Recruitment and Preparations for Ducks 30th Anniversary Season Underway!

Last year’s Division 3 Senior Men’s Champions will be back this season. What’s more is that we are in full recruitment mode leading up to our 30th Anniversary season.

We’re looking for men and women 18 years or over – no experience required – who want to stay fit and play this excellent sport.

Take a look at the Become a Duck page for more info.

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For those who are new to the game and even for those who are already fans, you can catch some of the pros in action, the Six Nations tournament is mid-way through already. France, Italy, Wales, Scotland, England and defending champs Ireland are battling to see who can claim the title this time around. Some of the games are even available on YouTube!

BBC Sport Six Nations Promo/Intro (Game of Thrones-style)

We’ll post our season schedule and social event dates as soon as they become available.

See you all very soon!

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Annual Summer Méchoui & Triple Header July 13

Ladies and Gents, it’s that time of year you have all been waiting for… our annual summer méchoui and triple header weekend is this Saturday at the Lion’s Park starting at noon. It also marks the first of three full Saturdays of home games. As always, we will be collecting non-perishable food donations for the local food bank. Don’t forget…

This weekend we will be hosting the Westmount Ravens for three games:
Women’s Div B @ noon
Men’s Div B Reserves @ 1:30 pm
Men’s Div B Firsts @ 3 pm

To open, we will have a bagpipe player. She is awesome! Immediately following the games – around 4:30 pm- we will begin food service. The méhoui will include beef & pork, gravy, baked potato and green salad. Cost of tickets is $25 and covers food, entertainment plus it supports your rugby club.

Club members have tickets for sale but tickets will also be sold on event day.

Coming out of retirement as a d.j., Jeff Greene will spin some tunes and get people strutting their stuff on our makeshift grass dance floor. It’s gonna be another epic social!

Hope to see all our friends, family, inactive members and guests. All are welcome.

Event also posted on FB @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1375880599290691/

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The Men’s Season Home Opener is Upon us!

After two months of practice and recruiting – the Ducks are ready to take flight on MAY 4 in the season home opener against the Ottawa Beavers. It’s sure to be a great game.

Ottawa will no doubt be coming hard in response the last year’s upset in the quarterfinals when our Men’s A team stole their scrum and scored to winin final minutes of the game.

Who remembers that? Who wants to see the Ducks back in action?

Rugby at the Lion’s Park means summer is officially here in Knowlton. Be there this Saturday May 4th at 1:30 for the reserves team and 3:00 p.m for the Men’s A team.

Once again – as part of our community outreach program- we will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Knowlton Food bank. Bring a can or two.

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Ducks post new history section

As we’re recruiting – what not a better time to communicate the history of our club. Have a look at it here – English section is up, French is on its way. Stay tuned.

These accomplishments have been pieced together from a series of sources – many of whom have been playing for 15 or 20 years. Now, although we’ve done our best to provide as much detail as possible, it’s likely that some of the dates might not be entirely accurate or perhaps a little foggy. Just saying…this is a rugby club! 

We’d like to begin publishing photos of our past. That said, calling all players and fans: if you have any old photos like the one shown in the history section – scan and send them to bromelakeducks@hotmail.com. The older the better.

We can’t build the future without understanding our past.

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The 2013 season is on!

It’s been a long winter – time off from rugby has meant time off from the blog. We’ll try and keep it a little more current this season. Shorter, more frequent posts are probably best considering how difficult it is to type on Sundays…We’ll leave it at that. You can draw your own conclusions.

So where are we now with regards to the 2013 season? The AGM has been held, priorities remain the same as always – recruitment and fundraising to ensure the health of our club. After a great season last year – we want to continue with this forward momentum.

Practices have begun! Good to see some familiar faces out there but better to see some new ones! Click here for details on when we practice.

Check back soon for more details on our 2013 season schedule.

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Teamwork Brings Rewards Both On and Off the Field

The Ducks have certainly been busy since our last posting – both on and off the field.  What with practicing, games, volunteering and fundraising, the men, women and families of the Brome Lake Ducks have had their plates full.

On the field

All three teams continue to show sign of solid play and sportsmanship. The women are middle of their division with 3 wins and 3 losses. They’ve run up 84 points on their opponents and have given up 91. Keep it up ladies!

The men’s teams are also proving to be a formidable force. The 1st team is currently 4-1 and has not lost a game since the beginning of the season. They sit second overall, third in scoring with 112 points and remain among the best defensive side with 49 points against. The 2nd team has yet to loose a game this year! They are 5-0, No. 1 in the standings, first in scoring with 150 points and the best defensive team giving up only 33 points. Keep it up everyone, you’ve been working hard and we’re seeing the pay-off. For more stats visit the RFQ website

We took a break for the Quebec seven’s tournament last weekend with our next games, this Saturday, July 21 against the TMR rugby club. A battle at home between the two dominant teams in the division.

BE THERE JULY 21 TO CHEER US ON!

OFF the field

As with every year, in collaboration with the Town of Brome Lake, the Ducks offer to lend a hand and put on a show for the kids at the Canada Day festivities. This year at the Lions Park, they managed a number of activities including Euro-Bungie, a mechanical bull, multiple bouncy-castles, a hefty-man toilet toss, frisbee, football, and rugby competitions, as well as a concession stand for those looking for refreshments and food. Coach Morad Kellal also put on a junior coaching clinic for his rugby school from Cowansville.

The following weekend, on Saturday July 7, the Club threw its annual fundraiser/triple header game against the St-Lambert Locks. The day was an enormous success; not because of the matches won, but because of how a community can rally together to support its local rugby club. A sea of 200 people arrived on the Saturday to cheer on all three teams. Following the games, the Club put on a Méchoui dinner, awards ceremony and a kicking competition for Duck fans. Most notable in terms of support was the fundraising effort for one of our own, Lee Hudson, who was on his way to play in the U-19 Canadian Nationals in Calgary. All funds raised that day are put towards the development of the club. One last point, and the most worthy of mentioning – more fans continue to bring food in support of the Ducks on-going food drive for the Knowlton Food bank.

To all of you who have participated and given in some way to our club, thank you kindly.

SEE YOU ON THE 21ST!

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Two weeks – five victories!

The last two weeks have been great for the Ducks! C’est biiiieeeeennnnnnnn….Hard work, determination and smart play have brought a windfall of victories for all teams. We are seeing the fruits of our labour.

On May 28th, the club hosted its first triple header of 2012 with the men playing the Montreal XV’s and the women, the Montreal Barbarians. A beautiful sunny Saturday for rugby with a sweet taste of victory for all teams.

Results May 28:
WIN: Ducks I  (11) vs MTL XV’s I  (3)

  • Tries: Kyle Foster (1) – 5 pts;
  • Conversions: 0
  • Penalty Kicks: Dave Barakett (2) – 6 pt

WIN: Ducks II  (10) vs  MTL XV’s II (0)

  • Tries: Derek Bradeen (1) – 5 pts
  • Conversions: Francis Pelletier (1) – 2pts
  • Penalty Kicks: Francis Pelletier (1) – 3 pts.

WIN: DUCKS Women (10) vs Barbs (0)

  • Tries: Virginie Rouleau (2) – 10 pts

On Saturday June 2, the women’s team was off but both men’s team travelled to our Nationals capital to take on the Ottawa Beavers. The club was three men short of two full sides of fifteen, but thanks to some solid juggling of subs by coach Morad and coach Gilles, the Ducks has had their way with one of the dominate clubs in the league. Welcome back Charlie Brooks – you were a complete menace out there!

Results June 2 Ducks vs Ottawa Beavers:
 WIN: Ducks I (47) vs Beavers I (13)

  • Tries: Matt Ryzora (3) – 15 pts; Jeff Greene (1) – 5 pts; Jamie Rhicard (1) – 5 points; Dave Barakett (1) 5 –pts; Simon Ryzora (1) – 5 points.
  • Conversions: Dave Barakett (5) – 10 pts; Jamie Rhicard (1) – 2pts.
  • Penalty Kicks: 0

WIN: Ducks II  (47) vs. Beavers II (10)

  • Tries: Thomas Hupin (2) – 10 pts; Alexandre Desourdy (3) 15 pts, Francis Pelletier (1) – 5 pts; Julien Latour (1) – 5 pts.
  • Conversions: Francis Pelletier (7) – 12pts
  • Penalty Kicks: 0

The only issue with last Saturday? The local Beer Store outlet closest to the field closed at 5:00 p.m!

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Ducks Homecoming 2012

It was the 2012 season home-opener on May 12th against the rivaled Beaconsfield Rugby Football Club. After 8 weeks of practice, both veterans and rookies were eager to put on a show for all family, friends and alumni who came out in support of the club. The day was right: a temperate 20 degrees, sunny skies and a cool breeze – a perfect Saturday for rugby.

The Reserves men’s team kicked off the home opener earning the Ducks a victory over the 2011 champions with a final score of 14-12 thanks to tries (5 points each) from Derek and Gerald, plus two conversions from Francis (2 points each). The men’s A team battled it out against a much larger pack and showed their competitive nature. It was a tight game which ended in a disappointing loss; the final score 10-13. Jamie put in the two tries, no kicks or conversion made.

Focusing on the positive, Rugby has begun again in Brome Lake! To all the rookies – great job out there!

Over 70 alumni were present on the sidelines to support their club. The ongoing summer food drive is on but needs more commitment from both players and fans – only 22 items were brought to the field. We thank you – but us Ducks can do better. Spread the word around that we want to do something good for the community – at every home game, bring some donations for the Knowlton Food Bank!

See you all on May 26 when the men’s sides face off against the Montreal XV’s and the ladies take on Montreal Barbs II.

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Women’s season kicks off with a solid victory against rivals BRFC!

The Brome Lake Ducks’ Women’s season got off to a great start this Saturday, May 5th in Beaconsfield against rivals, and friends, BRFC at Beaconsfield High School on a gorgeous sunny day.

The team:

  • Ducks’ Rookies who played their 1st-ever game of XVs rugby: Stephanie Leclerc (Prop) and Vanessa Noiseux (Centre)
  • Returning Ducks’ players, with University experience, who took a break after season 1 : Cat Barker (Center),  Sarrah Ewing (Srcum-half)
  • Recent additions: Sammy Ewing (8-man) who comes with University experience and has joined Quebec’s Provincial Caribou team, plus Andrée-Claude Larocque (Fullback) and Mariah Côté (Wing) who also have some game experience elsewhere.
  • These players joined veterans: Athena Bowbrick (Hooker), Megan O’Donnell (Prop), Caitlin Levesque (2nd Row), Sonia Gauthier (2nd Row), Célie Cournoyer (Flanker), Laurence Noiseux (Flanker), Emily Parker (Flanker), Virginie Rouleau (Fly-half), Viviane Rivard (Wing), Morgan Hennessy (Wing) and Virginia Wilson (Flanker) to form the squad that contributed to a solid victory.

Following the game, at a social hosted by BRFC, Jane Webb, coach and veteran player commented, “Where did you all come from? Kudos to whoever has been working with you and doing your recruiting!”

Here is a short recap of the game:

At the half the Ducks had already registered 24 points ( 5 tries + 2 conversions). The final score is a testament to our determination and drive to compete this season, Ducks 55 – Beaconsfield 0.

  • Hooker, Athena Bowbrick, not only delivered good line out throws, she managed an impressive 5 out of 9 conversions putting 10 points up on the board.
  • Centre, Catherine Barker broke away with speed and excellent footwork to score 3 tries.
  • Number 8, Sammy Ewing, constantly pressured BRFC forwards and broke through their defence like child’s play crossing the try line 3 times as well.
  • Second Row and 1st jumper, Caitlin Levesque, stole line out ball from BRFC all day long and delivered a message when she carried the ball across the try line breaking a few tackles along the way.
  • Winger rookie, Mariah Côté, beautifully finished a back line attack with a nice run from past the 22 yard line to put the ball down near the posts.
  • Centre rookie, Vanessa Noiseux got her start at XVs, and went for a fair run from near the 22 m line to go score a try too.Solid defence in the back field by our wingers and rookie fullback, AC Larocque, as well as great front row work in scrums by rookie Stephanie Leclerc, with hooker Athena and prop Megan, plus all the preparation work that was done with Coach Adam Spirk and early on this winter with Morad Kellal paid off.A collaborative effort by each of the players earned us this win and the victory has confirmed that the newly formed squad, veterans and recruits, are going to make this an incredibly competitive season but a fun one as well.

Next women’s game: Saturday, May 12th at noon vs St.-Lambert Locks @ Ste-Julie

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THE 1ST OUTDOOR PRACTICE OF 2012

With the unusual spring weather this March, the Ducks have flocked early to the Lions Park in substantial numbers. And, as much as we’ve enjoyed our indoor training facility at Artopex in Granby, there’s nothing like grass, mud, a full-sized field and of course, mosquitoes to get your Duck on!

Great to see new recruits on the pitch! We’re really happy to have you. You’re all showing promise. To all you vets who have yet to make an appearance, your leadership and talent is essential to transform these eager ducklings into true Ducks. It’s time to dust off those cleats and wash those crusty socks from last season! Coach Morad is feeding us a healthy diet of technique and strategy to help us spread our wings.

As temperatures have returned to seasonal averages, practice remains at Artropex this Wednesday and Friday from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

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