VANCOUVER – Vancouver Island’s Under-18 women’s team shut out Fraser Valley 7-0 on Sunday to win the 2014 B2GOLD Provincial Regional Championships. Vancouver’s Under-18 men’s team defeated the Happy Water BC U17 team, giving them the 2014 title while the Vancouver North Under-16 men’s team narrowly beat Vancouver Island South in a close game, winning the U-16 title.
The tournament is largely an introduction for young players to become accustomed with the sport, while provincial coaches use the competition to select players and assemble players for Nationals, which are held in August.
U18 WOMEN: Vancouver Island shuts out Fraser Valley for Championship
Vancouver Island’s U-18 women’s team managed to come out victorious against Fraser Valley on Sunday, despite battling rainy and wet conditions. The Island’s defence helped blank Fraser Valley, who gave up one try and a conversion.
The Island finished the tournament undefeated while Fraser Valley finished with a 2-2 record. Vancouver finished last in the division with an 0-4 record.
Vancouver Island’s head coach Marius Felix attributed the athleticism of his team to their victory. “We tried to pick an athletic team, not necessarily a big tough team, but at the end of the day a win is a win and when you win at this level against Fraser Valley who’s had a fantastic program for so long… I’m very proud of the kids,” Felix said.
Final Rankings – U-18 Women:
1. Vancouver Island
2. Fraser Valley
U18 MEN: Vancouver produces impressive win over Happy Water BC U17s for title
Vancouver’s U-18 men’s team put on an impressive performance on Sunday, beating BCU17 14-5. The first half of the game saw a tough battle between both teams, but Vancouver put the pressure on in the second half, securing their victory.
Vancouver finished the tournament undefeated while BCU17 lost only their final game to Vancouver.
“The mantra since the start of training camp has been defence. We’ve probably spent just as much time on defence as we have on offence,” said Vancouver’s head coach Bill Chamberlain. “Our guys just believed in the fact that if they just made their tackles and waited for the other team to make mistakes, good things would happen.”
Final Rankings – U-18 Men:
2. Happy Water BC U17
3. Island North
4. Fraser Valley West
5. Fraser Valley Central
6. Fraser Valley East
7. Thompson Okanagan
8. Vancouver Island South
U16 MEN: North Vancouver edges out Vancouver Island South in a close game
Vancouver North’s U-16 men’s team managed to beat Vancouver Island South in a hard fought game, securing the U-16 men’s title. North Vancouver put the pressure on early, taking a good lead in the first half. Vancouver Island South rallied back in the second half, but failed to close the gap, losing 15-12.
Vancouver North went undefeated throughout the tournament while Vancouver Island South lost only their last game.
Vancouver North’s head coach Danny Weidner said his team perseverance helped them win the title. “I think our team is just pretty resilient,” said Weidner. “To be honest with you, this whole tournament there’s been a lot of penalties racked up against us.”
Weidner added that momentum also played a key role in his team’s victory.
“Every year it’s the same thing - you start kind of slow in the first game and every single game you build and build and build until you hit this final game and hopefully it’s all put together properly.”
Final Rankings – U-16 Men:
1. Vancouver North
2. Vancouver Island South
3. Fraser Valley West
4. Fraser Valley East
5. Vancouver West
6. Vancouver Island North
7. Vancouver East