BC Rugby – New format, new teams, new season…schedule released

BC Rugby and Canadian Direct Insurance (CDI) are pleased to announce the release of the men’s premier schedule for the fall of 2015.

The competition will look significantly different from last year due to a new structure. Seattle Saracens, Meraloma Rugby Club (Vancouver) and Westshore Velox (Langford) will join last year’s Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League clubs in fall Premier League qualification round, which kicks off on September 19th. Following qualification, the top six clubs from the Lower Mainland pool and the top three from Vancouver Island will advance to the full Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League competition, scheduled to begin in January, 2016.

Lower Mainland

A total of 7 teams from the Lower Mainland will compete in a seven week qualification round, set to begin on Saturday, September 19th. Following this round, the top six teams will compete for the Mainland Cup, with playoffs starting November 14, 2015. Those same top six clubs will also automatically advance to the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League, to be held from January 2016 – April 2016. The 7th ranked team will join the Okanagan Spring Brewery League in mid November.

The teams from the Lower Mainland are:

  • Burnaby Lake RC
  • Capilano RFC
  • Meraloma Rugby Club
  • Seattle Saracens
  • UBC Old Boy Ravens
  • UBC Thunderbirds*
  • Vancouver Rowing Club

*2015 Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League champions

Vancouver Island

A total of 4 teams from Vancouver Island will compete in a twelve week qualification round, also slated to begin September 19th. Following this round, the top three teams will advance to the Canadian Direct Insurance Premier League, to be held from January 2016 – April 2016, while the top two will contest the Barnard Cup on December 5.

The teams from Vancouver Island are:

  • Castaway Wanderers
  • James Bay Athletic Association
  • UVic Vikes
  • Westshore Velox RFC
Key dates to circle on the calendar:
September 19 – opening day
September 19 – Westshore Velox vs Castaway Wanderers. The battle to stay above the relegation line on the Island is likely to be contested between these two teams. New-look Westshore are hoping to make a splash and CW will want avoid last season’s slow start. 
October 3 – Seattle vs Meraloma – these two teams were extremely well matched last season in Division 1, playing very entertaining matches at each encounter. This game could ultimately dictate which team stays down and which team moves up.
October 3 – Capilano vs Burnaby Lake – this is Capilano’s annual cancer fundraiser day. Caps’s edged Burnaby Lake by the narrowest of margins in this fixture last year, with a potential game winning kick hitting the upright on the final play.
October 17 – UBC vs Burnaby Lake – the Lakers were bounced from the playoffs last year at the hands of upstarts UBC. Can they exact their revenge?
November 7 – It’s the last chance for Lower Mainland teams to get above the relegation line. 
November 28 – Westhore will have a game in hand heading into the final week of qualifications. Will it come down to the wire? If so, they’ll face a difficult task against James Bay.
December 5 – Mainland Cup Final and Barnard Cup Final.
Lower Mainland Premier Qualification Round
Date Home Visitor
Sept 12/15 Exhibition Games  
Sept 19/15 Seattle Bye
  Capilanos Ravens
  Meralomas Burnaby Lake
to be rescheduled (Rowers) (UBC) 
Sept 26/15 Rowers Bye
  Burnaby Lake Seattle
  UBC Capilanos
  Meralomas Ravens
Oct 3/15 UBC Bye
  Seattle Meralomas
  Ravens Rowers
  Capilanos Burnaby Lake
Oct 10/15 Thanksgiving Weekend – no games  
Oct 17/15 Meralomas Bye
  Ravens Seattle
  Capilanos Rowers
  UBC Burnaby Lake
Oct 24/15 Burnaby Lake Bye
  Seattle Capilanos
  Ravens UBC
  Rowers Meralomas
Oct 31/15 Capilanos Bye
  UBC Meralomas
  Rowers Seattle
  Burnaby Lake Ravens
Nov 7/15 Ravens Bye
  Seattle UBC
  Burnaby Lake Rowers
  Meralomas Capilanos
  End of Qualifying – Play Downs  
Nov 14/15 1st and 2nd place – bye  
G1 3rd place 6th place
G2 4th place 5th place
Nov 21/15    
G3 1st place winner G2
G4 2nd place winner of G1
G5 Loser of G2 Loser of G1
Nov 28/15 US Thanksgiving  
  -make up of Nov 14/21 if necessary  
Dec 5/15 Lower Mainland Final  
  Winner of G3 Winner of G4
  Loser of G4 Loser of G3
Winter Break   
Date Vancouver Island Qualification Round 
Barnard Cup
  Home Visitors
Sept. 19 UVic Vikes James Bay
  Westshore Velox Castaway Wanderers
Sept. 26 Westshore Velox UVic Vikes
  Castaway Wanderers James Bay
Oct. 3 UVic Vikes Castaway Wanderers
  James Bay Westshore Velox
Oct. 10 Thanksgiving Weekend  
Oct. 16 UVic Vikes James Bay
Oct. 17 Castaway Wanderers     Westshore Velox
Oct. 24 Castaway Wanderers UVic Vikes
  Westshore Velox James Bay
Oct. 31 Westshore Velox UVic Vikes
  James Bay Castaway Wanderers
Nov. 7 James Bay UVic Vikes
  Castaway Wanderers Westshore Velox
Nov. 13 UVic Vikes Castaway Wanderers
Nov. 20 UVic Vikes Westshore Velox
Nov. 21 James Bay Castaway Wanderers
Nov. 28 Westshore Velox James Bay 
Dec. 5 – Barnard Cup Team #1 Team #2

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