April 23, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – It was a good weekend for the club, with senior squads going 3 for 3. Saturday, the women finished off the regular season with a strong effort over UVic (42-12).
That leaves them in 1st place going into the playoffs, with a home game this coming weekend against 4th place SFU (11:30am Saturday at Velox). The ladies beat SFU 67-0 in the regular season, so it will be interesting to see if they can match that work rate.
The Academy squad squeaked out a 37-32 victory up in Port Alberni in an Island consolation round playoff game. That earned them a berth in the consolation final for 3rd place, but the squad has decided that it won’t be able to make that game. They aren’t done, however, as they are elligible for the BC Okanagon Spring Brewery League 2 playoffs. The Valhallians had a bye, having placed 1st in the Cowichan Cup regular season. This weekend they host Nanaimo at 1pm Saturday to decide the Cowichan Cup (that’s the competition for 1st div only clubs, as apposed to the Times Cup which includes 1st div squads from Premier clubs: Velox has already won that competition). Should they win the Cowichan Cup this weekend, they will enter the BC Okanagan Spring Brewery League 1 semifinals and have a crack at promotion to Premier for next season.
On Sunday, the 3rds (first place in the Spring competition) won their Island semifinal 37-5 over CW. That sets up an Island final this coming Sunday against Comox (first place in the fall competition). By previous arrangment, this match is to be played on neutral ground, so will be a 1pm kickoff Sunday at Cowichan. Both squads have already earned berths in the BC 3rd div finals.
11:30am Valkyries host SFU (BC semifinal)
1pm Valhallians host Nanaimo (Island Final, Cowichan Cup)
1pm 3rds play Comox in Cowichan (Island Final)
Also this weekend is the end-of-season awards banquet (Saturday night), with a Hollywood theme. Tickets are $35, available from the bar or your team representative, with your last chance to get them on Thursday night.
Thursday’s AGM saw reports from last year’s exec, and the elections for the coming season. Thank you to all the club volunteers who took on positions last season, and good luck to the new crew:
Mike Holmes – President
Mark Wyatt – Vice President
Christel Hume – Treasurer
Toby Berg – Director of Rugby
Phil Erb – Director of Fields
Steve Frederick – Director of Clubhouse
Darryl Gaudreau – Secretary
Marlene Donaldson – Director of Junior Rugby
Sarah Levson – Social Director
Jay Jimmo – Sgt at Arms
To prepare for the May 5th open house, the club is having a work party on Friday, May 3rd from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm (not Saturday as previously reported). The club will provide a few beers and pizza.