The Kingston Panthers Rugby Football Club (KPRFC) is holding its annual Club Day on Saturday, July 7th at the Lasalle Secondary School and Grenadier Park fields.
An all-day event, this is the largest annual Rugby tournament in the city with 16 local Rugby teams hosting games across six different pitches. The first matches begin at 10am and end at approximately 4:30pm.
“The Kingston Panthers take great pride in providing the full spectrum of club Rugby; from new players of all ages to our Super League competitive team, we provide the opportunity for all to enjoy a sport that values respect and teamwork.” said Club President and player, Dave Beyern, in a release.
Last year marked the KPRFC’s 50th Anniversary with more than 2500 players and spectators in attendance.
This year, opposition teams include the Barrhaven Scottish, Hull Gladiateurs, Ottawa Ospreys, Beaconsfield, Ottawa Wolves, Ottawa Banshees, Montreal Irish, St. Anne-de-Bellevue, Belleville, Brockville, and Sherbrooke Abenakis Rugby Football Clubs.
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“Rugby is an awesome and addictive contact sport and has given me such a great and supportive community,” said Alina Farcas, Communications Manager and player. Some of the lessons she’s learned by playing rugby over the years include “always picking yourself back up, confidence in decisions and skills, and the mental strength and focus needed when others are depending on you.“
According to the release: the day includes approximately 150 children playing in the Flag Rugby Festival for U7/U9s and U11 Contact Rugby, along with Junior Men’s and Women’s teams from U13 to U19, and both Senior, Men’s and Women’s, and Masters events. The club currently has 7 junior athletes selected to play for Ontario teams, one for Team Canada, and even more will represent Eastern Ontario.