Valhallians Come Up Short In Semi’s

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Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN

May 7, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – The British Columbia Rugby Unions Semi Final Saturday was too be big one for the Velox RFC. With the Premier Women’s team already on to the Finals the Men’s squads took to Velox field in three divisions looking for their berth to the finals and while the Sun Gods shined down on Velox Field the Rugby Gods did not.

The day opened with the 3rds hosting the Brit Lions and despite a spirited effort by the Valhallians they were over matched by a margin of 42-17.

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Velox’s Ollie Scott pushes past Brit Lions Malcom Lenahan during BCRU 3rd Division Semi Final on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

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John Lyall puts his head down and drives forward with the support of his Velox teammates during Saturday’s BCRU Semi final against the Brit Lions. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Game 2 saw the Velox Academy put together one of their best games of the season but too much time spent in the Velox end of the field resulted in a 46-29 victory for the visiting Abbotsford RFC.

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Velox Academy’s Jay Jimmo powers his way through the tackle of Abbotsford RFC’s Daniel Webster at the BCRU Okanagan Spring Brewery Tier 2 semi final on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

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Andrew Owen of the Velox Academy manhandles the Abbotsford ball carrier during Saturday’s BCRU semi final action. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

The 1st division squad, coming off a spectacular season that saw them go 16-2 with 771 points scored for and 223 points scored against and Times Cup and Cowichan Cup titles, also took on Abbotsford RFC.

A common theme on the day emerged early, as most of the play took place in the Velox half but some strong defense kept the game close.

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Valhallian’s Tobias Berg attempts to squeeze through the tackle of two Abbotsford defenders during Saturday’s BCRU Okanagan Spring Brewerey Tier 1 semi final. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

With Abbotsford up 19-8 mid way through the 2nd half the Valhallians mounted a comeback, but time wasn’t on their favor and they came up on the short end of a 19-15 decision.

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Conrad Newell breaks free during Saturday’s semi final action in the BCRU Okanagan Spring Brewery Tier 1 division. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

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Todd Cunningham and the Velox Valhallians put together a strong season but came up just short in a 19-15 decision against the Abbotsford RFC in Saturday’s BCRU semi final of the Okanagan Spring Brewery Tier 1 division. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Despite the losses in the semi finals the Velox fans were treated to some great rugby and the players can all hold their heads high.

After a less then stellar 2012 season for the 1st Division, they came out and showed that they are still a squad to be reckoned with and with the addition of the Academy development team to help improve the home grown talent, the future of Velox looks bright.

Meanwhile the Valkyries are hard at work preparing to take on the archrival Burnaby Lake RFC in the BCRU Women’s Provincial Championship on May 11 at 12:00. This will be the third straight year these teams have met in the finals with Burnaby Lake taking the 2011 title and Velox the 2012 title.

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