Provincial Championships

May 10 2009

2006 Men's Premier champions - James Bay
© Mark Bryant

BC Provincials Wrap up on Weekend

posted May 10 2009

After the Prem finals last weekend the Province Wide Div I and Div II, and Women's Div I wrapped up this weekend. The championships turned out as follows (thanks to Pamela Smortchevsky for providing basic results plus photos).

Div 2 Men Richmond defeated Seattle
Div 1 Women Cowichan Piggies over Kamloops Raiders
Div 1 Men Ex-Britannia Lions defeated Kelowna Crows (28-21)

Richmond team celebrates Div 2 championship

Brit-Lions runner with Kelowna in pursuit

Cowichan Women celebrate Div 1 Title

Brit-Lions team celebrates Div 1 championship

Provincial Championships this Saturday in Victoria and West Vancouver: Update on Independent League

[ed. I was reminded that there are 9 championships this weekend with the Independent League taking part in the Saratoga Cup in Williams Lake. So for those complaining about travelling consider these teams besides Williams Lake RFC: Kats, Ridge Meadows, Prince George, Port Alberni, Chilliwak. Tournament takes place Sat. and Sun. May 5-6 with games starting at 10am.]

[ed. this press release from the BCRU, 3 games at UVic's Centennial Stadium starting at 11am (also Women Div 1 at Wallace or Velox), 4 games at the Capilano's Klahanie Park. Centennial Stadium will have a beer tent set up and the post-game function at Velox RFC]

Updated May 3 2007

2007 BC Rugby Provincial Club Championships hosted on both sides of Georgia Strait Saturday, May 5th at Centennial Stadium and Klahanie Park set for Finals Day

Eight provincial championships will be contested for this coming Saturday, May 5th, on what will be an exciting weekend for rugby fans in British Columbia.

Victoria, BC - This Saturday May 5th will mark the return of “Finals Day” action to Victoria, with four feature matches including the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier Men’s Championship. Kicking off at 3:00 PM at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium, the Bayside Sharks will be looking to prevent James Bay Athletic Association from claiming their second Rounsefell Cup title in as many years. James Bay will also be featured in the 1:00 PM fixture at Centennial, when they take on Capilano RFC for the Canadian Direct Insurance Division I League final.

Starting off the triple-header at Centennial Stadium on Saturday will be the Meraloma RFC versus Cowichan RFC who will play for the Men’s Division III Provincial Final. Kick-off is set for 11:00 AM.

Two double-qualifying clubs, Cowichan RFC and Bayside Sharks RFC, will compete for the Women’s Division I Provincial title with a kick-off time of 12:30 PM at Wallace Field - also on the University of Victoria Campus. The winner of this match will hoist the Karen Moore Cup.

West Vancouver, BC – Klahanie Park in West Vancouver will also play host to four Provincial Championship fixtures. Starting off the day will be two Division II matches at 11:00 AM. In the Women’s Division II Final, it will be Capilano RFC and Ridge Meadows RFC going head-to-head for the right to claim the Ged Griffiths Cup. For the Division II Men, The Province Cup will be on-the-line when the Brit Lions RFC and Richmond RFC take to the pitch.

The women of Burnaby Lake RFC will be looking to duplicate their 2006 Championship season when they kick-off against the Velox Valkries RFC at 1:00 PM. The winner will claim the coveted Harris Memorial Cup as the Premier Women’s League Provincial champion.

Rounding out the action at Klahanie will be a rematch of the 2006 Final in the Men’s Division I category. The double-qualifying Brit Lions RFC will take on their league rivals, Langley RFC. Kick-off is set for 3:00 PM.

Entrance to both Klahanie and Centennial Stadium is $15 for general admission and $10.00 for Youth (Under 15, or with a valid high school student card).

2007 BC Rugby Provincial Finals Day - Saturday, May 5th

University of Victoria, Centennial Stadium
11:00 AM – Men’s Division III Final (Cowichan Rugby Club vs. Meraloma RFC)
1:00 PM – Men’s Canadian Direct Insurance Division I League Final (Capilano RFC vs. James Bay Athletic Association)
3:00 PM – Men’s Canadian Direct Insurance Premier Final (James Bay Athletic Association vs. Bayside Sharks RFC)

University of Victoria, Wallace Field [may have been changed to Velox]
12:30 AM – Women’s Division I Final (Cowichan Rugby Club vs. Bayside Sharks RFC)

Klahanie Park, West Vancouver
11:00 AM – Women’s Division II Final (Capilano RFC vs. Ridge Meadows RFC) [Upper Field]
11:00 AM – Men’s Division II Final (Brit Lions RFC vs. Richmond RFC)
1:00 PM – Women’s Premier Final (Burnaby Lake RFC vs. Velox Valkries RFC)
3:00 PM – Men’s Division I Final (Brit Lions RFC vs. Langley RFC)

[All home teams are listed first.]

Admission to Centennial Stadium and Klahanie Park:
$15.00 General Admission
$10.00 Youth (Under 15, or with a valid high school student card)

2006 Provincial Championships in Review: A Photo Essay

James Bay and Burnaby are the top club teams in the province in Men's and Women's rugby respectively. Other winners on the day were Langley (Men Div 1), Velox (Women Div 1), Brit-Lions (Men Div 2), Abbotsford (Women Div 2), Capilano (Men Div 3).

Men's Premier
James Bay 28 - Velox 5

Women's Premier
Burnaby 27 - United 10

Men's Div 1
Langley 15 - Brit-Lions 3

Women's Div 1
Velox 32 - Kamloops 6

Men's Div 2
Brit-Lions 14 v Vancouver Rowing Club 13

Women's Div 2
Abbotsford 31 - United 14

Men's Div 3
Capilano 19 - Nanaimo 14


Rounsefell Cup Champions 2006 - James Bay

Harris Memorial Cup Champions 2006 - Burnaby Lake

Division 2 Champions - Abbotsford

BC Rugby News 'woman of the match' in Premier - Burnaby's Julia Sugawara (with Lisa Cooper)

BC Rugby News 'man of the match' in Div 1 - Langley's Chase Hutfelter

BC Rugby News 'woman of the match' in Div 1 - Velox's Haley 'Wookie' Wickman

Video Highlights
(video highlights will be posted by tomorrow, here are some frame grabs from the video)

Geoff Warden scores two tries in JBAA victory

Rob Robson, BC Rugby News 'man of the match' announces his retirement after seven provincial championships with James Bay

Burnaby scores first try in winning Women's Premier title

BCRU President, Doug Campbell, makes post match presentations

Unidentified streaker climbs UBC goalposts and lands safely

Upcoming on the weekly video highlights

Teams set for BC Rugby Provincial Finals: Schedule of Events

BCRU Press Release
posted April 25 2006

Vancouver, BC – Ten provincial championships will be contested for this coming Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, on what will be an exciting weekend for rugby fans in British Columbia.

Three Age Grade Provincial finals will be played at John Oliver Park in Delta on Sunday. In the Under 14 category, the Capilano RFC qualified two teams, one competing for the Tier I championship against the Vancouver Rowing Club. The Capilano C side will take on Abbotsford RFC in the Tier II Under 14 final. The powerful Piggies of Cowichan RFC will play Richmond RFC in the Under 16 final.

On Saturday, five matches (including the Men’s Independent Lower Mainland final) will be held at Wolfson Fields, with three feature fixtures be played at Thunderbird Stadium. All eight games will take place on the scenic campus of the University of British Columbia.

For the first time in recent history, the women will be a huge part of the Provincial Finals Day. United RFC lead the way with two qualifying women’s teams. United will take on the talented team of women from Burnaby Lake RFC in the Premier League final, and play for the Division II crown against Abbotsford RFC. The Karen Moore Cup for Division I Women’s supremacy will be played between Kamloops RFC and the Velox Valhallians of Victoria.

Velox will also be sending their Men’s Premier team to the finals after an impressive semi-final victory by player/coach Winston Stanley and his crew. The Valhallians will take on the “tough as nails” James Bay Athletic Association to decide the 2006 Canadian Direct Insurance League championship. In Division I, Langley RFC and the Brit Lions RFC will take centre stage at T-Bird Stadium in the mid-day match. The Men’s Division II championship will also feature a Brit Lions squad who will face the Rowers of the Vancouver Rowing Club. Nanaimo RFC will ride the ferry to match up against the mighty Capilano in the Division III Provincial Final.

Saturday, April 29

Thunderbird Stadium

11:30 AM – Women’s Premier Final (Burnaby Lake RFC vs. United RFC)

1:30 PM – Men’s Division I Final (Langley RFC vs. Brit Lions RFC)

3:30 PM – Men’s Premier Final (James Bay vs. Velox Valhallians RFC)

$15.00 General Admission
$10.00 Youth (Under 15, or with a valid high school student card)
Presenting sponsor for stadium matches: Canadian Direct Insurance

Wolfson Field 1

11:30 AM – Men’s Division II Final (Brit Lions RFC vs. Vancouver Rowing Club RFC)

1:30 PM – Women’s Division I Final (Velox Valhallians RFC vs. Kamloops RFC)

Wolfson Field 2

11:00 AM – Men’s Independent Lower Mainland Final (Chuckanut Bay vs. Kats RFC)

1:00 PM – Men’s Division III Final (Capilano RFC vs. Nanaimo RFC)

3:00 PM – Women’s Division II Final (United RFC vs. Abbotsford RFC)

Sunday, April 30

John Oliver Park, Delta

10:15 AM – Under 14 Tier II Final (Capilano “C” RFC vs. Abbotsford RFC)

11:30 AM – Under 14 Tier I Final (Capilano RFC vs. Vancouver Rowing Club RFC)

1:00 PM – Under 16 Boy’s Final (Richmond RFC vs. Cowichan RFC)

Don’t miss out on all the rugby action this weekend. Get out and support your sport! For all information on the BC Finals go follow [ed. or]

Gold medals decided at Provincial Championships, Vancouver North win both men's divisions, Vancouver and Fraser Valley win women's titles. JAPAN CUP REVIEW ADDED JULY 12TH

posted July 10th 4:38pm
updated July 12th

The following scores report from the Japan Cup finals at UBC:

U18 Men
Vancouver North 32 - Fraser Valley West 25

U16 Men
Vancouver North 20 - Vancouver West 5

U19 Women
Vancouver 12 - Fraser Valley 8

U17 Women
Fraser Valley 15 - Tsunami North Island 14

The 2005 Japan Cup Review

BCRU Press Release
posted July 12 2005

The weekend of 8th, 9th and 10th July saw the 2005 Japan Cup and Age Grade Championships return once again to familiar Wolfson Fields on the campus of the University of British Columbia. Featuring BC’s top youth players, all four age brackets saw fierce competition over the three days of the tournament, culminating in an exciting final day on Sunday.

Just as the rain stopped on Friday, the U16 Boys got things going on Friday at noon with six of eleven teams hitting the pitch, and a U17 Girls’ game. The rest of the day was just as busy, with the U18 Men getting going after the U16s, and the U19 women playing a round of games early in the evening. The day saw several exciting matchups, including an all-Island U18 Men battle between the Victoria Tide and the North Island Tsunami, with the Tsunami coming out ahead 22-12. The U16s saw a bruising encounter between Cariboo/Coast and Thompson/Nicola, with the CCers coming out on top, just barely, at 12-10. That win would stand the boys from Williams Lake in good stead, as it qualified them for the Cup quarterfinals on Saturday. The U17 Girls Tsunami came out of the day with an unbeaten record, having impressively knocked off both Thompson/Okanagan 36-12 and later Vancouver 12-5. Their U19 counterparts played a pair of excellent games, highlighted by Vancouver squeaking past Thompson/Okanagan 17-15.

Saturday was more pool play for everyone but the U16 Boys. This was the largest group at the event with 11 teams having entered play on Friday hoping to qualify for the Cup quarterfinals. Only eight could make it, and the plan had read that the remaining three would play another round robin against each other but sadly the U16 Thompson/Nicola team was forced to drop out of the tourney altogether citing an unfortunate rash of injuries. This left the Victoria Tide and Fraser Valley Development with only a game for each day, against each other, and Victoria ran away with the series, coach Casey Dunning’s men running away to 58-0 and 43-0 wipeouts. In the Cup quarterfinals all the top seeds advanced, with Vancouver North looking especially strong in overcoming a gritty Vancouver East effort, 17-3.

There was another disappointment on the Saturday as well, as the Victoria Tide U17 girls were not able to field a full lineup, and were forced to drop out of the tournament without having played a game. No one was more disappointed that the Tsunami U17 girls as their game against their island rivals was to be the only game of the day. The withdrawal of the Tide also meant after Saturday’s play that the Fraser Valley vs Tsunami game on Sunday would serve as a Final for the division.

The U18 Boys played their third and fourth games of pool play and set up Sunday’s finals in exciting fashion. Fraser Valley West and Vancouver North showed themselves to be the class of the Japan Cup bracket, each posting a pair of impressive wins to set up a tantalizing Championship Final. All team showed some enterprising play, but few showed just as much enthusiasm for physical play as the South Okanagan men, who made up for what they lacked in skill with an abundance of heart, pace and quick rucking. They ran Fraser Valley East close, losing out 17-12 before downing Thompson/Nicola in a bruising encounter 22-8.

The U19 Women also wrapped up their pool play, with the Fraser Valley looking to be the favourite going into Sunday, dispatching both the Cariboo/Coast 22-8 and the North Island 24-5. Thompson/Okanagan continued to show impressively as their 10-3 win over Victoria set up a Sunday meeting with the North Island for third place. Victoria and Cariboo/Coast were both unfortunate third place finishers in their pools and would do battle for fifth place.

Sunday woke to glorious sunshine, and the clear skies were an early indicator that the 2005 finals would some of the best in recent memory. Almost every game was close right to the end, and the four Championship Finals saw some of the best rugby British Columbia juniors have produced in quite some time, perhaps even the best ever. The U16 Boys Championship saw the boys from the North Shore taking on the city kids, and it was the Shoremen who outlasted their opponents, defeating a dogged Vancouver West 20-5. The U19 Women were up next, and they did not disappoint. The action went from end to end, sideline to sideline, with some impressive tackling from both sides. Vancouver’s defence was slightly better in the end, as they overcame the Fraser Valley 12-8.

At nearly the same moment as the Vancouver U19 women were celebrating their win, the U17 Girls were seeing the end of an exhilarating encounter, and the fine-edge result brought gasps to the crowd when the result was announced by Award ceremony MC, and BCRU Past President Mark Slay. The Fraser Valley had knocked off the North Island Tsunami 15-14 in a sensational game of rugby.

The final game of the day was the U18 Men final, the winner of which would take home the Japan Cup. Prior to kickoff the two teams stood at centre and led the crowd in a moment of silence in respect for the terrible events that had unfolded in London two days before. Once the game got going, it was clear that no one on the field was going to let his opposite number off easy. Fraser Valley West scored first, but Vancouver North was quick to reply and the see-saw battle continued throughout. Both teams showed excellent skill and tackled equally well. In the end the North Shore had its second championship of the day, beating out the men from Surrey/Delta 28-23.

The rugby played over the three days was fantastic, the field held up well and everyone was especially appreciative of the weather. Over 800 players were involved over the three days, and innumerable parents came out to watch. It would be fair to say that more than a thousand fans were crowded around field one to watch the three finals held on that pitch. It was nice to see summer finally arrive, and the play over the weekend bodes well for later this summer when Burnaby hosts the 2005 National Championships. Good luck to all players who will be donning the provincial colours this summer.

Preliminary reports from UBC on the BC Age Grade Championships

posted July 9th at 11:30am

Based on telephone reports it seems the Tide men's teams are not doing well, at the U16 level they are fighting it out for 9th/10th place with Fraser Valley East. In the men's U18 level they are playing the Okanagan for 7th/8th place. The elite in both divisions seems to be Vancouver North who are playing in both gold medal matches.

We'll post more updates and scores as they become available.

BC Age Grade Championships (Japan Cup) Men U18/U16 and Women U19/U17 Schedule for July 8th to 10th at Wolfson Field, UBC

posted July 5 2005

Championship Schedule in Excel Spreadsheet format

The History of the Japan Cup
(from the BCRU website)

The Japan Cup trophy was given to the British Columbia Rugby Union by the Japanese National Under 19 team that visited Vancouver in 1971. The cup was to be used as a trophy for future under 19 men’s rugby development tournaments in British Columbia. Although the tournament has expanded and includes the Under 18 division and not Under 19, the trophy has remained an important fixture in BC Rugby.

Best of BC Men’s Rugby to play at Provincial Finals Day on Saturday, April 30th at UBC Thunderbird Stadium, Vancouver

posted April 13, 2005
by Louise Wheeler, BCRU

With the playoff picture unfolding, teams are now preparing to make a run for the provincial championships in their respective divisions. What has become a great tradition and action packed event for rugby fans across British Columbia, the BC Finals will be held this year on Saturday, April 30th, at Thunderbird Stadium, located on the campus of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

The feature match will be the final of the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League, which will kick-off at 3:00 PM. The winner will hoist the 2005 Rounsefell Cup and claim the title of “top club rugby team in North America.”

The 2005 BC Rugby Provincial Men’s Finals schedule is as follows:

Thunderbird Stadium
11:00 AM – Division II Provincial Finals
1:00 PM – Division I Provincial Finals
3:00 PM – Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League Finals

Also contested on April 30th will be the Division III Championship (for multi-team clubs), as well as the Under 14 and Under 16 Provincial Finals. These matches will be held at Wolfson Fields.

Tickets for the day’s festivities are:
$15.00 General Admission,
$10.00 Youth (Under 15, or with valid High School Student Card)
$50.00 Canadian Direct Insurance Captain’s Tent

Mark this down in your calendar as April 30th will a great day for rugby, and one you will not want to miss!

Capilano win Premier, Abbotsford win 1st division, Kelowna win 2nd division, Cowichan win U16, Capilano win U14

posted April 25 2004

Rounsefell Cup ( since 1921 )
BCRU Premier League Club Championship

Capilano Curtis Lumber 17
UBCOB Ravens 12

Capilano Curtis Lumber scorers:
Tries: Tom Larisch, John Granander
Conversions: Tom Larisch - 2
Penalty: Tom Larisch

UBCOB Ravens scoring:
Penalties: Troy MacDonald - 3
Drop Goal: Jason Hartley

BC Men's First Division
Club Championship Final

Meraloma 15
Abbotsford 39

Province Cup ( since 1903 )
BC Men's Second Division
Club Championship Final

Kelowna 26
Rowers 17

BC U-16
Club Championship Final

Cowichan U-16's 19
Richmond U-16's 12

BC U-14
Club Championship Finals

BC U-14 Tier 1 Final
Forsberg Cup

Capilano U-14 22
Burnaby U-14 0

BC U-14 Tier 2 Final

Capilano U-14 15
Richmond U-14 5

The BC Rugby Championships take place this Saturday, April 24 2004, at UBC's Thunderbird Stadium and UBC's Wolfsen Fields

posted April 23 2004

Admission to Thunderbird Stadium
Adults: $15
Students 14-18 yrs old: $10
Children under 14 yrs: Free
Seniors: $10

BCRU Men's Rugby Club Championships

Rounsefell Cup ( since 1921 )
BCRU Premier League Club Championship
Capilano Curtis Lumber vs UBCOB Ravens
3:00pm Kick Off

BC Men's First Division - Club Championship Final
Meraloma vs Abbotsford
1:00 pm Kick Off

Province Cup ( since 1903 )
BC Men's Second Division - Club Championship Final
Kelowna vs Rowers
11:30 am Kick Off

BC U-16 Club Championship Finals
Cowichan vs Richmond
at UBC's Wolfson Fields - Field 1
11:00 am Kick Off

BC U-14 Club Championship Finals
UBC's Wolfson Fields
Field 1 12:15 Under 14 Tier 1 Final
Field 2 11:30 Under 14 Tier 2 Final
( semi-finals in advance )
Field 2
10:00 Under 14 Tier 2 semi final: Capilano v. Chilliwack
10:45 Under 14 Tier 1 semi final: Capilano v. Bayside
12.25 Under 14 Tier 1 Consolation Final
Field 3
10.00 Under 14 Tier 2 semi final: Chuckanut Bay County v. Richmond
10.45 Under 14 Tier 1 semi final: Burnaby v. Surrey
11.30 Under 14 Tier 2 Consolation Final

2003 - 2004 BCRU Premier League regular season results between
the Rounsefell Cup Finalists, UBCOB Ravens and Capilano Curtis Lumber:

Sat, Nov. 15 UBCOB Ravens 14 vs Capilano Curtis Lumber 15 at Klahanie Park
Sat, Mar. 13 Capilano Curtis Lumber 19 vs UBCOB Ravens 14 at Jericho Park

UBCOB Ravens - Rounsefell Cup Winners - 5 times:
1981, 1985, 1990, 1991 & 1994

North Shore All Blacks - Rounsefell Cup Winners - 5 times:
1933, 1934, 1935, 1938 & 1955
( Capilano RFC was formed in 1969 as result of the merger between
the North Shore All Blacks and the West Van Barbarians )

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