Mohawk Mountaineers

Ex-Mountaineers have cap-tivating time in rugby


Four Mohawk alumni – Duncan Earl, Eric Moyer, Erick Alvarado and Billy Gemmell – help the Canada Wolverines defeat the Jamaican national side, 38-2, in an International Rugby League series game to determine the Americas Championship. The July 16 contest was the first of three in the series.

Duncan Earl, Eric Moyer, Erick Alvarado and Billy Gemmell (left to right), ex-Mohawk Mountaineers recently competed for Canada in an International Rugby League game against Jamaica. (Photo: Eric Moyer/Mohawk College Athletics)

Duncan Earl, Eric Moyer, Erick Alvarado and Billy Gemmell (left to right), ex-Mohawk Mountaineers recently competed for Canada in an International Rugby League game against Jamaica. (Photo: Eric Moyer/Mohawk College Athletics)

Earl, a 2016 electrical engineering graduate, played his first game for the Wolverines and had a very good showing both offensively and defensively. The 6’4” lock, who has been impressing domestically, has been putting in a lot of work in the gym and on the field, which has been showing off this year culminating in his first international cap.

During his time at Mohawk, Earl’s dedication enabled him to achieve an Ontario Colleges Athletic Association all star award and an athlete of the week honour, capping off a successful run as a Mountaineer.

Moyer, a 2013 general arts and science grad, has played four seasons with the Wolverines. He notes, that Mohawk College helped him develop the skills needed to succeed on and off the rugby pitch.

“The challenging nature of school combined with all the resources available at Mohawk, really helped build myself up to become a better athlete and a better person,” said Moyer.

During his time as a Mountaineer Eric received two OCAA all star awards, an MVP selection, and a Coaches Award.

Alvarado, a 2016 construction engineering graduate, has been a big up and coming addition to the Wolverines roster. Adding caps in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Alvarado, along with Gemmell were both big parts of the young Wolverines who defeated England at last year’s Commonwealth Games. He has also trained with Gemmell and the professional U19 English side the Huddersfield Giants, in which they both gained experience and found success.

Gemmell, a 2015 educational support graduate, has made a big splash with the Wolverines since joining in 2014. In addition to gaining caps in 2015 and ‘16, he was involved in the World Cup qualifying team which played in Florida last year. In addition to the young wolverines, Billy has been very active in sport giving back as a coach where he can. During his time as a Mountaineer, Gemmell received two OCAA all star awards, was Rookie of the Year in 2014 and an MVP in 2015.

The Wolverines next Americas Championship game is against the USA Hawks Sept. 24.

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