This past Saturday, BC Rugby held its annual Club Finals in Abbotsford’s Exhibition Park. Thousands descended to Exhibition Park to watch the top teams in 9 different divisions compete for their divisional championships.
The UBC Thunderbirds walked away with the Men’s Premier League Championship for their third consecutive year while Westshore RFC claimed victory in the Women’s Premier League, presented by belairdirect.
BC Rugby would like to congratulate all the 2017 Club Finals Champions and Runners-Up:
Men Premier League – UBC 26 d. Burnaby Lake RC 17
Men’s Premier Reserve – Burnaby Lake RC 32 d. UVic Norsemen 24
Men Division 1 – Surrey Beavers AA 41 d. Nanaimo Hornets 10
Men Division 2 – Meraloma RC 38 d. Kamloops RFC 0
Men Division 3A – Westshore RFC 24 d. Burnaby Lake RC 15
Men Division 3B – Capilano RFC 12 d. Squamish 5
Women Premier League – Westshore RFC 67 d. Seattle Saracens 17
Women Division 1 – United RC 34 d. Vancouver Thunderbirds 29
Women Division 2 – Kelowna Crows 25 d. Capilano RFC 10
In the Men’s Premier League final, UBC led the way in the first half with fullback Andrew Coe, reaching a score of 26-0 before Burnaby Lake could score their first try. During the second half, Burnaby Lake came back strong, hammering away at UBC, successfully completing 3 tries. However, Reekie missed the conversion giving UBC the lead and with little time left their fate was sealed. For their third consecutive year, UBC Thunderbirds walked away with the Rounsefell Cup Championship with a final score of 26-17.
In the Women’s Premier League, presented by belairdirect, Westshore RFC finished a perfect season with a triumphant win over Seattle Saracens. With National players such as Barbara Mervin and Elissa Alarie, the team demonstrated an amazing performance. During the first half of the game, Westshore scored six tries, kicking three conversions while Seattle was only able to slip away with one try. In the second half, Westshore did not slow down at all as they completed five more tries and three conversions while Seattle kept fighting to regain the scoreboard. However, in the end Westshore dominated with a final score of 67-17, winning the Women’s Premier League Championship.
“A heartfelt congratulations to all the teams that participated in this year’s BC Club Finals. The dedication and commitment of all the players is truly inspiring and one of the reason’s belairdirect is so happy to support this wonderful organization,” said Henry Blumenthal, belairdirect’s Vice President, Sales and Operation Western Region. “At belairdirect, we’re here to support our customers through good times and challenging ones, just like how the BC rugby players and fans didn’t waiver in their efforts during the Finals.”
Thank you to all the teams who participated as well as the volunteers, medical staff and referees. BC Rugby would also like to thank its partners and sponsors that have contributed to the growth of Rugby in BC.
Game footage from Club Finals will be made available on BC Rugby’s YouTube page in the next few days. Photos from Club Finals are available here. Thank you to BC Rugby’s photographers, Chris Wilson and Rick Macdonald, for capturing amazing shots from the day.
To learn more about BC Rugby and how you can play Rugby in your community, visit bcrugby.com.