2017 CORE Legacy
Crows Win Second Straight Rugby Title
Date: April 16, 2005
Different league, same result.
For the second year in a row, the Kelowna Crows have capped off the rugby season with a victory celebration.
The Crows obliterated Chuckanut Bay from Bellingham, Wash., 57-0 on the weekend at City Park to capture the Fraser Valley Rugby Union’s 2005 independent league title. Kelowna won the FVRU’s 2nd division last spring beating Abbotsford in the final game.
On Saturday, the Crows scored early and often against Chuckanut in a game that almost everyone involved expected to be much closer. Kelowna had beaten their Washington rivals 45-21 earlier in the season and it appeared Chuckanut had been improving with each game out.
”We really thought they’d come out a lot stronger and give us a lot tougher time than that,” said Crows player/manager Jeremy Harris. “We just wore them, wore down their front five and really picked them apart. “It’s funny, we didn’t have a great week of practise, but I think the guys clued in and figured out why come this far and not put forth a good effort.”
Harris, Richard Brewer, player/coach James King and Aaron Zimmer paced the Crows with two tries apiece. Blair Williams added a single try, while Gareth Thomas chipped in with six conversions.
As satisfying as another league title may be to the Crows, Harris said last year’s win in Abbotsford came in a tougher division, a level of rugby he hopes Kelowna will be able to return to in the near future.
The Crows will consider their options over the summer on whether they’ll have adequate numbers to field two teams. Harris said he would like to see enough players for two squads to compete in the 1st and 2nd, or the 2nd and 3rd divisions. At the very least, Kelowna will have one team in the FVRU in 2005-06.
“Our goal is to pull in as many players as possible and keep rugby thriving in Kelowna,” said Harris. “Hopefully, we can draw some players from UBC Okanagan or the college who can come in and play and help us get two teams going.”
Any interested players in Kelowna and area should contact the Crows and the Kelowna Rugby Football Club @: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, the Crows will be back on the pitch on Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m. at City Park when they host Wheatly Hills from Doncaster, England in an exhibition match.