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June 8,2014(ISN) – BURNABY, BC – Vancouver Island’s representative rugby programs came away
with two major trophies on Saturday afternoon, lifting the senior women¹s
Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup and the Under-20 men’s Dunbar Keg.

The senior women
posted their second straight bonus point win, defeating Vancouver 43-20. The
U20s match was a much closer affair, with the Island charges holding off a
relentless Vancouver offence in a 12-7 decision.

In the senior men¹s clash, Vancouver downed Vancouver Island 25-22 to set up
a McKechnie Cup decider on June 14 against Fraser Valley.

Dunbar Keg (Under-20 Men): Vancouver Island 12 – 7 Vancouver

In a defensive standoff that featured just three tries, Vancouver Island
stymied Vancouver¹s opportunities and capitalized on open field errors. The
Island went up 5-0 early on when fly half Cameron Hall (Cowichan Rugby Club)
chipped through and no.8 Ollie Nott (UVic Vikes) collected to go over for
the score. The match was 5-0 at half time.

The second frame saw Vancouver inside the Island¹s 22 for much of the first
20 minutes. A sure try was denied when Karsten Leitner (UBC Thunderbrids)
had the ball punched out from under him and Vancouver struggled to finish
off their phases when within five metres of the line. Leitner would
eventually go over for a crucial score that was converted by scrum half
Spencer Gordon-Miller (UBC Thunderbirds).

Vancouver Island¹s counter-attack proved the difference maker and after
several more phases of defending on their own line, ran the length of the
field before Cameron Hall chipped and collected his own ball for the
go-ahead try. Fergus Hall tacked on the extras for a 12-7 narrow win.

³A game like today is what this [U20] competition is for,² said Island U20
head coach Winston Stanley. ³There were even teams out there with lots on
the line in a close game. We certainly worked on our defence coming into
this game but that came down to a desire to win.²

The third leg of the Dunbar Keg U20 competition will be played on June 14
between Vancouver (0-1) and Fraser Valley (0-1).

Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup (Senior Women): Vancouver Island 43 – 20 Vancouver

Led by a dominant forward pack, Vancouver Island were convincing winners in
Saturday¹s senior women¹s tilt, defeating Vancouver with a seven-try effort.
It was an impressive showing from the Island Tide who had defeated reigning
Cup holders Fraser Valley 24-12 back on May 25.

Rosie Lang (Velox) ran in two tries with additional tallies recorded by Sam
Kreeger-Atwell (Velox), Kara Galbraith (Velox), Brittany Sims (Velox),
Courtney Sims (Velox), and Lynzi Anderson (Velox). Galbraith added three
conversions with Randi Hunter (Velox) also tallying a convert.

³We really built during this short season and gelled as a team,² said Island
head coach Aaron Frisby. ³Rosie Lang really played well scoring two tries.
She sucked up a lot of defenders and allowed us to create space out wide.²

McKechnie Cup (Senior Men): Vancouver Island 22 – 25 Vancouver

The Vancouver Wave edged Vancouver Island Crimson Tide in a six-try thriller
on Saturday to set up a McKechnie Cup decider against Fraser Valley on June

Vancouver led 14-0 at the half through tries from Caleb Hansen (Vancouver
Rowing Club) and Sean Ferguson (UBC Thunderbirds) with a pair of converts
from Bryan Tyrer (UBC Thunderbirds). The second half saw Tyrer add two
penalties and Hansen go over for another try.

Vancouver would lose a man in the bin and their defence began to falter,
conceding three tries while a man short. Despite a strong second half that
saw tries from Keenan Horton (Castaway Wanderers), Cody McClary (Port
Alberni) and Luke Campbell (UVic VIkes), the Crimson Tide weren¹t able to
complete the come back. Brad Marshall (Nanaimo) added a pair of conversions
and a penalty to see the Island come up three points short.

³We were physically there but mentally lost it in the last 10 minutes,² said
Vancouver centre Brock Staller (UBC Thunderbirds). ³They were little a more
crisp in the last 10 minutes after having a game under their belt.²

Vancouver will now face Fraser Valley in the last round to decide who lifts
the 2014 McKechnie Cup.


Sun. May 25th: Fraser Valley at Vancouver Island

Sat. June 7th: Vancouver Island at Vancouver

Sat. June 14th: Vancouver at Fraser Valley

June 7 Cups Results:

McKechnie Cup (Senior Men): Vancouver Island 22 – 25 Vancouver

Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup (Senior Women): Vancouver Island 43 – 20 Vancouver

Dunbar Keg (Under-20 Men): Vancouver Island 12 – 7 Vancouver

May 25 Cups Results:

McKechnie Cup (Senior Men): Fraser Valley 29 – 16 Vancouver Island

Ruth Hellerud-Brown Cup (Senior Women): Fraser Valley 12 – 24 Vancouver

Dunbar Keg (Under-20 Men): Fraser Valley 12 – 78 Vancouver Island