Gerald Lopez and an extremely dedicated crew of coaches and mentors are committed to making Dauphin and the Parkland a dominant force when it comes to rugby.

It all starts with grassroots and that dedication paired with some extremely talented athletes is certainly paying off. Recently, the Dauphin Clippers girls rugby team earned a provincial silver medal while the men won a provincial bronze medal. When it comes to club rugby, the season is well underway and what a run it has been so far for the Parkland U14 Pirates.

The team opened their season with a tournament late last month and they weren't to be stopped. They downed a team from Winnipeg twice, the Regina Howlers twice, Regina Minor Rugby twice, and Meadow Lake twice. 8-0 in their first tournament led to a full month of practice and those practices led to another dominating performance over the weekend in Regina.

They played Meadow Lake twice, Regina Howlers twice and the Regina Minor Rugby Association twice and once again, they were perfect. The Pirates went 6-0 and they are now 14-0 this season. It's been a remarkable run and Lopez is very proud of the team.

"I'm so happy for the kids, to be able to apply what we do in practice and have success in game action," said Lopez. "The most important thing is they're also having a ton of fun, so that's great to see."

Lopez says he has a great group and they continue to push themselves and they deserve everything that they have gotten so far this season. Next up for the group is the Manitoba/Saskatchewan regional tournament which takes place July 9 and 10 in Brandon. Team Manitoba coaches will be in attendance watching as three players are fighting for a spot on the U18 Team Manitoba, a team that'll represent the province in Kelowna against the best in the country. 

"It's extremely exciting for all of us, we're extremely excited about it," ended Lopez. "Just to be back on the field competing and playing the game we love, is special for all of us."