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KRFC Men's Team - 1991/92 Summary

Date: May 9, 1992


This article was taken from May 9, 1992 edition of The Rugby Sideline, a quarterly newsletter that was distributed by mail to the local rugby community by the KRFC Executive quarterly in 1992/93.

It was a year of tremendous highs and lows for the Kelowna Rugby Football Club men's team.  In August of 1991, the Fraser Valley Rugby League accepted Kelowna's request to join their second division league.  By the end of league play, the team had a record of 10 wins and 2 losses, losing only to Seattle 16 - 9 in a blustery game that was played far too early, and to the league executive, who reversed our victory over Kamloops because we played an 'illegal player' whose crime was failure to pay his rent to his former club.

Our successes were many in our first year.  For the first time in a long while, Kelowna had a consistent and capable pair of coaches.  Jamie Hawthorne and Gary Grant developed a set of forwards who were aggressive and secured a lot of ball for an excellent set of backs with scoring punch.  Thirty bodies could be found at any practice, and magically, as is tradition in rugby, more than 40 players emerged for our home games.

Several players have been recognized for their excellent play this season.  James King was selected to the BC Under-19 and Fraser Valley Under-19 teams.  Barry Ebl, Glenn Dolman, and Shawn Barker have each been selected to the Fraser Valler Rep Team, and they will be playing in the May 9th McKecknie Cup game here in Kelowna.  Lastly, Joe Berger has been recognized for his many contributions to the team.  It seems Joe has hired so many people at Advance Precast that the team is able to practice at lunch and coffee breaks.

This year also introduced the Okanagan to the verb "to chester", which (briefly translated) means 'to trick or fool in a unique way'.  The Surrey, Langley, Richmond, and Pocomo Clubs each chestered the KRFC team, as they were unable to field a second division team that would brave the gruelling 3 1/2 hour drive over the scary Coquihalla Highway.  As a result, our 10 and 2 record is really a 6 and 1 accomplishment, with all games except one being played 'on the road'.  The KRFC men's team are pleased to recognize the Pitt River team for being the only Fraser Valley team to honor their road commitment.

Except for these disappointments, the KRFC men's team had an outstanding first season in the Fraser Valley League.  They showed tremendous development in their rugby play and in their ability to tour.  Players interested in joining in on the fun should contact Joe Berger at (h) 860-6870 or (w) 765-1431.

Upcoming KRFC MEN'S TEAM GAMES

Ensign Cup - June 13th (Apple Bowl)
UBC Old Boys - June 20 (City Park Oval)
Penticton Tournament - August (Penticton)
 

 
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