DOG RIVER HOWLERS COMPLETE FOURTH TOUR TO MEDELLIN

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Seventy-four players, coaches, support staff, referees and supporters from Canada, Colombia, New Zealand and Holland were part of the Dog River Howlers fourth tour to Medellin, Colombia, from Oct.31- Nov. 7. In the tradition of Howlers tours there was rugby, exploring/sight seeing and the all important social components.

The Howlers touring party arrived with some 70 bags of various gear and support material for the local rugby community and the Life by Life Foundation that we can proudly say Howlers’ Damon Weigl is the executive director of.

It was also a home coming for Carlos Pestana who is from one of Medellin’s under privileged barrios (Moravia) who is currently attending Shawinigan Lake School on the ‘Howlers Scholarship’ which is funded by the combined support of Andrew Purdey (who’s son Seth has played with the Howlers), Shawnigan Lake School and the Dog River Howlers Rugby Club.

The 3 Howlers teams went undefeated in their 5 exhibition games and 18 “Colombo-Canadian Rugby 7’s Tournament ” games in the U17 men, U18 men, U18 women divisions with all 3 final age category games played against the powerful Gatos Ruby Club from Medellin.

This tour again reinforces what the Howlers believe that “it’s more than a game, it’s a way of life.

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U-18 WOMEN

Angie Asprilla – Medellin Colombia.

Lyric Atchison – North Vancouver BC

* Maggie Banks – Burnaby BC

Hazel Bice – North Vancouver BC

Luisa Estrads – Medellin Colombia

Linnea Hokanson – Beaumont Alberta

Samantha Johnston – New Zealand

* Alexie Pusch – Edmonton Alberta

Josie Pusch – Edmonton Alberta

* Mackenzie Pusch – Edmonton Alberta

Beau Schellekens – Gemonde Netherlands

Alaya Scramstad – Lashburn Saskatchewan

* – CAPPED HOWLERS

Coaches – Elissa Alaire, Mimi Appleby

Manager  – David Pusch

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U-18 MEN

Jhojan Oritz Aranga – Medellin Colombia

Henry Davitt – North Vancouver BC

* Mostyn Findlay – Regina Saskatchewan

* Tristan Franc – Prince Albert Saskatchewan

* Elliot Johnson – Edmonton Alberta

Curtis Marvin – calgary Alberta

Ben Newhook – St Johns Newfoundland

Jim Newman – Victoria BC

Evan Norris – Montreal Quebec

* Carlos Pestana – Medellin Colombia

* Nick Taylor – Calgary Alberta

* Steve Wihak – Calgary Alberta

* – CAPPED HOWLERS

Coaches  – Peni Lutu – Regina Saskatchewan, Dick Cornish – Wilcos Saskatchewan

Manager – Leo Lane – Regina Saskatchewan ( also tour manager)

 

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U-17 MEN

Connor Byron – Abbotsford BC

Owen Cumming – Victoria BC

Oluf Erasmus – Provost Alberta

Julian Foggitt – Victoria BC

Quinn Hayhurst – Victoria BC

Sam Ibbotson – Canmore Alberta

James MacDonald – White Rock BC

* Dean Mason – Regina Saskatchewan

Carter Miller – Abbotsford BC

Santiago Rivera – Medellin Colombia

* Camilo Uribe – Medellin Colombia

Mees Van Oord – Netherlands

* – CAPPED HOWLERS

Coaches – Ryan Banks, Jack Taylor

Manager – Nolan Young

Tour Doctor – Deon Erasmus

Tour Physio / Trainer – Robin Ferguson

Tour Consultant  – Damon Weigl

Tour Photographer – Rene Tobon

Tour Video Crew – Don List, Denn Brooks

Tour Transport Manager – Lalo Granados

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SUPPORTERS

Norm Beug – Regina Saskatchewan – supporter

Antione Erasmus – Provost Alberta – player’s parent

Gord Gustafson – Victoria BC – grandfather of player

Karl Fix – Regina Saskatchewan – club president

Ryan Fix – Swift Current Saskatchewan – supporter

Neru Franco – Prince Albert Saskatchewan – player’s parent

Ian Godfrey – Calgary Alberta – supporter and referee

Steve Ibbotson – Canmore Alberta – supporter and player’s parent

Dave Jukes – Moose Jaw Saskatchewan – supporter

Chris Lasher – Vancouver BC – supporter

Dale Matthews- Saskatoon Saskatchewan – supporter

Ralph Miller – Abbotsford BC – supporter and player’s parent

Paul Newhook – St. John’s Newfoundland – player’s parent

Peter Norris – Montreal Quebec- supporter and player’s parent

Caroline Newman – Victoria BC – player’s parent

Lisa Peters – Regina Saskatchewan – supporter and TV host ( doing feature and the tour)

David Pusch – Edmonton Alberta – player’s parent

Richard Rodgers – St. John’s Newfoundland – supporter

Tim Schaefer – Regina Saskatchewan – supporter

Chris Scramstad – Lashburn Saskatchewan – supporter and player’s parent

Garry Tetlock – Regina Saskatchewan – supporter and referee

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