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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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.
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.
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.
2019 is an important year for the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts (CORE) non-profit rugby development society. It seeks to achieve its five-year goal of 1,000 touch rugby players in the Central Okanagan. It intends to increase rugby services to 13 - 18 year old players. It will launch a new five-year plan to expand girl's/women's rugby in the Central Okanagan. Most importantly, it will initiate its quest to establish a home for rugby in the Central Okanagan.
The last couple of years have seen incredible success for both men and women’s youth rugby athletes from the Thompson Okanagan. Teams from the Thompson Okanagan Rugby Alliance (TORA) have won a variety of medals at the extremely competitive Provincial Regional Championships (PRCs), including a U-16 Men's Silver Medal in 2018, a 2017 U-18 Women's Gold Medal, and a 2017 U-14 Men's Bronze Medal. In addition, 2018 saw 43 players from the TORA contingent invited to Team BC try-outs with 17 players selected to Team BC!
This past weekend the Vicars travelled to Vancouver and the historic Brockton Oval at Stanley Park to take on the Evergreens. It was a beautiful day with a soft pitch, lots of sunshine, a little bit of cloud, and one full moon.
The Vicars did a great job filling the bus with players and a few fans as well. There were near 30 Vicars on the bus and everyone that wanted on the field got there. They were joined by their regular valley player Aaron Zimmer as well as a familiar face to many, Mike Roberts. The younger guys on the club will remember Mike from his days in Kelowna organizing many different rugby events for the high schools. Many commented that it was an honour to take the pitch at the same time as this fine gentleman.
CORE Annual General Meeting is November 24, 2018 @ 6 PM at the Capri Hotel
It's going to be an interesting AGM.