VANCOUVER: It was a beautiful day to enjoy some high quality rugby action at the 2013 B2GOLD Provincial Regional Championships being held at UBC'S Wolfson Fields. The rugby competition is taking place all weekend and will see 10 U16 Mens teams, 3 U18 Womens teams and 9 U18 Mens teams compete for provincial bragging rights.
In the Men's U16 Pool A, the Vancouver North under the leadership of coach Daniel Weidner have come out firing on all cylinders. After two matches Friday, the VN team has accumulated 108 points for and haven't given up a try. With the only other undefeated team in Pool A being Fraser Valley East,
the 2:10pm match tomorrow is likely going to be a key match to watch. Although the top 2 teams in each pool earn a spot in the U16 Semi Finals, Fraser Valley East looks keen to put a stop to Vancouver North's win streak (now at 8).
In Pool B play, the TrueBlue U15 Provincial coaching staff looks to have a highly skilled and well drilled group of U15s on their hands. Having dispatched last year's U16 provincial runner-ups in Fraser Valley West and then beating Fraser Valley West, the young guns have only given up 2 tries. In tomorrow's draw, Vancouver West will try to show why they earned bronze at last year's B2GOLD PRCs by putting a full stop to the TrueBlue's success; their match is scheduled for 11:40am.
(Pool A) Vancouver North 69 - 0 Cariboo Coast
(Pool A) Fraser Valley East 34 - 7 Vancouver East
(Pool B) Fraser Valley West 10 - 34 TrueBlue U15 Provincial Team
(Pool B) Vancouver West 42 - 12 Vancouver Island South Tide
(Pool A) Vancouver Island North Tsunami 59 - 0 Cariboo Coast
(Pool B) Fraser Valley Central 0 - 40 TrueBlue U15 Provincial Team
(Pool A) Vancouver North 39 - 0 Vancouver East
(Pool B) Fraser Valley West 24 - 0 Vancouver Island South Tide
(Pool A) Fraser Valley East 12 - 10 Vancouver Island North Tsunami
(Pool B) Vancouver West 36 - 0 Fraser Valley Central
In the Men's U18 division, the TrueBlue U17 Provincial team got their first match in of the summer. Unlike the TrueBlue U15s, the U17s on that side (and the U17s on other teams) are still fighting for the coveted spots on the new U17 BC team that has been entered into the National Championships held in August. There was no better way to jump into the PRCs then to put their skill to work against the reigning provincial regional champions in the Vancouver Wave. However, the Wave looked in fine, coming out of the match with a 32-5 win.
Vancouver 32 - 5 TrueBlue U17 Provincial Team
Fraser Valley West 20 - 14 Fraser Valley East
Vancouver Island South Tide 31 - 14 Northwest Wolves
Fraser Valley Central 0 - 27 TrueBlue U17 Provincial Team
Fraser Valley East 26 - 7 Thompson Okanagan
Vancouver Island North Tsunami 46 - 3 Northwest Wolves
Vancouver 36 - 0 Fraser Valley Central
Fraser Valley West 36 - 5 Thompson Okanagan
Vancouver Island South Tide 12 - 26 Vancouver Island North Tsunami
In the Women's U18 division, the intensity of the Fraser Valley - Vancouver Island Tsunami rivalry continues to live up to expectations and grow with every battle on the pitch. In the final U18 Women's match of the day, Fraser Valley entered the second half with a 10 - 0 lead over the Island Tsunami. With some fresh players on the field in the second half, the Island women came back by scoring 12 unanswered points; the game ending in dramatic fashion as Adrienne Saari's try and subsequent convert by Allie White came with no time left on the clock. After the match, Tsunami coach/manager Arlene McGuff summarized her team's finish, "everyone stepped up in that second half, we really needed out impact subs to make a difference and they really did. Girl's like Kate [Schievink], Kaylee [Dorval], Michelle [Evans] and Cedar [Williams] came in, they helped shut down the Valley's offense and gave us a chance to win it."
For those who missed today's nail biting match, there is no need to panic - the triple round robin format has all three teams battling each other two more times this weekend. One would expect this competition to only get more fierce as these teams start to familiarize themselves with each other.
Fraser Valley 76 - 0 Vancouver Wave
Vancouver Wave 0 - 41 Vancouver Island Tsunami
Fraser Valley 10 - 12 Vancouver Island Tsunami