Junior Men Bring Home Gold and Silver

ECC U16 – Gold

ECC U18 – Silver

Largely established to provide competition for the Atlantic Provinces, the Eastern Canadian Rugby Championship has grown in recent years to feature teams from Eastern Ontario, and development teams from Ontario.

The Eastern Ontario Rugby Union U16 & U18 men arrived in New Brunswick this weekend, ready to compete. A total of 48 eager athletes with the support of coaches Danny Leeson, Sam Laggis, Todd Fortier and team trainer Tony Revitt (Physiotherapist from Carleton Sports Medicine) took to the fields starting at 2:00pm on Friday. Their hunt to reach the gold medal games on Sunday afternoon was successful with the U16 bringing home the gold and U18 winning silver.

The tournament proved exciting over the first two days of round robin and elimination play. With several close games in all divisions, expectations were high for a thrilling day of rugby and the teams didn’t disappoint with a number of competitive final games on Sunday.

The following is a summary of the weekend’s events:

U-16 Mens Division
Eastern Ontario and the U-15 Ontario Development team battled their way to U-16 final after some impressive performances and a couple of close calls against the team from Newfoundland. It was a close affair in the final with Eastern Ontario edging out the young Ontario side by a score of 7-5. Newfoundland grabbed the bronze with a 22-3 win over New Brunswick, while Nova Scotia finished fifth after dropping the 4/5 playoff game to New Brunswick 17-0 earlier in the day.

Final Standings
1. Eastern Ontario (Gold)
2. Ontario U-15 (Silver)
3. Newfoundland (Bronze)
4. New Brunswick
5. Nova Scotia

U-18 Mens Division
The U-18 division proved to be competitive from the outset, with the opening game seeing New Brunswick failing to take advantage of a last second opportunity  to win the game, and falling 19-17 to the Ontario U-17 Development team. This proved to be a factor in the final standings as the New Brunswick team beat out Newfoundland and Nova Scotia on day 2, but missed out on making it to the final by a single point. In the gold medal game the Ontario team edged Eastern Ontario 17-5 to take the gold. In the bronze medal game New Brunswick pulled to within a try of Newfoundland with 10 minutes left, but Newfoundland scored straight from the restart and ran in two additional tries to run out 31-5 winners.
Final Standings
1. Ontario U-15 (Gold)
2. Eastern Ontario (Silver)
3. Newfoundland (Bronze)
4. New Brunswick
5. Nova Scotia

Complete coverage of this year’s event can be found on the New Brunswick Rugby Union’s website at http://www.nbru.ca/

Congratulations to both EORU sides for their oustanding performances! 

EORU under 18


EORU under 16

Adams Sam   Carr Alex
Algie Connor   Casabon-Sosa Irving
Armstrong Jordan   Courtney Matt
Best Scott   Doherty Josh
Boyce Kenny   Heinbuch Connor
Buckle Max   Hogan Cory
Carroll Broeghan   Hooey Tristan
Chapman Ryan   Malik Safwan
Edgar Cyrus   Matthews David
Jinjikhadze Revaz   McDonald Dylan
Keith Ben   Meleras Daniel
Kijek Charles   Murchison Connor
Korecky Mike   Petro Mark
Ladurantaye John   Pidgeon Arthur
Langsford Joshua   Saad Thomas
Marroquin-Mendoza Jose   St Louis Charles
Mohasar Hasan   St Louis Christian
Nadler Jon   Thauvette Dakota
Nadler Jonah   Thomson Riley
Powell Drew   Tibshirani Mark
Pritchard Noel   Vuckovic Kevin
Puchniak Dylan   Wallis Tommy
Sanchez Nicolas      
Thompson Colin      
Tohidi Ryan      
Vuckovic James      

The EORU Junior Men’s Program would like to thank all the parents for their sacrifices, and the EORU clubs for their support. A special thanks to Dave Best, Martin Korecky, and Sean Thompson for their assistance over the past few years. This is the last year for their sons with the U16 / 18 programs.