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The Ottawa Indians Rugby Football Club is a community oriented rugby club, based out of the West End of Ottawa, Ontario, the capital city of Canada. The Ottawa Indians offer several programs that range from mini rugby for kids, junior competitive rugby for high school ages and premier competitive programs for senior men and women. The Ottawa Indians welcome people from all backgrounds and diversity for our social and competitive teams. The Ottawa Indians Rugby Football Club is a non-profit organization that is committed to developing the growth of rugby in Ottawa and in Eastern Ontario, from grassroots to high level competition.
The Ottawa Indians Rugby Football Club
provides its players with a great opportunity to learn, develop, and refine rugby skills and leadership from top level qualified coaches. The coaches main priority is to create a positive environment where to grow the club and the Eastern Ontario Rugby Union programs by providing all the players with engaging and motivating instruction.
Established in 1962, the Ottawa Indians Rugby Football Club have been part of the Ottawa community by coaching in local high schools, by participating in the Ottawa’s Annual Spring Clean Up, and with some of our social events supporting charities such as the Canadian Paraplegic Association.
The club is named after the actual Ottawa Indians tribe, which traces their origins to the Ottawa River area, although through many forced migrations now live in Oklahoma.
The Ottawa Indians Rugby Football Club are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, 2012.
History of the Ottawa Indians Rugby Football Club
The Ottawa Indians Rugby Football Club was founded in 1962 (yes this year – 2012 – is our 50th anniversary) after a split from the Ottawa Beavers. This split was coordinated to increase the number of clubs playing in the Ottawa area.
At the time the Beavers had to travel to Montreal and Toronto to play all of their games. As such the Beavers and ourselves are the two oldest clubs in Ottawa and still get along quite well off the pitch (on the pitch is a different matter).
The Ottawa Indians Rugby Football Club today
This brings us to today. Currently the Ottawa Indians Rugby Football Club runs two senior men’s teams, one senior women’s team, and the U16/U18 junior boys and varsity junior women.
Additionally the Ottawa Indians Rugby Football Club youth program has teams for all ages such as U6, U8, U10, U12 and U14.
To all club members/Parents
This is a notification that this year’s OIRFC Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Saturday, November 8th, 2014, at Twin Elm Rugby Park, Richmond, Ontario, at 10:00 A.M. Our annual Phil McDonald Classic / Men’s Over-Under grudge match will follow.
The Ottawa Indians RFC would like to take this time to give a huge congratulations to Myles Donoghue and Craig Dawe (of our U16 program) for their selection to the Canada u17 East development camp this past weekend in Guelph. There were a total of 39 players (27 from Ontario) that went to this development camp, along side Ontario players were players from Newfoundland, PEI, New Brunswick, Quebec and Manitoba. Myles and Craig were two of only three players from Ottawa to get invited – Quinn Nadon-Stencill (Bytown Blues) being the third.
Players were nominated by their Provincial Coaches, selecting those who had outstanding performances at the Rugby Canada National Championships Festival this past August in Calgary. The next stage for some of these athletes will be a West v. East camp, set to be held this Spring in British Columbia.
Congratulations guys and keep up the great work!!
About 6 weeks ago one of our Junior U18 Women Players, Lizzy Matzinger, was long listed for Team Ontario U18.
The Ottawa Indians RFC would like to send out enthusiastic congratulations to Lizzy who has now been short listed and selected to travel with Team Ontario to Calgary, Alberta at the beginning of August to participate in the Women’s U18 National Championship.
Out of the 35 athletes originally long listed with the team only 24 of them have been selected to travel at the beginning of August and we are proud to say Lizzy is among that list of elite athletes.
The tournament will take place from August 5 to 10th and will see competition from provinces British Columbia to Nova Scotia. We would like to wish Lizzy the best of luck at the tournament and congratulate her once more on another huge accomplishment.
Keep It up Lizzy!
In addition to Lizzy’s accomplishments, a number of our junior men have also made the Ontario East U16 and U18 squads also making the voyage to Calgary. Stay tuned for an update on all our representative level junior players. Congrats to all and best of luck!!!
The long hours, the late evenings and extensive tryouts paid off. Three of our own U18 Ottawa Indians Junior Women were chosen to be apart of the Eastern Ontario Rugby Team. These ladies (Hazel Walker, Lane Bourbonniere and Leanne Mandzuk) have hit the road with the U18 EOR team to compete in the Eastern Canada Championships, against all Eastern Canada’s Provincial U18 Teams. Congratulations Ladies from the Ottawa Indians RFC as well as best of luck during the tournament.