VICTORIA - The Northern California Youth Rugby Association wrapped up their 2012 tour of BC with a pair of wins on Thursday evening at UVic's Wallace Field. The NorCal Varsity squad downed the TrueBlue BC U17 squad of Island Selects 46-39 and the NorCal Junior Varsity posted their second straight win, defeating the TrueBlue BC U15 team 57-12. NorCal Varsity 46, BC U17s 39
In another high scoring thriller at the U17 level, NorCal's Varsity squad came out on top of a 46-39 decision, taking the second leg of the TrueBlue NorCal Cup. The new competition is a three-game series between the Northern California Rugby Association and British Columbia's U17 men's provincial representatives. The series now heads to San Francisco all tied up and will be determined in the third and final match on July 27th.
NorCal Varsity had fallen 36-34 in a thrilling series opener in Vancouver on Tuesday and their match on Thursday evening was another bruising encounter.
"It was a great game with some huge tackles and great individual tries. The NorCal team pushed the pace with some athletic players who were hard runners and were talented at offloading in the tackle," said BC U17 coach Doug Tate.
By the final whistle BC and Canada U17 standout Guiseppe du Toit (Cowichan Rugby Club) had contributed a try, three converts and a penalty. BC tries were also recorded by Chris Miles (Velox), Spencer Soltan (Capilano), Kyle Bodnarchuk (Velox), Oliver Nott (Shawnigan Lake) and Jonathan Norris (Cowichan).
"[We] made a few mistakes that were costly on defence but took the lead with 10 minutes to go and it looked like NorCal were in trouble," added Tate. "But a breakaway and 80 metre run broke the game open and NorCal scored again at the end to put it away. BC played well and scored some excellent tries from good buildups. We really had to put bodies on the line as NorCal had some talented runners," Tate commented.
A U17 provincial roster will now be selected for the tour to San Francisco in late July. BC will play NorCal Varsity in the series finale at San Francisco's Golden Gate Rugby Club in Treasure Island, California on July 27th. Then on Sunday, July 29th, the BC tour will submit teams into the NCYRA Sevens Championship Tournament to be hosted at Northwest Park in Dixon, California. 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 NorCal 57, TrueBlue BC U15s 12
NorCal's Junior Varsity produced another impressive win over a BC representative side on Thursday evening when they defeated the TrueBlue BC U15s boy's team at Wallace Field.
BC led 5-0 early on but were unable to handle the physicality of a larger NorCal Junior Varsity side according to BC head coach Ian Hyde-Lay. BC's tries were recorded by Tyler McDiarmid (Castaway Wanderers) and Zack Kahn (Castaway Wanderers) with a conversion by Jack Nyren (Castaway Wanderers).
"NorCal was a very impressive team. Even allowing for their significant size and power advantage, they showcased some excellent support and off-loading skills as well as elusive running," Hyde-Lay said. "I'm very proud of our BC boys as they more than made a game of things for 40 plus minutes before the size and speed difference told its tale."
The NorCal Junior Varsity had posted a 91-5 win over the TrueBlue BC U15 Lower Mainland side on Tuesday evening at Vancouver's Brockton Oval. 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 JonesNorthern 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