VANCOUVER - On Friday morning over 500 age grade rugby players will kick off the 2013 B2GOLD BC Rugby Provincial Regional Championships at UBC's Wolfson Fields in Vancouver.
A total of 22 regional teams will take to the pitch during the three day tournament as players are introduced to representative rugby and look to put their hands up for selection to British Columbia's provincial teams. Those chosen to represent BC will have the honour of playing infront of their home crowd as the National Festival Championships, scheduled for August 7-11, are being hosted by BC.
The U18 Women's division has three teams this season. Reigning champions Fraser Valley, who have dominated this division over the years, look to continue their streak of provincial titles. In the gold medal match at the 2012 PRCs, Fraser Valley defeated the runner-ups Vancouver Island Tsunami 20-0. However, judging from the talent seen at the June U16 Women's PRCs and the upset victory by the Vancouver Island Tsunami team over Fraser Valley at that competition, the other regions are showing that they are ready to compete.
In the U18 Men's division, the Vancouver Wave are the current title holders and look to fend off some exceptional U18 teams in this year's competition. Returnees from last year include the Island regions of Vancouver Island South Tide and Vancouver Island North Tsunami, both looking to make some waves of their own; and we see the return of the three highly talented Fraser Valley regions in Fraser Valley West, Fraser Valley East and Fraser Valley Central. In addition to the squads from last year, the U18 Men's division welcomes the Northwest Wolves and Thompson Okanagan who have entered teams and made the trip to Vancouver. The competition also introduces the new TrueBlue U17 Provincial Team, made up of a selection of BC's best U17 talent under the guidance of Curry Hitchborn, these men will look to prove something against the regional U18 teams.
The tightly contested U16 Men’s division will be even tighter this year with a new two Pool, 10 team tournament format. Vancouver North who finished 2nd in 2011 and who won gold in 2012 with a 6-0 record, look to stay on top of the U16 division. Added to the mix of teams for 2013 include Cariboo Coast and the new TrueBlue U15 Provincial Team -- both very much wild cards in an already tightly contested division. The competition also has the return of the Vancouver teams: Vancouver West and Vancouver East; the Island teams: Vancouver Island North Tsunami and Vancouver Island South Tide; and the trio of Fraser Valley teams: Fraser Valley East, Fraser Valley West and Fraser Valley Central.
2013 B2GOLD BC Rugby Provincial Regional Championships
July 5 - 11:00am-5:40pm (UBC's Wolfson Fields)
July 6 - 10:00am-4:30pm (UBC's Wolfson Fields)
July 7 - 8:30am-3:00pm (UBC's Wolfson Fields)
B2GOLD PRCs Schedules
Day 1 Schedule
Day 2 Schedule
Day 3 Schedule
Friday, July 5th:
11:00am (Pool A) Vancouver North vs Cariboo Coast
11:50am (Pool A) Fraser Valley East vs Vancouver East
11:50am (Pool B) Fraser Valley West vs TrueBlue U15 Provincial Team
12:40pm (Pool B) Vancouver West vs Vancouver Island South Tide
2:20pm (Pool A) Vancouver Island North Tsunami vs Cariboo Coast
2:20pm (Pool B) Fraser Valley Central vs TrueBlue U15 Provincial Team
3:10pm (Pool A) Vancouver North vs Vanvouver East
3:10pm (Pool B) Fraser Valley West vs Vancouver Island South Tide
4:50pm (Pool A) Fraser Valley East vs Vancouver Island North Tsunami
4:50pm (Pool B) Vancouver West vs Fraser Valley Central
11:00am Vancouver vs TrueBlue U17 Provincial Team
11:00am Fraser Valley West vs Fraser Valley East
12:40pm Vancouver Island South Tide vs Northwest Wolves
1:30pm Fraser Valley Central vs TrueBlue U17 Provincial Team
1:30pm Fraser Valley East vs Thompson Okanagan
2:20pm Vancouver Island North Tsunami vs Northwest Wolves
4:00pm Vancouver vs Fraser Valley Central
4:00pm Fraser Valley West vs Thompson Okanagan
4:50pm Vancouver Island South Tide vs Vancouver Island North Tsunami
11:50am Fraser Valley vs Vancouver Wave
1:30pm Vancouver Wave vs Vancouver Island Tsunami