Bulldogs/Titans undefeated on home turf

Scrum time

Despite a delayed start due to lightening, the Badlands Bulldogs & Red Deer Titans 3rd Division Rugby team hosted the final Drumheller home game of the regular season at DVSS field on Saturday night, under ominous skies.

The first half was close, with the Calgary Knights opening the scoring after 20 minutes of competitive rugby. Undeterred the Bulldogs/Titans broke through the defence and scored minutes later. Kicker Lonnie Amundson converted the try bringing the score to 7-5 in favour of the home side at half time.

Dedicated onlookers braved the storm and were treated to an electric second half with the Bulldogs/Titans moving the ball well despite the weather and their forward pack dominating in the scrum. “The knights are always a very tough team and as expected they brought a good side. Fortunately we were up to the task...we were happy to come away with a win considering their skill and physicality” said Coach Sean Tindall. The superb forwards performance was complimented by some fast thinking and quick feet from the backs, resulting in a total of four tries for the home side, bringing the final score to 22-5. That’s 3 for 3 at home this season.

This was the first game for Bulldogs player Garrett Copp, who previously played University Football; experience which he readily applied to his new position at Flanker. The game also saw Ron Silva return to the field for the first time following a shoulder injury. Originally from Sri Lanka, Silva previously played professional rugby in Canada and overseas and recently coached the Stettler Wildcats girls’ rugby team through an undefeated season, which ended with a Silver medal at the Provincial championships. “I was concerned joining a new team and it was my first game following my injury but the team welcomed me and gave me the courage to play my first game back...we played as a unit” said Silva.

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Pictured from left to right: Bulldogs team Captain Dustin Clark (Wintering Hills), Darren Doecke (Three Hills), Dillon Tindal (Elnora), Nicooly Bignald (Trochu) and Shane McEnery (Three Hills).

This was also the first outing of the Bulldogs jerseys since the addition of 2018 Gold Sponsors Cervus Equipment, of Trochu and Drumheller’s logo. April Harrison, from the Bulldogs, said “we have four players from Three Hills and Trochu, which just underlines that this team is open to anyone from the area that’s interested in giving rugby a try”.