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Okanagan Elementary Touch Rugby Just Keeps Growing!

In 2018, the Anne McClymont Timberwolves defeated the Helen Gorman Cougars 2 - 1 in an overtime thriller to win the Central Okanagan Elementary Touch Rugby Championship.  16 schools will compete for the Worrall Cup this year.  Who will hoist the cup in 2019?

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The Smart Decision of Three Pioneer Rugby Sponsors

In 2014, Eric Heffernan of Code Three Emergency Services suggested that CORE find three sponsors willing to support the expansion of touch rugby in the Central Okanagan.  Eric offered to provide $3,000/year for five years to support the growth and eventual self-sufficiency of touch rugby in the Central Okanagan.  Clare Cassan's Columbia Bottles and Robin Durrant's CapriCMW Insurance also committed to a $3,000/year contribution to the growth of touch rugby between 2015 and 2019.  

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Regional Youth Rugby Tryouts Announced

Several important youth rugby tryout dates were announced this week.   If you love the sport of rugby and hope to get on the provincial team's radar, don't miss the opportunities this weekend and later in the month.

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Interested in Playing Men's Rugby in the Okanagan This Summer?

Last summer, the Kelowna Crows fielded a 3rd Div. team in the summer Okanagan Men's Rugby competition.  The team was made up of players interested in travelling no farther than Salmon Arm to enjoy a bout of the world's most excellent game.  Games were played against Vernon, Penticton, and Salmon Arm in May, June and July.  The team also enjoyed some games at the William's Lake Stampede and Penticton Sunfest rugby tournaments.   They even tried their hand at sevens, entering a couple of rec teams in the Centre of Gravity Sevens last summer.

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Vicars Donate $1,000 to Support Youth Rugby, Welcome New Members

The Priest Valley Vicars have donated $1,000 to help reduce the costs for youth playing with the Thompson Okanagan Rugby Alliance (TORA) rugby teams.  These funds will be added to the $5,800+ raised by Lisa Laing at a recent rugby social to support the TORA teams.  The funds will support the U14 Girls, U14 Boys, U16 Boys and U18 Boys TORA teams.  The U16 Girls and U18 Girls teams operate out of Kamloops. 

The Vicars are an Okanagan-based Old Boys rugby club, whose clubhouse and pitch are located at Parkinson Rec Centre.   They play 8 - 10 games a year as part of the Pacific Northwest Old Boys Rugby Union.  The Vicars also play touch rugby on Wednesday nights at the Rec Centre at 6:00 PM.  After that, they head into the clubhouse for some cheer and, if you are lucky, something like Chili Cheese Dogs from Jim Alway and other Vicar volunteers.   Playing members need to be 38 (or close) but all ages are welcome for Wednesday night touch.
 
"The Vicars provide many other opportunities to get out of the house and have fun," said Jason Fritz, Club Vice-President.  "Recent activities include a pub crawl on a giant multi person bike, a Super Bowl party, World Cup previews, a trip to the Vancouver Sevens, our Christmas Gala, and our world famous Club Nights."
 
Are you 38 or over and interested in joining or rejoining the rugby community?  The Priest Valley Vicars are welcoming playing, training, and social members. 
 
Contact the Vicars at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit their website VicarsRugby.ca.
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Crows Lose Tough One in First Home Game of 2019

Finally, after five months of road games, snow outs, and conceded games due to lack of front row players, the Crows took the pitch at Parkinson Rec. field for a Saturday home game - hosting the 4th place Surrey Beavers.  

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CORE Membership Drive Passes Half-Way Point

A surge in memberships over the past couple of weeks has pushed CORE past the halfway point in its drive for 100 Voting Members.   63 rugby enthusiasts have paid the fees to become Voting Members in 2019.  CORE's goal is to have 100 Voting Members in this year.  470 non-voting CORE members receive its newsletter during the active playing season.

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Vicars Start Strong in 2019

After a long winter break, the Vicars travelled to Burnaby to take on the Twits.  It had been quite some time since most players had worn the boots anywhere near a pitch.  The Vicars were looking for a better showing than their last game against their hosts.
 
The game kicked of with Kelowna fielding 18 travellers and the home side choosing from at least two-teams-worth of players.   It was a great day for rugby, cool and overcast with only a few raindrops here and there. 
 
The Vicars shook off their travel weary legs and started with a bang.  The Twits were on their heels early as the Vicars pressed the attack, and with strong running from Randy and Jamie the visitors were soon up two tries to none.  The scrums and lineouts were well contested with both teams securing their ball and stealing a few as well.
 
As is usual with Old Boys rugby, the defence was furious.  The skilled play - not so much. Dropped balls and missed kicks by both sides opened up the game and led to the surging Twits scoring a chased ball in the corner.   The Twits had the Vicars on their heels while Cash, Adam, and the rest of the Vicar backs tacked fiercely.  No Twits would break their line again in that first quarter of play.
 
The second quarter was more even, with the Twits on their toes but matched by the Vicars at every turn.   Strong pack work off a won lineout led to Captain Blair and Adam combining for another score for the visitors.  Halftime score: 3 - 1  Vicars.
 
The third quarter started with both teams putting all on the line.   With excellent phase play the Twits drove to the Vicars line and a blocked kick in the end zone led to a 5-meter Burnaby scrum.  The men in blue secured their own ball and pushed over the line for a try.   The Vicars responded with energy.   Good back field passing left Randy with all the room he needed to put the Vicars back up by two.  
 
The fourth quarter was a battle.  The Twits were not keen to lose..  The Vicars were to play defence for the rest of the game.   Three minutes into the last quarter, Burnaby was rewarded with their third try.   After a stretch of excellent phase play and ball retention by Burnaby, too many Vicars found themselves stuck in a ruck.  Big overlap for the Twits and now it was a one-point match.  
 
In the end it was Cash who closed out the day.  He stepped through a Burnaby ruck, stole the ball, fed it back to Mike, who found touch to end the game.  Final score 4 - 3 Vicars for a hard fought win in their first match of the 2019 season.
 
The hosting was a friendly affair with players from both sides getting together over a pint to discuss the game.   Man of the Match was Captain Blair Williams for the Vicars and Geddes (sorry to the fellow for most likely getting his name wrong) for the Twilighters.  The bus ride home was a fun affair.  It is always better to ride home winners!!
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Rugby Referees in Crisis in Central Okanagan

The Okanagan Rugby Referees Society (ORRS) will not provide referee services to games being played in the spring of 2019.  They have virtually no one left to referee.  If a solution is not found, coaches will have to find their own referees this season.

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Central Okanagan Rugby Blueprint Released for 2019 Programs

There's a lot more to local rugby than most people are aware of.  It is the tapestry of these many programs and services that is increasing the quantity and quality of rugby players from the Central Okanagan. 

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