'Sure Tie' or 'Risky Win/Loss Gamble'?

You may remember the 1996 movie 'Tin Cup', when fictional pro golfer Roy McEvoy (played by Kevin Costner) takes a 12 on the 18th hole of U.S. Open to lose a tournament that was his to win. He did not lose because his nerves got to him. He lost because he refused to 'lay up', which is playing conservatively, positioning the ball in a spot that is less than the maximum distance he could have reached. In Roy's wee wooden head, the ethics of being true to himself, playing gutsy and memorable golf, was more important than any win would be.

Rugby Canada faced a similar situation on Saturday in their 2018 Canada Sevens game against a key rival - the USA. After a 19 - 19 tie with Australia earlier in the pool, a second tie for Canada versus US would have assured us at least a 2nd place finish in our pool. This would have put us into the top-8 side of the tournament and anything could have happened on Sunday.

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2018 Thompson-Okanagan PRC Coaches Announced

Over the past several years, the Thompson-Okanagan Rugby Alliance (TORA) rep rugby teams have been improving their performance at the Provincial Regional Championships (PRCs). In 2017, these improvements included the TORA U18 Girls winning gold and the TORA U14 Boys winning bronze. More than 1000 athletes on 48 regional teams from B.C. compete annually at this provincial tournament. Youth provincial teams are selected from the athletes who participate in the PRCs.

The coaches for 2018 have been identified and are listed below. We are very pleased that the following coaches will be coordinating TORA teams on June 30 - July 2 at Burnaby Lake this year.

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Much-Needed Level 2 Coaches Added to Okanagan

Ten rugby coaches, most of them from the Okanagan, completed the World Rugby Level 2 coaching training on Friday and Saturday of last week. BC Rugby coaching specialists Conan Cooper and Darcy Patterson delivered the training, which included the coaching process, designing a practice, coaching core rugby skills, and functional role analysis and selection.

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Mini-Rugby/Touch Rugby Registration Begins March 6

The City of Kelowna has released its Activity and Program Guide for Spring 2018. Parents of young touch rugby players can register their children beginning March 6 at 7:30 AM. Parents are encouraged to register right away to assure a space for your child in these popular programs.

You can register in a variety of ways. Online registration can be done here, beginning on March 6. Just type in the keyword 'rugby' into the search box and select either the Rugby Mini or Rugby Touch Sevens programs. You can also phone in your registration by dialling 250-469-8800 on or after March 6 at 7:30 AM. You can even register in-person at the Parkinson Rec Centre, located at 1800 Parkinson Way in Kelowna.

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Kelowna to Host Major Rugby Championship

Kelowna will host the Western Canada U16 Rugby XVs Championships for the next three years. The top U16 male and female athletes from the four western provinces will compete in Kelowna each summer in 2018, 2019, and 2020. This year's competition will be held at Parkinson Rec Centre from July 26 - 29.

Eight boy's teams and six girl's teams from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia will compete over the four-day tournament at the Parkinson Rec Centre. 330+ of the best U16 players in Canada will enjoy the Okanagan sunshine while playing their favorite game.

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Six Teams Declare For Okanagan Senior High Rugby

Six rugby teams in the Okanagan have indicated they will run Boy's XVs sides in 2018. Congratulations to the following coaches and schools for continuing to provide their athletes with access to the very inclusive game of rugby XVs.

Fulton (AA) - Coach Mike Scheller
Kelowna (AAA) - Coach Dave Marfleet
Okanagan Mission (AAA) - Coach Mike Ross
Penticton (AAA) - Coach Ken Sommerfeldt
Salmon Arm (AAA) - Coach Greg Seed
Vernon (AA) - Coach Stuart McKnight

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2018 Projected to Break Records in Local Rugby

Local rugby organizers are projecting that more than 750 athletes will participate in rugby-related programs this spring. This will be the highest-ever level of spring rugby participation in the Central Okanagan.

550 (73%) of those players will enjoy local spring touch rugby programs, including the Crows mini-rugby program (ages 4 - 7), the community touch rugby programs (ages 8 - 15), and the elementary touch sevens league (ages 9 - 11). 150 (20%) of the athletes will be playing rugby XVs in local schools and clubs, and 50 (7%) will participate in the Olympic sport of rugby sevens.

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CORE Board Meeting Minutes - February 12, 2018

CORE Board Meeting Minutes
Monday, February 12, 2018

In Attendance: Clare Cassan, Marshall Corbett, George Curran, Barry Ebl, Chris Haynes, Doug Manning, Chris Ward, Darek Worrall

The meeting started at 7:03 PM.

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Rugby Centre 2017 Update

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"So, I heard there is some Rugby Centre being developed in Kelowna. Is this true?"

In a couple of words - sort of. Pull up a chair and let me tell you the story....

Five or six years ago, a group of hearty and hopeful local rugby enthusiasts presented the City of Kelowna with an opportunity. We offered to build a Rugby Centre of Excellence on City-owned fields. In return for raising the funds to build such a Rugby Centre, the Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts society asked the City to grant them the right to operate the use of the building for a really long time.

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2017 CORE Annual General Meeting Minutes

Central Okanagan Rugby Enthusiasts
2017 Annual General Meeting Minutes
Saturday, November 25, 2017 @ The Capri Hotel

The meeting began at 6:10 PM.
52 individuals were in attendance, 36 of them Voting Members.
The meeting met quorum requirements of the Society.

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