Saskatchewan Updates - September 2018

September 04 2018

Dog River Howlers RFC

Murray McDonnell Rugby Park Opening Celebration in Lashburn Attended by Damian McGrath and Howlers

from Karl Fix

Two very young Dog River Howlers teams were part of celebrating the opening of the Murray McDonnell Rugby Park aka “Field Of Dreams” in Lashburn, Saskatchewan on September 2 playing in 2 Ultra Rugby 7’s games against Lashburn men and women’s invitational sides. What a grand day for rugby !!

Thank you Chris and Shauna Scarmstad (also part of the Howlers family) the driving forces behind this amazing endeavour along with everyone from this local supportive community for this memorable experience highlighting grass roots rugby !

Talk about vision, leadership and commitment!! LASHBURN SASKATCHEWAN (2.5 hours from both Edmonton and Saskatoon) a rural town with a population of less than 1,000 has built 2 full international rugby pitches named after the man that started it all there some 30 years ago - MURRAY MCDONNELL.

When Murray started the first high school program he was literally new to the the game. He taught himself the game from books and videos. The school with a total of 200 boys and girl from grades 7 to 12 has won 6 provincial high school championships competing against schools that are up to 10 times as large. They also run a full mini rugby program which in turn adds up to over 100 kids under the age of 18 part of this amazing prairie town’s rugby culture where obviously rugby has become more than a game, but a way of life .

National 7 coach Damian McGrath with rugby park founder Murray McDonnell


Carson Clarke - Rouleau Saskatchewan
Nathan Sgrazzutti - Regina Saskatchewan
Olaf Erasmus - Provost Alberta
Tristan Franc - Prince Albert Saskatchewan
Campbell Johnston - Baltimore Maryland
Matt Klimchuk - Regina Saskatchewan
Josh Looker - St. Albert Alberta
Brennan Marcoux -Saskatoon Saskatchewan
Dreydon Martin - Regina Saskatchewan
Evan Norris - Victoria BC
Graeme Norris - Victoria BC
Mitchell Novak - Regina Saskatchewan
Carlos Pestana - Medellin Colombia
James Reid - Purceville Virginia
Mitchell Rudy - Calgary Alberta
Nick Taylor - Calgary Alberta
Siaki Vikilani - Burnaby BC

Coach : Damian McGrath - Victoria BC (Canadian National 7’s Team coach)
Assistant Coach : Jack Taylor , Calgary Alberta
Manager for men and women’s team - Leo Lane


Davine Burton - Victoria BC / Toronto Ontario
Senah Debia - Regina Saskatchewan
Julie Foster (player / coach) - Regina Saskatchewan
McKenzie Grad - Regina Saskatchewan
Emily Godfrey - Calgary Alberta
Kelcey Levitt - Calgary Alberta
Natasha Loucks - Calgary Alberta
Mandy Marchak (player / coach) - Victoria BC/ Winnipeg Manitoba
Bre McGillicky - Regina Saskatchewan
Brogan Mior - Calgary Alberta
Hanna Olson - Cold Lake Alberta
Danica Pedric - Regina Saskatchewan
Angela Thompson - Regina Saskatchewan
Trinity Todd - Calgary Alberta
Mikayla Wall - Regina Saskatchewan

Coach - Kayla Mack

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