UBCOB Ravens U19s defeat Abbotsford, advance to provincial final

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November 17, 2012, VANCOUVER – Paced by Matthew Law’s two tries and his impressive showing at fly half, Vancouver’s UBC Old Boy Ravens downed Abbotsford RFC 31-10 in the men’s under-19 Lower Mainland regional final on Saturday morning. The Ravens now head into the November 24th provincial final at Jericho Park on the back of five straight victories.

The no. 4 seed Abbotsford were first to go over when full back Alex Parkinson barrelled through for a try to put the visitors up 5-0.

But the Ravens hit their stride and responded with four consecutive tries and put the game out of reach to lead 26-5 at the half. After the break Abbotsford dug in with each side tallying a try and eventually seeing the Ravens clinch the 31-10 score.

“After we got scored on, we really turned it up putting together 15 minutes of non-stop pressure,” said Ravens head coach Garrett Garbe. “We had some great work at the break down and on defence and then our counter attack really took it to them.”

Ravens pivot Law recorded a brace with additional scores coming from Guido Suez, Douglas Del Monico and BC U18 provincial standout Karsten Leitner. Ravens full back Jeremy Gardner recorded three conversions to round out the scoring. Abbotsford’s second half try came courtesy of Joel Nervais.

“The Ravens played a really balanced game and moved the ball quickly. We missed some key tackles and their quick pace caused some problems for us,” said Abbotsford head coach Ryan McWhinney. “But we’re proud of our boys for the improvement they’ve shown during the season and perseverance that we showed in that second half.”

The U19 Vancouver Island championship will be played at Cowichan Rugby Club on Sunday when the top-seeded Piggies play host to the Velox Valhallians. Kick off is set for 2:30pm with the winner punching their ticket to next week’s provincial final in Vancouver.

BC Rugby Saturday Scoreboard: November 17, 2012

BC RUGBY MEN’S LEAGUES

Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League – Sat. November 17th:

  • Burnaby Lake 21 – 16(+1) Meraloma Rugby Club
  • Ceili’s Cup League (Tier 1 First Division) – Sat. November 17th:
  • Burnaby Lake 18 – 15(+1) Meraloma Rugby Club
  • Vancouver Island Elite Division – Sat. November 17th:
  • UVic Vikes 23 – 17(+1) Castaway Wanderers

Vancouver Island First Division – Sat. November 17th:

  • TIMES CUP: Cowichan 23 – 67(+1) Uvic Norsemen
  • TIMES CUP: Castaway Wanderers 27(+2) – 34(+1) James Bay
  • COWICHAN CUP: Velox Valhallians 24(+1) – 33(+1) Nanaimo
  • Okanagan Spring Brewery League One – Sat. November 17th:
  • Seattle RFC 0 – 43(+1) Surrey Beavers AA
  • Kamloops RFC 5 – 15 Richmond RFC
  • Abbotsford RFC 56(+1) – 12 United Rugby Club
  • Langley RFC 0 – 60 UBC Thunderbirds

Okanagan Spring Brewery League Two – Sat. November 17th:

  • Seattle RFC 24(+1) – 23(+1) Surrey Beavers AA
  • Abbotsford RFC 62(+1) – 10 Untied Rugby Club
  • Kamloops RFC 15 – 0 Richmond RFC
  • Langley RFC 6 – 56 UBC

Men’s Lower Mainland Third Division – Sat. November 17th:

  • CUP SEMIFINAL 1: Capilano-A 23 – 5 Mountain Old Boys
  • CUP SEMIFINAL 2: Scribes 13 – 25 Kats
  • BOWL SEMIFINAL 1: Meraloma 20 – 0 Ridge Meadows
  • BOWL SEMIFINAL 2: UBC 5 – 58 Abbotsford
  • PLATE SEMIFINAL 1: Kelowna 39 – 17 Burnaby Lake
  • PLATE SEMIFINAL 2: Capilano-B 0 – 26 Brit Lions

BC RUGBY WOMEN’S LEAGUES

Lower Mainland Tier One – Sat. November 17th:

  • CUP SEMIFINAL: SFU 0 – 37 Bayside
  • CUP SEMIFINAL: United 14 – 22 Burnaby
  • SHIELD SEMIFINAL: Meraloma 0 – 15 Capilano

Lower Mainland Tier Two – Sat. November 17th:

  • SEMIFINAL: Ridge Meadows 5 – 93 Abbotsford
  • SEMIFINAL: Brit Lions 12 – 27 Kelowna

Vancouver Island Senior Women – Sat. November 17th:

  • Nanaimo 5 – 0 Port Alberni PABS DEFAULT
  • Comox 5 – 43 Velox

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