arfc logo2014 Abbotsford High School Rugby Summary

2014 marked another active 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, as many teams continue to expand and develop their rugby skills.

At the senior high school level, there were 5 boys’ teams competing from Abbotsford, including Robert Bateman, Yale, Hansen, Abby Collegiate and Mouat. In the Provincial AAA division, Bateman finished 5th while Yale finished 7th. In the AA division, Hansen finished 13th and Abby snuck into the tournament as a late qualifier and finished 16th. Mouat worked to build their program throughout the season.

At the senior girls’ level, 4 teams competed from Abbotsford, as well as Mission’s Heritage Park. Abbotsford teams included Abbotsford Collegiate, Rick Hansen, Robert Bateman, and Yale Secondary. Abby had a fantastic season and won the AA division for the third year in a row, overtaking Bateman 26-12 in BC the final. Yale won their first ever Fraser Valley AAA championship and came 3rd at provincials. Heritage Park finished 5th at provincials in AA. Rick Hansen worked hard to develop their program finishing 4th in their league.

Abbotsford teams experienced much success at the junior level as well with 4 competitive teams in action, including Yale, Abby, Mouat, and Bateman. Yale had a powerhouse season, knocking off Shawnigan Lake and St. George’s and going undefeated through the regular season. They were surprisingly edged in the Valley final 12-10 by Earl Marriott. Abby finished 2nd out of the Abbotsford schools with Mouat and Bateman on their heels.

In Grade 8 action, Abbotsford schools were extremely competitive. In the boys’ division, five Abbotsford schools competed in the local league, including Abby, Reimer, Fraser, Chief Dan, and Clayburn with Howe also competing in the final sevens tourney. Heritage Park from Mission was also in the league. Fraser won their 3rd straight Fraser Valley championship, meeting Stafford in the final for the third year in a row. Abby finished 5th in the Valley with Reimer 6th. Clayburn finished 3rd in the Tier 2 with Heritage 5th.

The Abbotsford Grade 8 girls’ league saw six local teams competing for the Upper Fraser Valley championship, including Abby, Howe, W.A. Fraser, Reimer, Clayburn, and Heritage Park. Fraser managed to defeat Clayburn in the final, while Abby took third, Heritage 4th and Reimer 5th.

The ARFC ran its annual 7’s tournaments again this year at Yale. With upwards of 25 teams competing in both the middle and high school tournaments, there were some fantastic matches. Final winners included Bateman edging out Yale for the senior boys championship, Bateman winning the senior girls title, Yale winning the junior cup, Fraser winning the grade 8 boys championship, and Fraser securing the grade 8 girls division. There were also grade 7 divisions for the first time this year, which were both won by Fraser.

With the help of local coaches, officials and designated club members, the Abbotsford Rugby Club has selected a senior boys All-City team from nominated players from each school.

The Abbotsford Rugby Club is very proud of the Abbotsford school athletes, teams and coaches, and would like to congratulate them for their successes both on and off the field. Congratulations to all successful 2014 recipients.

Senior Boys All-City Team 2014

  • Noah Bain (Yale)
  • Matt Blair (Mouat)
  • Jimmy Brar (Hansen)
  • Surge Francis (Yale)
  • James Ginther (Mouat)
  • Jordan Goheen (Abby)
  • Jason Hignell (Yale)
  • Brandon Ho (Hansen)           
  • Alex Ho (Hansen)     
  • Noah Jensen (Bateman)        
  • Ayden Kirkpatrick (Yale)     
  • Kurtis Kirschner (Bateman)
  • Leon Lokombo (Mouat)
  • Grayson Marquardt (Abby)
  • Travis Murray (Yale)
  • Ryan Rizzo (Yale)
  • Gavin Rowell (Bateman)
  • Thomas Sharpe Madison (Abby)
  • Kolby Steen (Bateman)
  • Talus Swanberg (Bateman)
  • Jake Thiel (Bateman)
  • Josh Thiel (Bateman)
  • Vishal Toor (Hansen)
  • Gerrin Tramm (Bateman)
  • Austin Zacher (Bateman)
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