BC PROVINCIAL TEAMS HEADED TO CALGARY FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Tuesday, August 16, 2011 - Submitted by Andrew Smith from Vancouver
Calgary, Alta - Over 100 players, coaches, and team staff are en route to Calgary set to represent British Columbia at the 2011 Rugby Canada National Championships.
BC will be entering teams in the Men's Under-18 and Women's Under-18 divisions, along with two squads in the Men's Under-16 competition. The tournament kicks off on Wednesday, August 17th with the championship finals slated for Sunday afternoon.
Despite just three age categories this year, the tournament is set to be one of the largest in the six year history of the event. Over 700 athletes will be competing. As the event is a great showcase of upcoming talent, Rugby Canada selectors will be identifying talent for upcoming assemblies over the five days of competition.
For full schedules and updates on the tournament, visit the National Festival Championships website (www.cdnfestivalrugby.com).
BC Men's U-18 Team
2010 Finish: 2nd place (43-13 Gold Medal loss to Ontario) 2010 Round-Robin: 3-1 (2nd) 2011 Opponents: Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, PEI, Quebec, Saskatchewan
STAFF Head Coach: Jeff Williams Assistant Coach: Rameses Langston Manager: Shane Thompson Therapist: Jessica Kenney
Coach's quotes - Jeff Williams:
"We have several senior players and our Captain Pat Kay (Cowichan RFC) is probably our most experienced player having just come off the Canada Under-20 program. What I find amazing about this squad is that we have nine players that are born in 1994. Offensively we are very gifted with a host of players that are able to score anywhere on the field. We have a very talented group that are very well drilled, skilled and committed which can be credited to the coaching staff at our Provincial Regional Championships."
ROSTER Name (Club) *Unattached to BCRU Club Tyson Adams (Abbotsford RFC) Paul Ahn (Abbotsford RFC) Tyler Barons (Abbotsford RFC) Jorden Best (Abbotsford RFC) Mike Dalsin (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Justin Douglas (Abbotsford RFC) Haydn Evans (Cowichan RFC) Stephen Grdic (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Fergus Hall (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Connor Hamilton(Vancouver Rowing Club) Jordan Harvey (Capilano RFC)-Vice Captain Connor Hunter (Abbotsford RFC) Pat Kay (Cowichan RFC)-Captain Sean Kinsella (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Dan Lee (Fraser Valley)* Ryan March (Abbotsford RFC) Alex Mascott (Vancouver Rowing Club) Brian Murphy (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) Liam Murphy Burke (Bayside RFC) Jeff Nishima Miller (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Christian Styles (Abbotsford RFC) Reid Tucker(Capilano RFC) Fuku Vikilani (Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) Quinton Willms (Bayside RFC) Nathan Yanagiya (Capilano RFC)
BC Women's U-18 Team
2011 Opponents: Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario-1, Ontario-2, Quebec, Saskatchewan
STAFF Head Coach: Brad Baker Assistant Coach: Rick Pimlott Manager: Asuka Kusano Therapist: Monique Charbonneau
ROSTER Name (Club or High School) *Unattached to BCRU Club Lauren Arthur (Abbotsford RFC) Genevieve Bittorf (Capilano RFC) Brittany Brabant (Capilano RFC) Madison Borrows (Abbotsford RFC) Jamie Carrier (Williams Lake*) Melanie Dallow (Williams Lake*) Jade Elidoros (Lord Tweedsmuir*) Jenna Elidoros (Lord Tweedsmuir*) Kara Galbraith (Cowichan RC) Shayla George (Merritt*) Sarah Gordon (Bayside RFC) Alya Govorchin (Brit Lions RFC) Emma Graham (Merritt*) Sheldon Harder (Abbotsford RFC) Nicola Jones (Capilano RFC) Sam Kreeger (Comox Valley Kickers) Alexis Myhre (Capilano RFC) Jess Neilson (Meraloma RC) Jasmyn Niquidet (Williams Lake) Jordan Palesch (Bayside RFC) Erica Pfleiderer (Williams Lake*) Dani Robb (Brentwood/ Shawnigan Lake) Amy Russell (Carson Graham*) Caitie Ryan (Kamloops RFC) Meghan Wellis (Bayside RFC)
STAFF Head Coach: Dave Brown Assistant Coach: Jason Young Manager: John Smith Therapist: Alvin Tseng
Coach's quotes - Dave Brown:
"We are looking forward to seeing how are players perform in a competitive environment. We will be looking at the development of these players and we are hoping to see a few stand out above the rest. As per 2010, we are hoping to see a number of these players progress to the next level with either Canada or the Canada Development squads. Above all, I want to see our players enjoying themselves playing rugby."
ROSTER Name (Club) Sina Alavi (Capilano RFC) Liam Aylesworth (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Kyle Bordnarchuk (Velox RFC) Luke Bradley (Port Alberni Black Sheep) Nico Carboni (Penticton Harlequins) Nick Collett (Bayside RFC) Colton Davies (Ridge Meadows) Noah Dobson (Cowichan RFC) Will Foss (Langley RFC) Nico Grossi (Kats RFC) Alex Ho (Abbotsford RFC) Nolan Howell (Richmond RFC) Winston Jin (UBCOB Ravens) Cole Keffer (Capilano RFC) Spencer Loughlin (Abbotsford RFC) Ryan Messer (Kamloops RFC) Anton Metalnikov (Richmond RFC) David Morey (Langley RFC) Jack Nyren (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Tanner Price (Kats RFC) Jack Rainer (Capilano RFC) Morgan Tate (Castaway Wanderers RFC) Jenner Teufel (Cowichan RC) Kyle Van Ek (Abbotsford RFC) Luke Zandbergen (Surrey Beavers AA)