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With files from Barbara-Ann MacEachern, Kawartha Lakes This Week

Rugby Ontario is quite saddened to pass along the news that with just over a week before the Lindsay Rugby Football Club is to host the Ontario Blues vs. BC Bears Canadian Rugby Championship match, someone broke into their clubhouse and garage, stealing items - including club founder Vince Jones’ golf cart - as well as causing extensive damage inside.

Based on a news report from
Kawartha Lakes This Week, Kawartha Lakes Police believe the break-in happened between 7 p.m. on Thursday (Sept. 5th) and 4 p.m. the following day. Money and various items were stolen, though none more saddening than the golf cart club founder Vince Jones uses to get around while attending games and events.

“The timing is really unfortunate and really upsetting,” says Lindsay RFC president Alison Westrop in the article.

Mr. Jones, now in his mid-80s, is beloved in the local rugby community, not only for founding the club in 1978, but for fostering the talents of youth and being the central figure of the tight-knit rugby community.

Beyond stealing the golf cart, thieves also caused considerable damage to the inside of the club house, including prying open freezers, fridges and cupboards, getting into the club office and stealing about $400 in cash and the hard drive from the security system, as well as a chain saw and a weed whacker from the garage where the “Vincemobile” was also kept.

Tickets for this weekend’s CRC match can be purchased ahead of time for $10 at The Grand Experience, at the bar at the Lindsay Rugby Football Club and from Scott Beukeboom, Zac Knoester, Wade Coulter, David Beukeboom, or Brodie Bowins, or can be bought at the game for $12, while quantities last.

With Lindsay RFC receiving all profits from ticket sales to the CRC match, let’s do our best to show this rugby club our support by attending this weekend’s match.

Anyone with any information about the break-in is asked to contact police at 705-324-5252 or make an anonymous tip to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or online at  


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