The Easter weekend is almost here, but there’s only one egg-shaped object on our minds. There are a number of games taking place this weekend, as teams catch up on weather delayed fixtures postponed from earlier in the season. There are some serious battles to clinch those remaining playoff spots and at this rate, some divisions are too close to call. So why not throw a little rugby into your Easter celebrations and swing by your local club.
As always, you can see full fixture lists here as well as comprehensive results & standings for each league just by following the link underneath each division preview.
Does your team know they’ve got your support this weekend? Get out on the touchlines and let’s hear those cheers!
Men’s Premier League
In a “you couldn’t write this stuff” moment, the four teams who are all competing for the final two playoff spots in the Men’s Premier League are all in action this weekend…against one another! Seventh-placed James Bay must travel over to Klahanie Park to take on fifth-placed Capilano. The visitors are hoping to rebound from a punishing defeat last weekend at the hands of UBCOB Ravens, something Capilano can relate to themselves. The last matchup between these two was a tight game, Capilano just edging it by a converted try, so expect an equally close match this time around. UVic have maintained impressive form in the latter half of this season, unbeaten since late January despite some stiff competition. They currently sit 6th in the Premier League and must fend off attacks from both James Bay and their opponents this weekend, Seattle. The US side have endured a less fruitful run of form recently and only have this and one other fixture before the regular season finishes. Expect a mixture of nerves and determination when these two teams meet at Chuckanut this Saturday. In the other catch up fixture this weekend, UBC will travel across the Georgia Strait to take on Westshore. UBC have only lost three games all season and, despite comfortably assured of qualifying for playoffs, won’t be keen to see that stat increase.
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There’s just one catch up fixture this weekend in the Women’s Premier League, with Burnaby Lake set to travel to the island to take on leaders Westshore. The Vancouver Island team has been in imperious form this season, maintaining a perfect winning record over the season so far. Indeed, their smallest winning margin has been a staggering 12 points. Burnaby Lake will have a real challenge on their hands, but don’t count them out too quickly.
Men’s Premier Reserve
The fixtures in the Men’s Premier Reserve League aren’t quite the Hollywood script matchups of their top-flight counterparts, but there are some important games nonetheless. James Bay 2 are still in with a chance of qualifying in 6th place but must win all their remaining matches and hope a few fixtures go against their rivals. Kicking off this weekend against Capilano 2 at Klahanie Park, James Bay 2 will be hoping for a more comfortable winning margin than their last encounter, where the two were separated by just three points. UVic Norsemen are in a comfortable qualification spot, sitting fourth in the table. However, they will doubtless be keen to add some extra points to their tally when they travel south to take on Seattle 2 at Chuckanut. Finally, UBC 2 may find themselves up against a highly motivated Westshore 2 team when the two clubs meet on the island this weekend. Westshore 2 are currently tied for the sixth and last playoff spot but have a weaker points difference. With pressure from teams below them as well, it’s turning in to a “do or die” scenario for the hosts, so expect some fireworks at Juan de Fuca Park.
Men’s Div 1
All the action from Men’s Div 1 is coming from Vancouver Island this weekend with Castaway Wanderers 3 hosting Comox and Westshore 3 hosting Port Alberni. Both Castaway and Comox have had challenging seasons, though neither without their highlights. Expect a fierce battle for pride when this North/South Island clash kicks off at Windsor Park at 11:15am. Meanwhile, the match between Westshore 3 and Port Alberni looks like it will be a close one, with just a converted try separating the two in their last meeting. The match kicks off at 1:00pm at Juan de Fuca Park on Saturday.
Women’s Div 2
Just one game in Women’s Div 2 this weekend, with Scribes hosting Ridge Meadows at Rupert Park. Each team has tasted victory over the other so far this season, so this match is a final chance for some bragging rights as the 2017/18 season reaches its final stages.
Men’s Div 2
Kelowna Crows 2 will host Brit Lions 2 at Parkinson Rec Field this weekend. The hosts occupy the last qualification spot for playoffs in the division and will be keen to secure the win on Saturday to fend off any last minute charges from rival clubs. Simon Fraser RC will travel to Crush Crescent to take on Langley 2 on Saturday. Still without a win since October, the visitors will hope to finish their season on a high. Finally, Second placed Kamloops will journey down from the interior to take on United 2 at Hume Park. The visitors have had an impressive season, dropping just two games out of 14. Their opponents meanwhile have only tasted victory twice this season, so the odds would seem to favour Kamloops on this one, but anything can happen on a rugby field.
Men’s Div 3
In an early kickoff of 11:30am, Richmond will head North across the river to take on Capilano 3 at Klahanie Park. The visitors recorded their first win of the season a couple of weeks ago, will the memory help fuel another upset or will the hosts cement their hold on third place in the table? Meanwhile, Division leaders Squamish Axemen will journey East to take on sixth-placed Chilliwack. The hosts have endured a tough run of defeats in recent games, but will be buoyed by the memory that the last time the two sides met, they held the Axemen to a draw. Will we see a repeat on Saturday? Finally, fifth-placed Kats will host Surrey Beavers 3 at Balaclava Park. The visitors are mathematically out of playoff contention but don’t expect them to go easy on their opponents.
Men’s U23 Division
There is one match planned for this weekend in the Men’s U23 Division, with Capilano Academy hosting Richmond at Klahanie Park at 10:00am. The visitors will likely have a spring in their step, having picked up their first win of the season over UBC A last weekend. Could this be a last-gasp bid to snatch away the last playoff spot from the North Vancouver team?