Twelve Central Okanagan rugby youth have been selected to provincial rugby teams and will compete in Western Canada championship tournaments this summer. They are:
The number of players just keeps growing in touch rugby! The CORE 2019 Youth Rugby season featured fun for 375 athletes, with over 150 Mini Rugby players (aged 4 to 7), playing developmental rugby-themed games and another 225 Touch Sevens players (aged 8 to 12) competing in league play.
In 2019, the School District # 23 Co-ed Elementary Touch Rugby League had 16 schools entering in league play with 332 grade 4, 5, and 6 students learning the sport of touch rugby from teacher and community coaches. Two of the schools had such a large turnout that they were able to field two sides in both the league and wrap-up tournament (Glenmore Elementary and Rose Valley Elementary).
After a six week season, 14 of the schools were available to compete in the full day wrap-up tournament on June 12th, at Parkinson Rec. Fields. June 12th was a very hot day and after pool play, the league was left with four tiers of finals.
The 2019 Champions are:
Tier 4 - Hudson Road Elementary
Tier 3 - Aberdeen Hall
Tier 2 - Anne McClymont Elementary
Tier 1 - Glenmore Elementary
In the tier 1 playoffs, Glenmore Elementary 1 defeated their teammates Glenmore Elementary 2 in the first semi-final and Mar Jok Elementary defeated George Pringle Elementary in the second. Glenmore Elementary 1 showed that the age-old saying "defense wins championships" still remains true as they were able to limit the space available to Mar Jok in the final, winning their school's second championship and lifting the Ken Boe Cup to conclude the season.
A big thank you goes out to all of the teachers and community volunteers who donated their time to teach the core values and skills associated with the sport of rugby to the youth in the school district. We look forward to another exciting year in 2020!
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.