Vancouver, BC – May 3, 2019: It is hard to believe how quickly it has come round, but the 2018/19 Senior League season in BC has just one more day of competition to go…and what a day it is shaping up to be. The BC Rugby Club Finals are set to take place tomorrow at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex with eight divisional titles up for grabs including the Women’s Premier League and Men’s Premier League, sponsored by Onni.
The 2019 BC Rugby Club Finals will kick off at 11:15 with the Women’s Division 2 Final and see the action take place across three fields at Burnaby Lake Sports Complex. Gates are due to open at 10.30am and a beer garden situated between Field 2 and Field 3 will give spectators an ideal opportunity to relax and watch the games unfold.
A total of 83 men’s and women’s teams have battled over 30 weeks from Island to Interior to reach the final of their respective divisions. They have endured wind, rain, sleet, snow, mud and hail along the way, happy to battle the elements as well as their opponents. Now we are down to just 16 teams, represented by 13 clubs from across the Province.
We’ve got a quick rundown of each of the matches below, but don’t forget to check out the event webpage via the links on the side. There you’ll find everything you need to know about the weekend including maps, parking and public transport details, all important schedules and a link to the live stream.
As always, you can check out the KO times and venues on the Fixtures Page
MEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE
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Final – Burnaby Lake vs UBCOB Ravens
Expect some packed sidelines on Saturday as Burnaby Lake try to win the Rounsefell Cup for the first time in the club’s history, with the advantage of being on home soil. The league leaders at the end of the 2018/19 regular season, they have dropped just two games all year. A hard fought victory in the Semi-Finals over a spirited Castaway Wanderers gives them one of their best chances at getting their name on the much coveted Rounsefell Cup. Standing in their way are UBOCB Ravens, defending Men’s Premier League Champions and a side looking for their first back-to-back titles in nearly 30 years. Ravens finished fourth in the regular season, just two points behind Burnaby, and have looked in strong form during the playoffs. They are also the only side to have beaten Burnaby Lake this season, both times inflicting heavy defeats in excess of 30 points.
Will a third win over Burnaby Lake be the sweetest one of the season for Ravens or will the home side come out victorious and claim the Men’s Premier League title for the first time?
WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE
Final – Westshore vs Capilano
Despite some windy weather causing a reshuffle in the Semi-Final fixtures at the weekend, we have our final confirmed. Westshore defeated Castaway Wanderers in a revised fixture while Capilano came out victorious against Seattle over on the mainland. Westshore will be competing in their third straight Women’s Premier League final. If they are successful on Saturday, they will be the first women’s team to win the Gordon Harris Memorial Cup three years running since Vancouver Rowing Club between 1991-1993. Standing in the way of that record is Capilano, second seed at the end of the regular season. Despite losing to Westshore twice this year, they were two of the three narrowest margins that any team has posted against the reigning champions. Expect the team from Vancouver’s North Shore to fight to the bitter end as they seek to secure the title that they last won back in 2010.
MEN’S PREMIER RESERVE
Final – UBCOB Ravens vs. UVic Norsemen
UBCOB Ravens are back in the Men’s Premier Reserve Final once again, having lost out to Meraloma for the title in 2017/18. Their opponents this year, UVic Norsemen, edged past the defending champions by just two points in their Semi-Final, setting up a mouthwatering fixture for Saturday. The Norsemen had the stronger run during Regular Season, finishing second in the standings and getting a pass straight to the Semi-Finals. Ravens, on the other hand, have done things the hard way, qualifying as 5th seeds and having to fight passed UBC in a nip and tuck Quarter Final (19-17) before facing top seeds Burnaby Lake in the Semi-Final. Having battled through that fixture and come out on top, the Ravens will likely have a strong feeling of self-belief and hope to secure the title that they lost out on 12 months ago. The Norsemen will be more than happy to remind their opponents of their last encounter, a 38-24 win for the island side. Who has what it takes to take the win on the day?
WOMEN’S DIVISION 1
Final – Abbotsford vs. Nanaimo Hornets
It’s the top two seeds from Regular Season facing off in this year’s Women’s Division 1 Final. Abbotsford, unbeaten since January, will go into the match as favourites but the fixture is far from a done deal. Nanaimo Hornets have had an excellent season, losing only two matches since January and demonstrating a real tenacity on the field. Most exciting of all is that these two teams have yet to face each other in 2019, so there is an air of the unknown and uncertain around this matchup. This could be a real treat for those gathered on the sidelines early on Saturday morning.
MEN’S DIVISION 1
Final – Bayside Sharks vs. Abbotsford
Bayside Sharks have been in strong form all season long in Men’s Division 1, losing just a single game all season. More significantly, they have been resilient in defence, conceding the fewest number of points of any team in the division this year. Coupled with a comprehensive 53-0 win over United in their Semi-Final, the Sharks are unquestionably in strong form coming into this year’s final. Abbotsford will still fancy their chances though, they have beaten Bayside already this season and will be riding high after coming through a tightly contested Seim-Final against Surrey Beavers. There are likely to be plenty of big hits and fierce battles at the breakdown when these two sides meet on Saturday.
WOMEN’S DIVISION 2
Final – Scribes vs Capilano
This could be one of the most exciting matches of the competition. The top two seeds from Regular Season, both shown a huge capacity for big scores and an ability to hold strong defensive lines. Not only that, but the only time the two sides have faced each other since January was a riveting affair settled by just a single point, Scribes coming out top 20-19. Scribes are also the defending champions and, given the scenes from last year when the final whistle blew, they will fight tirelessly to retain their crown. But Capilano have gone over 10 years since they last laid claim to the Women’s Division 2 title and they have a real appetite. All we can say is this should be a game well worth watching this weekend.
MEN’S DIVISION 2
Final – Langley vs Kamloops
Langley have been in imperious form this year. They finished Regular Season in the Men’s Division 2 as the top seed and then dispatched Surrey Beavers in their Semi-Final. They have plenty of stats to back their confidence up, with the highest scoring average of any team in the division and one of the strongest defensive lines, conceding less than 12 points per game on average. However, they are coming up against the reigning champions from 2017/18 and Kamloops will feel they have just as much right to be full of confidence heading into this weekend. The team from the interior have scored an average of 36 points per game this season and comfortably same through their Semi-Final at Bayside 38-5 last weekend. Langley may have the upper hand in the head-to-head stats this season (2-0) but it is all going to come down to who wants it more this weekend. Expect plenty of fireworks when this game kicks off.
MEN’S DIVISION 3
Final – Axemen vs Richmond
Top seeds Axemen have been an exciting side to follow this year, demonstrating a ruthless scoring record but an even more impressive run in defence. Conceding an average of fewer than 6 points per game this year, the side from up the Sea-to-Sky are well used to controlling games and dictating the pace, regardless of the competition. This was most recently demonstrated in their 57-0 dismantling of Chilliwack in the Semi-Finals last weekend. Richmond have worked tirelessly all season and their hard work has paid off, edging out 2017/18 champions Weshore in their Semi-Final weekend and booking a place in the Men’s Division 3 Final. They have been one of the form sides of the division this year, finishing Regular Season as 2nd seed and demonstrating their own prolific scoring record. Will they topple Axemen for the first time this year or will the Men’s Division 3 trophy be taking the scenic drive back up the Howe Sound come Saturday evening?