Rugby season is upon us in the East Kootenays and the Rocky Mountain Rogues are already hard at practice preparing for their first tournament of the season.
The joint Kimberley-Cranbrook club has been holding bi-weekly practices since mid-April and will play their first games in Fernie, BC over the weekend.
The “Rucking in the Rockies” tournament will see the Rogues play competition from Red Deer and Okotoks on Saturday, April 29, in a fun, relaxed atmosphere.
According to flanker Taylor Bond, a third-year Rogues player, the event will be a great chance for the team to gain some much-needed experience.
“We have some newer guys who haven’t played with the team [before] and new people, in general, who haven’t played rugby,” Bond explained. “It will be a learning experience for them and a lot of fun overall. It’s not [especially] competitive but it will definitely be fun.”
Bond has been playing rugby for six years and said that the team’s trip to the provincial tournament last year is one of his most cherished memories of playing the sport.
“That whole weekend was a blast, hanging out with the guys and playing games,” Bond said. “[The Rogues are] a great group of guys.”
The Rogues are always looking for new members to join their family and encourage anyone interested in playing for or supporting them to visit their Facebook page.
Bond believes that rugby is a sport that anybody can play and getting started is as easy as showing up and getting involved in the basics right away.
“Why wait? It’s a great group of guys [and] a lot of fun to play. You’ll fall in love with the game for sure.”
The Rogues hold training sessions twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Marysville (they will relocate to College of the Rockies when their field is ready). The team will host a home tournament on Saturday, May 27 in Cranbrook.