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Long history of Rugby at Cornwall Collegiate
Recently, we received an interesting submission from Judy Bobka of the CCVS Homecoming Committee. The article below was found in the archives at CCVS and it shows that the school has had a long history of rugby playing - perhaps as long as 65 years or more. The photo to the right was supplied by Bill Swinden and was taken in 2007.

Cornwall - Jul. 29, 2011 - Recently, we received an interesting submission from Judy Bobka of the CCVS Homecoming Committee. The article below was found in the archives at CCVS and it shows that the school has had a long history of rugby playing - perhaps as long as 65 years or more.

The photo to the right was supplied by Bill Swinden and was taken in 2007. If you have any more information about rugby at CCVS or in Cornwall and area, please drop us a line.

C.C.V.S Grid Team Plays Tie with Daniel O’Connell Twelve

In a thrilling exhibition rugby game which saw both clubs alternately taking the lead, Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School Seniors and Daniel O’Connell High School of Montreal, battled to a 10-10 tie. The game was played at the Athletic Grounds Saturday afternoon before 400 enthusiastic spectators.

Cornwall held a 5-0 lead until the middle of the third quarter, but Montreal started to click with a series of passes to account for their two touchdowns. However Evans evened things up once more in the final quarter, carrying the ball for a total of 35 yards on an end run.

The local club took control in the first stanze, making the best of some loose ball handling by their opponents and some extra poor tackling to make headway.

Big Ronnie Dennis sent CCVS in the lead after eight minutes of play. After carrying the ball on two downs to gain 40 yards, he again crashed through the middle of the line and before running 10 yards he was in the clear. The attempted convert failed.

The second stanza saw both clubs showing plenty of strength. The visitors approached Cornwall’s 10-yard mark on two different occasions but smart kicking by Mickey Hudec solved the problem.

In the next frame, Montreal played a different style of rugby which brought them results. After a beautiful kick by Don Callagham, they held the locals at their 15-yard line. Then came great passing plays.

Both Callagham and MacManaman combined for both touchdowns. MacManaman received the first pass when he was behind the Cornwall goal for the first score of the game.

It was only a few minutes later when MacManaman was back in to count after receiving a beautiful forward from his mate.

After battling for 20 minutes, Reg Evans ame through with a sensational end run to even up the game once more.

Cornwall again had an opportunity to count in the final frame. They carried the ball to Montreal’s 10 but a fumble spoiled their chances.

Play roughened in the last few minutes of play but referee Kevin had little trouble in keeping the game under control.

For Cornwall, Mickey Hudec, Reg Evans and Dennis were the big heroes. While Callaghan, Ramsay and MacManaman were the best ball carriers for Montreal. (found in CCVS Archives)


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