Beaconsfield Junior rugby is changing face this season with the integration of new coaches and a bunch of new girls to add to the roster.
After winning the Under 19 Division Cup at the New York 7’s tournament in Randall Island, New York this past November, the girls did not believe their rugby careers could get any brighter. Then came the announcement that Patrick Bourdeau-Collum and Marie-Eve Ouellet would be coming in to coach the upcoming season.
Bourdeau-Collum has spent the past couple of years coaching a premier women's team, the Ormstown Saracens, a club to which he has dedicated 20 years of his life.
"I'm coming in with an open mind," he said. "I'm looking forward to meeting new people and working in a new rugby environment."
Opposite to Bourdeau-Collum, Ouellet is a Beaconsfield Rugby Football Club (BRFC) native and understands the ins and outs of the club and the game itself. Many players welcome the familiar face, saying it feels like family being reunited.
Chanel Breton, a U18 player, said one of her deciding factors in joining BRFC was the sense of community within the team.
"We're not just a team, we're a family," said Breton. "Everyone there is so dedicated and that's what gets me motivated to give my all."
Although rugby is an aggressive sport, BRFC is dedicated to the wellbeing of their players and ensures they always play in a safe and fun environment.
"With new players as well as old it is always safety first," said Bourdeau-Collum. "For these young ladies, there are not too many contact sport opportunities available. Once they get a taste of it they usually like it and then that's when they get hooked on rugby."
In a city that places most to all of its focus on hockey, other sports are left in the dust. Beaconsfield Rugby is out to change this. With fast-growing teams, their inclusiveness of veteran players as well as new faces, and their unending community support, BRFC is hoping to make rugby a fun option for young adults.
After winning the League Cup two years in a row, the Beaconsfield U18 Boy's team is a force to be reckoned with. The club now hopes that it can find the same success with the U16 and U18 girl's teams by growing the team and teaching girls the importance of being female athletes.
Practices for U16 and U18 girls are open to all with or without any rugby experience and start on Tuesday, June 5th at Beaconsfield High School at 6 p.m., U16 and U18 boys start practice on Wednesday, June 6th at Beaconsfield High School at 6:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit the website www.brfc.ca or contact either Melissa Gagnon at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joey Fulginiti at email@example.com