Junior club playoffs underway this weekend
U15s, U17s, U19s regional semifinals
Published Thursday, November 8, 2012
by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications

The postseason is officially underway this weekend for BC's U15, U17 and U19 club sides with semifinal matchups across the province.


U17 Men
The Castaway Wanderers are a perfect 5-0 and enter the Island semifinals as the top seed. CW has given up just 17 points this season and will look to continue their staunch defending this Sunday against no. 4 Velox (2-3). The second regional semifinal will feature North Island rivals no. 2 Nanaimo (3-1) and no. 3 Port Alberni (2-2). In their most recent matchup on October 28th, Nanaimo edged the Black Sheep 26-22 in Port Alberni.

On the Lower Mainland, top-seeded Bayside (5-1) will have a bye into next weekend's regional final as Vancouver Rowing Club (1-5) have defaulted. Capilano (4-1) are home to Abbotsford (1-4) to determine who will travel to South Surrey on November 18th.

The Caps are defending champs having defeated Bayside 26-22 in last year's Lower Mainland final and the North Shore club went on to defeat Cowichan 43-8 in the 2011 Provincial championship.

Lower Mainland U17 Men - Sun. November 11th:
TIER 1 MAINLAND SEMIFINALS: Abbotsford at Capilano
ISLAND SEMIFINALS: Velox at Castaway Wanderers (Postponed to Nov 14)
ISLAND SEMIFINALS: Port Alberni at Nanaimo


U19 Men
Top-seeded Capilano and no. 2 UBCOB Ravens have matching 6-1 records heading into the playoffs with their only head-to-head matchup resulting in a 31-10 win for the Caps. Before the Ravens get another shot at their Vancouver rivals, they will first have to go up against no. 3 Bayside (4-3) in this weekend's semis. Capilano are home to Abbotsford (3-4) in what will be a rematch of last year's Lower Mainland final when Caps blanked Abby 47-0 at Klahanie Park. Capilano went on to defeat CW 46-5 in last year's provincial final.

The U19 Island league will play their final round of league games this weekend and the top two sides will advance to their regional championship on November 18th. Cowichan currently top the standings at 4-0, with CW and Velox each sitting at 2-3.

Lower Mainland U19 Men - Sat. November 10th:
TIER 1 SEMIFINALS: Abbotsford RFC at Capilano RFC
TIER 1 SEMIFINALS: Bayside at UBCOB Ravens
TIER 1 - 5/6 PLAYOFF: Surrey at Rowers


U15 Boys
The U15 division will only feature regional finals this year and the Lower Mainland semis are underway on Saturday. Top-seeded Abbotsford (6-0) are home to Bayside (1-5) in the first semifinal, with Rowers (2-4) away to Capilano (3-3).

Lower Mainland U15 Boys:
Sat. Nov 10th SEMIFINALS: Abbotsford at Bayside
Sun. Nov 11th SEMIFINALS:  Rowers at Capilano


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