The ARFC Div. 2 team hosted Kamloops in the only senior ARFC game of the weekend. Abbotsford knew they were in tough against a well-drilled Kamloops side that was in the div. 2 final the previous season. Both teams had intentions of moving the ball around the park, unfortunately the weather didn’t allow for much ball movement and the game turned in to a slug fest with a lot of hard running, hard scrumming, and some big tackles being put in by both teams. Kamloops had an edge in the scrums and in the lineouts and put that possession to good use by scoring the first try of the game after sustained pressure in the Abbotsford half. Abbotsford responded with some good pressure of their own but gave up penalties or knocked the ball on and Kamloops came out at half-time up 7-0.
A fantastic start to the 2017-2018 season for the Division 1 women! Lots of exciting youth and veterans have this team undefeated so far this season. Check out the article below from the Abbotsford News.
Division 2 host Langley
Langley came out to Abbotsford for the second game against the ARFC of this half. The first game at Crush Crescent was a win for Langley after they ran away with the game in the second half. This game proved to be much of the same thing. A common theme for the Div. 2 men for Abby has been a strong first half where they are within striking distance but they haven’t been able to follow up their first half performance with a solid second half.
ARFC Minis will be back on the pitch in 2018. Registration opens December 1st with practices starting in the New Year.
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Congratulations to five ARFC products who have been selected to represent Canada at the Dubai sevens kicking off Dec 1 in the United Arab Emirates. Bateman grad and circuit veteran Justin Douglas will suit up for the Canadian men’s squad. The speedy finisher is coming off a fantastic season last year after earning 3rd in the world for tries on the sevens circuit with 40 in 10 tourneys behind USA’s Perry Baker (57) and England’s Dan Norton (51).
Abby Sr. product Tausani Levale earns the honour of becoming the first ARFC female selected to the Canadian senior women’s sevens team. The young playmaker incredibly just turned 18 in October and has evidently made an impression with coach Tait and selectors as she earns a spot on the 12 player roster. The women start Nov 30 in Dubai vs. Spain.
Suiting up for the Canada Maple Leafs are Bateman grads and RC centralized players Jared Douglas and Jake Thiel. Clayton Meeres, a Sardis grad and former ARFC player, has also been selected for the team. These hopefuls will be looking to make an impression with selectors and eventually earn a spot on the national team roster. The Maple Leafs also kick off Dec 1 in Dubai.
Good luck to our ARFC players and all the Canadian teams in Dubai!
Div. 1 Women
The Abbotsford Women hosted UBCO this past Saturday at Exhibition Park. The game was delayed by two hours due to road closures and a broken down bus, but UBCO finally made it after a long journey. Abby dominated from the beginning with great forward ball possession which the backs capitalized on with a couple of early tries from winger Erin Skillings. The dangerous center combination of Natalie Teteris and Shalaya Valenzuela broke through the line many times and were rewarded with a try for Teteris and three tries for Valenzuela. Flyhalf Steph Wiebe made some good tactical kicks and the entire team defended very well.
Women’s Div.1 first half season recap
The Abbotsford Rugby Club's Women's team is off to a great start this season. They have an undefeated season going so far this year with a 7-0 record. They started off the season with a hard-fought victory against Meralomas Club. The game went back and forth and on the last play of the game center Natalie Teteris crashed through the back line and scored under the posts to win the game.
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