|CLUB SEASON FINALE PREVIEW - BC Rugby 2011 tier two, and division three fin
|Monday, May 9, 2011 - Submitted by Andrew Smith, BC Rugby Communications
Vancouver, BC: The 2011 British Columbia Rugby club season will wrap up on Saturday, with five provincial crowns handed out.
In the men's tier two competition, Capilano and Richmond will be contesting for the Okanagan Spring Brewery (OSB) League One title. Kamloops RFC and the Vancouver Rowing Club will go head-to-head in the OSB League Two title match, and Velox RFC will take on Kats RFC for the Men's Division Three championship.
In the Women's Big Kahuna Division One, defending champs Abbotsford RFC will battle Kamloops for the Karen Moore Cup. In the Women's Langara Fishing Adventures Division Two championship game, Nanaimo RFC will scrum down against Burnaby Lake Rugby Club for the Ged Griffiths Cup.
PROVINCIAL FINALS - SATURDAY, MAY 14
Finals at Klahanie Park, West Vancouver
12:00pm - Women's Langara Fishing Adventures Division Two Final
Nanaimo RFC vs Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
1:30pm - Men's Division Three Final
Kats RFC vs Velox Valhallians RFC
4:00pm - Okanagan Spring Brewery League One Final
Capilano RFC vs Richmond RFC
*General Admission Tickets at Klahanie Park are $10.00, $5.00 for Youth (Under-15 with valid student ID Card)
Finals at Brockton Oval, Stanley Park, Vancouver
12:30pm - Women's Big Kahuna Division One Final
Abbotsford RFC vs Kamloops RFC
2:30pm - Okanagan Spring Brewery League Two Final
Kamloops RFC vs Vancouver Rowing Club RFC
*General Admission Tickets at Brockton Oval are $10.00, $5.00 for Youth (Under-15 with valid student ID Card)
FINALS PREVIEW - KLAHANIE PARK MATCHES
Women's Langara Fishing Adventures Division Two - Ged Griffiths Cup Final
Sat. May 14 - Nanaimo RFC vs Burnaby Lake Rugby Club (Klahanie Park) 12:00pm
Nanaimo RFC are heavy favourites to lift the Ged Griffiths Cup on Saturday, having posted a perfect 8-0 regular season record and a default semifinal win last weekend. Their defence has been key to their success, conceding just 14 total points in eight games along with three shutouts. Nanaimo will face Burnaby Lake in the championship game, a team that posted a 2-3-2 record and upset the second-seeded Ridge Meadows 12-0 in their May 7th semifinal match. Heading into the playoffs, Burnaby was undefeated in their last four outings. When Burnaby Lake and Nanaimo met during the regular season on March 5th, Nanaimo posted a convincing 37-7 victory.
Men's Division Three Final
Sat. May 14 - Kats RFC vs Velox Valhallians RFC (Klahanie Park) 1:30pm
Two undefeated teams will go head-to-head in this weekend's Men's Division Three Final when the Lower Mainland's top seed Kats RFC (9-0-1) squares off against Vancouver island's top seed Velox Valhallians (9-0). The Kats were awarded a default quarter-final win over the Castaway Wanderers and then lived up to their number one seeding when they downed Burnaby Lake 16-3 in their May 7th semifinal match. The Valhallians of Saanich, BC, won the Island championship with a convincing 24-5 victory over the Comox Valley Kickers, a match which also served as a quarter-final in the province wide Division Three. On May 7th, Velox continued their undefeated run with a narrow 32-29 semifinal win over West Vancouver's Capilano RFC. Velox and Kats RFC did not meet during the regular season.
Okanagan Spring Brewery League One Final
Sat. May 14 - Capilano RFC vs Richmond RFC (Klahanie Park) 4:00pm
Capilano heads into the men's tier two championship game as the top seed after posting a 6-1 regular season record and a convincing 43-7 semifinal win over Velox last weekend. The West Vancouver club led the Okanagan Spring Brewery League One offensively (44.86 ppg) and defensively (16.57ppg) this season. Home field advantage could weight heavily on this weekend's outcome as Capilano are undefeated at Klahanie Park, posting four straight victories. The only team left standing in their way is third-seeded Richmond RFC. Richmond when 4-3 during the regular season and then upset Cowichan on the road in last weekend's semi-final with a 29-25 decision. When these two sides met during the regular season, Capilano delt Richmond a 44-12 loss.
Women's Big Kahuna Division One - Karen Moore Cup Final
Sat. May 14 - Abbotsford RFC vs Kamloops RFC (Brockton Oval) 12:30pm
Top-seeded Abbotsford RFC clinched the Big Kahuna Division One regular season title with a 7-1 record and then cruised through their semifinal matchup against the Brit Lions on May 7th, running away with a 44-5 victory. The defending champions will now face off against the third-seeded Kamloops RFC for the coveted Karen Moore Cup. Kamloops went 6-3 during the regular season and upset second-seeded SFU 19-15 in their May 7th semifinal match. Abbotsford won both regular season contests between these two sides recording a 32-24 victory on March 5th, and a 17-5 victory on April 16th.
Okanagan Spring Brewery League Two Final
Sat. May 14 - Kamloops RFC vs Vancouver Rowing Club (Brockton Oval) 2:30pm
There were two major upsets during the semifinal rounds on May 7th, when the fourth-seeded Kamloops RFC upset undefeated Capilano RFC 29-26, and the third-seeded Vancouver Rowing Club upset second-seeded Richmond RFC 26-6. After a disappointing 0-3 start to their 2011 campaign, Kamloops found their footing and went 5-0 in their remaining regular season matches. Kamloops will meet the Rowers in Saturday's championship game, a team that went 6-2 during the regular season. When Kamloops and the Rowers squared off on March 19th, the Rowers came away with a convincing 38-15 victory.