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.

The Lanark Highlanders’ Spend a Day at the Fair

(Perth, 09 Sep 2019) – Lanark County’s Rugby Club made a day of it at the County’s Harvest Festival held on Sunday at Beckwith Park. Having revived an old tradition at the fair, the Rugby Club showed up with a brand new, competition-grade tug of war rope.

“When we scrum down, our biggest eight forwards tip the scales at more than a ton,” says founding club member, Toby Shannan, “And that’s a metric tonne,” he adds.

Beckwith Township reeve, Richard Kidd, joins the Highlanders with a few recruits from the crowd. Photo by Robert McDonald

“I grew up just down the road in Gillies Corners, so I know Lanark County produces some big folk. Eventually we’re going to find some locals who will be able to pull us over. And we’ll recruit them on the spot.”

Brandishing a very new trophy, the “Lanark Highlanders Tug of War Challenge Cup,” the ruggers put on a demonstration, and then invited attendees to join them in the tug of war at what they hope will be an annual event.

The Lanark highlanders heavy team, with the unclaimed challenge trophy. Photo by Robert McDonald

Soon after, the Highlanders played host to the Barrhaven Scottish Rugby Club’s Old Boys and played an EORU-sanctioned match on the main field in near perfect conditions. At the end of the match, the Highlanders remained undefeated.

The Highlanders win their lineout. Photo by Robert McDonald

By all accounts it was a great day at the fair.