Welcome to the 43rd annual Can-Am Rugby tournament, hosted by the Mountaineers RFC.
Over the years many faces have come and gone thru the teams, club board and the Can-Am tournament board. However our love of rugby and dedication to host ruggers from all over the world each summer at the largest rugby tournament in North America has remained constant.
As a native of Saranac Lake I have been attending Can-Am Rugby games for as long as I can remember. I have been playing for eight years, and am in my fourth year as president. During my time as a Mountaineer I have seen ups and downs, good times and bad just as any club. Our club, like all others celebrates its successes and faces its struggles- problems with recruiting, funding, fields, etc. We also have dreams like other clubs. Dreams such as, our own clubhouse, pitches, international tours and of course championship wins on Sunday. With the help of the Can-Am tournament, a loyal community and generations of dedicated ruggers some of these dreams have come true and some we will continue to strive toward. With our high school rugby program in its 10th year I can see we have a strong future.
From players, alumni, rugby fans and families the Mountaineers have been blessed with unequaled dedication. The Mountaineers board spends many hours behind the scenes making sure our club thrives and the Can-Am board works year round to make hosting over 2,000 rugby players, friends and families look effortless. I would like to take a second and express my admiration and deepest thanks to these extremely hardworking people who do all of this for their simple love of the game; they never ask for anything and don’t bat an eye at the many requests they receive. They just take pride in helping ruggers and our community.
As players and fans travel from all over to a little town in the heart of the Adirondacks for one action packed weekend, keep in mind the history of this tournament, the legacy we have built and the future we aspire towards. Enjoy your weekend with friends (new and old) and family. Work hard on the field and play hard off. Be safe and considerate of your teammates, opponents and surroundings and you can be a positive part of this year’s tournament that will no doubt be remembered.
In closing, the Mountaineers RFC will be out and about all weekend sporting Mountaineers apparel. As the host team from the Men, Women and Old boys if we can be of any help feel free to approach us. We hope to make this weekend one you will cherish forever. Have a great weekend playing and watching the best game in the world. Also make sure to take a second and enjoy these great communities nestled in the Adirondacks. And when you get back to work on Monday or Tuesday if that extra day of recovery is needed try not to be frustrated when others just don’t get what you experienced and understand: your love of rugby; rough, tough, humbling RUGBY!
Mountaineers Rugby Football Club President