Abbotsford - September 2017

September 25 2017

Abbotsford Rugby Club

Abbotsford Match Reports: Women Defeat SFU; Men Lose to Surrey

from Mark Adams

Div 1 Women

The Abbotsford women played SFU in the opening match of a full ARFC club day this Saturday at Exhibition Park. Abbotsford's roster saw a wealth of young faces and a full bench of substitutes, which proved valuable for the physical match up. The back-and-forth first half had Abbotsford riddled with penalties, sending them backwards, and allowing SFU over the line 4 times. 

Abbotsford's forwards rallied against a tough Simon Fraser pack and turned things around in the second half. The fiery Abbotsford backline sliced through SFU, scoring try after try to seal the game in the last 30 minutes. Outside centre Natalie Teteris delivered a powerful 5 tries in her 80 minutes, while Captain Chelsea Fowler touched down 4 and rookie Vivianna Johnson lit up the right wing with a hat trick in her 40 minutes. The final score favoured Abbotsford 78-29. Next weekend the ladies travel to Nanaimo to face the Hornets.

Chelsea Fowler - 4
Natalie Teteris - 5
Vivianna Johnson - 3
Chelsea Fowler - 9

Div 1 Men

The ARFC men played host to the visiting Division 1 champions, Surrey Beavers. The ARFC are rebuilding and a mixed side of rookies and veterans took to the field. The lack of cohesion showed in the first half with Surrey coming out strong and opening the scoring with their # 12 slicing through for a try.

Abbotsford men worked their way back down the field to get a penalty through the boot of Sol Puckey to put the scores at 7-3. Surrey then went on a tear and scored 3 long range tries before Abbotsford got on the board with Noah Jensen dotting down after some excellent interplay and off-loading by the backs. At the break, the score was Surrey on top 24-8.  

After the break, ARFC showed some heart and came back scoring tries through Jensen again and Darwin Guevara before Surrey responded with an intercept try of their own. Abbotsford again showed no quit and scored another multi-phase try, combining backs and forwards to touch down through big man, Ryan March. This put Abbotsford down 29-34 with 5 to go. However, Surrey showed why they are the reigning champs and scored off a set scrum through their backs to end the Abbotsford come back. The final score was 41-29. Kudos to Surrey for their win and showing their support at the ARFC clubhouse. Abbotsford was delighted with the second half comeback and look forward to building on that momentum as they host the Rowers next week at home. Thanks to the referee in charge and to the post-match chef, Jake Buskell. 

Final Score: Surrey 41 Abbotsford 29
Tries: Jensen (2) Guevera (1) March (1)
Converts: (P.Gibson 3)
Penalties: Puckey (1)

Div 2

Abbotsford regretfully had to forfeit the match due to a severe shortage of front-row forwards. Hopefully, this will be the only time that happens. Thanks to Burnaby for still coming out to play.

Abbotsford Weekend Match Reports: Wins Over SFU and Lomas

from Tyler Adams and Emily Skillings

On Saturday, the ARFC Division 2 Men travelled north of the Fraser for an encounter with the students with SFU. The ARFC Division 1 game was rescheduled for Dec 16 with Langley as both clubs had games in multiple locations, forcing a rescheduling early in the season. Hopefully the BCRU, Sub Unions and Clubs can come to an understanding to craft a better schedule for all involved. Onto the action.

It was a physical encounter to begin the match, with the only scoring coming later in the first half. Defence was fierce for both clubs and there was no one breaking the lines. Abbotsford had a shot at points, but Sol Puckey came up short on his nudge, 0-0. Eventually the big centre for SFU, Benji broke through on a hard crash from about 25 out and ran it over for the first points of the game. He would make yards on most of his runs on the day. Conversion was good and SFU was up 7-0. Not long after it was a little further out, but up and coming ARFC centre Payton Gibson had a similar crash through the centres and was away from 40 out and scored under the posts. A chip shot from Puckey and the scores were leveled 7s for both.

As was the difference of a week ago, where Abbotsford finished the game against Bayside with only 12 on the field, many unavailable for a variety of reasons, it was a different story with plenty of fresh legs ready to come on. Jason “East Van Jay” Copp made an immediate impact receiving an opening second half kickoff and putting the first 3 tacklers to the deck. Jason’s return after a hiatus last season should help bolster the 2nd Division, or wherever he is needed throughout the club.

Abbotsford scored early and often in the 2nd half. Branden Christian scored his first try of Men’s Rugby, the Yale product now patrolling the wings for ARFC. He’s another Abbotsford product from mini rugby to men’s, it will be exciting to see what the big winger can do this year. Other try scorers included Albert “Dancing Bear” Grigorov, Corey Sherameto, Nate Sandhu, Noah Jensen. Sol Puckey went 3 from 6 on conversions. SFU managed to crash over the line late in the 2nd half on some well worked forward play, but it wasn’t enough. Final score 38-14.

Thanks to SFU for excellent hosting field side and good luck the rest of the way!

In women’s Division 1 action, the ARFC women were at Meralomas at Connaught Park for their first game of the season. New coach Doug Primrose, with help from club legend Al Borrows were keen to see how the preseason training would translate to the regular season games. Abbotsford came out slow, allowing Meralomas in for two early tries. However, the Abbotsford women responded and held the lead by halftime. Meralomas had a couple breakthrough tries in the second half and the Abbotsford women were trailing. With Abbotsford down 27-24, on the final play of the game Natalie Teteris crossed the line for a hat trick to push Abbotsford ahead by a narrow 2-point margin. Final score 29-27.

Tries scored: 
Natalie Teteris (3)
Lauren Aurthur 
Chelsea Fowler
Chelsea Fowler (2)

The ARFC Youth Girls, led by Deanna Makara, are played in 7’s action at Exhibition Park on Sunday.

Next weekend the ARFC is hosting a big club day at home, with all 3 senior teams playing at Exhibition Park. The Women take on SFU, Division 2 Men vs. Burnaby and Division 1 Men vs. Surrey. The clubhouse will be open post-match for a social that will likely carry on through the evening. We hope to see everyone down on the sidelines at Exhibition Park next weekend!

Div 2 Men
1. James Ginther 
2. Tyler Adams
3. Albert Grigorov
4. Josh Radons
5. Matt Blair
6. Luke Rideout
7. Dilpreet Chahal
8. Ryan Leveille
9. Corey Sheremeto
10. Solomon Puckey
11. Cody Brownell
12. Alex Iskender
13. Payton Gibson
14. Branden Christian
15. Austin McRae
16. Mike Sabourin
17. Brent Bradbury
18. Nate Sandhu
19. Chris Gilding
20. Mac James
21. Noah Jensen
22. Berto Imbriani
23. Harjot Lalli

Div 1 Women
1. Shay Patterson
2. Reena Grewal
3. Pawan Grewal
4. Ashlynn Smith
5. Megan Christiansen
6. Kaitlynn Anne Feland
7. Meg Chambers
8. Lauren Arthur
9. Alex Motoc
10. Chelsea Fowler (c)
11. Erin Skillings
12. Natalie Teteris
13. Shalaya Valenzuela
14. Emily Skillings
15. Yuka Kubota
16. Jerusha Dunsmore
17. Kashish Arya
18. Brittany Parasynchuk

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