BC Rugby Women’s provincial playoffs underway this weekend

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Andrew Smith

April 25, 2013, Vancouver, BC (ISN) – The 2013 BC Rugby women’s club league provincial semifinals are underway this weekend with fixtures being staged Saturday in Victoria, Coquitlam, Kamloops and Abbotsford.

The provincial finals for the Big Kahuna Women’s First Division and Langara Fishing Adventures Division Two will be held the following weekend on May 4th. The Women’s Adidas Premiership provincial final is currently slated for May 11th, the same weekend as BC Rugby’s Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League finals. Venues will be determined by BC Rugby once the semifinal rounds have been completed.

Women’s Adidas Premiership

The defending Women’s Adidas Premiership champions Velox Valkyries clinched the top seed this past weekend with a 5-1 record. The current Gordon Harris Memorial Cup champions will now host the no.4 Simon Fraser University Rugby Club (3-3) at Velox RFC’s home pitch in Saanich. Velox recently handed SFU a 67-0 loss on April 13th in their only clash of the regular season.

Lower Mainland rivals no.2 United Rugby Club (5-1) and no.3 Burnaby Lake (5-1) will battle at Coquitlam’s Centennial Oval. United’s league-leading defence (11 points per game) will have their hands full with Burnaby’s top-ranked offence (52 ppg) and will also have to contain the regular season’s top scorer in Julia Sugawara (65 pts). Burnaby’s Genevieve Gratton ranked second in scoring with nine tries and seven conversions this season.

Women’s Adidas Premiership – Sat. April 27th:

SEMIFINALS: no.4 SFU at no.1 Velox Valkyries (Velox RFC) 11:30am

SEMIFINALS: no.3 Burnaby Lake at no.2 United Rugby Club (Centennial Oval) 1:00pm

PROVINCIAL FINAL ON MAY 11

Women’s Big Kahuna Division One

Defending Division One champions and current Karen Moore Cup holders Cowichan Rugby Club are out of the mix this year and top-seeded Kamloops (6-0) are the front-runners heading into the postseason. Kamloops earned a crucial home playoff berth in the first round which will see Kitsilano’s no.4 Meraloma Rugby Club (3-3) have to make the journey north. The two sides wrapped up the regular season on April 20th, with Kamloops posting a 25-7 victory.

Fraser Valley’s no.3 Abbotsford RFC (5-1) head into the postseason as the top-ranked offence and defence. Allowing just 6 ppg against, Abbotsford are averaging 33.7 ppg in offensive output. They will host the no.3 seed Nanaimo Hornets (4-2) at Abbotsford’s Exhibition Park this weekend.

Women’s Big Kahuna Division One – Sat. April 27th:

SEMIFINALS: no.4 Meraloma at no.1 Kamloops (Rayleigh Rugby Park) 11:30am

SEMIFINALS: no.3 Nanaimo at no.2 Abbotsford RFC (CFV Exhibition) 11:30am

PROVINCIAL FINAL ON MAY 4

Women’s Langara Fishing Adventures Division Two

The undefeated Ridge Meadows Bruins head into the semifinals set to clash with reigning Division Two champs and fourth-seeded Burnaby Lake Rugby Club. United’s second div side also qualified for the semifinals and they will host the Comox Valley Kickers at Centennial Oval.

Women’s Langara Fishing Adventures Division Two – Sat. April 27th:

SEMIFINALS: no.4 Burnaby Lake at no.1 Ridge Meadows (Maple Ridge Secondary) 10:00am

SEMIFINALS: no.3 Comox Kickers at no.2 United (Centennial Oval) 11:30am

PROVINCIAL FINAL ON MAY 4

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