Westshore, UBC win BC Rugby premier division titles
Abbotsford was the epicentre of the provincial rugby world on Saturday.
Thousands descended on Exhibition Park to watch the top teams in nine different divisions compete for their divisional championships at the BC Rugby Club finals.
Some of the top rugby teams in the province are set to invade Abbotsford on Saturday.
The 2017 BC Rugby Club Finals occur at Exhibition Park in Abbotsford. It’s the first time ever that all the finals games will be played in one location. Games run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on three different fields.
On the line is the opportunity for teams to be named 2017 BC Rugby Club Champions in one of nine men’s and women’s divisions, from Third Division to Premier League.
There are 18 teams competing in this year’s Club Finals, coming from as far as Vancouver Island and Seattle.
“Having the BC Rugby Club provincial finals in Abbotsford is an amazing opportunity to show the province what a great venue we have for hosting this event,” stated Tyler Adams, president of the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club. “Abbotsford RFC has a history of excellence in hosting events and we hope that this is an ongoing partnership with BC Rugby to host the finals in one location.”
Douglas brothers, manager Brian Hunter lead Canada to first-ever win
- by Ben Lypka of Abbotsford News
- posted on Wed Apr 19th, 2017
Abbotsford Rugby Football Club members Jared and Justin Douglas, along with team manager Brian Hunter from Abbotsford, were key parts of the team to finally take home the cup.
The event, which ran April 15 and 16 in Singapore, saw Canada post two wins and a loss in day one. The club earned wins over Russia(28-15) and Hong Kong (34-0), while falling to Fiji (35-7).
Canada caught fire on day two, beating three of the top five teams at the event to win the cup. It was just the second time ever that Canada had reached the cup, the last time occurring in 2014 when they lost to New Zealand in Glasgow.
Day two saw Canada defeat the New Zealand All-Blacks 26-14, down England 17-5 in the semi-final and then earn the cup with a 26-19 win over the USA. Justin scored a big try in the semi-final win over England.
Canada head coach Damian McGrath said the win was an important moment for Canadian rugby.
“It’s incredible,” he told reporters. “Last night we were beaten by Fiji so we had a little bit of soul-searching and then we came back and beat some of the best teams in the world. This will show that Canadian rugby has so much to offer.”
Paris is the next stop in the series, with games running May 13 and 14. For more results, visit singapore7s.sg.
Abbotsford’s junior females will once again be well-represented at the Las Vegas Invitational 7s tournament in early March.
Eight local girls will suit up for the Team BC U18 and U16 female squad at the event, which runs in Sin City from March 2 to 4.
Abbotsford girls on the U18 include: Jordyn Myers, Shalaya Valenzuela, Tayler Bailey, Kashish Arya, Hunter Czeppel and Tausani Levale.
Locals on the U16 girls’ team are: Mikayla Sweeting, Kira Peary and Emily Meier.