Presidents message 2019

Presidents Message:

I am truly honored to be elected the president of the LA Crude sports club for the 2019 rugby season and onward. This being our 39th year in existence I must give praise to our executives and all the others before them, for all their hard work and dedication to the LA Crude. I Welcome all our current & past members, families, guests, officials, sponsors, and the visiting teams to the LA Crude for what we are hoping will be a successful season on and off the rugby pitch. It is exciting times in and around Leduc Rugby with the expansion of all programs. The Pat Wilson Clubhouse and the Harry Sanders Rugby Fields being in immaculate condition and with such events as the Super Bowl Road Hockey Tournament, Registration Night, Rugbyfest, the Annual Golf Tournament, Family Day, Lobster Boil Part Deux, Rookie Night and many other great events planned, it is sure to be a memorable 2019 season.

                The LA Crude men will return to the Alberta cup for the first time since 2003. To compete with the biggest and best clubs in Alberta. With a lot of the core players returning including Alistair McBride, Brian Collins, Mike Griko and some new fresh faces the Crude will be looking to play a exciting brand of hard hitting, high scoring rugby with a great social atmosphere in a welcoming environment.

                The mighty third division men will be looking to continue the growth and expansion of the player base while increasing skill level as they prepare to make a return to the playoff scene in the ever so tough ERU 3rd Division. With a taste of the playoffs last season, we will be looking to go deeper in the playoffs this upcoming season. I will be looking to the “Black Aces” as well as younger members to ensure the thirds have fun and continue to grow the Crude culture we all love.

                Speaking of strong programs, it appears as if the LA Crude Ladies will once again be expanding to two teams. Contesting back once again in the ERU women’s first division, but also expanding to add a development squad for this upcoming season to play in the Edmonton women second division. Look for Rania, and Candace to lead another successful year, best of luck ladies.

                Finally I want to speak on our mini/junior program. This will be the 3rd year we have a program for kids aged U3-U19. With a great coaching staff in place I look forward to seeing the smiling faces off the kids. Watch for our “Try Rugby” free rugby sessions held indoors leading up to the season, or the first ever summer rugby camp. One of the main goals of this season is to make sure re-launch the Leduc composite high school boys rugby program. Although I look forward to seeing all the programs on offer this year. Ruck on Crude kids. 

In closing I would like to thank the City of Leduc and council members, Edmonton rugby union, Alberta rugby union and all of our sponsors. I look forward to representing and working with all of you for this upcoming season.

 
Thanks
Trevor Macaulay.

Men’s Team

Men’s Program

The L.A. Crude Rugby club currently has two men’s teams playing in the Alberta Cup Premier Division and 3rd Division of the Edmonton Rugby Union. Between these two teams and over many years they have won multiple championships. We are continually trying to improve and expand our teams through new and experienced players. LA Crude welcome all who enjoy the game and also would like to invite those who want to try it for the first time. Training’s run (indoor) starting in January and (outdoor)  every week Tuesday and Thursday beginning at the start of March till early October.

Code of Conduct

LA CRUDE SPORTS CLUB

The LA Crude Sports Club was founded on the passion for sport and the respect for fellow competitors. It is the ongoing goal of the Club to engage and promote the sport of rugby as well as further our involvement with the surrounding community. Registration with our Club is non-exclusive and no previous experience with the sport is necessary. Please review below the Club’s Code of Conduct prior to registration. Any questions or concerns regarding this Code can be directed to your Executive.

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

  1. LA Crude Members shall, at all times, respect his or her fellow Club Members. Any form of harassment against Club Members is strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
  2. LA Crude Members shall, at all times, respect Club Executives. The Executive always welcomes discussion to further improve the Club but harassment or intimidation will not be tolerated.
  3. LA Crude Members shall, at all times, respect members of other rugby clubs. It is understood that rugby is a contact sport; however, this does not imply that the Club will disregard intimidating or bullying behavior, either on or off the pitch.
  4. LA Crude Members shall respect rugby officials, organizers, volunteers, participants and spectators at all times.
  5. LA Crude Members shall respect members of the outside Community.
  6. The possession or distribution of controlled substances on Club property or at Club events will not be tolerated.
  7. Underage drinking will not be tolerated on Club property or during Club events.

 

By agreeing to this Code, LA Crude Members understand the actions and behavior they are expected to uphold. The Executive reserves the right to enforce – as deemed necessary – to protect the Club, its property and its Members.

Crude Minis Program

 

Next indoor training  March 27, 2019 at the Leduc Rec Center from 5:00 – 6:00pm


 

We are inviting male and female players ages U5 – U21 to register for the upcoming season. No experience necessary!

A players group is determined by the players age as of the 1st of January 2019.

Under 5 (Co-Ed)                  

 

  • Season runs from late April/early May (weather depending) and ends mid July.
  • Trainings are held Thursday night 5:30pm-6:30pm. At the Leduc Rugby Club 4205-48 Ave. Also on Saturday mornings 9:30am-10:30am (start times might vary 1hr or so) at Ellerslie Rugby Park 11004 Ellerslie rd. SW, on the very south side of Edmonton. (See map below)
  • Promoting fun and physical fitness through games and exercise.
  • Players will need to bring: a pair of shoes (runners will do), active (weather appropriate) clothing and their own water bottle.
  • Club will supply coach/director, team shirt.

 

Under 7 (Co-Ed)                  

 

  • Season runs from late April/early May (weather depending) and ends mid July.
  • Trainings are held Thursday night 5:30pm-6:30pm. At the Leduc Rugby Club 4205-48 Ave.
  • Games are held Saturday mornings 9:30am-10:40am. (Game times might vary 1 hr or so) At Ellerslie Rugby Park 11004 Ellerslie rd. SW, on the very south side of Edmonton. (See map below)
  • Games are played as modified rugby (smaller field). Non-contact/Flag rugby that has both girls and boys on the teams.
  • Promoting fun, physical fitness, team work and basic rugby skills.
  • Players will need to bring: Runners (or cleats), active (weather appropriate) clothing and their own water bottle. *Mouth guard recommended but not necessary.
  • Club will supply coach/director, flags, balls, team shirt.

 

Under 9 (Co-Ed)                  

 

  • Season runs from late April/early May (weather depending) and ends mid July.
  • Trainings are held Thursday night 5:30pm-6:30pm. At the Leduc Rugby Club 4205-48 Ave.
  • Games are held Saturday mornings 9:30am-10:40am. (Game times might vary 1 hr or so) At Ellerslie Rugby Park 11004 Ellerslie rd. SW, on the very south side of Edmonton. (See map below)
  • Games are played as modified rugby (smaller field). Non-contact/Flag rugby that has both girls and boys on the teams.
  • Promoting fun, physical fitness, team work and basic rugby skills.
  • Players will need to bring: Runners (or cleats), active (weather appropriate) clothing and their own water bottle. *Mouth guard recommended but not necessary.
  • Club will supply coach/director, flags, balls, team shirt.

 

Under 11 (Co-Ed Tackle rugby)

 

  • Season runs from late April/early May (weather depending) and ends mid July.
  • Trainings are held Thursday night 5:30pm-6:30pm. At the Leduc Rugby Club 4205-48 Ave.
  • Games are held Saturday mornings 9:30am-10:40am. (Game times might vary 1 hr or so) At Ellerslie Rugby Park 11004 Ellerslie rd. SW, on the very south side of Edmonton. (See map below)
  • Games are played as modified rugby (smaller field). Under 11 is tackle rugby that has both girls and boys on the teams.
  • Promoting fun, physical fitness, safety at contact, team work and basic rugby skills.
  • Players will need to bring: Runners (or cleats), active (weather appropriate) clothing and their own water bottle. *Mouth guard highly recommended.
  • Club will supply coach/director, balls, team shirt.

 

Under 13/Under 15 (Boys / Girls teams)                

 

  • Kids are encouraged to play rugby for their respective school. (if no program available at your school please let us know so we can get one in place)
  • Season runs from late April/early May (weather depending) and ends mid July.
  • Trainings are held Thursday night 5:30pm-6:30pm. At the Leduc Rugby Club 4205-48 Ave.
  • Games are held Saturday mornings 10:30am-12:00pm. (Game times might vary 1 hr or so) At Ellerslie Rugby Park 11004 Ellerslie rd. SW, on the very south side of Edmonton. (See map below) Under 15’s games might be at different location. TBD.
  • Games are full contact. Full field games.
  • Promoting fun, physical fitness, team work, contact safety and the sport of rugby.
  • Players will need to bring: Cleats (or runners), active (weather appropriate) clothing (black rugby shorts and black rugby socks suggested), their own water bottle, mouth guard
  • Club will supply coach/director, balls, training equipment and a team shirt.

 

Under 17/19/21 (Boys / Girls teams)            

 

  • Players are encouraged to play for their respective school. (junior or senior high)
  • School season runs late April to mid June. Fees and schedule are school specific.
  • Club season runs end of school rugby (June) to late August.
  • Club trainings will be Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00pm-7:00pm. At Leduc Rugby Club at the Leduc Rugby Club 4205-48 Ave. starting in May.
  • Club Games will vary with weekday game scheduling.
  • Promoting fun, fair play, physical fitness and the sport of rugby.
  • Players will need to bring: Cleats, black club rugby shorts and black club rugby socks, their own water bottle, mouth guard
  • Club will supply coach/director, balls, training equipment and a team shirt for club trainings and games.

 

 

*For people just getting introduced to the sport, rugby Canada has a great tool to help learn what our programs are trying to achieve. It’s called Rookie Rugby. Check it out!!

 

 

Women’s Team

Leduc Comp High School Girls
For many it was a day just like any other day in 1994. For 16 girls it was the beginning of a team, a family, and a legacy in the LA Crude Rugby Club. Jody Becker, Kerri Crerar, Deb Hangartner, Terri Pinkoski, Lisa Sanders, Sheryl Chamulka, Tracy Fiala, Nicole Hopner, Shelly
Mushynski, Wendy Van Twuyver, Lindsay Quinney, Janelle Telawski, Amber Clark, Tania Corothers with the coaching of Denny Luck and Shane O’Conner, all stepped onto the rugby pitch together for the first time and from that an era was began.
Like most women’s teams in 1994 the beginning was fun and challenging. There were many games played short players with not many wins to speak of. The Crude Women’s first team try was scored on tour in Penticton by a recruit from Cold Lake. It was a very exciting moment for everyone! The team was a close knit family of women that enjoyed every moment together on and off the pitch. This was made apparent on every tour they went on as the Crude Women were the receivers of the Social Team award at every tournament entered. The team used to pick a small town before every play off stretch to engage in some serious team bonding. Devon, Hay Lakes and Sunnybrook were just a few towns chosen to have team beers and recruit new players. This resulted in player representation from Warburg, Thorsby, Devon and Beaumont.

The team thrived over the years and celebrated Crude Representation on the Gold team from Melissa (the Hof) Hofer and Lindsay Yurokowski.
After many years of a successful LA Crude Women’s Program, there was a change in the program. In 2009 the Women’s team combined forces with the NorWester’s Women’s Program to form CrudeWest. These two programs joined their families in efforts to keep the women’s programs strong and competitive in the Edmonton Rugby Union. They enjoyed tremendous success over the years as two clubs joined together as a fiercely competitive team family on and off the field.
In 2009 the team enjoyed success winning games in playoffs having their season end in 5th place in their division. The winning continued over the next few years, eventually resulting in an Edmonton Rugby Union City Championship in 2013.

 

CrudeWest remained an incredibly social team off the field and maintained their reputation of playing with their hearts right to the end of every single game they played regardless of the scoreboard, year after year. Many a tour was enjoyed together in Abbotsford, Jasper, Stampede 7’s, Missoula’s Maggotfest and of course Edmonton’s RugbyFest.

CrudeWest 2016

The group has seen many players come and go but familiar faces remain with the likes of Melanie Hofstetter, Jacqueline LeBlanc, Sheila Farrell, Keryl Billen, Diane George, Suzie Zimmerman, Karen Zimmerman, Amber Clark, Leanne Martin Lindsay Cook.
In the 2016 season the CrudeWest Rugby program grew in numbers and strength such that they were able to field 2 teams in the first and second divisions. Both teams performed incredibly well this year resulting in both teams making the playoffs. It was the strength of all of these women combined in the 2016 season that has allowed for the Norwester’s and the LA Crude rugby clubs to regain their women’s programs. Life long friendships and families have been forged between this group of amazing women that continue long after their rugby days have finished.
Suzie Zimmerman, Lindsay Cook, Melanie Hofstetter, Jacqueline LeBlanc

The 2017 Rugby season will see the LA Crude Women’s team returning to their roots and
continuing their legacy. An exciting 2017 rugby year is awaiting everyone that will be guaranteed to be full of friendship, camaraderie, sportsmanship and competitive rugby. The Crude Rugby family has been re-united. The Crude Women have come home.

The devil whispered in my ear, “You’re not strong enough to withstand the storm.” Today I whispered in the devil’s ear, “I am the storm.”

NorWester Banquet 2016

Super Bowl / Road Hockey Event News

The first social of the year is approaching this weekend February 3rd, 2019. The Super bowl teams are still unknown but we also have the 21st annual road hockey tourney. We will be selecting teams at 11:00am so be sure to get your name on the draft list. This is a free, friends and family event and encourage you to come out and enjoy the day. It is Potluck so please bring something to share. The sun is supposed to be shining, but dress appropriately for the weather, it is Alberta after all. So grab your stick, equipment, favorite teams jersey (except canuck jersey’s they are not welcome) and a bag of donation food and head down early for all the action. For more information Contact Allison & Victoria Gaudin.

*Food bank levels running a little low, we ask that you bring your non-perishable food items for donation. We will be collecting all throughout the day, lets show the Leduc community Crude rugby can kick hungers ass!

 

                      “Illegitimi Non Carborundum”

 

Indoor Training

Its time again for indoor training!

Come join the Crude Nation for free indoor training every Wednesday, 9:00pm at the Leduc Recreation Center.
Get in shape, meet new people, and join the best game in the world!
Our training program is one of the best in Alberta, consisting of HIT cardio training while learning the fundamentals of rugby.
Whether you are brand new to the game or you have been playing for years, old or young, tall or short, thin or large you have a spot on the team!

Change your life in 2019 and join the LA CRUDE.