BC U18 News

June 09 2015

Adam Zaruba scores winner vs England - USA 7s 2015

BC U18 Holding Trials June 20th and 27th

posted June 9 2015
[ed. if you scroll down to some of the old BC U18 stories going back to 2008, 2009 and 2011 you'll see some interesting names like Connor Braid, Adam Zaruba, Admir Cejvanovic, Justin Douglas, Jake Ilnicki, Cam Pierce, Pat Kay, Jorden Best, Mike Fuailefau, Sean Ferguson who have all represented Canada at the senior level in XVs and/or 7s.]

Jon Thiel is coaching the BC U18 team and sent along this note.

BC U18 will be holding trials . We will be selecting the squad mainly from the PRC (Provincial Regional Championships) but want to give more opportunity for coaches to see a number of players as the PRC is a weekend tournament only .

Players who are currently attempting to make a regional squad participating in the upcoming PRC in July may attend these trials

Trial Session #1 Saturday June 20 - John Oliver Field (Delta) 10 45 - 3 30
Trial Session #2 Saturday June 27 - John Oliver Field (Delta) 10 45 - 3 30

Attending both sessions is not mandatory, any questions concerning the upcoming trials can be directed to Jon: thielio@hotmail.com

Also coaching is Tony LaCarte and he can be reached at: Tony@bcrugbynews.com

Ontario Win Under-18 Victoria International Sevens, BC Squads Place Second and Third

from Andrew Smith - BCRU
posted July 17 2011

Victoria, BC: Ontario went undefeated on Saturday afternoon to win the first ever Under-18 Victoria International Sevens event.

The provincial side defeated a number of opposing teams with more rugby sevens experience including national side USA All-Americans.

"Most of these guys have little or no experience playing sevens," said Ontario's head coach Darrell Devine. "We had a system and our players really bought into it during the tournament. We really improved with each game."

British Columbia's Under-17 team (BC-2) went 4-1 during the competition, falling 17-12 to Ontario by a devastating last minute try to see their eastern foes capture the title.

The younger BC squad has been the primary focus for the BC Elite Youth Sevens program participating in several skills sessions and the Vegas Invitational Sevens last February. Despite being outsized by the BC Under-18s (BC-1), they downed their older provincial squad 28-10 in the round robin.

"Those are the guys we identified, who have practiced the systems and played longer together," said BC Elite Youth Sevens head coach Shane Thompson. "As a result, it shows that when you put equal athletes on the field, the team that is better prepared is going to win."

Thompson, who was also using the tournament as a selection tool to pick his roster for the Under-18 Youth Commonwealth Games next September, said the level of play was impressive considering how few sevens tournaments all the teams have played in.

"We're going to have to make some difficult decisions to name our roster," said Thompson. "It's tough considering there were between 60 and 70 really talented guys out there and now we have to select just 12 to represent the national team."

The BC-1 squad finished the tournament in third place, going 2-3 on the day and narrowly edging out the USA All Americans. The Prairies squad placed fifth with a 1-3-1 record and Utah finished in sixth with a 0-4-1 record.

Thompson and his coaching staff will release their Youth Commonwealth Games roster later this week ahead of the tournament scheduled for September in the Isle of Man.

Results - Saturday, July 16th
BC-2 35-5 USA All-Americans
Prairies/BC 17-12 BC-1
Ontario 29-10 Utah
USA All-Americans 17-7 Prairies
Ontario 17-12 BC-2
BC-1 15-10 Utah
Ontario 31-0 USA All-Americans
Prairies 5-5 Utah
BC-2 28-10 BC-1
USA All-Americans 24-0 Utah
Ontario 31-12 BC-1
BC-2 31-7 Prairies
Ontario 38-0 Prairies
BC-2 29-14 Utah
BC-1 12-5 USA All-Americans

All Star Selections
Fuku Vikilani (BC-1)
Justin Douglas (BC-2)
Monty Tichkowsky (Prairies)
Tino Lapale (Utah)
Connor Mcann (Ontario)
Byron Boville (Ontario)
Patrick Barrett (USA All-Americans)

Commonwealth Games Hopefuls on Display at U18 Victoria International Sevens

from Andrew Smith - BCRU
posted July 12 2011

Victoria, BC: Head coach of the Canadian Under-18 National Sevens and BC Elite Youth Sevens programs Shane Thompson will be running a U18 men's competition this weekend in conjunction with the Victoria International Sevens.

The tournament will serve as a selection tool for Thompson ahead of the 2011 Youth Commonwealth Games in the Isle of Man next September.

U18 Tournament Information
Date: Saturday, July 16, 2011
Time: 9:30am-5:00pm
Division: Under-18 Men
Location: Saint Michael's University School and University of Victoria
Tournament Contact: Shane Thompson (sthompson@bcrugby.com)
Media Contact: Andrew Smith (asmith@bcrugby.com)

Tournament Details
Thompson will enter two teams from the British Columbia Elite Youth Sevens program who are set to compete in a round-robin format against the USA All-Americans and representative teams from Ontario, the Prairies, and Utah.

Thompson organized a similar event in February, where he sent two BC teams to the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens to compete against a number of Canadian and American youth squads.

"As a provincial and national coach, this event provides a great opportunity for me to see guys in a competitive environment that isn't available anywhere else in North America," Thompson said. "This is the first youth sevens tournament held in Canada on a national scale. There are a lot of things taking off all at once, but for the first time we are developing our younger generations in sevens-specific environments which is crucial if we intend to stay ahead of the curve internationally."

As head coach of the BC Elite Youth Sevens program, a provincial academy system geared towards preparing players for international rugby, Thompson has primarily worked with Under-16 and Under-14 demographics. The Victoria event will provide the first opportunity for Under-18 sevens players to test themselves outside of provincial or high school competitions.

"Our younger BC players have had the most exposure to seven-a-side rugby as they went down to Vegas in February," Thompson said. "This tournament will raise the standard of rugby as the athletes will be older and more developed. For provincial teams to compete against a squad like the All-Americans, it will only make them better, and having a national side will increase the profile of this event."

The Canadian players from BC, Ontario and the Prairies will be arriving on Tuesday, July 12th to take part in a trial camp where national team selectors will be on site scouting talent. The players will then compete in their provincial/regional teams for Saturday's competition.

"I was recently in Ontario to hold a sevens camp for 24 kids," Thompson added. "I'm looking forward to seeing them play in a tournament where they could be putting their hands up for selection to the Youth Commonwealth Games squad. It's important to see as many regions as possible, so the fact that the Prairies are also sending over players provides more scouting opportunities for our staff."

The first round of games in the Under-18 competition sees the USA All-Americans face off against British Columbia's Seconds team at 9:30am at St. Michael's University School.

British Columbia Roster
Name (School/ Regional Team)
1. Bobby Devaney (Earl Marriott)
2. Jeff Nishima-Miller (SMUS/ South Island)
3. Nathan Yanagiya (Carson Graham/ Vancouver)
4. Connor Hunter (Aldergrove/ Fraser Valley)
5. Dan Lee (Earl Marriott/ Fraser Valley)
6. Kieran McAuley (GP Vanier/ North Island)
7. Fa'atuatua Va'a (South Island)
8. Gabe Raymond (Sir CharlesTupper)
9. Hayden Evans (Shawnigan Lake School/ South Island)
10. Fuku Vikilani (Sir CharlesTupper/ Vancouver)
11. JD Paul (WJ Mouat/ Fraser Valley)
12. Jorden Best (Robert Bateman/ Fraser Valley)
13. Jordan De Graaf (GP Vanier)
14. Quinton Willms (Earl Marriott/ Valley)
15. Brian Murphy (Sir Charles Tupper/ Vancouver)
16. Pat Kay (Cowichan/ North Island)
17. James Pitblado (St Georges/ Vancouver)
18. Brandon Lemoignan (Semiahmoo/ Fraser Valley)
19. Mike Dalsen (Oak Bay/ South Island)
20. Fergus Hall (Glenlyon Norfolk/ South Island)
21. Justin Douglas (Robert Bateman/ Fraser Valley)
22. Joe Erlic (SMUS/ South Island)
23. Liam Murphy-Burke (Semiahmoo/ Fraser Valley)
24. Christian Styles (Yale Secondary/ Fraser Valley)
25. Wesley Desjardin (Brentwood College/ South Island)
26. James Mckenzie (Earl Marriott)
27. Keegan Reid (Oak Bay)
28. Deon Smit (Shawnigan Lake School/ Fraser Valley)
29. Aden Jack (Oak Bay/ South Island)
30. Gavin Mclean (GP Vanier)

Schedule - Saturday, July 16th

Games at Saint Michael's University School
9:30 USA All-Americans vs BC-2
9:50 BC-1 vs Prairies
10:10 Utah vs Ontario
10:40 Prairies vs USA All-Americans
11:00 BC-2 vs Ontario
11:20 BC-1 vs Utah
11:50 USA All-Americans vs Ontario
12:10 Prairies vs Utah
12:30 BC-2 vs BC-1
1:00 Utah vs USA All-Americans
1:20 Ontario vs BC-1
1:40 Prairies vs BC-2

VENUE CHANGE - Wallace Field, University of Victoria
4:20 Ontario vs Prairies
4:40 Utah vs BC-2
5:00 USA All-Americans vs BC-1

Victoria International Sevens
The Victoria International Sevens will feature a Senior Men's competition, an Under-18 Men's division, as well as an Under-14 Boys Regional Championship. For more information, visit www.victoria7s.com

BC U18 Prepare for Summer Games with Match Against Bayside U20

from Connie McGinley
posted Aug 10 2009

To all Rugby supporters out there . . .

In preparation for the Canada Summer Games next week in PEI, the BC U18 Rugby team coached by Tom Larisch and Adam Roberts, will be playing a combined social side from Bayside made up of some current and former U20 rep players.

The game will be played
on Wednesday August 12th at Klahanie
(home of the Capilano's)
Kick-off @ 6:30PM.

Entrance will be by donation with money raised going to support the U18s trip to PEI and the club's current renovations.

Come enjoy a evening of rugby.

BC U18
1. Scott MacLeod (Cowichan)
2. Casey Cavers (Ladysmith)
3. Won Jin Kim (SMUS)
4. John Humphries (SMUS)
5. Cam Pierce (Kalamalka)
6. Shea Wakefield (Oak Bay)
7. Clem Duranseaud (St. Georges)
8. Nick Philippson (c) (Brentwood)
9. Keaton Styles (EMS)
10. Carlin Hamstra (SLS)
11. Hayden McMullin (EMS)
12. Tye Hamblin (SLS)
13. Mike Fuailefau (SMUS)
14. Kurtis Appeldoorn (WJ. Mouat)
15. Tom Bridger (SMUS)
16. Conner Dickie (Elgin Park)
17. Thomas Pynn (Rockridge)
18. Jake Ilnicki (Williams Lake)
19. Will Hindson (Brentwood)
20. Chad Margolus (SMUS)
21. Jordan Kan (St. Georges)
22. Cole Coventry (EMS)
23. Corey Sheremeto (Bateman)
24. Beau Parker (SMUS)
25. Ross Yellowlees (St. Georges)

Ocean Park Breezers - Lets get Breezy!!!

1. Pete Johnson (Semi)
2. Chris Holt (Semi)
3. Cam Roy (Semi)
4. Alex Davidson (Elgin)
5. Trevor Giesbrecht (Elgin)
6. Jeremy Cutler (Elgin)
7. Adam Timler (Semi)
8. John Hill (Semi)
9. Raubi Dillon (EMS)
10. Corey Wood (EMS)
11. Mike Schenker (Brentwood)
12. Dustin De Jong (EMS)
13. Spencer Thorpe (Semi)
14. Zach Thorpe (Elgin)
15. Harry Belding (Semi)

British Columbia U18 Team at the Canada Summer Games in PEI

from Connie McGinley
posted Jul 23 2009

Thirty-six young men attended a selection camp at the University of Victoria last weekend with hopes of making the Under 18 Men's provincial team competing at the 2009 Canada Summer Games in August. While taking input from several national coaches on hand, BC Head Coach, Tom Larisch and Assistant Coach, Adam Roberts still had the unenviable task of narrowing the thirty-six down to a squad of twenty-five.

The following list of athletes will represent British Columbia in PEI at the Canada Summer Games, which only happen every 4 years. More detailed information will be provided on the athletes and management team after August 1. Please visit www.teambc.org for all information. The Gold Medal Rugby Match will be Televised live by TSN on Saturday, August 22nd at 8 AM (PST).

The following list of players will be doing every thing they can to be in that national final:


1. Kurtis Appeldoorn - Abbotsford
2. Thomas Bridger - Victoria
3. John "Casey" Cavers - Ladysmith
4. Cole Coventry - Surrey
5. Conner Dickie - Surrey
6. Clement Duranseaud - Vancouver
7. Michael Fuailefau - Victoria
8. Tye Hamblin - Ladysmith
9. Carlin Hamstra - Duncan
10. William Hindson - Naramata
11. John Humphries - Victoria
12. Jake Ilnicki - Williams Lake
13. Jordan Kan - Vancouver
14. Wonjin Kim - Victoria
15. Scott MacLeod - Duncan
16. Chad Margolus - Victoria
17. Hayden McMullin - Surrey
18. Beau Parker - Victoria
19. Nicholas Philippson - Duncan
20. Cameron Pierce - Coldstream
21. Thomas Pynn - West Vancouver
22. Corey Sheremeto - Abbotsford
23. Keaton Styles - Surrey
24. Shea Wakefield - Victoria
25. Ross Yellowlees - Vancouver


1. Jacob Buskell - Abbotsford
2. Zahid Jethani - Vancouver
3. Eric Lively - North Vancouver
4. Michael Shenker - Surrey
5. Richard Spiller - Vernon


• Head Coach - Tom Larisch - North Vancouver
• Adam Roberts - Assistant Coach - White Rock
• Connie McGinley - Manager - Vancouver
• Laura Andrews - Therapist - Vancouver

BC Academy/U18 defeats USA U18 at San Diego 22-16

[ed. some good news from San Diego this weekend.]
BCRU Press Release
posted Feb 16 2009

Following a two day training camp at the Olympic Training Centre at Chula Vista, which also included watching the Saturday session of the US 7s, BC overcame the USA U18s by a score of 22-16. BC scoring came from two tries by flanker Ross Yellowlees, one from winger Deon Smith along with two conversions and a penalty by Carlin Hamstra. Despite enjoying good possession and field position, BC found itself coming from behind on a number of occasions, 9-8 at the half and 16-15 in the second half, to secure the victory and recording three tries to the hosts’ one in the process.

Academy Provincial Coach and Manager Dave Brown was pleased with the result; “The Team Manager and Coaching Staff were delighted with the whole event. Working out at the World Class Olympic Training Centre really gave the boys a view of how the USA’s elite athletes are treated and the performance of the team at this stage of the yearly training program is to be commended.”

The players enjoyed the support of a number of traveling parents as well as other members of the Canadian rugby community who had ventured down to San Diego for the Sevens. A full report of the tour will follow.

1-Jono Wong: Killarney, Britannia Lions RFC, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
2-Casey Cavers: Ladysmith, Cowichan RFC, Tsunami U18 2008
3-Scott McLeod: Cowichan H.S., Cowichan RFC, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
4-Shea Wakefield: Oak Bay, JBAA, BC U18 2008, Canada U17 2008
5-John Humphries: SMUS, Castaway Wanderers, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
6-Adam Zaruba: Carson Graham, Capilano RFC, BC U18 2008
7-Ross Yellowlees: St George's, VRU, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
8-Nic Philipson: Brentwood, Canada U17 2008
9-Owain Samuel: Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan RFC, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
10-Carlin Hamstra: Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan RFC, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
11-Kurtis Appledorn: Mouat, Abbotsford RFC, BC U18 2008, Canada U17 2008
12-Hayden McMullin: Earl Marriott, Bayside Sharks, FVRU U18 2008
13-Tye Hamblin: Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan RFC, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
14-Keaton Styles: Earl Marriott, Bayside Sharks, BC U18 2008
15-Tom Bridger: SMUS, Castaway Wanderers, BC U16 2007

16-Justin Glazier, Brentwood, Cowichan RFC, Tsunami U16
17-Thomas Pynn: Rockridge, Capilano RFC, BC U16 2007, Canada U17
18-Luke Fletcher: Sullivan Heights, Surrey Beavers, FVRU U16 2007
19-Chad Margolus: SMUS, Castaway Wanderers, Tide U16, 2007
20-Cole Coventry: Earl Marriott, Bayside Sharks, BC U16 7s WCSG 2007
21-Deon Smith: Shawnigan Lake, Castaway Wanderers, Tide U16 2007 - replaced Hayden McMullin at 5mins, First Half
22-Sasha Grey: SMUS, Castaway Wanderers, Tide U16 2007 – replaced Owain Samuel at 50 mins, Second Half

Coach - Tom Larisch
Coach - Adam Roberts
Manager - Connie McGinley
Physio - Monique Charbonneau

BC Rugby Announces Academy/U18 Squad to Play USA U18s in San Diego

[ed. I understand with Summer Games related funding the cost per player for the tour will be in the vicinity of $150 which is good news for parents and supporting clubs.]

BCRU Press Release
posted Feb 5 2009

BC Rugby Provincial Coach and Academy Manager, Dave Brown, announced on Wednesday the squad that will be traveling to San Diego to play against the USA U18s at the Olympic Training Centre in Chula Vista on Sunday February 15th. “We had a fruitful Academy weekend in late January and the performances of all the players made selection very competitive. This will provide one opportunity for players to push towards a place on the Canada Summer Games squad for August. There will be other opportunities throughout the School and Representative season for other players to stake a claim.”

The squad is made up of a strong core of players that represented BC U16s in 2007 as well as BC U18s and Canada U17s in 2008. Both Adam Zaruba and Shea Wakefield, returnees from the National Championship Winning Team of 2008, will provide leadership in the forwards while the backs include a number of players, such as Carlin Hamstra, Tye Hamblin and Kurtis Appeldorn, that have worked their way through the Representative ranks together. “We have had a large number of players in this group engaged in the Academy and the remainder have certainly been targeted through their involvement in the Provincial Regional Championships. We also know that there will be some players developing outside these systems that will enter into the equation over the course of the season,” Brown added.

The squad will be coached by Team BC U18 staff, Tom Larisch and Adam Roberts. They will be supported by Manager Connie McGinley and Therapist Monique Charbonneau.

2009 BC Academy/U18 Touring Squad to San Diego:

1-Scott McLeod: Cowichan H.S., Cowichan RFC, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
2-Luke Fletcher: Sullivan Heights, Surrey Beavers, FVRU U16 2007
3-Casey Cavers: Ladysmith, Cowichan RFC, Tsunami U18 2008
4-Jono Wong: Killarney, Britannia Lions RFC, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
5-Thomas Pynn: Rockridge, Capilano RFC, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
6-Cole Coventry: Earl Marriott, Bayside Sharks, BC U16 7s WCSG 2007
7-Shea Wakefield: Oak Bay, JBAA, BC U18 2008, Canada U17 2008
8-John Humphries: SMUS, Castaway Wanderers, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
9-Justin Glazier, Brentwood, Cowichan RFC, Tsunami U16
10-Chad Margolus: SMUS, Castaway Wanderers, Tide U16, 2007
11-Adam Zaruba: Carson Graham, Capilano RFC, BC U18 2008
12-Ross Yellowlees: St George’s, VRU, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
13-Nic Philipson: Brentwood, Canada U17 2008
14-Owain Samuel: Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan RFC, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
15-Sasha Grey: SMUS, Castaway Wanderers, Tide U16 2007
16-Carlin Hamstra: Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan RFC, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
17-Keaton Styles: Earl Marriott, Bayside Sharks, BC U18 2008
18-Hayden McMullin: Earl Marriott, Bayside Sharks, FVRU U18 2008
19-Tye Hamblin: Shawnigan Lake, Cowichan RFC, BC U16 2007, Canada U17 2008
20-Kurtis Appledorn: Mouat, Abbotsford RFC, BC U18 2008, Canada U17 2008
21-Deon Smith: Shawnigan Lake, Castaway Wanderers, Tide U16 2007
22-Tom Bridger: SMUS, Castaway Wanderers, BC U16 2007

Coach - Tom Larisch
Coach - Adam Roberts
Manager - Connie McGinley
Physio – Monique Charbonneau

BC Win Gold at National Championships: Team Photo

[ed. comments below]
posted Aug 26 2008

Congratulations to the BC U18 team who won the Gold at the 2008 Nationals. This was a dominant team that scored 399 points while only having 14 points scored against them. They defeated the next best team, Ontario, 45-0 in the final. I think it's essential we capture the essence of this team to understand the factors that bring success in BC Rugby.

The coach Tom Larisch is obviously one factor, he won the Canadian Rugby Foundation coaching award last year, spent some time studying coaching in New Zealand and has had great success at the high school level. He's one coach to watch in the coming years and hopefully there will be enough opportunities for him at the national and international level. Also the Manager Connie McGinley always seems associated with winning teams and one can't underestimate the effect the manager has on the mental preparation and state of mind the players have when taking the field.

The athletes themselves are to be applauded and I would hope the BCRU initiates a study to monitor the progress of these players over the next decade. The information would be invaluable to determine how many progress to the senior national team, how many advance to premier club rugby and how many give up rugby altogether. The data gathered from these elite players over the next decade may give us answers to developing elite athletes for the national team.

Back row l to r; Physio Therapist: Laura Andrews, Manager: Connie McGinley, Mack Poole, Kurtis Appeldoorn, Admir Cejvanovic, Connor Braid, Spencer Thorpe, Jeff McKinnon, Captain: Andrew Crow, Gareth Dyer, Sean Ferguson, Adam Zaruba, Shea Wakefield, Clayton Thornber, Shane Bates, Rob Manning, and Asst. Coach: Adam Roberts
Front row l to r; Head Coach: Tom Larisch, Keaton Styles, Kayne Tapiki, Chris Chalmers, Ben Mittlestead, Josh Polkinghorne, Liam Murray, Dan Dibadj, Pat Fraser, Alex Kam, Matt Yanagiya, and Pete Johnson

Final Selection of BC U18 Team for National Championships

by Connie McGinley
posted August 14 2008

The BC U18 Coaching Staff is pleased to announce the final selection of the BC U18 Team.

25 Players will be traveling on August 18th to the Rugby Canada Nationals in Ottawa @ the Twin Elm Rugby Park.

Finals are on August 24th.

BC U18 Rugby Team - 2008

BRAID Connor
CROW Andrew ©
DYER Gareth
KAM Alex
THORPE Spencer

5 - NON – TRAVELING Reserves - BC U18 Players

HEAD COACH – Tom Larisch
MANAGER – Connie McGinley

The BC U18 Coaching Staff would like to THANK:

Jeff Sauve and everyone @ the BCRU
Nick Trenkel for assisting Tom and Adam @ all our training camps
Doug Tate and everyone @ UVIC where we held an “AMAZING” Training Camp
Pat Kearney, Ben Grant, Phil Mack & Alex Dunse who helped out the team @ our UVIC Camp
Heather King & Sophia Sagur for assisting Laura @ the Klahanie Camps
Capilano RFC for the use of their rugby fields and equipment.
Meraloma RFC for the use of their rugby kit and equipment.
To all of the U18 Players (Parents & School, Rep & Club Coaches) who have tried out, have traveled to & from training on the mainland and on the island, and for billeting the out of town players.

We couldn’t do it without you!

Pemberton Holmes
Real Estate Sales

Tom Woods' Listings
Kim McLachlan's Listings
Matthuw Ronald-Jones' Listings
Bobby Ross' Listings
Westerm Protection Aliance
Gilbert Rugby Canada
Lucas Hammond Real Estate Professional