South Island Tide Announce Coaching Team for Senior Men and U23 Men: McKechnie Cup Schedule
The club season will come to an end in just over 3 weeks but that's not the end of the season for players in BC. Those wanting to continue to higher honours will enter the regional competition which leads to the Provincial team.
For senior men that's the McKechnie Cup which has been in existence since 1896, the first three winners were Vancouver 1896, Victoria 1897 and Nanaimo 1898. The three teams entered in 2018 are similar - Mainland, South Island, North Island. Last year the Mainland defeated South Island to win the Cup. It was hoped the Mainland would put in two teams, Vancouver and Fraser Valley to make it a four team competition. Since they aren't the North and South Island will combine after their match to form a combined Island team to take on the Mainland on May 26th. That game will likely be a curtain raiser for Canada A vs Ontario Arrows. A third game on the day will be Canada U20 vs a regional BC U23 team. Those games will be played on Vancouver Island, details to be announced.
The South Island are the first to announce their coaching team. The North Island v South Island match will take place May 12th in Port Alberni. The Island series is tied at one match a piece being introduced in 2016 with the North winning that and the South winning in 2017. The teams play for the Duke Boot which is named after and presented by Gary Dukelow former Canada prop and scrum coach.
McKechnie Cup Schedule
May 12th North Island v South Island @ Port Alberni
May 26th Island v Mainland @ Island venue TBD
Dunbar Keg U23
May 12th Fraser Valley vs Vancouver @ Lower Mainland venue TBD
May 26th Winner (FV v Van) vs Island @ Island venue TBD
May 26th Loser (FV v Van) vs Canada U20 @ Island venue TBD
(note: schedule details are tentative and subject to change)
Coaching announcements are expected soon from the North Island and Mainland teams. From South Island Tide
The South Island Tide are pleased to announce Sean White and Aaron Frisby as coaches for the senior men and u23 programs. Sean has retired from a very successful playing career, representing Canada at the 2011 World Cup, capped 27 times for the 15s program, and 32 International 7s tournaments. Aaron has been a successful coach of the senior BC woman, and recently of the BC men and woman 7s programs.
The Tide look forward to playing the North Island Tsunami Saturday May 12th in Port Alberni. Following this Island derby, the teams will combine to take on a Vancouver representative team Saturday May 26th on the Island (location tbd)
Training for South Island Tide and U23 will begin Tuesday May 8th, location tba.