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CORE Sets New Five-Year Goals

As CORE enters its 10th full year of operations, it has established an aggressive set of goals to further grow and develop the sport of rugby in the Central Okanagan.  These goals intend to make the Central Okanagan a major rugby development region in the country.

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12 Locals Make Provincial Rugby Teams

Twelve Central Okanagan rugby youth have been selected to provincial rugby teams and will compete in Western Canada championship tournaments this summer.  They are:

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Hundreds Take Part in Youth Touch Rugby in 2019

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 the younger (aged 8 to 9) Touch Sevens playoffs, six teams learned the fundamental team skills associated with the sport of rugby, while playing matches with their coaches as scrum half. League rules were altered to suit this group, including the players being allowed to drop a pass and pick it back up without it being a turnover. At the conclusion of the regular season, the league was split into two tiers for playoffs. The Pirates continued their dominance from the regular season, defeating the Kings in a close match to claim the Tier One Cup Championship. In Tier Two, the Ospreys fended off a late season charging Cheetahs squad for the Bowl. 

In the older (aged 10 to 12) Touch Sevens playoffs, eight teams operated independently on the field, with their coaches supporting them from the sidelines. In the Cup semi-finals, both lower seeded teams upset their higher ranking opponents, setting up a final that featured two teams that kept getting better thoughout the season.  In the end, the Falcons proved to be too much for the Harlequins winning by two tries and lifting the Cup. The Bowl final featured a Wasps team that showed their pedigree, defeating a hard working Saracens squad. 

The season also featured ten youth referees, who have graduated out of youth rugby and have returned as a solid group of match officials.  Next year's group already has three eager additions to the officiating team, who will match-up in a mentor and head referee support system.

The growth of the Youth Rugby program is not possible without the support of our corporate and support sponsors, as well as the registered coaching and support staff, which reached 85 adults strong this year. 

Youth rugby continues to grow in Kelowna!

Photos from the final weekend can be seen here.
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Glenmore are Elementary Touch Rugby Champs in 2019

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!

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New Summer Touch Season Starts Strong

The 10th season of Okanagan Summer Touch launched last night, with 14 teams in 2 different leagues playing their first league games of the season.  260 athletes fill out the rosters of the 14 mixed teams of male and female athletes.  

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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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