326507904
If we get a total order of 24 the price for one of these hoodies (black or grey) would be $37 including shipping costs. If you want to order one please email me ( email@example.com) your size and choice of color. Also email (Leol@sasktel.net ) or mail this amount to Leo Lane. Make cheque payable to the Dog River Howlers and send it to #302 - 2700 Montague Street, Regina, Sssk., Canada, S0S-0J9
REGINA, Sask. (February 19, 2013) — What started as a low-key initiative by a group of rugby enthusiasts with a penchant for travel, and giving back to the community, has rapidly evolved into a club that has seen over 300 players pull on a Dog River Howlers jersey and compete in tournaments across the world, while also taking a lead role in raising over $500,000 for worthwhile causes – all in six short years.
“There was no master plan to achieve what we have been able to accomplish in a relatively short time period,” says Karl Fix, Dog River Howlers founder and club president. “The idea was to create a touring side that would play some rugby and give back to our communities. People have really embraced the concept and the results say it all.”
The Dog River Howlers began in 2007 with a men’s team travelling to Cuba. Since that ambitious start, the Howlers have added a women’s side and a youth program that has fielded under-18 and under-16 teams. Howler teams play in elite-level sevens rugby tournaments, and several players that have represented the Howlers have gone on to earn spots playing for Canada in fifteens and sevens rugby.
“We have certainly experienced success on the pitch, which is represented by our record in tournament competition and the number of Howler players that have gone on to play for Canada’s national team programs,” says Fix. “Of much greater importance are the philanthropic efforts of the club.
“We have supported over 70 important causes, some of which have been linked to rugby and many others that are non-rugby opportunities to support worthy causes in our communities,” adds Fix. “That is what I am most proud about when I think about the Howler family.”
Since 2007 the Dog River Howlers Rugby Club has raised over a half a million dollars to support a real variety of what we feel are worthwhile causes. This varies from the players of our Canadian Men's and Women's National Rugby Teams (most of whom are amateurs), shelters for abused women and children, cancer patents, rugby is emerging 3rd world countries, orphanages, the purchase of a modified van for a quadriplegic rugby player to the helpless,homeles sick elderly mentally ill and destitute in a 3rd world country and many more listed below. Hence the club ethos - "it's more than a game, it's a way of life
1. August 2007 the Howlers raised and contrubuted well over $100,000 for both our Canadian national senior men's (to underwrite the players for their 2007 RWC campaign) and women's nation team (for summer 2007 training camps).
2. October 2007. Hosted the 6th Annual Merv Popadynec Memorial Game (Merv was killed in the 2002 Bali terrorist bombings).http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=16304&id=514726253&l=84e4b8292e
3. November 2007.Contributed over $10,000 to purchase 16 hockey bags filled with various much needed items for the Cuban rugby community as well as numerous Havana orphanages and schools.http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=20409&id=514726253&l=68c81d8c92
Honorary Dog River Howler Don Hewson who has on numerous occasions supported various Howler fundraisers sent me this clip titled "The Greatest Man On Earth ". We Howlers believe that "it's more than a game, it's a way of life " . Well Narayanan Kishnan gave up his life as an award winning chef with Tai Hotels in Bangalore to dedicate his new life to helping the helpless, homeless, sick , elderly, mentally ill and destitute in his home Madurai, Tami Nadu, India. To help support this most noble endeavor the Howlers are donating $400 to the ASHAYA TRUST -http://www.akshayatrust.org/ . This amount will factually feed 425 people 3 meals for a day -http://www.akshayatrust.org/donate.php . Please take the time to watch this clip and read more about this trust fund and hopefully donate something to this most worthy cause. You'll see you can donate as little as $1.
Donating From A Foreign Country?
**If you are a citizen of other country outside of India– then you are welcome to transfer the donation to our FCRA account (which is mentioned below).
Bank Transfer / SWIFT Transfer - Can be made to
Akshaya's Helping in H.E.L.P. Trust
Account No. 601 601 081 471
ICICI Bank Ltd., K.K.Nagar Branch
Melur Road, Madurai - 625 020 India
RTGS / IFSC / NEFT ICIC 0006016 SWIFT Code : ICICINBBNRI
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Please visit AkshayaUSA.org to take advantage of the available US tax exemption. Donations from the USA can be made by check, or online via PayPal.
Since their first 7's tournament in May of 2009 (ALBA Games in Jiguana, Cuba) 197 players have put a Howlers jersey to play 7's. Over another 110 players also played 15's with the Howlers.
Most Capped Senior Men's Howler is James Buchanan with 11
Most Capped Senior Women's Howlers is Andrea Letal with 7
Most Capped Junior men's Howler is a three way tie - Tim Hart, Connor Giles and William Jacklin Watt with 3 each.
SENIOR MEN'S HOWLERS 7'S PLAYERS TO DATE (# indicates which tournament or game they participated in -see below)
1. % Thomas Aponte ( Caracas Venezuela) - 19, 20
2. James Acker (Montreal. Quebec) - 16, 20
3. Kurtis Appledorn (Abbotsford, BC) - 9
4. # Nicolas Arancibia (Santiago,Chile) -1 , 3,
5. Nick Bent (Ottawa, Ontario) - 16
6. Jordan Best (Vancouver ,BC) - 19
7. * Nick Blevins (Calgary, Alberta) -12
8. Doug Breadon (Burnaby, BC) - 16
9. Liam Burke (Vancouver, BC) - 19
10. * Colin Brown (Vancouver,BC/Ontario) - 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13
11. * James Buchanan (Alberta) - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 16, 17, 21
12. Eric Clark (Regina,Saskatchewan) - 5
13. Zach Coughlan ( St. John's Newfoundland) - 15
14. Tanner Danylczuk (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) -2, 4
15.* Derek Daypuck (Toronto, Ontario) - 8, 20, 21
16. Djustice Sears-Duru ( Oakville, Ontario) - 17
17. Rain de Guzman (Burnaby, BC) - 11
18.* Dustin Dobravski (Victoria, BC) - 3, 9
19. Jered Douglas (Abbotsford, BC) - 16, 19. 21
20. Joe Dolesau (Burnaby, BC/Fiji) - 11
21. Thomas Dutchak(Calgary, Alberta) - 3, 4,
22. Justin Edrian (Regina, Saskatchewan) -16
23. Morgan Findlay(Montreal,Quebec/New Zealand) - 7, 8
24. Rob Finos (Oshawa, Ontario) -21
25. Sean Flynn (Calgary, Alberta) -10
26. Michael Franko (Victoria,BC/USA) - 7
27. Pat Fraser (Victoria,/Duncan BC - 17
28. Allen Furlong (Vancouver,BC/New Brunswick) -1
29. Michael Fuailefau (Victoria , BC) - 9, 11, 13
30. Ellis Grey ( Halifax, Nova Scotia/Victoria BC) - 16
31 * Lucas Hammond (Toronto, Ontario) -17
32. Josh Hart (Swan River, Manitoba) - 21
33. * Jeff Hassler (Calgary, Alberta) - 9, 10, 12, 13
34. Matthew Heaton (Ormstown, Quebec) - 14, 20, 21
35. ? Christian Henning (Mexico City, Mexico) - 7
36. Jonathan Hill (Vancouver, BC) - 21
37. Connor Hunter( Vancouver ,BC) - 19
38. Matt Jarvis (Edmonton, Alberta) - 14, 15, 16, 17
39. Patrick Kay (Cowachin, BC) - 3, 9, 11, 16, 17
40.* Jordan Kozina (Brantford, Ontario) - 12
41. Jordan Krohn (Calgary, Alberta) -2
42. Fillipe Kuruvoli aka "Muddy"( Fiji ) - 9, 13
43. Albert Lamartino (Calgary, Alberta) - 12
44. Wade Lavalley (Regina, Saskatchewan) - 20
45. John Law (Regina, Saskatchewan) - 20, 21
46. Rob Law ( Regina, Saskatchewan/Montreal, Quebec)- 20
47. Faron Ling (Ottawa,Ontario) -3
48. Franco Lloyd (Victoria,BC/South Africa) - 16
49. Jeff Lohse (Kelowna ,BC)- 20
50. Peni Lutudroma (Regina, Saskatchewan/Fiji) -2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 16
51. Brennan Marcoux (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) - 4
52. Don Mathie (Toronto, Ontario) - 16
53. Gordon Mcrorie (Clagary, Alberta/Scotland) -16, 20
54. * Robin Mac Dowell (Vancouver,BC)- 3, 5, 6, 8, 12, 15, 16, 17, 21
55. Duncan Mcguire (Edmonton Alberta) - 14, 15
56. Kyle Mcguirk ( St. Joh's, Newfoundland) - 15
57. Dustin Mc Pherson ( Calgary, Alberta) - 12
58. * Shawn Mercier (Vancouver ,BC) - 5, 6, 11, 15.
59. Jeff Nish Miller (Victoria, BC)- 19
60. Cole Mosychuck (Kelowna, BC)- 19
61. Milan Mrdjenovich (Edmonton, Alberta) -1
62. Brock Nicholson (Vancouver, BC) - 6,
63. Mike Okech (Vancouver,BC) - 6, 9, 11, 138
64. Clay Panga (Victoria, BC/New Zelaland) - 2, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15
65. Patrick Parfrey (St. John's Newfoundland) - 15, 16
66. * Kevin Parfrey (St. John's Newfoundland) -1
67. Kent Plews (Edmonton, Alberta) -1
68. David Poettcker (Vancouver, BC) -1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 14, 15, 17
69 Ryan Quaiffe (Calgary, Alberta) - 14
70. Ilesa Quaqua aka "Cullen" (Fiji) - 9, 13
71. Casey Reed (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) - 17
72. Mallory Roe Nanaima, BC) - 9
73. Stuart Rose (Calgary , Alberta) - 10
74. Conrad Rybkowski Abottsford,BC) - 20, 21
75. Mozac Samson(Calgary, Alberta)/Fiji) - 7, 8, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
76.Tryan Sapurgia (Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan) - 7, 14, 16
77. Chase Sereda (WhiteRock, BC) - 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 17
78. @ Waisali Serevi (Fiji - considered by most the greatest 7's player in the history of the game) - 11
79. * Ian Shoults (Calgary, Alberrta) -1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17
80. Dan Smith (Regina, Saskatchewan) - 20
81. * Ryan Smith (Clagary, Alberta/Ontario) - 3, 8
82. * Winston Stanley (Victoria, BC) - 1
83 Keaton Styles (White Rock,BC) -14
84 * Shane Thompson (Victoria, BC/Quebec) - 1, 2, 7, 19
85. Sam Val- Zehan (Calgary, Alberta)- 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13
86. Joe van Heerden (Regina, Saskatchewan/South Africa) - 16
87. Paul Van Wyck (Montreal, Quebec) - 2, 5, 7, 14, 16, 20
88. ^ Sean Ward (Barbados) - 21
89. * Jeff Warden (St. John's Newfoundland/BC) -1
90. Spencer Watkins(Calgary, Alberta) -10
91. Jordan Wilson (Toronto, Ontario)- 20
92. * Robert Wilson(St. John's Newfoundland/BC) -1
93. * Tyler Wish (St. John's Newfoundland/BC) - 1
94. Steve Woodward (Calgary, Alberta) -12
95. Christian Wulff (Calgary, Alberta) -10
96. * Mark Wyatt (Victoria, BC) -1
97 . Patrick Young (Regina,Saskatchewan) - 2, 19
98. Shawn Young (Regina, Saskatchewan) - 14, 15, 16, 19, 21
* - capped for Canada
# - capped for Chile
@ - capped for Fiji
% - capped for Venezuela
? - cappe for Mexico
^ - capped for Barbados
U-18 MEN'S HOWLERS TO DATE (# indicates which tournament or game they participated in)
1. Robbie Anderson - Calgary, Alberta - 8, 12
2. Brandon Baker - Regina, Saskatchewan - 17
3. Andrew Battagllia - Aurora, Ontario - - 8, 12
4. Jordan Bowcott - Cowichan, BC - 8
5. Owan Bromball Toronto, Ontario - 17, 21
6. Jared Chen - Oakville, Ontario - 21
7. Maason Dingwall - Ottawa, Ontario - 17
8. Drake Drum - Wilcox, Saskatchewan/Calgary, Alberta
9. Djustice Sears-Duru - Oakville, Ontario
10. Keegan Fletcher - Burnaby, BC -16
11. Sean Flynn - Edmonton, Alberta - 12
12. Connor Gilles - Toronto, Ontario -16, 17, 21
13. Evan Graves - Winnipeg, Manitoba - 16
14. Liam Grimes - Toronto. Ontario -16, 17
15. Christian Grillo - Caledon, Ontario - 21
16. Marcus Hackman - Edmonton, Alberta - 12
17. Lucas Hammond - Toronto, Ontario - 8
18. Marcus Hall - Regina, Saskatchewan - 16, 21
19. Payton Hall - Regina, Saskatchewan - 21
20. Tim Hart - Halifax, Nova Scotia -16, 17, 21
21. Matthew Heaton - Ormstown, Quebec - 8, 12
22. Evan Johnson - Regina, Saskatchewan - 8, 16
23. Bailey Kalef - Mississauga, Ontario - 21
24. Patrick Kay -Cowichan, BC - 8
25. Mike Kneedam - Ladysmith, BC - 16
26. Jon la Placa - Barrie, Ontario - 8
27. Cameron Lawson - Vancouver, BC - 8, 12
28. Wade La Valley - Regina, Saskatchewan - 17
29. Robin Lowenberger - Coquitlam, BC - 16
30. Connor MacRae, Calgary Alberta - 21
31. Kieran McAuley - Vancouver, BC - 8
32. Aaron Mc Adie - Edmonton, Alberta - 12
33. Kerry Mc Elhanney - Edmonton, Alberta -12
34. Brian Murphy - Burnaby, BC - 8
35. Mitchell Reid - Brampton, Ontario - 21
36. Trent Shelly - Burnaby, BC -16
37. Morgan Stone Gore, Quebec - 21
38. Matt Taylor - Dartmouth, Nova Scotia - 8
39. Jenner Teufer - Duncan, BC - 16
40. Monty Tichowsky - Saskatchewan - Lloydminster Reapers - 12
41. William Jacklin Watt - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 12, 17, 21
42. Chris Woodhead - Oakville, Ontario - 16, 17
U-16 MEN'S HOWLERS TO DATE (# indicates which tournament or game they participated in)
1. Brandon Baker (Thom Collegiate,Campion Grads RFC) (Regina, Saskatchewan) - 18
2. George Barton (Shawnigan Lake School/Cowichan RFC) (Duncan, BC) - 18
3. Christian Grillo (Mayfield Secondary School/Mississauga Blues RFC) (Caledon, Ontario) - 18
4. Payton Hall (Campbell Collegiate/Condors RFC) (Regina, Saskatchewan) - 18
5. Cole Keffer (Sutherland Secondary/Capilano RFC) (North Vancouver, BC) - 18
6. Jake Knapton (Sutherland Secondary/Capilano RFC) (North Vancouver, BC) - 18
7. John Mitchell (Shawnigan Lake School) (West Vancouver, BC) - 18
8. Callahan McMaster (Shawnigan Lake School) (Hong Kong) - 18
9. Jackson McDonough (Western Canada High School/Canucks RFC) (Calgary Alberta) - 18
10. Theo Sauder (St. Georges School) (Vancouver, BC) -18
11. Ben Scher (St. Georges School) (Vancouver, BC) -18
12. Kieran Smerdon (Christ the King CSS/Mississauga Blues RFC) (Georgetown, Ontario) -18
SENIOR WOMEN'S HOWERS TO DATE (# indicates which tournament or game they participated in)
1. Gill Allen ( Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) - 12, 16, 17
2. Kelly Bardy (Caledon, Ontario) - 21
3. * Jocelyn Barrieau (Montreal, Quebec) - 16, 21
4. Emily Belchos (Barrie Ontario)v - 20, 21
5. Trish Bene (Edmonton, Alberta) -16
6. * Arielle Dubissette-Borrice ( Toronto, Ontario/Kingston, Jamaica) - 20
7. Davine Burton ( Toronto, Ontario) - 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20
8. * Tara Eckert, (Calgary, Alberta/Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) - 14, 15, 16
9. Julia Folk (Regina, Saskatchewan) - 17, 19
10 Lisa Gauthier (Antagonish, Nova Scotia/Ottawa,Ontario) - 16
11. Sarah Gordon (White Rock, BC) - 16
12. Kehla Guimond (Vicoria ,BC) - 21
13. Katie Grudzi (Edmonton, Alberta) - 16
14. Megan Hamm (Vancouver , BC/Aldergrove, BC) - 14, 16
15. Taylor Hawkins ( Regina, Saskatchewan) - 19
16. * Michele Helmeczi (Vancouver, BC) - 12, 14, 15, 17, 20
17. Jodie Hicks (Brandon, Manitoba) - 17
18. Shannon Holder (Calgary ,Alberta) - 17
19. Robin Hunter ( Town Of Mount Royal, Quebec) - 19
20. Laura Crowe-Hutchon (West Vancouver, BC) - 21
21. * Maria Samson nee Jaworski(Calgary, Alberta/Pine Hill, Quebec) - 12, 14, 15, 16, 17
22. Patricai Jaworski (Calgary Alberta/Pine Hill, Quebec)- 14, 15, 16
23. Lorie Jospheson (Beaverton, Ontario) - 20
24. * Shannon Kane ( Victoria, BC) - 12, 16, 19, 20
25 * Andrea Letal ( Lethbridge, Alberta) - 12, 14, 15, 16, 19, 20, 21
26. Natasha Loucks (Calgary, Alberta) - 20
27. Selina Mc Ginnis (Victoria, BC/Courtney, BC) -16
28. Kayla Mack (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) - 12
29. Janine Martin ( Edmonton, Alberta) - 20, 21
30. Charlene Mocon (Mississauga, Ontario/Streetsville, Ontario) - 16
31. Marlene Nedvid - Edmonton, Alberta) - 16,19, 20, 21
32. Chrystal Nikolia (Vancouver ,BC/Cocompton, BC) - 14, 15, 16
33. * Brittany Orr (Lethbridge, Alberta) -21
34. Taylor Reidlinger (Okotoks, Alberta) -21
35. Emily Ricketts(Hamilton, Ontario) - 20
36. Maggie Ritchie (Vancouver, BC) - 17
37. Kolby Ritter (Calgary, Alberta/Okotoks, Alberta) - 14, 16. 17
38. # Rosie Riviera, (Orillia Ontario/Mexico) -12, 14 15
39. Jamie Robins (Torontoo, Ontario) - 16
40. * Stevi Schnoor (Vancouver , BC/Calgary, Alberta) -14, 15, 16, 17
41. Natasha Smith (Ottawa, Ontario) - 20
42. Daniel Spice (Oakville, Ontario) - 16. 17, 19
43. * Laura Stoughton (Calgary, Alberta) - 12
44. Rosie Riviera, (Orillia Ontario/Mexico) -12, 14 15
45. Amanda Thompson ( Regina, Saskatchewan) - 19
46. Angela Thompson ( Regina, Saskatchewan) - 19
47. * Amanda Thornborough (Calgary, Alberta) -17
48. Charlotte Vallieres (Quebec City, Quebec) -16
49. Lauren Whyte (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) - 12
* - Canadian cap
# - Mexican cap
28 Dec 2012
Dog River Howlers’ Julia Folk tries to avoid the tackle of a Cuban national team player during the Howlers’ recent trip.It’s impossible to tell just how popular rugby can get in Cuba — opinions on the matter vary even among the Howlers’ local athletes — but regardless of how big the sport gets, the Howlers have undoubtedly played a meaningful role in its development.
For the past three years, the Howlers have competed in and helped to stage an annual seven-a-side rugby tournament in Cuba — the International Havana Howlers sevens rugby tournament — to encourage other clubs to make the trek to the island. The Howlers, in an effort to help Cuba make up for lost time in the highly competitive and long-standing world of rugby, have also donated equipment and uniforms and have sent trained coaches and referees to the country to share their expertise.
“They’re most appreciative,” said Fix, who has been involved in rugby in various capacities for nearly 40 years. “They realize that without the Howlers, Cuban rugby would not be where it is and they’re very appreciative.
“When these kids go down there and they say they’re with the Dog River Howlers, they’re held in very high esteem. One reason is because we’re a good team and we’ve done really well down there — usually winning or coming in second — but the rugby community realizes that without the Howlers, Cuban rugby wouldn’t be where it is today ... They realize the impact that Canadians — Canada and the Howlers — have had on their game.”
But why have the Howlers put so much time and resources into helping develop the sport they play in Cuba — an island some 4,000 kilometres away from Regina?
According to Fix, the motivation was quite simple.
“The average (Cuban) makes $20 a month — a doctor makes $35 a month — but they have what I call a great joy for life,” Fix explained. “And I saw the passion that they had for the game. There are great, great athletes, but they just had no support. You can’t play without balls, you can’t develop a game without balls and jerseys and boots and people to teach what they know.
“I saw that they are very genuinely passionate about life and about the game. They just needed a bit of a helping hand.”
Those involved with the sport in Cuba — including Chukin Chao, a long-time ally of the Howlers — seem to have made the most out of the Howlers’ helping hand — so much so that Fix sees the Howlers’ role diminishing now that the sport is more self-sufficient in Cuba, which recently joined the ranks of the North American Caribbean Rugby Association.
Fix is happy with what the Howlers have helped accomplish with the sport in Cuba, but he insists that his mission, which includes supporting a small orphanage that the team visits annually and trips to historical and cultural sites on the island, is only partly based on spreading the word about the sport he loves.
“It’s a learning experience for these kids,” said Fix, whose Howlers are involved in several good causes outside of rugby. “They’ve got to raise some money, save some money to go on this trip. They get to play some high-level rugby — a number of them go on to play for national teams — and they get a great cultural experience. And later on when it’s their turn, they’ve got to step up to the plate and do the same thing. It’s the circle of life that I hope that these young people grasp and many of them do. We always say, ‘It’s more than a game; it’s a way of life.’
“Rugby is just a vehicle — it’s part of your education, part of your life skills.”
This philosophy isn’t lost on Angela and Amanda Thompson, sisters who counted their trip to the orphanage as a highlight of their Cuban experience.
“Words can’t describe how good of an experience (the orphanage visit) was,” said Angela, a kinesiology student at the University of Regina. “It was really hard to leave, but they were super-excited about everything they got and ecstatic about us visiting them ... It was kind of tough to see, but the smiles on their faces and the way they lit up melted my heart.”
“The orphanage was absolutely amazing,” added Amanda, who works at the General Hospital. “They were so grateful for everything that we had and they just wanted to take everything. We brought so much, but the Safeway bags were probably the best things that we bought, because they were just shoving everything in the bags — they couldn’t even carry them.
“It was amazing to be able to bring so much happiness to the kids.”
It is more than a game, it is a way of life!