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Great weekend for a rugby reunion


It was great to see some familiar faces at the Dauphin Mavericks reunion, Saturday at the Kin Field at the Vermillion Park Sportsplex.
The day featured four games, including an old boys games for players who are getting up there in age and aren’t quite as spry as they used to be.
But some of the oldtimers looked like they could still play the game. Former Mavs coach Bernie Dowhan was especially impressive. With a little bit of Grecian Formula, he could look like he is in the prime of his career.
What made the day so great is the number of teams which made the trip to Dauphin to be part of the reunion.
The Winnipeg Assassins and Brandon Barbarians men’s and women’s teams played league games here and stuck around for the party later in the day.
The Sturgeon Creek Rowdies brought their old boys team out to face the Mavericks and then the games ended with a match between the Parkland Mavericks 2.0 against the Winnipeg Wasps.
It wasn’t the only reunion in town, Saturday. The DRCSS Class of 1989 also hosted a reunion and some of them eventually joined the rugby players in the beer gardens later in the evening.
All in all, it was a great day for everyone involved. Congrats and thanks to the organizers for putting on this event.
While the Mavericks reunion was going on, one event that was scheduled to take place at the Vermillion Park Sportsplex did not go ahead as planned.
The Richard Bogoslowski Memorial Slo-pitch Tournament was postponed due to a lack of teams. Organizers will try to reschedule the tournament on another date.
It is too bad, because there are always lots of great prizes available at the raffle table.
And it is a way for local players to remember and honour Richard, who was known for his talent on the diamond when it came to slo-pitch. Not only did he serve as president of the Dauphin Competitive Co-ed Slo-pitch League for years, he also played at provincial and national slo-pitch championships.
Bogoslowski died in 2011, another of the countless victims claimed by cancer. His family and friends established the memorial tournament in his honour later that year and diamond two at the sportsplex was eventually named in his memory.
In the past, the family has purchased picnic tables for the sportsplex using the money raised from the tournament.
It would be sad to see the tournament fade away. There are enough teams in the area that this tournament should have no problem filling it up.
So if you are on a slo-pitch team, or if you just want to get a group of friends together for a fun day of ball and a chance to win some great prizes, keep a look out for the announcement of the tournament’s new date.
Summer is going by way too quick.
In just a couple short weeks, the ice will be back in at Credit Union Place and the Parkland Source for Sports Four-on-four Summer Hockey League will get going for another summer.
The league is set to begin, Aug. 6, and will continue until Aug. 20. There are two divisions, one for players born between 2004 and 2006 and one for players born in 2003 or earlier.
Not long after that, the Dauphin Kings will conduct a hockey school, Aug. 26 to 30, followed immediately by the club’s fall training camp.
For information on the summer hockey league, visit nextlevelst.com. Information on the Kings hockey school can be found at dauphinkings.com.

Doug Zywina