Under 30s player Mitchell McCurdy tries to escape the grasp of over 30s tackler Aaron Sangster

Old boys victorious in 33rd Ensign Cup

Annual charity rugby match raises more than $1,200 for youth rugby

With perfect field conditions, and on the eve of the rugby world cup, the has-beens, the could-a-beens and the wannabes showed up Saturday at the Parkinson Fields for the 33rd annual Ensign Cup rugby match.

The old boys (over 30s) showed up with a select group of players from the last two decades, including the Fijian Warrior Save Keteca, Alton Peters the Ire, Bob Monihan the Great, Jeremy Harris the Invincible, and George Curran the Pretender.

The young lads (under 30s) were depleted by many attending the marriage of one of their own. The only notable was Richard Dubecki,  the Lion Heart.

Starting early and never giving up the lead the old boys led 17-7 at the half. Despite a late surge by the under 30s final score was 31-17.

Try scorers for the old boys Tristan Smith, Ryan Nixon, James Canavan (2) and George Curran, with Steve Doyle kicking three converts.

For the under 30s try scorers were Berek Pauls, David-James Pauls and Nick Porter with Berek Pauls adding a convert. Of honourable mention was Mark Klotz set a new age record at 61 by playing contact rugby for 60 minutes against 20-year-olds.

After 33 years of fundraising, the old boys have 16 wins, the young guys 14 with three draws.

The game, held annually in recognition of Rusty Ensign, raised $1,207 for youth rugby in Kelowna.

Ensign was rendered a quadriplegic after being injured in a rugby game in 1983.


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