10 Grand Raffle-Draw 30th Nov 19

After a few years off, Westshore/Velox RFC are holding our third annual $10000 raffle.
Only 200 tickets will be sold and the winner will take home $10000!
$100 may seem like a lot of money but your odds of winning a $10000 are very high compared to other raffles/lotteries and be sure to partner up or get a group together to get in on as many tickets as possible.
These tickets always sell out very fast!!!

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Was a great night of rugby at Westshore RFC, an amazing experience. With a combined team of Valkyries, CW, COW, Comox and UVIC players wearing BCRU jerseys taking on the Hong Kong National 7’s team in 4 games.  There was many Canadian National Senior Women’s team members, present representing for Team Vancouver Island side.  There was 4 games played with lots of speed and agility from both sides under the lights on a warm rainy night!!!    With longtime Westshore RFC sponsor Sizzling Tandoori providing meals for hosting after the game.

 Team was made up of the following BC/Canada members
Westshore Valkyries
  • Amanda Thornborough
  • Caity Mattinson
  • Clare Akuma
  • Erin Geddie
  • Elissa Alarie
  • Nakisa Levale


  • Laura Russell


  • Paula Simpson


  • Julia Folk
  • Britany Gardiner
  • Danica Pedrick
  • Sara Einarson
  • Sya Trafford


  • Sydney Burchnall
  • Nicole Gamm


Westshore is conducting a fundraiser!!!
1/2 side of organically raised Cowichan Beef!!
Only 250 tickets/$20 each…Going Quick!!!
Draw is 30th Nov 19
See Barbara Mervin on Thursdays at the club, 250-661-0974 or PM her to get your tickets!!


Aaron Hersant is leading the charge with another duty for the club as the Quartermaster…setting up and ordering clothing for everyone.
Check out the link for items (same as attached pics below)
Contact him directly for any questions or submitting orders.
Happy shopping!!
Cut off dates vary based on time of year and amounts for orders placed.
Aaron Hersant


Westshore Junior Team Coaches 2019-2020 Season

Westshore RFC has an amazing Junior program with incredible coaching staff.  Resulting in many of our players making Canadian age grade teams, as they make their way into the senior ranks.  We are very proud to introduce our Junior Boys and Girls Coaching Staff for the upcoming 2019-2020 Season.


Westshore Women’s Team Coaches 2019-2020 Season


Barbara Mervin, a Flanker/Backrow player was born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, and raised in Peterborough Ontario. She is affiliated with the Peterborough Pagans RFC in Ontario. She won her first provincial title in the U19 Ontario league in 2000.  She attended and played for the Western University Mustangs RFC from 2002-2006, winning the CIS Rookie of the Year award in 2002, and Player of the Year Award in 2005.  While winning 2 CIS National Titles during her time at Western, and earning a Bachelor’s Degree in art history.  She was also selected for the Senior Ontario provincial teams in 2006 and 2007. In 2006 she moved across Canada to Victoria, BC, joining the Velox Valkyries RFC for the past 13 years to present day (2019), earning 6 BC Provincial Championships and 9 BC runner up Finalist appearances.  She has been the team Captain from 2008-2010, and again in 2015-2016.  Moving into the Coaching roles as well in 2017-2018. During these years Barbara made the Rugby Canada national senior team debuting in 2005 against New Zealand and with the Sevens team in 2008 in Amsterdam. She has earned a total of 25 caps for NSWT 15’s and 7 caps for NSWT 7’s play, including winning the Las Vegas 7’s Tournament in 2012  .  She was selected for 3 RWCs, playing in the 2010 in Spain, 2014 in France earning a silver medal for 2nd place finish, and ending with the 2017 RWC in Ireland. Winning Rugby Canada’s Gillian Florence Award in 2015 for the RC Women’s Player of the Year.  She has been a staple on the BC provincial teams since 2007, and has won numerous premier BC provincial championships with the Velox Valkyries’ team.  She established herself in the field of sports modeling career as well, with features such in Beauty of Sports edition for Sportsnet Magazine in 2013.  Barbara is currently married to long time Velox/Westshore Men’s and NSMT alumni player Clay Panga.  She earned a diploma in fashion design from the Pacific Design Academy in Victoria and is now the founder of APTOELLA  RUGBY APPAREL, a rugby clothing line for women. Here is her website; http://aptoella.com/

Westshore Men’s Team Coaches 2019-2020 Season

Westshore would like to announce Aaron Frisby as the Men’s Head Coach, and Nanyak Dala as Forwards Coach for the 2019-2020 season.


Aaron, originally from NZ, first joined Velox Valhallians in 2004 at the Gordon Head facilities as a starting player on the Men’s Premier teams, continuing to play on both Premier and 1st Div teams until 2015 in the backfield and full back. During this time he started his coaching career in 2004 with age grade teams for the youth/junior programs for Velox in the grass root era coaching every team up to and including U18’s. Aaron was part of the Executive Council as the Director of Rugby Operations for 2 years from 2009-2011, before taking over as the Head Coach for the Velox Premier Women’s Valkyries team, leading them to a BCRU Provincial Title in 2011. He has represented four Super League teams as a player over his career: Crimson Tide, Vancouver Island Raiders, Calgary Mavericks and the Prairie Fire. Aaron took on the role as Player/Head Coach for the first time for the Velox Men’s program from 2011-2014, winning both the VIRU Times and Cowichan Cups, with multiple semi-final BCRU Provincial finalists during this time frame. He was then selected by BCRU Staff as Head Coach to lead provincial teams, starting in 2015 with the BC Men’s and Women’s Next Gen 7’s Teams, and BC Women’s 15’s Team: positions he continues presently to this day. Which lead to him to be included as the 2018 Crimson Tide Men’s 15’s co-Coach. During the past 3 years Aaron has again taken on his Player/Coach role leading the Westshore Velox 3rd Div Men’s team to back to back BCRU Provincial Champions for 2017 & 2018 seasons. Before taking the reigns as the Head Coach for the Men’s Premier team last season, narrowly missing a playoff spot in the BC Provincials.

When asked about his coaching history listed above, he responded “I started my coaching career at Velox in 2004 with age grade teams, coaching every team from the U18s, Third div men, premier women and the top men’s side at the club over a 9 year period. After some successful years coaching provincial 7s and 15s programs, it’s great to be able to step back into the club at an exciting time at Westshore.” When asked further on the direction of the club, he stated “Things are starting to click at the club with the premier women on top, the third div on top and the men returning to the Premiership, everything is heading in the right direction at Westshore. We have a core group of players within the men’s program that can start to make waves in the premier division and I’m excited to see what they can do this coming season.”


Nanyak Ponzin Gideon Dala was born in the central plateau state in the city of Jos, Nigeria in early 1980’s.  Moving to the city of Durban, located in the eastern province of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa with his family at the age of 12 in 1996. It was here that he started playing rugby for Glenwood high school team in the #8 position, lacing up for the Glenwood Falcons – the High School Old Boys team as well.  Nanyak quickly achieved selection for higher play for age grade levels representing Kwazulu-Natal provincial teams through much of his high school years, and being selected as the MVP for the provincial U20 team in 2003.

His family immigrated to North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada also in 2003 due his father’s profession in the medical field. Where in 2004 at the age of 20 he moved to nearby Saskatoon to start his higher education at the University of Saskatchewan.  Nanyak continued his love for rugby again joining the Saskatoon Wild Oats RFC as a Flanker for the next 4 years, reaching the provincial finals with his team every year, and capturing the provincial champions in 2005.  He was a member of the Saskatchewan Prairie Fire in the Rugby Canada Super League (RCSL) for the 2005 to 2007 seasons where they were the Western Champions and runner ups for the national title each year, and winning the McTier Cup as National Champs in 2007.  Nanyak had caught the eye of Rugby Canada (RC) through all this hard work, but passed up the opportunity to go to the Rugby World Cup (RWC) in 2007, choosing to finish his studies instead, graduating with a Bachelor of Commence in early 2008.

Nanyak moved to Victoria, BC in 2008 to continue his playing career with RC, as he started playing club rugby for the Oakbay Castaway Wanders in premier Men’s action as a flanker, winning the Rounsfell Cup as the BC premier league provincial champions in 2011.  During this time Nanyak was also a member of the newly formed Canadian Rugby Championship (CRC) (replacement for the RCSL) Prairie Wolf Pack team from 2010-2016, winning the McTier Cup as a national champion once again in 2015, with achieving runner up for 5 additional years at this level.

Nanyak joined the RC national 15s team with his 1st cap on 02 Jun 2007 at the Churchill Cup in Twickenham, England with a sound win over the USA.  He continued to represent Canada at 2 Rugby World Cups (RWC) in both 2011 and 2015, earning 37 caps and scoring 4 international tries before playing his last 15s match on 6 Oct 2015 with a win over Romania.  Nanyak was also a member of Canadas National 7s team at the same time starting in 2008, playing in the 2010 Common Wealth Games in India, and winning a gold medal in Mexico at the 2011 Pan Am Games.  He played in the RWC for 7’s action in both 2009 in Dubai and 2013 in Russia, captaining the team from 2012-2013 seasons. Finishing his last international 7s game for Canada in Sydney, Australia in Feb 2016.

He coached at St. Michaels High School from 2008 through to 2017 focusing on grades 10-12. As well at CW in the 2017-2018 season as an assistant Coach and player for Men’s premier action. Before joining Westshore Velox RFC for the start of the 2018-2019 season as a an assistant/forwards coach, where he will continue on with Men’s team for 2019-2020 Season.

Nanyak was self-employed as a contractor for RC over the past many years, before currently working for Capital City Fire and Safety as a Fire and Safety Technician.  He is very passionate about junior development and involvement, looking forward to growing the junior catchment of players in the Westshore area through club and schools academy programs with the grass root rugby type of sessions. He is enthusiastic when asked his thoughts, stating “Was excited to work with some top rugby minds and people to help build a strong rugby foundation in the Westshore, spearheaded by the ME’s and championship winning Women’s premier teams at Westshore RFC.”



Westshore Board of Directors would like to announce the clubs new Men’s Premier Reserve Coach, David ” Tito” Phillips.  Who is also the Director of Men’s and Junior Boys Rugby for the 2nd year now on the Board of Directors.  “Tito” is a long time Velox/Westshore player for over a decade, who has held positions on the Board of Directors, most recently as the Director of Fields and Equipment. Has volunteered in coaching our junior program for many years, as well assist with the Men’s senior teams. Tito graduated from Massey University in NZ with a Bachelor of Business Studies, majoring in Sport Management with a minor in Marketing & Sports Performance. Tito was the Community Engagement and Market Research Coordinator for 2 years with the Manawatu Turbos RFC, while also conducting match day liaison between Sky TV media and the teams. He also spent a year as the Director of Event Planning for Sport Manawatu. He has always worked hard to support youth/junior rugby programs, as he was the Youth Tournament Coordinator for the Manawatu Basketball and Volleyball teams: as he continues to now take the reins for the Westshore Junior program. Tito will be a great asset with his skill sets and love for grass roots programs!!!

Westshore represents on Crimson Tide Teams 2019

Westshore RFC was proudly represented with 16 players and 4 staff members for the 3 teams of Crimson Tide Men’s U23, Snr Men’s, and Snr Women’s.  All teams solidly won out over Vancouver Island North Tsunami to represent the island against Vancouver mid May.  With results from last weekend in Vancouver: U23 team won over Vancouver Wave 26-24.  Men lost 46-18 to Vancouver. Womens win 6 straight Ruth Hellerund Brown Championships with 2 wins over Vancouver 87-12 and 85-17.



Westshore members (8): Kyle White, Desmond Downer, Aaron Hersant, Oli Adams, Isaac Gonevou, Jonny Buck, Gavin Kilpatrick, Jordy Makela.


Westshore members (15): Saman Repazoul, Aaron Hersant, Jason Gagnier, Ben “Mingie” Brill, Cole Mosychuck, Jordan Tait, Shane Dagg, Desmond Downer, Bryce McKinnon, Thomas Isherwood, Isaac Gonevou, Neil Hagerty. Coach Clay Panga, Nanyak Dala. Manager John Lyall.


Westshore members (6): Chelsey Minter, Val Wideski, Amanda Thornborough, Paige Farrier, Elissa Alarie. Coach Char Haley.

Mark Wyatt Inducted into Local, BC Provincial and National Sports Hall of Fames

Mark Wyatt is a long time member of the Velox Valhallians and newly minted Westshore RFC.  As a player, Coach, Board of Director, President of our club and as a developer/builder of the rugby community at all levels.  He was inducted for his individual efforts and career into shaping and contributing to the sport of rugby as a player  into the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2002, UVIC Sports Hal of Fame in 2005, BCRU Hall of Fame in 2007, BC Sports Hall of Fame in Dec 2016.  He was once again inducted as part of the 1991 World Cup Canadian Team in May 2018.  With the latest induction into the Rugby Canada Hall of Fame in Mar of this year.  Below are the various articles documenting these events.


He was first inducted as an individual player into the Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.  Article link below:



Next Mark was inducted into the University of Victoria Sports Hall of Fame in 2005, after playing for the Vikes from 1982-1987:



Mark was one of the first players inducted into the BCRU Hall of Fame upon its inception in 2007.




Vancouver, BC – December 20, 2016: With 29 international caps for Canada between 1982 and 1991, Mark Wyatt recently joined the BC Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Inductees. Wyatt started his rugby career playing at Victoria High School. He later on played for James Bay Athletic Association, University of Victoria (where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Coaching Studies), Velox Rugby Football Club and Vancouver Island Crimson Tide.

During his illustrious rugby career, Wyatt represented Canada with 30+ caps, including at the 1987 and 1991 Rugby World Cups and less than a decade ago was inducted into the BC Rugby Hall of Fame. Known for his kicking skills, Wyatt set a Canadian record in 1987 against Ireland when he scored 21 points including 6-for-6 penalty kicks. In 1991 during the Rugby World Cup, against Scotland, Wyatt set a world record with 8 penalty kick goals. As Captain, he led Canada to its best ever World Cup finish, reaching the quarterfinals before falling to the New Zealand All-Blacks.  Mark was very active with Canada 7’s play as well in the pre-circuit era.  Amassing over 40+ caps with 8 years with Hong Kong 7’s, 2 years playing for Sydney and Scotland 7’s.

After leaving the National Team at age 30, Wyatt acted as a rugby coach at Shawnigan Lake School. He now serves as the President of the Westshore Velox Rugby Football Club as well as a board director of the Canadian Rugby Foundation.

The 51st Induction Class will be formally inducted to the BC Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the annual Banquet of Champions at the Vancouver Convention Centre West.

BC Rugby would like to congratulate Mark Wyatt on this amazing honour and thank him for being a loyal and outstanding member of the BC Rugby community.



Vancouver – May 31, 2018: Last night, in a star-studded gala at Parq Vancouver, the BC Sports Hall of Fame inducted the Canadian Men’s 1991 Rugby World Cup Team as part of their Class of 2018.  This was a fantastic piece of recognition for a side that was chock full of BC players (23 of 26 individuals) and produced Canada’s best ever result in a Rugby World Cup, reaching the Quarter Finals.

The Class of ’91 are the stuff of legends in the rugby world, household names for rugby families not just in this country, but around the world, particularly the UK where a number of them consolidated their careers.  Looking down the roster, names leap off the page as if someone has constructed a Dream Team of that era.  While some of these individuals have already received personal induction into the BC Sports Hall of Fame, it was a particularly proud moment to see this team being recognized for its achievement.  At the packed Induction Gala last night, almost a third of the 90 tables in the venue were taken up by members of the Canadian rugby community, gathered to celebrate this wonderful occasion.  The significance of what the Canadian Men’s team achieved at the 1991 Rugby World Cup was reiterated to all in attendance.  A “minnow country” in world rugby at that time, defying the odds to qualify for the Quarter Finals for the first time, outscoring reigning champions New Zealand All Blacks in the second half of that match and securing a record high world ranking of 8th.  Canadian rugby royalty seems a suitable moniker given the success that this team achieved and the lasting impact they have had on the sport, not just in Canada, but worldwide.

What is especially noteworthy of this list of players, is how many of them have spent significant chunks of their lives giving back to the sport that we all know and love.  Gareth Rees, one of Canada’s most well-known players and the country’s first inductee in the World Rugby Hall of Fame, has been involved in various guises with Rugby Canada.  David Speirs dedicate himself to fostering young rugby talent via the BCSSRU, Paul Szabo works tirelessly at Burnaby Lake RFC, while Mark Wyatt coached at Shawnigan Lake and currently serves as president for Westshore Velox RFC. Gary Dukelow was on hand in Dublin this summer as Assistant Coach to the Canadian Women’s XV during the Women’s Rugby World Cup and Patrick Palmer coached the Canadian Men’s Sevens prior to his current role at St George’s School.  There’s Eddie Evans, a huge supporter of developing rugby across the province and internationally, past President of BC Rugby John Lecky and Tom Woods, who is heavily involved in developing the youth program at James Bay AA.  Rod Holloway, Forwards coach for the team is still very much involved in the game, notable now as the Chair of BC Rugby’s Appeals Committee.


The 1991 Canadian Rugby World Cup Team:

Bruce Breen                (Meraloma)

Al Charron                   (Ottawa Irish)

Gary Dukelow             (Cowichan)

Glen Ennis (VC)           (Kats Rugby Club)

Eddie Evans                 (UBCOB Ravens)

John Graf                     (UBCOB Ravens)

Steve Gray                   (Kats Rugby Club)

Norm Hadley              (UBCOB Ravens)

Dan Jackart                  (UBCOB Ravens)

Jeff Knauer                  (Meraloma)

John Lecky                   (Meraloma)

Dave Lougheed          (Toronto Welsh)

Gord MacKinnon        (Ex Brit Lions)

Patrick Palmer            (UBCOB Ravens)

Roy Radu                     (James Bay AA)

Gareth Rees                (Oak Bay Castaways)

John Robertsen           (UBCOB Ravens)

David Speirs                (Meralomas)

Christian Stewart        (Meralomas)

Scott Stewart               (UBCOB Ravens)

Karl Svoboda               (Ajax Wanderers)

Paul Szabo                   (Ex Brit Lions)

Chris Tynan                 (Meraloma)

Ron van den Brink      (Kats Rugby Club)

Tom Woods                 (James Bay AA)

Mark Wyatt (C)            (Velox Valhallians)


Mark will be inducted into the Canadian Rugby Sports Hall of Fame as a player on 26 Apr at Fairmont Empress Hotel.


Tickets for event: