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Axemen Rugby Club kicks off new season

The Squamish-based Axemen Rugby Club will be hosting a festival of rugby for the community on Saturday ahead of their season getting underway in October.
Rugby photo by Axemen Rugby Club
The Axemen Rugby Club, based in Squamish, is set to start their 2021 season in October after being shut down for nearly two years.

After being shut down for 18 months due to COVID-19 and only being able to practise, the Axemen Rugby Club will finally be getting back to game action this weekend.

On Saturday, Sept. 11, at Brennan Park in Squamish, the Axemen will be hosting a “festival of rugby” to celebrate the return of rugby to the Sea to Sky.

The day kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with a game of touch rugby open to anyone in the community who wants to participate. The celebration concludes with some pre-season action in a “game of three halves” where the Axemen, the Rowers and Kats RFC play one half of a game against each opponent.

After training all summer, Axemen head coach Keith Reeves is excited to get back to playing meaningful games when the season kicks off in mid-October.

“We’ve trained really hard since early summer, have some exciting new recruits and I think we’ve got a great chance of another hugely successful season,” he said. “We’ve got three preseason games lined up before the season starts [in October]. I can promise exciting open rugby that our supporters here in the Sea to Sky will really enjoy.”

In 2019, the Axemen were the BC Rugby Division 3 champions and were at the top of the Division 2 standings in 2020 before the season was shut down because of the pandemic.