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Man-Sask Rugby Regionals on tap this weekend


The weekend rugby fans have been waiting for is almost here.
The Man-Sask Regionals 7s Tournament takes place in Dauphin, Oct. 11 to 13, at the Vermillion Park Sportsplex.
Games begin Friday at 5 p.m., Saturday at 8:35 a.m., and Sunday at 10:15 a.m.
According to organizer Rod Carberry, everything is coming along nicely in terms of organizing the tournament.
“In typical Dauphin fashion, the community steps up. And it makes it that much easier to put on a large event in a community like Dauphin. So we’re super happy to be to be part of that,” he said.
Carberry said 24 teams will take part in the tournament, which is what organizers expected.
Among the 24 teams will be eight Parkland teams, including three of the U17 units. Age groups include U11, U13, U15 girls, U15 boys, U17 girls and U17 boys.
“We’ve got a pretty good showing out of the Parkland, which is good. We’ve got the most teams from any region. Whether that’s because we are hosting or whether it’s because we’ve got a little more of an organized program, we’re certainly seeing the support from the athletes, which is great,” he said.
Carberry is looking forward to what will be a busy weekend.
“I still remember the time when the youth hosted its first jamboree on the same day as a high school rugby jamboree and there was just rugby people everywhere. And I’ll never forget that day. It was actually a pretty emotional for me seeing what we, as a rugby community, accomplished in Dauphin,” he said.
“To see that quadrupled over the course of two fields and multiple teams is going to be a great weekend. For me, again, it’s going to be an emotional weekend and when it’s all done, it will be a relief that it’s done and I’ll just probably be en emotional mess that weekend. But at the end of the day, it’s going to be smiles from ear to ear and rugby everywhere. So it’s going to be a great weekend.”
A professional development session for Parkland coaches of any sport will be held in conjunction with the regionals and has been well received.
“Both from an attendance side of things and a financial contribution side of things. So we’re happy to be able to bring in a lady from the University of Western Ontario to speak to us,” Carberry said.
The session will feature Natascha Wesch of Elite Mind Performance. Topics include managing nerves and emotions, building confidence, creating a mental game plan and many others.
The session will be held in the Aspen Lodge at the Parkland Recreation Complex, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and it is free to all Parkland coaches. RSVP to mandycarberry@gmail.com.

Doug Zywina