Through the depths of hard winter, the Crusaders Sr. Men have been busy working in the background preparing for the upcoming season and are pleased to to make several announcements for the 2018 season about the coaching staff and pre-season match schedule.
Coaching & Management Staff
The coaching and management staff has been bolstered by several additions for 2018. Matt Duffin has been added to the coaching staff with direct responsibility for the Backline and 2nd XV. Duffin has previously coached at the University of Toronto and has been a club stalwart, having played with many of the younger senior players the last few years and providing them with leadership and teaching them how to play the game properly. David Walker has agreed to join the management of the senior men and taking the lead in initiating a new community outreach program the senior men have started for the 2018 season. Walker is the perfect person for the role as a former 1st XV Manager and club Board member. The outreach program intends to promote the Crusaders Sr Men within the club and the community in a positive way by volunteering and contributing to community events and charities. Last but not least, Johnnie Scrivo has been named Club Captain for the 2018 season. As Club Captain, Scrivo will act as a players’ representative and look to enhance and improve the Sr. Men’s Program.
The rest of the staff returns from the 2017 season with Rodin “Koko” Lozada as Head Coach; Mark Winokur, Mark Jutronich, and Graham Walsh as Assistant Coaches; and Nikki Corless as Manager. Jamie Leveridge will again Captain the 1st XV, while Andrew Wilson will also serve as a Playing-Assistant.
2018 Pre-Season Match Schedule
In a mere 10 weeks, the Crusaders Sr. Men will begin their match schedule with 4 pre-season fixtures. Come out and support the boys as they shake off the rust from a long hard winter.
Saturday April 14th vs Hamilton Hornets at Crusaders Grounds 12:00 pm kick-off
Saturday April 21st vs. Toronto Nomads at Crusaders Grounds 12:00 pm kick-off
April 28th at Town of Mount Royal (Montreal Pre-Season Tour) kick-off TBC
Saturday May 5th vs Balmy Beach at Crusaders Grounds – 2nd XV kick-off 12:00 pm; 1st XV kick-off 1:30 pm
League schedules begin Saturday May 5th