BC Island rosters announced for second leg of TrueBlue NorCal Cup
Double-header set for 4:00pm KO at Uvic's Wallace Field
Published Thursday, June 21, 2012
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications

VICTORIA - The Northern California (NorCal) Youth Rugby Association Varsity squad will scrum down against British Columbia's Under-17 men's provincial team on Thursday evening in the second leg of the TrueBlue NorCal Cup. The match is set for 5:30pm at UVic's Wallace Field and will be preceded by the NorCal Junior Varsity versus the BC U15 Island Selects.

Match Info
4:00pm, June 21st:  BC U15 Boys vs NCYRA Junior Varsity (at Wallace Field, UVic, Victoria)
5:30pm, June 21st:  BC U17 Men vs NCYRA Varsity (at Wallace Field, UVic, Victoria)

TrueBlue NorCal Cup
A BC U17s roster made up of Lower Mainland Selects took the first match on Tuesday evening, edging NorCal in a 36-34 thriller in Vancouver. On Thursday the BC U17 Island Selects will look to hand NorCal their second straight defeat before the three match series wraps up in San Francisco on July 27th.

NorCal Varsity are a physical team with plenty of depth, drawing from a player base of over 90 clubs in the Northern California region. Their heavy forward pack and hard-running back line will be a stiff challenge for the BC U17 Island Selects.

BC will feature several Cowichan and Shawnigan Lake School rugby products, many of which represented Canada on the recent U17 tour of England in March. The front row will include standout prop Randall Barton who has been a powerful scrummager at the club, provincial and national level this past season.

The BC U17s will be coached by Jeff Williams and Doug Tate.

BC U17 (Island) Roster:
Name (Club / School)
1. Randall Barton (Cowichan  Rugby Club / Shawnigan Lake School)
2. Noah Dobson (Cowichan Rugby Club / Shawnigan Lake School)
3. Jenner Teufel (Cowichan Rugby Club / Shawnigan Lake School)
4. Guiseppe du Toit (Cowichan Rugby Club / Shawnigan Lake School)
5. Chris Miles (Velox RFC / Shawnigan Lake School)
6. Spencer Soltan (Capilano RFC / Shawnigan Lake School)
7. Evan Cambridge (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Oak Bay Secondary)
8. Kyle Bodnarchuk (Velox RFC / Spectrum Secondary)
9. Morgan Tate (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Oak Bay Secondary)
10. Connor McDirmid (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Oak Bay Secondary)
11. Brock Gowenlock (Cowichan Rugby Club / Cowichan Secondary)
12. Tyler McDirmid (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Oak Bay Secondary)
13. Oliver Nott (Shawnigan Lake School)*
14. Daniel O’Flynn (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Oak Bay Secondary)
15. Jack Nyren (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Oak Bay Secondary)
16. David Pratt (Velox RFC / Spectrum Secondary)
17. Jordan Dives (Shawnigan Lake School)*
18. Liam Bristar (Cowichan Rugby Club / Shawnigan Lake School)
19. Wesley Wong (Cowichan Rugby Club / Shawnigan Lake School)
20. Tyler Beselt (Cowichan Rugby Club / Shawnigan Lake School)
21. Chris Kalhs (Shawnigan Lake School)*
22. Jonathan Norris (Cowichan Rugby Club / Shawnigan Lake School)
*Currently Unattached to BCRU Club

Coach: Jeff Williams
Coach: Doug Tate

U17 Referee John Buxcey

NorCal Varsity Roster
1. Nico Bedoya – Dixon
2. Josh Short – Vacaville Christian
3. Marshall Godfrey - Ponderosa
4. None Vailea – Luther Burbank
5. Austin Middleton - Dixon
6. Teki Polaulu – Luther Burbank
7. Nick Bonovich - Dixon
8. Pepe Semeraro - Dixon
9. Kyle Garlick - Dixon
10. Aiden Flynn – CK McClatchey
11. Alex Brewer – El Camino
12. Tim Dallosta – Rio Amsricano
13. Chris Rico - Dixon
14. Doug McKinley - Miramonte
15. Anthony Salaber - Dixon
16. Gavin Moscone - Piedmont
17. John Warnock – Independent Learning
18. Val Lee-Lo - Dixon
19. Moni Tongauiha - Oakland
20. Cameron Drake - Miramonte
21. Ryan Adair – Oak Ridge
22. Nate Ansbach – Rio Americano


NorCal's Junior Varsity (U16 age grade) were impressive in their first outing of their BC tour, handing BC's Lower Mainland U15s a 91-5 defeat on Tuesday evening. To ensure Thursday's match is more competitive, BC U15 Island coach Ian Hyde-Lay has enlisted the services of several U16 players to match the physicality of their visitors.

Captaining the side will be flanker Zachary Kahn, a product of the Castaway Wanderers and St. Michael's University School programs. The bulk of the U15s roster is made up of Lower Island players with the exception of Brentwood College's Keaton Armstrong and Nanaimo Hornets standout Lucas de Vries.

Kickoff is scheduled for 4:00pm at UVic's Wallace Field.

BC U15 (Island) Roster:
Name (Club / School)
1. Keaton Armstrong (Brentwood College)
2. Dante Morandin (Castaway Wanderers RFC / SMUS)
3. Jansen Gibbs (Velox RFC / SMUS)
4. Noah Pryce-Baff (SMUS)
5. Abrahim Kharaghani (SMUS)**
6. David Boroto (SMUS)**
7. Zachary Kahn (Castaway Wanderers RFC / SMUS)** - Capt.
8. Tyler McDiarmid (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Oak Bay)**
9. Carson Smith (SMUS)
10. Graeme Hyde-Lay (Castaway Wanderers RFC / SMUS)
11. Mackenzie Valentine (SMUS)
12. Mitchell Newman (SMUS)
13. Max Pollen (Castaway Wanderers RFC / SMUS)
14. Alex Carrion (SMUS)
15. Jack Nyren (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Oak Bay)**
16. Aidan McLeary (Velox Valhallians)
17. Norris Wass-Little (EMCS)
18. Gavin Kratz (Castaway Wanderers RFC)
19. Cameron Graham (Castaway Wanderers RFC / Glenlyon-Norfolk)
20. Joshua Graffi (Velox Valhallians)
21. Simon Gray (Castaway Wanderers RFC / SMUS)
22. Lucas de Vries (Nanaimo Hornets RFC)
**Denotes U16 player

Coach: Ian Hyde-Lay
Coach: Wes Plater
Manager: Spencer Robinson
Physio: Michelle Jones

U15 Referee Dan Beattie

Northern California Youth Rugby Association
Much of the BC Rugby U17 and U15 activity for the 2012 summer season is centred around a partnership with the Northern California Youth Rugby Association, a perennial powerhouse at all USA Rugby National Championship youth events. The NCYRA is comprised of more than 90 clubs, 200 teams, 4,000 players (boys and girls) all playing in 13 youth divisions. For more information on NorCal rugby visit www.norcalrugby.com


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