Rep Team Wrap-Up: Performances by BC Teams this Summer

August 24, 2018

Vancouver, BC – (August 15, 2018) – What a summer! BC's athletes got plenty of playing time in the summer of 2018. BC Rugby was happy to be a part of the U16 Western Championships in Kelowna, the U18 Western Championships in Winnipeg, and the Canadian Rugby Championships, taking place in Calgary and across the entire nation. Our province's prowess in rugby continues and successful tournaments across all age-grades were proof of that. Teams from the U14 level all the way through to the senior level represented well. We're going to give a quick snapshot of how all the teams fared across all competitions. 

Senior Women

Record: 1-03

The Senior Women started the CRCs with against the Prairie Wolfpack. Fullback Macy Munson was flattening opposition players left and right with bone-crushing tackles as well. They found themselves down in the first half but worked their way back throughout the game, finishing with a comeback win, 29-24. After one day of rest, they played the Nova Scotia Keltics who proved to be a tougher opponent the Wolfpack. Nova Scotia kept the game within striking distance and to BC’s dismay, scored in the final minutes to win the match. BC Senior Women followed the Keltics by playing Québec. The French side moved the ball quickly and creatively, spreading BC’s defence, the final score was 34-5. The last game of the BC Women’s tournament was against Ontario. This game was a thriller and a fight until the very end.  The final score was 14-12 for Ontario which, despite being their third loss of the tournament, was probably the team’s most impressive performance of the tournament.

BC’s Senior Women finished in 4th place (1-0-3 record ) at the 2018 Canadian Rugby Championships, with Macy Munson from Kamloops finishing as the joint highest try scorer (4-way tie) and joint 4th highest point scorer.

Game 1 report: vs. Prairie Wolfpack

Game 2 report: vs. Nova Scotia Keltics

Game 3 report: vs. Équipe Québec

Game 4 report: vs. Ontario Blues

For all match statistics on the U19 Men’s CRC tournament, visit the CRC website

Senior Men - BC Bears

The BC Bears CRC season began with the team travelling to Calgary to play the Prairie Wolfpack on home turf. After conceding a try in the 75th minute, the Bears were dealt the losing try, the final score: 27-22. 

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Two games were to be played out over two weeks, with the higher aggregate score being the difference maker in semi-final seeding. BC hosted the Wolfpack the following week at North Vancouver’s Klahanie Park and gave their home crowd something to cheer for. Coming out firing right off the bat, BC had a big lead going into the second. They let the Wolfpack into it a bit in the second half, but held on to win and gain higher seeding for the semis, final score: 39-20.

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The semi-final match meant a flight back to Calgary for a match on August 23rd. The Ontario Blues were raring for a chance to exact revenge on BC after losing in last year’s final. This match was close for the first 15 minutes, both teams trading tries and keeping the score close. However, loose defence by BC let Ontario score three unanswered tries to build a big lead going into the second half. This deficit proved to be too much for BC to overcome and they ended up losing 58-36. 

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The Bears then played the Wolfpack on Sunday, August 26th to fight for bronze. In this game, they showed some real offensive brilliance, breaking out and scoring lots of tries. However, many of the defensive miscues from the previous game were still evident. A very tight first half led to a BC dominated second. Sean Ferguson and Aaron McLelland both scored two tries.

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U20 Women

Record: 0-4

The 2018 CRCs were a tough go for the U20 women as lots of their talented players were moved up to play with the BC Senior team. They didn’t win any of their matches and had what must have been a very frustrating tournament, but a lot of the girls got the opportunity to play at a high representative level for their province. Surely, a lot of these young women will continue playing for BC and reach higher distinction in the future.

Game 1 report: vs. Ontario Blues 

Game 2 report: vs. Alberta Wolfpack

Game 3 report: Équipe Québec

For all match statistics on the U19 Men’s CRC tournament, visit the CRC website

U19 Men

Record: 2-02

The BC U19 Men had big shoes to fill with the teams prior to this one winning for the past three years in a row. They did not end up winning the tournament but took a hard first loss on the chin and improved. This team looked like they could have folded but they fought throughout the whole tournament and came together as a team. Showing lots of character, they finished the 2018 CRCs in third place. Jack Scher from North Van was the joint fourth highest points scorer of the tournament with 21.

Game 1 report: vs. Équipe Québec

Game 2 report: vs. Alberta Wolfpack

Game 3 report: vs. Atlantic Rock

Game 4 report: vs. Équipe Québec

For all match statistics on the U19 Men’s CRC tournament, visit the CRC website

U18 Girls Tour to England

Record: 3-0

The U18 Girls had a very successful tour to England in August. Despite the cool weather in England, the girls played well from the start. They defeated Surrey County 39-0 to open their tour emphatically. Captain Nicola Smith of UVIC led the way and the team didn’t look back. 

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The next game against Old Albanian’s was postponed for a few hours when the BC girls’ bus was stuck in traffic due to an accident up the road. This led to a slow start by BC but the game against St. Alban’s would end with BC pulling away once more. The final score was 77-5. 

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The last game on the ladies’ tour brought them to Pulborough RFC. Pulborough won the U18 Girls Club Rugby championship last year so this was going to be a tough game for BC. The big Pulborough forwards led an attack that gave BC lots of trouble off the top. BC weathered this storm and counterattacked well. BC’s overall fitness level proved to be a difference maker as they were able to outlast Pulborough’s attacks. The final score was 24-5 and brought the ladies’ record to 3-0 for the tour. 

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It was great to see this team get a more tightly contested game at the end. This group of U18s has a very bright future ahead of them and we hope to see lots of them on the national team in the future!

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U18 Boys

Record: 5-0

The BC U18 Boys had a very strong tournament, going undefeated the entire way. This team’s showing at the tournament is very encouraging because contributions came from all members of the team. The ball was shared among teammates as well as supported adequately. Jacob Bourne led the team in points, being very effective with his kicking. Ryan Agyagos, Forrest Scarrwener, Lucas Tuffin, and Ryan Leskiw, all had multiple try weekends as well. In total, the U18 Boys' XV racked up an impressive 145 points (24 tries and 17 conversions) and conceded just 10 points (including three shutouts). Congratulations to the whole team and their coaching/medical staff for such an impressive achievement. 

U17 Girls

Record: 2-1-1

The U17 Girls fielded a very young team, competing in the U18 tournament, and also including two 16-year-olds on their roster, Samantha Lillywhite and Mia Eager. They won two games, lost one, and tied one. This team was also very dominant against some teams, beating Saskatchewan 42-5. There were a lot of encouraging moments for this talented group. Lillywhite and Eagar played extremely well and the whole team showed great character as well, encouraging one another throughout wins, losses, and ties.

U17 Boys

Record: 4-1

The BC U17 Boys held their own and then some at this tournament. They didn’t bulldoze teams like the U18s but displayed a near perfect 4 and 1 record by the end, a record they should be proud of. Their only loss was to their older counterparts, which was quite a close game, 17-3. Most of their games were close, much like the one against U18s. They also pulled away against Alberta White, winning 40-5, and Manitoba, final score: 20-6. Close games require a team to dig down and fight until the very end, so the U17s can be proud of the grit they showed at this tournament. This group shows a lot of promise. Next year they will get to play in a division with players their own age. Ethan Turner was the team’s top points scorer, converting every try.

U16 Western Championships - Kelowna
U16 Girls

Record: 3-0

The BC 16 Girls had an incredibly successful tournament in Kelowna. They did not lose a single game and put up an impressive amount of points against almost every team they faced. This squad was a mix of returning players along with a mix of fresh talent. Last year, the U16s won the silver medal at Westerns. The U16 Girls played great games of rugby, sharing the ball throughout the whole lineup and seeing many different girls share in the try scoring. Opening the games against Alberta, the score was 83-0 at the final whistle. They continued with a win over the BC U15s and then had a closer game against Alberta White, winning by just over a try, 22-14. Coach An Hoang on the team, “It's been an absolute pleasure to have been at the helm of the BC Rugby Women's U16 program the past two years and to see the development of the sport and skill level of these young women. I am proud of their discipline, hard work and overall improvement and trust in one another to be able to play some of the best rugby I've seen at this age grade”.

U16 Boys Gold

Record: 2-4

The U16 Boys' Gold had a better outing at the tournament than their winning record would suggest.  With the exception of a heavy defeat to their opposite numbers in the BC U16 Boy's Blue XV, their remaining matches were all hard fought, closely contested games.  Often their losses were not for want of a lack of creativity on the field, rather just lacking that final degree of intensity and composure at critical moments.  A big learning curve for the players in the side, while doubtless disheartened from only picking up two wins, this was an important experience for the team and helped to identify growth areas moving forwards.

U16 Boys Blue

Record: 6-0

The U16 Boys' Blue team wasted no time at this tournament. They built big leads against their opponents and didn’t let up. They put 50 points up on most of their opponents, the closest game coming against Alberta White, which was 31-17. The second match against Alberta White went even better for BC, the final score being 38-15. This team walks away from their tournament with a perfect record and can have the satisfaction of knowing that no one really came close. These young men should seek out an appropriate challenge on tour if possible! 

BC U15 Boys

Record: 3-1-2

The BC U15 boys had a great showing at the U16 Westerns, coming up against some tough competition against Alberta and tying Manitoba, punching above their weight and age-grade in all of those games. They finished the tournament three wins, two losses, and a tie, not a bad line, but lots to look forward to next year.

BC U14 Boys

Record: 1-0

The U14 Boys' XV Squad travelled to Kelowna for an action-packed week of training and inter-squad matches, side by side with the U16 Western Canadian Championships.  Showing real individual and collective development over the 5 days, the players impressed the parents and fans gathered on the sidelines, as well as the coaching staff, keenly watching their every move.  At the end of the camp, the coaches selected their top team for an upcoming match against Washington Loggers, reinforcing that every player at the camp had impressed them one way or another and they hoped to see all of them continuing to develop their rugby skills over the next 12 months.

The U14 boys played host to the Washington Loggers out of the US on Friday, August 3rd at Klahanie. This cross-border battle was a very exciting game and gave the large crowd at Klahanie lots to cheer for. It also caught the eyes of lots of BC Bears players and supporters who were trickling in to prepare for their game an hour later. Playing in front of a large crowd is always lots of fun and this BC U14 team didn’t let anyone down. They put their hearts in it and came away with a 24-10 victory.