Highlanders First Side defeats Carleton University Seconds in a Friendly (but Physical) Rugby Match

(Perth, 19 September, 2019) – It was a contest that pitted youth against experience as the Lanark Highlanders Rugby Club’s men’s first team hosted the Carleton University men’s second team for a friendly match at Beckwith Park last night.

The final result was a 45-12 victory for Lanark County.

Carleton Men 2 pose with Lanark Men 1 after the game. Photo by LeeAnn Napiorkowski.

“It was a physical game, for sure,” remarked Dave Harrison, long-standing prop and one of the original members of the Highlanders. “The young fellas gave us a good run for our money, but you should always bet on cunning and experience.”

Patient play among the forwards allowed for possession to run in favour of the Highlanders who waited for opportune moments to run the ball through the back line. Deft offloading permitted Lanark to exploit gaps in Carleton’s defence. Still, the younger team did not fold under the pressure and paid out massive hits and finished tackles. The Highlanders selected Carleton’s Nick Naida as “Man of the Match” while Curtis Bernicky was the Highlander honoured.

“I’d love to get some of those Carleton boys into Highlander kit next spring,” said club president Dan Drummond. “Our seasons are complementary, so most university athletes will play for club teams through the spring and summer before heading back to their University sides in the Fall.”

The Lanark Highlanders are currently working on a club expansion and will add a women’s team and a U17 boys’ team to the club roster for play in 2020. If you would like to join the club as an athlete, fan or sponsor, leave your email address below.

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