Positive finish at junior March Break tourney
The Dragons juniors participated in the first March Break 7s tournament inside the bubble at Monarch Park C.I. The morning consisted of a sevens rugby clinic run by guest Darrell Devine, coach of Canada 7s, Ontario U18 7s, and the Guelph Gryphons. Dragon Stephen Cahill took on the role of assistant coach and led a group of about 20 players.
In the afternoon, the Dragons played in 4 games. The first two games were close, tying the Scottish 25-25 and losing to the Saracens 20-25. The wheels seemed to fall off during third game (against the Aurora Barbarian), and a series of small mistakes led to the Dragons losing seven tries to one. The Dragons responded positively, identifying how to fix their mistakes. In the final game versus the Leaside-based Buccaneers, the Dragons achieved a 35-5 win. The game was ultimately won with solid pressure on defense that lead to turnovers. Tyrus McIntosh led the scoring for the Dragons with 4 tries in the 14-minute game. Two U16 players (Koulie and Micaele) had solid games playing up an age group, and both of them should see playing time with the U16 and U18 teams this summer. This tournament marked the last junior game for Tyrus and Denzel who will be graduating to the mens team this spring.
As high schools are now starting to train for their spring season, the Dragons coaches are challenging all players to take on leadership roles at their schools.
I just wanted to take a moment on the heels of the first executive meeting of 2014 to say that planning for the upcoming season and beyond is well under way. During the next several weeks the executive will be working to prepare a list of priorities including but not limited to on-field competitiveness, fitness, team culture, junior development and alumni relations. Accordingly, if you have something you would like to say or you would like to get involved we would love to hear from you! Openness and transparency are important parts of running any organisation and if your executive is going to do a good job of serving you we as a group are going to need to make sure we are communicating. Understanding the goals and aspirations of the club and your fellow teammates respectively will allow us to work together to achieve significant results. It should also be mentioned that given this is a team run by volunteers, perhaps you might even need to lend a hand once in a while.
In the meantime your first opportunity to do a little communicating comes this Saturday after training starting at 2:30 to celebrate St. Davidís day and say goodbye to every Dragonís favourite Hobbit. Join us at the Duke of York to talk about what is important to you and how you would like to help make this a better club for all!
Take care and as always please let me know if you have any questions.
Dragons men promoted to TRU A
The Dragons mens team has been promoted to the Toronto Rugby A division for 2014. The Dragons earned their spot in the A after a 7-2-1 record during the regular season last year. The Dragons are looking forward to competing in a division with less travel than in previous years. The Toronto A division will consist of the Toronto Dragons and Bay Street Pigs (both based out of Toronto), the Nomads and Saracens (both based out of Markham), Belleville Bulldogs, and either Mississauga or Brock Township (North Durham County).
Men win inaugural TRU 7s tourney
The Toronto Dragons have won the championship at the inaugural Toronto Rugby Mens 7s tournament. The Dragons handidly won all of their matches, out scoring their opponents 124-5.
The Dragons are using their 10th Anniversary year to re-group and re-build. With a fresh perspective on the game, coach Taua's open play style has been quickly accepted by the team and is proving effective as the Dragons fight for top spot in their division. There is a renewed excitement through the team as all players are making a commitment to learning and improving their on field skills knowing that those efforts will turn into success. This year has also seen a large injection of talent from our junior program marking an important achievement in the development of our junior program. The Dragons are very excited about the maturity that the junior program has achieved with U18, U16 and U14 teams.