The 40th Anniversary of the Gobbler Rugby Tournament took place at Exhibition Park on October 8/9. Eight men's teams and six women's teams were in attendance to compete for the new Turkey Trophies (thanks Hewko's!). There was a fun theme of 'Full Moon Party" and there was lots of neon to be seen at the dance and the following day in the form of leftover body paint. The social atmosphere was great despite a rainy Saturday and the action on the field was highly contested.
2016 was a great year for rugby in Abbotsford and the surrounding area. Hundreds of boys and girls from grades 6-12 were involved in local school rugby programs.
At the senior high school level, there were 4 boys’ teams competing from Abbotsford, including Yale, Mouat, Abby Sr. and Robert Bateman. In the Provincial AAA division, Yale won the AAA Tier 1 Championship, bringing home their first provincial rugby banner. Mouat, Abby, and Bateman all qualified for provincials, Mouat finished 3rd in AAA Tier 2, Abby finished 6th in AA Tier 1 and Bateman lost a thriller in the final of the AA Tier 2 division to claim second. Commissioner’s 15 included Chris Combs (Yale), Dion Pellerin (Mouat), James Parker (Abby Sr.) and Dylan Araki (Bateman).
There is an Abbotsford Rugby Camp happening July 4-8 for players ages 11-15 who are looking to improve their rugby skills. Local coach Ryan McWhinney, Canada U-20 Player Jorden Sandover-Best, and a variety of other guest coaches will be involved with the camp and look forward to working with young rugby players.
What: Abbotsford Rugby Camp (fun, games based camp open to players from all regions)
Who: Students ages 11-15 (there is flexibility in ages depending on experience level)
When: July 4 to July 8, 2016, 9am-2:30pm
Where: Fraser Middle School
Cost: $150 ($135 if registered by Tuesday, June 21) - includes a t-shirt, ball, skill competition prizes, and pizza lunch on Friday
Instructors: Jorden Sandover-Best, Ryan McWhinney
It was a warm one on June 4 at Exhibition Park with temperatures nearing 32 degrees for the annual 2016 Abbotsford VIP Mazda Sevens. This was the first of three official stops on the BC Rugby Summer Sevens Circuit where club teams compete for points. 21 teams were in attendance to compete in 4 divisions, including the Men's Elite (5), Women's Elite (5), Men's Social (7) and Women's Social (4).
The Abbotsford VIP Mazda Sevens are almost here! We have 22 teams joining us in four divisions this year for the first official stop on the BC Rugby Union circuit. We hope to see you there either on the pitch or supporting in the beverage garden. We'll have water sports, games, a drop kick competition, and some awesome rugby going on in what looks like some stellar weather. Hope to see you there!
by Ben Lypka - Abbotsford News
posted May 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM— updated May 4, 2016 at 1:49 PM
Make some space in the trophy case for the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club.
ARFC sent four teams to the rugby provincials in West Vancouver on Saturday, and both the men's division one and women's division one clubs took home top prize.
On April 22, we had the annual ARFC Middle School Sevens at W.A. Fraser and Yale Schools. The Abbotsford Rugby Club was thrilled to see over 300 grade 7 and 8 boys and girls on 30 different teams take the field to pursue division titles in half field sevens. Clayburn Middle School won the grade 8 girls' division, WA Fraser won the grade 8 boys, Yorkson Creek Middle School won the grade 7 girls and HDSMS Skyhawks won the grade 7 boys. Thanks to all coaches, players, and volunteers who made it a great event! See below for results and MVP's.
by Ben Lypka - Abbotsford News
posted Apr 27, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Four Abbotsford Rugby Football Club (ARFC) teams kept their provincial title hopes alive over the weekend.
The ARFC women's division one, men's division one, men's division two and men's division three teams all punched their ticket to the provincials with wins on home turf.