Dinning rugby tournament returns to Madill after two-year hiatus
BY DENNY SCOTT
With a slightly smaller roster of teams than normal, the Matthew Dinning Memorial Rugby Tournament went ahead last week, with the top spot being claimed by Kincardine District Secondary School.
The tournament typically welcomes a number of junior rugby teams to F.E. Madill Secondary School from across the country and around the world.
Organizer LeAnn McDonald-Ellis said that, with the late start to school sports this year, it was a challenge to pull the tournament together, which led to the three teams taking place: Kincardine, St. Anne’s Catholic Secondary School and Madill. This is the first year the tournament has been held since the pandemic started.
“The tournament was very successful in the purpose we had of getting the juniors some time on the field,” she said, explaining that Madill’s junior team had only played one game before the tournament. “We wanted to get more experience for the boys, and reinforce the spirit of rugby and the spirit of the game.”
The Madill team will play another four season games and take part in the Miller Cup in Stratford on May 3.
“The team is learning at a fast pace, and we have all new players, so it will be an interesting season,” McDonald-Ellis said.