Image: Vancouver Rugby Union [blue] in action against the Vancouver Island Junior Tide [red] during the 21015 B2Gold Provincial Regional Championships U18 Boys’ preliminary round. Photo by Randy Schellenberger.
Over 600 Youth Rugby Players Descend on Burnaby This Weekend For B2Gold Provincial Regional Championships
Vancouver, BC – Regional rivalries reach their apex this weekend as the best youth rugby players in BC suit up for their respective regional fifteens (XVs) teams at the 2016 B2Gold Provincial Regional Championships. Representative sides from across the Fraser Valley, Vancouver, Thompson-Okanagan, Vancouver Island South and Vancouver Island North will clash at Burnaby Lake Rugby Club on Saturday and Sunday in a bid to be crowned Provincial Champions.
More than 30 regional teams, totalling over 600 rugby players, will compete in male and female divisions across Under-14 through Under-18 age categories. Led by volunteer coaches, the Teams will play several qualifying matches on Saturday, with semi-final and championship matches on Sunday. The B2Gold Provincial Regional Championship Final matches begin at 3:00pm with the Under-14 Boys’ Final. The last championship fixture on Sunday features the Under-16 Boys, and kicks off at 5:25pm.
“Each year we have a great turnout of supporters cheering on these players,” said Dean Murten, BC Rugby’s Performance Development Manager. “It’s really a great experience for all involved and it’s a chance for players to compete at a level above and beyond that of the club or high school competitions.”
“Many players first experience this tournament at the age of fourteen or fifteen and forge lasting friendships with teammates from other schools and rugby clubs,” said Murten. “One of the best aspects of our sport is its culture of camaraderie and mutual respect, no matter the outcome on the field, and being being part of a representative team creates the kind of lasting memories that stay with athletes throughout their athletic careers and beyond.”
B2Gold Provincial Regional Championship DivisionsUnder-18 GirlsUnder-16 GirlsUnder-18 BoysUnder-17 BoysUnder-16 BoysUnder-15 BoysUnder-14 Boys
Regions Competing in the TournamentVancouver Rugby Union Wave (team colours: blue and white)Vancouver Island Rugby Union Junior Tide (team colours: red and white)North Vancouver Island Tsunami (team colours: blue and white)Thompson-Okanagan Rugby Alliance (team colours: orange and black)Fraser Valley Rugby Union (team colours: green and yellow)
Location: Burnaby Lake Rugby Club, 3760 Sperling Avenue [map].
Day 1: June 25th, 2016, from 9:00am to 5:30pm
Day 2: June 26th, 2016. from 11:00am to 7:00pm
All spectators are welcomed and encouraged to attend this event, which is free.