*BC Rugby Wrapup for Weekend of September 9th 2023: Premier Preseason Results; Coastal Cup and Dunbar Keg Results*
It was a beautiful sunny weekend for rugby, at least on the south Island where I took in some matches.
At UVic there was a triple header starting with the Dunbar Keg match, South Island Tide vs North Island Tsunami. That was won by North Island 36-33. Vancouver defeated Valley 61-0 in the other U20 match. Next weekend the Valley host the Tide at Langley and Vancouver host Tsunami at UBC.
Photos (39) from the Tide v Tsunami match are at the following link: https://nationalrugbynews.com/index.php/tide-u20-vs-tsunami-u20-sept-9th-2023/
Next up at UVic was the women’s CanWest competition, that match was won by UBC 29-12. UBC are ranked 3rd nationally, UVic 7th. The Top 10 are Laval, Queen’s, UBC, Guelph, Ottawa, Carleton, UVic, Western, UPEI, Alberta. The national championship will be held Nov 1-5 in Quebec City, hosted by Laval.
The final match of the triple header at UVic was the Coastal Cup contest, UVic v Pacific Pride. That was won 52-14 by the Pride who look the top team in that competition, defeating UBC and UVic on consecutive weekends. UBC won their contest against TWU 61-22. UBC have Izzak Kelly and Jacob Bossi back from NZ, so we’ll see if that makes a difference when they have their rematch against the Pride next weekend at UBC.
In the Premier pre-season there were some results posted, the Bays defeated CW 38-28, Burnaby defeated the Lomas 14-5 and the Ravens defeated Capilano 39-14. I noticed the Bays had Mason Flesch suiting up at blindside flanker, his younger brother Noah plays with the Pride. There may be a few MLR players taking part in the BC Premier fall season and then returning to their MLR teams in the new year.
I went over to watch the Westshore v Cowichan Div 1 match and that was won by Westshore 57-18. Other Island Div 1 results were Nanaimo over Port Alberni 36-27. On the mainland in Div 1/Div 2 preseason it was Kamloops 62-0 over Kelowna, Langley 22-7 over Scribes, Kats 60-0 over Capilano, Chilliwack 56-5 over Surrey and Burnaby 22-14 over Meraloma.
Photos (37) from the Westshore v Cowichan match are at the following link: https://nationalrugbynews.com/index.php/westshore-v-cowichan-div-1-sept-9-2023/
For all the match results and schedule info visit the BCRU results page at: https://bcrugby.com/results/