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