Chelsea, Quebec rugby club strikes gold at Quebec Games

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by admin on August 5, 2010

The Chelsea, Quebec Rugby club was honored twice last weekend, first by competing as the Outaouais region representative in the Quebec Games, then by the U16 boys team beating Mauricie, 40-0, for the rugby sevens gold on July 31.

“[They] saved their best for the final” coach Marc Wolvin said in an email, “mixing creative passing, team speed, and an unwavering defence that overwhelmed Mauricie.”

The Gatineau games marks the first year the Games accepted rugby. Despite being a demonstration sport, the teams agreed to compete in a tournament format. Five clubs in the boys category and four clubs in the girls played for gold in total.

Players from the winning U16 squad hail from Chelsea, Wakefield and Val-des-Monts. Two of them, Patrick Lynott and Michael Wolvin, play for the Quebec provincial team.

Despite their competitive success, the team is not, technically, competitive. Since the club established itself in 2004, playing has only been a matter of signing up. With that approach, the club has built a solid program and reputation. Three teams from the club in total – two boys teams and one girls – were chosen to represent the Outaouais region in the Quebec Games.

The Chelsea rugby program comprises age groups from ages eight to 16. Like soccer, the age groups change every two years. The teams play two seasons, one in the fall and one in the spring.

The decision to accept rugby into the Quebec Games came at about the  same time the Olympic committee accepted rugby into the next Olympics.