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WEEKEND SUMMARY-13 Oct 18

Results were:

Womens : Lost 41-21 to Comox
Mens Premier Reserve: Lost 31-18 to JBAA.
Mens Premier: Lost 21-15 to JBAA.

Next Week:

Youth U11 away to Nanaimo for Island Jamboree #2 on Sunday 21 Oct from 11am-1pm.

Junior Girls (U12-19) away to Kamloops 7’s for the weekend.

50th ANNIVERSARY EVENT- It’s the clubs 50th anniversary this year and the celebration will be a full day of rugby and events for all ages. All times to be announced as the become available.  Games on tap:

– Junior Boys KO at 10:30am
– Women vs Cowichan KO at 11:30am
– Premier Reserve vs Rowers KO at 1pm
– Premier vs Rowers KO at 2:45pm

Events include:
– Rookie Rugby
– 50/50 Draw
– Old Boys Tent
– Sizzling Tandori will be onsite

This is sure to be an event not to miss for players past and present. There will be special guests in attendance to give speeches on the clubs history and where we have come from. Shuttles will be available in the evening to a sponsor pub. Please come out and join us celebrating this clubs great history on 20 Oct!

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-29 Sep 18

Results were:

Mens 3rd Div: Game cancelled-moved to 6 Oct.

Womens : Won 35-34 over CW
Mens Premier Reserve: Lost 74-5 to UBC in Vancouver.
Mens Premier: Lost 42-15 to UBC in Vancouver.

Next Week: Thanksgiving Sat 06 Oct 18

Mens 3rd Div: Home vs Comox KO 1 PM

CLUB ANNOUNCMENTS

THURSDAY NIGHT TOUCH- This Thursday night from 6:30-8pm on the grass field, with food and drinks afterwards in the club house.  All are welcome to attend and participate.

50th ANNIVERSARY EVENT- It’s the clubs 50th anniversary this year and the celebration will be a full day of rugby and events for all ages. All times to be announced as the become available.  Games on tap:

– Thirds vs Cowichan
– Women vs Cowichan
– Premier Reserve vs Rowers
– Premier vs Rowers

Events include:
– Rookie Rugby
– 50/50 Draw
– Old Boys Tent
– Sizzling Tandori will be onsite

This is sure to be an event not to miss for players past and present. There will be special guests in attendance to give speeches on the clubs history and where we have come from. Shuttles will be available in the evening to a sponsor pub. Please come out and join us celebrating this clubs great history on 20 Oct!

BREWIS ELECTRICAL
 
Westshore RFC would like to thank returning sponsor Brewis Electrical located at 638 Hillside Drive.
 
From their website “Brewis Electric Generators of Victoria, was established in 1984 to service the surrounding area and provide residents with all their standby electric power solutions. Our staff of knowledgeable, dedicated professionals takes pride in providing outstanding, personalized service to our customers and our community. Call us today and become one of our many satisfied customers.”
 
Call for your electrical needs including generators, pumps and switches today…and tell them you are from Westshore RFC!!!
 
Website: http://brewisgenerators.com/
located at 638 Hillside Drive
Phone: 250-383-5157
Email: genservice@brewiselectric.com
Owner: Mark Wyatt

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Westshore RFC would like to welcome international 7’s/15 Rugby Canada alumni Nanyak Dala to our Coaching team and family.

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-22 Sep 18

Results were:

Mens 3rd Div: Game cancelled

Womens : Won 53-10 vs Cowichan
Mens Premier Reserve: Won 36-31 vs Cowichan for Times Cup points
Mens Premier: Bye

Next Week: Sat 29 Sep 18

Womens : Away vs CW KO 11:30am

Mens Premier Reserve: Away vs UBC in Vancouver KO 1pm
Mens Premier: Away vs UBC in Vancouver KO 230pm

Sun 30 Sep 18

Mens 3rd Div: Home vs Comox KO 1pm, awaiting confirmation due to game moved from Sat to Sun.

JUNIORS:

U14 Boys 12 noon at JBAA. Contact Director of Men’s Juniors: Gary Beels.

U14 girls, Time TBD at Campbell River.  Contact Director of Juniors: Marlene Donaldson.

U16/18 girls, Time TBD at Nanaimo.  Contact Director of Juniors: Marlene Donaldson.

Elite 7’s Girls Time TBD at Shawnigan Lake. Contact Director of Juniors: Marlene Donaldson.

YOUTH:

Island Jamboree in Campbell River from 11 am-1pm.  Contact Director of Youth: Kelly Hanvey.

CLUB ANNOUNCMENTS

MEDICAL FORMS: The Trainers have a medical form for everyone to fill out again this year. However, if you are a returning player and we already have your full medical form, we have a one-page document for you to update changes from the last year. All new players need to fill out the full form. These can be printed off (located on FB group pages) and brought to them or you can fill them out on your computer and send to them (Emily Peck/Kevin Sommerfeld).

CAR RALLY 2018 WINNERS: The team of Jason Gagnier, Aaron Frisby, Nanyak Dala and Julie MacDonald were the top team completing the Car Rally/Scavenger hunt with the most points.  Was a great team building social event enjoyed by all that participated.  Thanks goes out to Dale Grimston and Jason Gagnier for the event.

FOR GOODLIFE VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED MARATHON: Its that time of year again! Please let Clay Panga know if you are available to volunteer for the marathon water station set up and run by Westshore RFC members. This was a lot of fun last year and many are looking forward to doing it again! Our station is completed by 10am usually, so do not worry about missing that Thanksgiving Turkey. This brings revenue into our club for running a water station for the event, which supports our clubs operating costs that is part of our annual fund raising efforts. Come on out and volunteer!!!!

SPONSOR

BELFOR PROPERTY RESTORATION: VICTORIA

Westshore RFC would like to thank new sponsor Belfor Property Restoration located at 4216 Glanford Ave.

From their website “BELFOR is the largest Canadian disaster recovery and property restoration company for residential and commercial properties. BELFOR Canada operates more than 35 company-owned full-service restoration offices in eight provinces, from the mountains of Western Canada to the Atlantic coastline. We offer more services and solutions for property damage caused by water, fire, storms or mold than any recovery company in Canada. From structural security and total reconstruction, to the recovery and restoration of documents and machinery, BELFOR Canada has the in-house specialists, capabilities and technologies to handle any type of property damage or disaster. Anytime – 24 hours a day – count on a company that delivers unmatched service.  Count on BELFOR Canada.”

Drop by for your restoration needs today…and tell them you are from Westshore RFC!!!

Website: https://www.belfor.com/en/ca
located at 4216 Glanford Ave

Phone: 250-978-5556

Emergency # (24/7): 250-877-978-5558

General Manager: Rod Absolon

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-15 Sep 18

Results were:

Mens 3rd Div: Game cancelled

Womens : Won 29-10 vs Nanaimo
Mens Premier Reserve: Won 68-0 vs Nanaimo
Mens Premier: Won 47-12 vs Nanaimo

Next Week: 22 Sep 18

Womens : Away vs Cowichan KO 11:30am
Mens 3rd Div: Away vs Cowichan KO 1245pm

Mens Premier Reserve: Away vs Cowichan KO 2:30pm
Mens Premier: Bye

JUNIORS:

U14/U16/U18, 22 Sep 18 from 11am-1pm at Westshore grass field.  Contact Director of Juniors: Marlene Donaldson

YOUTH:

23 Sep 18 club practice at Westshore grass field from 10-11:30am.  Contact Director of Youth: Kelly Hanvey.

 

CLUB DUES ANNOUNCMENT

Annual club dues rates are $350 for all senior players over 19 yrs old. $300 for full time students (must prove with ID). $200 for a half season (everyone). Players paying for full season will receive 1 Tech style warm up shirt. Payable by cash or cheque (made out to Westshore RFC) to Jay Jimmo-Director of Membership. Deadline Tuesday 9th Oct (day after Thanksgiving long weekend). If dues are not paid by this date, name goes on NO PLAY LIST: unable to practice or play until dues paid in full. Payment plans are available.
This will be the last year for this type of business plan for payment. Starting next year, all club dues will be paid combined with registration at season start before 1st game played. So plan ahead for this large $500 amount

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-8 Sep 18

Results were:

Mens Premier Reserve: Exhibition game vs UVIC Norsmen lost 65-5
Mens Premier: Lost vs UVIC Vikes 57-36 (game write up below)

Next Week: 15 Sep 18

Mens 3rd Div: Home vs Nanaimo KO 1030am

Womens : Home vs Nanaimo KO noon
Mens Premier Reserve: Home vs Nanaimo KO 1:30pm
Mens Premier: Home vs Nanaimo KO 3:15pm

JUNIORS:

U14/U16/U18 girls 7’s, 16 Sep 18 from 11am-1pm in Cowichan.  Contact Director of Juniors: Marlene Donaldson

YOUTH:

TRY RUGBY Event 16 Sep 18 at Westshore grass field from 10-11:30am.  Contact Director of Youth: Kelly Hanvey.

MENS 8 SEP GAME SUMMARY: By Clancey McDonnell

Westshore’s Velox Valhallians kicked off their season with a visit to their erstwhile neighbourhood of Gordon Head to take on UVic  There was an exhibition game for the reserve teams to begin (UVic won handily) before the big boys got stuck into it.  The VVs played 50 minutes of decent rugby, interrupted by a middle 30 of crud that scuppered their plans of victory.

Starting brightly, the VVs worked their way into the Vikes’ 22, took a lineout option on a penalty, then barged their way over for a rather straightforward try.  The students hit back ten minutes later after some back and forth play, and then the teams continued to alternate possession and territory until 28 minutes in, when a yellow card against Westshore changed the flow of things considerably.

UVic scored three converted tries by the time the bin countdown was finished, and added two more in quick succession after the break.  42-5 made for ugly reading as spectators wondered just how savage the deficit would become.

At this juncture the VVs pulled up their socks and began to play properly, showing renewed resolve in defence and finding some fluency in attack by moving beyond one-out runners.  They scored three tries before the students hit back, with both teams then scoring a couple more.The final score was 57-36.

You can’t avoid tackling for half an hour against a reasonable team and expect to get a result.  Having said that there were some bright points.  Jason Gagnier showed his hunger, ploughing over for a couple of tries.  New back row recruits Cole Mosychuk and Ben Brill made an immediate impact in both attack and defence.  The pack lost one feed against the head but earned two emphatic penalties and stole another one in good field position.

The Vikes, for their part, were as expected fairly fit and mobile.  They did well in terms of continuity, and had good fortune down the right flank in particular,  Their fly-half put on on a virtuoso kicking display to boot.  Both teams had evidence of rust in ball handling as well as playing the referee.

Coach Aaron Frisby, while obviously disappointed with the loss of focus that saw the Vikes score 42 points on the bounce, said “there was enough shown on Saturday to confirm there is a lot of promise within the squad.”

WESTSHORE CAR RALLY 2018

Westshore RFC Car Rally 2018

REGISTRATION

Registration

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SEASON OPENER/WEEKEND GAMES-8 SEP 18

Tomorrow:

Mens Premier Reserve: away vs UVIC 12:45PM KO
Mens Premier: away vs UVIC 2:30PM KO

Next Week: 15 Sep 18
Womens: Home vs Nanaimo RFC for 11:30am

Mens Premier Reserve: Home vs Nanaimo RFC for 12:45pm
Mens Premier: Home vs Nanaimo RFC for 2:30pm

Men’s 3rd Div: Home vs UVIC Saxons RFC for 4pm.

YOUTH/MINI TRY RUGBY DAY EVENT #1!!!! 9 Sep 18

September 9 @ 10:00 am11:30 am

Westshore Youth/Mini program would like to invite anyone interested in the sport of rugby to come out and give it a try.

Ages 6-12 boys/girls, Everyone is welcome!!!

Westshore Rec Center Grass field #1 from 10-11:30am

Any questions please contact:

Kelly Hanvey

kellyjanehanvey@hotmail.com

westshoreyouthrugby@gmail.com

250-686-2484

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24 July 18

MENS Team Practice Announcement

First practice will be on August 16th at 6.30pm at Westshore Rec Center grass field.

First preseason game is on August 25th, home, against the Meraloma RFC.

First game of the season will be on September 8th, TBA.

Coach Aaron Frisby

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24 July 18

Family Touch rugby for Aug!!!

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22 Jul 18

Summer Touch Finals this Thursday at the club!!!!

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18 Jul 18

11 Westshore Valkyries represent at the CRCs

Westshore RFC would like to congratulate members of the BC Premier back to back Champs who are representing the BC provincial team for the Canadian Rugby Championships.  Canadian Senior National team players Amanda Thornborough and Chelsey Minter-Truck made the squad, as they have for countless years.  New members of the Canadian U20 National Women’s Team, Val Wideski and McKenzie Pusch join as well.  Long time Valkyries Randi Hunter and Courtney Sims anchor and round out the BC Team.  All are being coached by 2 Westshore members, the new Men’s head coach Aaron Frisby, and as assistant Coach Westshore Men’s team Captain Dave Phillips.  Representing the Alberta Wolf Pack are Valkyries Paige Farries, Maddy Aberg and Sarah Adriano.  With Eli Alaria and Sasha Guedes playing for the Qubec provincial team.  All of these amazing players representing at this high level, and either selected for NSWT or will be soon.  We wish them all luck playing not only for our club, but the provinces as well.

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15 July 18

Westshore RFC Junior Phoenix Skailes makes BC U15 team

Westshore RFC would like to congratulate junior girls player Phoenix Skailes on being selected for the U15 BC Provincial team for the upcoming Canadian Rugby Championships. Phoenix spent the beginning and most of her life raised in Dawson City in the Yukon until age 10, when she moved with her family to Victoria.  Her father Jimmy has been playing the sport of rugby for many years, and is currently a member of the Ebb Tide RFC.  This prompted her to want to follow in her fathers foot steps and take up the sport.  She started with the Westshore RFC Family by joining the junior girls program for the U14 team at age 12.  She continued to play rugby at Spencer High School, coached under long time Westshore Valkyrie senior women’s player Brittany Sims.  For the past 2 years Phoenix has made Junior Crimson Tide for the U14 all star team.  Now at age 14, she has made the BC U15 provincial team for the first time being held in Kelowna, BC from 26-29 July.  Her father stated “I am super proud of Phoenix.  Watching my daughter set her goals for a passion and achieve them, she works very hard due to her own drive to succeed.  We are honoured to be part of the Westshore family!!!”  Everyone at Westshore RFC family wishes Phoenix luck at the CRC’s in upcoming weeks.

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10 July 18

The Westshore RFC Board of Directors are pleased to announce an exciting new initiative. The Westshore Wizards 7’s Rugby program, spearheaded by former Canadian International Team member – Mike Scholz.

Training sessions are open to both men and women and will host free sessions to youth players throughout the year. The program was designed to cater to the ever increasing growth in sevens rugby and will provide a platform for players wanting to play sevens at a higher level.

Mike Scholz started playing rugby in his home town of Oakville, Ontario starting with the Oakville Trafalgar High School and then the Oakville Crusaders Rugby Club. In 2007 Mikes raw athleticism and natural ability would lead him to the world stage being selected to represent Canada at the U-19 World Cup in Ireland, and again in 2008 at the U-20 World Cup in Wales. A member of the mighty Niagara Thunder, and later won a CRC championship with the Ontario Blues. He won his first Senior XV’s Cap in November of 2009 in a win vs Russia and was a member of the 2011 World Cup squad. Sevens would become Mikes sole focus post 2011 World Cup as he earned his first 7s cap at Hong Kong in 2010, and was a member of the National Mens 7’s squad until 2016. He won a Pan Am Games gold medal in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011 and represented Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland in 2014. Retired due to injuries in 2016.

Westshore Wizards 2018 Season

1) Kelowna 7’s – July 28th-29th

Training sessions:
-Thursday 19th of July, 6pm @ JDF
-Thursday 26th of July, 6pm @ JDF

2) Bayside 7’s – August 25th

Training Session
-Thursday 23rd of August, 6pm @ JDF

3) Langford 7’s – September 1st

Training Session
-Thursday 30th of Aug, 6pm @ JDF

For further details please email mikescholz16@gmail.com

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30 Jun 18

Mark Wyatt inducted into BC Rugby Hall of Fame  for 2nd time.  Once as an individual and again with the 1991 World Cup Canadian Team.  Link for article below: http://westshorerfc.com/index.php/mark-wyatt-voted-into-bc-sports-hall-of-fame/

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20 Jun 18

5 Westshore RFC members join Crimson Tide All Star team

Westshore RFC was well represented on Men’s Crimson Tide this year. Congratulations on Players selected: Taylor McGuire, Foster Dewitt, Jason Gagnier, Ryan Waldriff and Aaron Frisby as Coach. Tide unfortunately lost to Vancouver Wave 52-32 final score.

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15 June 18

Westshore would like to announce Aaron Frisby as the new Men’s Head Coach for the upcoming 2018-2019 season starting in Sept.

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.

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.”

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Summer Touch Tournament-01 Jun 18

Westshore RFC is running a 6 week touch tournament this summer with a $1000.00 prize!!!

Thursday nights at JDF turf fields.

6:30-8:30 pm

If interested contact Clay Panga or show up to the field.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Annual Banquet-13 May 18

An amazing night on Friday for the Westshore Banquet that highlighted a close knit bonded family, and A LOT of outstanding work by A LOT of awesome volunteers and players!!! The Board would like to thank Clay Panga, Annie Taal and Jason Gagnier for organizing the night: Great job!

Award winners are listed below:

LIFETIME MEMBER AWARD:
Muavae Va`a, Greg Clague

CHARLETON SMITH AWARD:
Muavae Va’a

GEORGE JONES AWARD;
James Knowles, Brittany Sims

GREG CLAGUE AWARD:
Dale Grimston, Jikel Keys

PARKER JOHNSTON JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT AWARD:
Kelly Jane Hanvey

MENS PREMIER:
MVP-Foster Dewitt
Best Forward-Aidan McCleary
Best Back- Sitiveni Nacoko
Most Promising- Kyle White

MENS PREMIER RESERVE:
MVP-Matt Kemp
Best Forward-Craig Inglis
Best Back-Spencer Dunstan-Adams
Most Promising-Issac Gonevou

MENS 3RD DIV:
MVP Forward: Ryan Waldriff
MVP Back: Conrad Newell
Rookie of the year: Rahul Roy
Wylie Veteran: Jamie Charko

WOMENS PREMIER:
Best Forward – Chelsey Minter
Best Back – Amanda Thornborough
Players’ Player – Courtney Sims
Most Improved – Melissa Sims

WOMENS 2ND DIV:
MVP – Natasha Edwards
Players’ Player- Haley Hall
Most Improved – Kristen Swann
Life of the Party – Sarah Levson

FRONT ROW CLUB:
Rosie Lang
Randi Hunter

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-5 May 18

Results for the BC Provincial Finals were:

Womens Premier: Won BC Provincial over Burnaby RFC 39-7.  With back to back titles.

Mens 3rd Div: won BC Provincial over Capalano RFC 33-22. Also with back to back titles.

Congrats to all players on an outstanding achievement and season!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-21 APR 18

Results were:

Womens Premier: Quarter finals Bye

Mens 3rd Div: won BC Provincial Quarterfinals vs Chilliwack 54-33

Next Week: 28 Apr 18-BC SEMI FINALS DOUBLE HEADER

Womens Premier: Our ladies as seed 1 will play Oakbay CW as seed 4 at home, KO TBA.

Men’s 3rd Div: take on Squamish RFC at home KO TBA.

ANNUAL BANQUET: Westshore RFC annual banquet 11 May 18 tickets are on sale for $45 each.  Open to all members of the extended Westshore RFC family and age groups. I got mine…how about you? Follow Face Book event link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/913883452105045

NEW BOD: Congratulations to the new Board of Directors voted in from our AGM last week:

President: Mike Holmes

Vice President: Cam Neish

Executive Director: Clay Panga (Paid position/not voted on)

Secretary: Noel Woodward

Treasurer: Christel Hume

Director of Youth Rugby: Kelly Hanvey

Director of Junior Rugby: Marlene Donaldson

Director of Women’s Rugby: Marlene Donaldson

Director of Men’s Rugby: Mike Shelley

Director Membership/Registration: Jay Jimmo

Director of Fields/Equipment: David Phillips

Social Chairs: Men’s Jason Gagnier, Women’s Melissa Sims

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-14 APR 18

Results were:

Womens Premier: Win vs  Capilano RFC 53-24 (last Regular season game)

Womens 2nd Div: Cancelled
Mens Premier Reserve: Lost vs JBAA 21-15 (last Regular season game)
Mens Premier: Lost vs JBAA 39-20 (last Regular season game)

Next Week: 21 Apr 18

Womens Premier: Quarter final Bye due to winning Regular season in 1st place as Seed 1

Womens 2nd Div: Made quarter finals, but team had to default playoff unfortunately due to too many players not qualifying for playoffs with BCRUs rules.
Men’s 3rd Div: Play Chilliwack KO 1 PM at home.
Mens Premier Reserve: Did not make playoffs, end of season.
Mens Premier: Did not make playoffs, end of season.

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-7 APR 18

Results were:

Womens Premier: Lost vs Burnaby Lake RFC 27-7
Men’s 3rd Div: Win over Comox-Cancelled game due to Comox numbers
Mens Premier Reserve: Lost to Meralomos 38-12
Mens Premier: Win over Meralomos 41-28

Next Week: 14 Apr 18
Womens Premier: Away vs Capilano RFC for 12:45 pm

Womens 2nd Div: Home vs Scribes: Cancelled
Men’s 3rd Div: No posted game.
Mens Premier Reserve: Away 12:45pm vs JBAA
Mens Premier: Away 2:30pm vs JBAA

WHISKEY TASTING: 14 Apr 18 at Westshore Club House.  Sample some fine Whisky with a true connoisseur and great contributor to local, provincial and national rugby programs. James Buchanan, owner operator of Buchannan’s Whisky Chophouse in Calgary, Alberta will be returning to his old club in Victoria to facilitate this sensational fundraiser on April 14th at 7pm at the JDF lower clubhouse.  $50 per ticket limited to 40 tickets only.  Includes 4 drams of whisky and 4 food pairings, option of a pick up from James Bay Rugby Club at 6:00pm and drop off to Gorge Point Pub at completion of event.  Buy your tickets at link below:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/rugby-whisky-tasting-tickets-44889213847

AGM: 19th Apr at Clubhouse 8pm start.  You must be a player with dues paid in full, or a non player with paid social dues to vote.  All welcome to attend.

ANNUAL BANQUET: Westshore RFC annual banquet 11 May 18 tickets are on sale for $45 each.  Open to all members of the extended Westshore RFC family and age groups. I got mine…how about you? Follow Face Book event link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/913883452105045

SPONSORS:

BEACH RAGS: Westshore RFC would like to thank Westshore sponsor Beach Rags, owned by long time member and supporter Lori Murray,  located at 105-1483 Douglas St.

From their website “SWIMWEAR. ALL GROWN UP!”

Drop by for your upcoming spring and summer bathing suit needs today…and tell them you are from Westshore RFC!!!

Website: http://www.beachrags-swimwear.com
located at 105-1483 Douglas St.
Phone: 250-381-5858

GLENWOOD MEATS:

Westshore RFC would like to thank new Westshore sponsor Glenwood Meats located at 1245 Parkwood Dr

From their website ” Glenwood Meats is proud to offer quality cuts of meat at affordable prices to the Greater Victoria area. Please feel free to browse our site to learn more about our products and services. This website is kept up to date with our weekly specials and contains a comprehensive list of our quality meat & deli products.”

Drop by for your Barbequing and meals needs today…and tell them you are from Westshore RFC!!!

Website: http://glenwoodmeats.ca/
located at 1245 Parkwood Dr
Phone: 250-478-6328

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-28 MAR 18

Results were:

Womens Premier: Won vs Burnaby Lake RFC 69-17
Men’s 3rd Div: Lost to Port Alberni 41-31
Mens Premier Reserve: Lost to UBC 26-10
Mens Premier: Lost to UBC 48-13

Next Week: 7 Apr 18
Womens Premier: Away vs Burnaby Lake RFC for 1:00 pm

Womens 2nd Div: Away vs Scribes for 1pm
Men’s 3rd Div: Away vs Comox KO 1pm.
Mens Premier Reserve: Home 12:45pm vs Lomas
Mens Premier: Home 12:45pm vs Lomas

AGM: 19th Apr at Clubhouse 8pm start.  You must be a player with dues paid in full, or a non player with paid social dues to vote.  All welcome to attend.

ANNUAL BANQUET: Westshore RFC annual banquet 11 May 18 tickets are on sale for $45 each.  Open to all members of the extended Westshore RFC family and age groups. I got mine…how about you? Follow Face Book event link below:

https://www.facebook.com/events/913883452105045/

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-24 MAR 18

Results were:
Womens Premier: 20-0 forfeit win over Seattle RFC
Mens Premier Reserve: 53-10 loss against UVIC Norsemen
Mens Premier: 71-20 loss to UVIC Vikes
Mens 3rd Div: 50-10 win vs UVIC Jutes

Next WNext Week: Easter weekend 31 Mar 18
Womens Premier: vs Burnaby Lake RFC away for 1:00 pm
Men’s 3rd Div home at 11:30am vs Port Alberni.
Mens Premier Reserve: vs UBC RFC at home 1pm (make up game from earlier in month)
Mens Premier: vs UBC RFC at home 230pm (make up game from earlier in month)

WESTSHORE JACKET ORDER

I will be placing an order for Stormtech nylon jackets with mesh liner with our logo on the chest as displayed in pictures below. Cost is $65 which includes taxes, sizes from Small to XXXL (my size). Cash paid up front. Order will be placed on 12 Apr with a guaranteed 2 week turn around from Out Of The Blue. Minimum order is 12 units. Any questions can be directed to myself: Jay Jimmo at 250-588-1696, james.jimmo@shaw.ca

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WESTSHORE SPIKE BALL TOURNEMENT

Westshore will be hosting a Spike Ball tournament Sunday March 26 starting at 1:00pm.  This sport has been massive over the last couple years so we thought we should get a tournament together and have a bit of fun on a Sunday. Great way to get out with friends on a Sunday.  Come as a team or a single and we will pair you up entry is $5/player or $10/team prizes for first and second place. The golf course will have their beer garden open if you feel so inclined and we will also have burgers going on the BBQ.  Anyone who has a court is encouraged to please bring it out so we can get as many games going as possible.

 

 

 

 

 

WESTSHORE/VELOX ALUMNI NIGHT

Dear current and alumni members: There will be pint raised next Thursday the 29th of March for the following deceased members.

Mike Page – October 15, 2012
Joe Matthews – April 08, 2016
Paul Connolly – November 01, 2017
Gord McKay – December 22, 2017
Doug Ware – February 17, 2018

Jon Hume will be the MC and give a brief speech about these old boys. Clubhouse will be open from 7:30 for alumni and current players will be joining at the end of their respective practices. On behalf of the Executive we hope you can join us.

AGM: 19th Apr at Clubhouse 8pm start.  You must be a player with dues paid in full, or a non player with paid social dues to vote.  All welcome to attend.

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-17 MAR 18

Our Valhallians and Valkyries did a great job of winning 3 of 5 matches for the day with all away games. Including a maiden voyage with the clubs new bus to the States for men’s teams.

Results were:
Womens 2nd Div: 42-15 win over Langley RFC
Womens Premier: 65-7 win over Burnaby Lake RFC
Mens Premier Reserve: 19-15 win over Seattle RFC
Mens Premier: 71-32 loss to Seattle RFC
Mens 3rd Div: 60-7 loss to Cowichan RFC

Next Week:
Womens 2nd Div: vs Surrey RFC at home for 1130
Womens Premier: vs Seattle RFC at home for 1pm
Mens Premier Reserve: vs UVIC Norsemen RFC away 1pm
Mens Premier: vs UVIC Vikes RFC away 230pm
Mens 3rd Div: TBA

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-03 MAR 18

Our Valhallians and Valkyries did a great job of winning all 5 matches for the day at home verses Oakbay CW RFC

Results were:
Womens 2nd Div: 20-0 win over Ridge Meadows RFC
Womens Premier: 45-8 win over CW
Mens Premier Reserve: 27-15 Win over CW
Mens Premier: 29-10 win over CW
Mens 3rd Div: 50-7 win over CW

Next Week:Womens 2nd Div: away vs Langley RFC
Womens Premier: awayv s Burnaby Lake RFC
Mens Premier Reserve: away vs Seattle RFC
Mens Premier: away vs Seattle RFC
Mens 3rd Div: away vs Cowichan RFC

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WEEKEND SUMMARY-22 Jan 18

Westshore RFC teams had a great day with 4/5 wins at home vs Capilano RFC

Results were:
Womens 2nd Div: 19-5 loss to Caps
Womens Premier: 25-21 win over Caps
Mens Premier Reserve: 20-7 Win over Caps
Mens Premier: 25-21 win over Caps
Mens 3rd Div: 73-10 win over Comox RFC

Next Week:

Womens 2nd Div: home vs Ridge Meadows RFC

All other teams at home playing Oakbay CW.

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WEEKEND RESULTS – 19 Nov 17
  • -Women’s 2nd Div away game vs Rowers on 11 Nov was won 34-24.
  • -Women’s 2nd Div away game vs Ridge Meadows on 18 Nov was forfeit due to loss of too many players in last half.
  • -Women’s Premier won CW 31-29 in Oakbay.
  • -Men’s Premier Reserve lost to Meralomas 24-21 in Vancouver.
  • -Men’s Premier lost to to Meralomas 35-13 in Vancouver.
  • -Mens 3rd Div won vs UVIC 32-27.
  • U18’s boys won over JBAA 39-19 on 19th Nov.
  • U18’s girls won over North Island 59-0 with 7 Westshore members on it on 19th Nov.
NEXT WEEK- 25 Nov 17
  • -Women’s 2nd Div away game vs Caps RFC in Vancouver for 10 am.
  • -Women’s Premier away game vs Caps RFC in Vancouver for 11:30 am.
  • Men’s Premier Reserve  away game vs Caps RFC in Vancouver for 1 pm.
  • Men’s Premier away game vs Caps RFC in Vancouver for 2:30pm.
  • Mens 3rd Div at home vs COW for 1PM.
WESTSHORE HIGHLIGHED SPONPSOR OF THE WEEK

Westshore RFC would like to thank long time Velox/Westshore player/member and supporter Michael Louis Joss, owner and operator of Gorge Point Pub. Their logo states “At the Corner of good food and great people” and has always been a welcoming spot for our rugby family members. Such as the time Mike opened his doors in the early hours of a weekend morning to accommodate our club with food and breakfast while watching many of our Valkyries’ team playing in the Women’s RWC in August a few times. Swing by for a pint or some great food…and tell them you are from Westshore RFC!!!

Website: http://www.gorgepointepub.com/
located at 1075 Tillicum Rd
Phone: 250-386-5500

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WEEKEND RESULTS – 4 Nov 17
  • -Women’s 2nd Div away game vs Surrey RFC in Vancouver-Field Closure/Cancelled.
    -Women’s Premier won vs Burnaby 98-5: and even played 13 against 15 for over 10 mins.
    -Men’s Premier Reserve lost to Burnaby 35-15.
    -Men’s Premier lost to Burnaby 43-8.
    -Mens 3rd Div vs Cowichan-Cancelled.
NEXT WEEK- 11 Nov 17
  • -Women’s 2nd Div away game vs Rowers RFC in Vancouver at Brockton Oval for 11:15am.
    -Women’s Premier, Men’s Premier Reserve, Men’s Premier and Mens 3rd Div all have a bye.
CANADA VS NZ GAME: Congrats to Westshore RFC members: Eric Howard, Ryan Kotlewski, Andrew Ferguson and alumni Kyle Bailey on playing for Canada against the NZ All Blacks.  Unfortunately losing 51-9, but great effort by all…you make us proud.
CANADA U19 TEAM: Congratulations to Westshore RFC members Julian Foggitt, Isaac Gonevou and alumni Hunter Grant on receiving an invite to Canada’s U19 training camp.
12 PUBS OF XMAS: The Mens teams are holding a 12 Pubs of X-mas pub crawl on the 16th Dec.  Anyone wishing to participate please contact Jason Gagnier on FB.
PREMIER WOMENS TEAM MANAGER: The top ladies team is looking for a full time manager who is not already a player/coach/or volunteer that would be available for all home and away games, job specs on FB social page. Please contact Marlene Donaldson on FB if interested.
WESTSHORE HIGHLIGHED SPONPSOR OF THE WEEK

Westshore RFC would like to welcome one of our new sponsors Chahoo Threads– Westshore/Velox RFC member Niu Savea and his lovely wife Tina have started a new company- Chahoo Threads. In Samoan culture CHAHOO is yelled at celebrations, weddings, etc.. This company is a family run business showing Tina’s Saulteaux/Cree First nations and Niu’s Samoan cultures combining into a multi cultural symbol (That Tina designed). These soft cotton T-shirts are $29.95, which would make great gifts for X-mas coming up. With other items such as hoodies and shirts in various sizes and colours.

Contact Tina at: tina@chahoothreads.com

Here is their website: https://www.facebook.com/ChahooThreads

Chahoo Threads

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WEEKEND RESULTS – 28 Oct 17
  • -Women’s 2nd Div- game at home vs Surrey RFC CANCELLED due to their numbers.
    -Women’s Premier won at home vs CW 49-36.
    -Men’s Premier Reserve lost at home to Seattle 24-22.
    -Men’s Premier lost at home vs Seattle 39-30.
    -Mens 3rd Div- game away in Port Alberni CANCELLED due to our numbers.
NEXT WEEK- 4 Nov17
  • -Women’s 2nd Div away game vs Surrey RFC in Vancouver.
    -Women’s Premier play away to Burnaby for 1130am in Vancouver.
    -Men’s Premier Reserve play play away to Burnaby for 1 pm in Vancouver.
    -Men’s Premier play away to Burnaby for 230pm in Vancouver.
    -Mens 3rd Div play at home vs Cowichan at 1pm.

Premier Reserve team 28 Oct 17

AMANDA THORNBOROUGH MAKES BARBARIAN TEAM

Article by Barbara Mervin

Amanda Thornborough is making history. This along with a roster of current and former international players from England, France, New Zealand, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, and Canada have been invited to partake in the first ever Barbarians Women’s match against Munster at Thomond Park in Limerick Ireland on Friday, November 10th.

A brief history lesson for those who do not know: Barbarians RFC (or the Baa-Baas) is a famous invitational travelling rugby team based out of the UK that was founded in 1890. In order to be selected a player must demonstrate a high standard of play and exhibit the integrity and sportsmanship that rugby embodies–Making Amanda Thornborough a perfect choice. Blending the different styles of so many international teams produces a unique style of rugby that is unmatched anywhere else the world. The dynamic style of play will be aptly matched with Amanda’s quick thinking and even quicker feet.

The Barbarians are classically outfitted in a traditional black and white striped jersey with a Barbarian insignia on the left chest. An interesting feature of the kit due to it being a travelling team with no home base is that each player wears the socks from their own home club, with Amanda wearing her Westshore RFCB-Chin Blue CoverHER Shin Socks. We are very excited that our APTOELLA girl will be taking a little piece of us with her as she along with the rest of those fabulous rugby players embarks on an adventure of a lifetime.

The introduction of this inaugural women’s side speaks to the growth of the women’s game and the demand for quality games following the high caliber of the Women’s World Cup in Ireland. This movement is bridging the gap between the men and women’s game and is developing a rugby community that is supportive of the sport regardless of the gender of the player. The Barbarians club has always tried to personify the incomparably inclusive and good-hearted culture of rugby and what better way to do that than after 127 years giving the women their chance in the legendary jersey.

Amanda is a great addition to the team with two World Cups under her belt, she has represented her country 23 times for XV’s, four times for the Seven aside game, and seven international tries all together. She helped the Canadian team achieve their best finish at the 2014 World Cup with a silver medal and a fifth place finish at the 2017 Word Cup that just wrapped up in August. The 5’5 center is an absolute powerhouse in the contact area, she sees the game extremely well and shows acute tactical leadership on whatever part of the pitch she finds herself. Anyone who has ever shared a pitch with Amanda, whether it is with or against her, can attest to her unwavering work ethic and commitment to her teammates. Amanda will be joined on this famous Barbarian squad by Canada’s XV’s Captain Kelly Russell.

Amanda during RWC 17 in Aug 17

ADAM “PUMBA” BENNETT FAREWELL

Affectionately referred to as “PUMBA”, Adam Bennett will leaving our club and returning back to his home in NZ.  He left quite the mark on the club, breaking his ankle within days of arriving well over a year ago.  But continued to stick around and support our club in many ways from showing up to every practice while still on crutches to assisting with volunteers duties of all sorts. He is a tremendous team mate and friend that is always there to help you with your problems or at least make you laugh.  His going away party on Top of the Hat at Clay and Barbara’s was a huge success with lots of supporters.  Pumba you will be missed!!

Pumba, Tua Va’a and Jay Jimmo

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The club is constantly looking for volunteers to help for game day set-up and the club needs your help!!!!

At times with 4 games happening at home on a Saturday, we are sure to have an exciting weekend, but we need volunteers for: Gate, BBQ, Set up, Takedown, and 50/50.  If you can help any time between 11:15 and 4:30 (even if it’s only 20 mins) please contact either Clay Panga or Caitlin Belland at caity.bella94@gmail.com

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WEEKEND RESULTS – 21 Oct 17
  • Men’s Premier lose at home to a close hard hitting game to  JBAA 18-14.
  • Men’s Premier Reserve won at home over JBAA 28-5.
  • Mens 3rd Div lose at home to a close one 12-7 to CW.
  • Women’s Premier beat Seattle for 2nd time in a row 38-24 away below the border. 
NEXT WEEK- 28 Oct 17-4 HOME GAMES!!!!-Update 1
  • -Women’s 2nd Div home game vs Surrey RFC-CANCELLED
    -Women’s Premier play home to CW for 1130am.
    -Men’s Premier Reserve play home to Seattle at 1pm.
    -Men’s Premier follow at 2:35 vs Seattle.
    -Mens 3rd Div play away in Port Alberni -CANCELLED

NEW WOMENS HEAD COACH SHANNON HOUSTON: 

Shannon Houston playing for Ireland National Team.

 Westshore RFC would like to introduce our new Women’s Head Coach, click here for Shannon Houston’s bio
WESTSHORE JUNIOR GIRLS WIN KAMLOOPS 7’S TOURNEMENT

This weekend our Westshore Junior Women were in Kamloops for the Kamloops Rugby Sevens Tournament coordinated by BC Rugby. Its one of the largest tournaments of its kind for junior rugby spread across three venues. We sent 10 of our junior women in varied age grades to play on combined teams. U18 Women Elite, U16 Women Elite and U14 Women.

Results from Kamloops:
U14s – South Island Team 1 – 1st
U14s – South Island Team 2 – 3rd (4 Westshore athletes)
U16s – 8th Place (3 Westshore athletes)
U18s – 2nd Place (3 Westshore athletes)

Our Junior Women are coached by Brittany Sims and Cory Walker and managed by Kerri Cook. The continued development of our junior women’s program depends on a strong management staff, athletes getting as much playing time as possible through a competitive schedule and ensuring these young ladies are having fun along the way. Keep up the great work ladies throughout the rest of the season!

Westshore RFC Junior Girls-Kamloops Tournament

CLAY PANGA INSTRUCTING TEACHERS FOR SCHOOLS
Westshore RFC and Former Canada NSMT member put on a seminar for teacher and coaches to learn the game of rugby to disseminate that passion in the school for this grassroots movement.  It was scheduled on a PRO D day where teachers were not in classrooms teaching, held at the Westshore Parks and Rec.

Clay Panga (Far Right) instructing Teachers for a PRO D day

 WESTSHORE RFC MEMBER SELECTED AS UVIC PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Westshore RFC member Maddy Aberg, who is in her 3rd year at UVIC.  Where she plays split seasons between the 2 clubs, was selected as the UVIC Player of the month for Sept.

Maddy Aberg-UVIC Player of the Month

CHRISTMAS FUNDRAISING-PURDYS CHOCOLATE

It’s that time of year…Christmas Fundraising. Please share this with your friends and family. We earn 25% on all orders. Prices are the same as in the store.

Westshore RFC – group No. 34727 (you will set up your own account and add to the group)

Order deadline: November 27 2017
P/U- following Thursday Night practices

For every $20 box the club earns $5. That’s the easiest and yummiest $5 we can make all year.

Any problems please contact Kellyjane Hanvey 

WESTSHORE CLOTHING ORDER #3

The club has the 3rd order open for anyone wishing to purchase club apparel from our online clothing supplier-Polar Promotions.All orders placed will be compiled until OCTOBER 29, with a completion date for the week of NOVEMBER 20, 2017. If you have any questions please contact Brielle Poxon at brielle@polarpromo.com

All Orders do not include GST.  Colors available are listed. All prices are in Canadian Dollars. All decorated and personalized goods are non-refundable once they are decorated. All completed orders will be shipped to Clayton Panga at the Westshore Rugby Club – and distributed at the designated Thursday – Club night(s). Keep in touch on Facebook!

WESTSHORE HIGHLIGHED SPONPSOR OF THE WEEK

Westshore RFC would like to welcome one of our new sponsors TERRA PACIFICA LANDSCAPING- long time supporter on and off the field, with kids in our Youth/Junior programs – owner Vahid Jalal Bossi, for all your property beautification needs: don’t forget to let them know you are from Westshore RFC. Vahid can usually be found Thursday nights at our clubhouse, or Saturday game day on the pitch side: supporting our Men’s and Women’s teams.

They can be reached at 250-813-0362
Here is their website: http://www.terrapacifica.ca/

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WEEKEND RESULTS – 14 Oct 17
  • Men’s Premier lose away to UBC 43-19.
  • Men’s Premier Reserve lose away to UBC 57-22.
  • Women’s Premier beat Seattle 77-14 at home.
 
NEXT WEEK- 21 Oct 17-Update 1
  • Mens 3rd Div play at home at 11:30 vs CW.
  • Men’s Premier Reserve play home to JBAA at 1pm.
  • Men’s Premier follow at 2:45 vs JBAA.
  • Women’s Premier play away in Seattle for 1pm.
  • Women’s 2nd Div game cancelled last minute.
  • Junior Girls are away to Kamloops BC for a 7’s tournament.

 

Sizzling Tandoor Restaurant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Westshore RFC would like to welcome one of our new sponsors SIZZLING TANDOOR RESTAURANT – many locations, and now in the Westshore Mall. We have had many players rave about the great food from this company, go and check them out: don’t forget to let them know you are from Westshore RFC.

Sizzling Tandoor features a royal array of authentic North Indian cuisine. They are committed to preserving the culture and tradition of the region with the utmost standards within culinary experiences. With versatile menu offers a selection of fresh and natural ingredients, wholesome sauces, and flavourful spices. Following the success of their first downtown location in 2012, they have been named the Best Indian Restaurant in Victoria for six years running.
Tandoor means “clay oven.” It is traditionally used for the baking of bread, meat, poultry and fish. The clay oven – for oil and fat-free cooking – is practical and energy-efficient. Today’s taste and health conscious consumers will find Tandoor cooking truly compatible and modern. All of their food is natural and freshly-prepared daily on the premises with no additives or preservatives. Their Chef’s endeavor to create a large variety of savory clay oven barbecued dishes and exotic curries for your tasting journey.

They can be reached at 778-265-9308.
Here is their website: http://www.sizzlingtandoor.ca/
And Face Book page: https://www.facebook.com/SizzlingTandoorUptown/

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THIS WEEK:

Prem Women’s vs Seattle at home at 1pm

Prem Men’s Reserve vs UBC in Vancouver at 1pm

Prem Men’s vs UBC in Vancouver at 230pm

WESTSHORE NSMT PLAYERS: Westshore members on the NSMT Eric Howard and Ryan Kotlewski and Andrew Ferguson played a tough match unfortunately losing 31-15 against Tonga.  Up next will be Canada vs USA on 15th Oct.


GOODLIFE MARATHON: Westshore had a great showing of volunteers assisting and setting up a water station for participants of the marathon over the Thanksgiving weekend.

 

FAMILY HALLOWEEN PARTY-Westshore will be hosting a family Halloween party for all members. Contact Kelly Hanvey for more information.

 

HOODIES: For anyone ordering hoodies from Kelly Hanvey, they are in and can be collected on Thursday nights or Saturday games.

 

Fuel SVN Westshore

Westshore RFC would like to welcome our new sponsor FUEL Supplements Vitamins Nutrition (SVN) – Westshore, for supporting our family. With a many of our players using various products from this great company, go and check them out: don’t forget to let them know you are from Westshore RFC.

FUEL is a natural health food store packed with supplements. When you’re trying to sculpt your body, or perform at a high level in your sport, sports nutrition supplements can help you. At Fuel SVN Westshore, we’re not just about sports supplements. We also carry healthy whole foods such as grass fed Bison, coconut oil, kale chips & savi seeds. Multivitamins and minerals are a valuable tool in helping to prevent dietary imbalances, and ensure adequate intake of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

They can be reached at 778-433-3835.

Here is their website: http://fuelvictoria.com/

And Face Book page: https://www.facebook.com/FuelWestshore/

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WEEKEND RESULTS 30 Sep 17

Long rugby day for the club yesterday with a quadruple header all against Oakbay CW. With a 50/50 split.

  • Mens 3rd div lost a tough battle 28-22 (approximately).
  • Women’s premier was a 1 sided show with an 80-5 win.
  • Men’s premier reserve won a grinder 20-17.
  • With men’s premier unfortunately losing 50-7.
  • With a big win on the nightly festivities at CW clubhouse for Flip Cup Challenge

NEXT WEEK: there are no games scheduled due to Thanksgiving.

ERIC HOWARD PRO CONTRACT: Westshore RFC and NSMT member Eric Howard (Hooker) has signed a professional contract with the New Orleans Golds in the new USA Major Rugby League that kicks off in Apr 18.  Congratulations Eric!!

http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2017/09/29/eric-howard-signs-nola-gold/

 

 

 

 

 

WESTSHORE MEMBERS MAKE NSMT FOR APC: Westshore would like to congratulate 4 of our members selected to once again represent Canada’s Men’s team in APC Rugby action in Uruguay, South America. Players Ryan Kotlewski, Eric Howard, Andrew Ferguson and Mike Michael Shelley as Head Coach. Good luck to all!! Canada faces Argentina 7 Oct, Tonga 11 Oct and USA Selects 15 Oct.

http://www.rugbycanada.ca/leagues/newsletter.cfm…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOR’WESTERS RFC WIN ALBERTA PROVINCIALS: An update to the story below of 3 of our members playing summer ball for NorWesters RFC: congratulations on winning the Alberta Provincials Adam Roer, Kyle Whyte and Aiden Holland.


 

 

 

 

THUNDER RFC: Westshore RFC and National Team members Clay Panga and Barbara Mervin just completed a tour through northern BC to Smithers area with the Thunder Rugby Team, promoting the sport through the aboriginal communities.


 

 

 

 

 

HOWLERS RUGBY: Westshore RFC and National Team members Clay Panga is joining the Howlers Nicaragua tour in May as a Player/Coach to again promote and develop the sport of rugby with other nations.  Good job Clay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SPONSORS:

FERNWOOD HEALTH & PERFORMANCE

 

 

 

 

 

Westshore RFC would like to announce our sponsor Fernwood Health and Performance has been supporting our family for 4+ years, and Dr Bob Mabee has been with the club for 10+ years providing free adjustments on Thursdays at the club. They are located at 1405 Fernwood Rd, 778-432-2727. Here is their website: http://fernwoodhealthandperformance.ca/

NZ BUILDERS

 

 

 

 

 

Westshore RFC would like to welcome our sponsor NZ Builders back this year who have been supporting our family for 2 years now. With a few of our top players (David Phillips, Lucien Nel) employed with this great company. NZ Builders is a full service construction company based in Victoria since 2004. Their team can take your project from concept development to completion. With a speciality of using sustainability and innovative building technologies, suited for the coastal climate in the Pacific Northwest: such as passive solar homes. They can be reached at 250-516-6294. Here is their website: http://nzbuilders.com/  Face Book page: https://www.facebook.com/nzbuilders/

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Weekend Results: 23 Sep 17

Premier Reserve Men’s team had a sound hard hitting game against Port Alberni 70-19.

3rd Div had a huge comeback win 36-28 against UVIC Saxons.

Women’s 2nd Div held the Scribes in action in Vancouver to a 5-5 tie with excellent defence.

A new trophy named Lunks Hammer will now be played for between Port Alberni Black sheep and Westshore Velox RFC.  Ex NSMT member Kevin Wirachowski, affectionately called Lunk: started at Port before shifting to UVIC and then to Velox back in the 1990’s.  This years winners was Westshore.

NEXT WEEK: Westshore action at CW at Winsor Park (don’t forget to swing by Cam Neish’s for pre game drink beside field)

3rd Div Men’s start vs CW at 10am

Prem Women’s vs CW at 11:30am

Prem Men’s Reserve vs CW at 1pm

Prem Men’s vs CW at 230pm

2nd Div Womens away to Langley in Vancouver for 11:30am KO.

Westshore in Edmonton: A few Westshore (and former Velox) players were part of the Nor’Wester Sr Men’s team that won the Edmonton Rugby Union City Championship on Sat. Congrats to Kyle Whyte, Aiden Holland and Adam Roer.  Next Sat the lads take on Calgary Hornets for the Labatt Cup in the Alberta Cup Provincial Final.  Congrats again & good luck boys!

INTERCLUB FLIP CUP TOURNEMENT: Hello teams! As we are having 2 giant club days with all 4 teams all facing off this year both clubs social directors decided it only makes sense to organize an accompanying giant social after all the games!  CW Hosting 1st half fun September 30th at 714 Discovery St (Downtown). Details: Teams of 5 will be constructed at event.  All teams will have a minimum of: 1 Male, 1 Female , 1 Westshore Player, 1 CW Player.  First Jug of Beer provided by organizers team must pitch in for remaining beers.  Super exciting prize for 1st place!!

Facebook event

SPONSORS: Westshore RFC would like to welcome new sponsor Red Arrow Brewery to our organization and family. Makers of outstanding premium Ale and Lagers…With keg for todays solid wins donated for your enjoyment. Located 5255 Chaster Rd, Duncan, 250-597-0037. Here is their website:

https://www.redarrowbeer.ca/

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23 Sep 17: Our BLOG has returned from an extended vacation of sorts of visiting far away lands and acting like a drunk and rowdy rugger is expectedly to behave with epic stories….We now return to the previously scheduled program already in progress……

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21 May 17- A message from Former Velox and RC NSMT Captain/Player Mark Lawson:

Doug Sturrock has recently completed and published his book “It’s a Try – The History of Rugby in Canada”. If you don’t know Doug (although it seems everyone does) he is a long time servant of the game, played rugby for UBC and Meralomas and in 1972 was appointed by the union as Honorary Historian of the game. He also coached at Magee High School in Vancouver for 30 plus years, which is how I know him, as he was my high school coach and a mentor to me through my rugby career.

This book began as Doug’s Masters thesis when he was studying at the University of Alberta in 1967, and over the past 50 years he has spent hundreds of hours researching Canadian rugby, traveled on his own dime countless times to the National Archives in Ottawa and to public libraries across the country from BC, across the prairies, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritimes. The book is, as he puts it in the preface, “a history of rugby in Canada from its beginning in the mid-1860s to 2011”.

The process of writing, rewriting, editing and finally publishing 650 copies of this book is a monumental achievement for Doug and his dedicated group of Magee High School alumni and other rugby friends who assisted him along the way. It’s also an immense contribution to our rugby community here in Canada by a man who is walking example of the ethos that sets this sport apart.

The books are $65 each, or $80 each if it is to be mailed in Canada (includes postage, handling, and GST)

If you want it mailed, send your request to Doug by email at dougsturrock8905@gmail.com, include your mailing address and send a cheque made out to Doug Sturrock Consulting. Doug’s mailing address is PO Box 772 Station Fort Langley, Langley, BC, V1M 2S2.

I am acting as Doug’s “distributor” here in Victoria, so anybody in the Victoria area who wants to avoid postage can email me at mjlawschool@gmail.com or call 778-679-4190 and I can drop a book off to you.

Mark

Link for Doug Sturrock BC Rugby Hall of Fame bio: http://www.bcrugbyhalloffame.com/sturrock.html

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LIFE TIME MEMBERS-19 May 17

There is a list of lifetime members from Velox RFC inception in 1968 to Valhallian merger in 1987 to rebranding to Westshore in 2015. These Members were required to be active with the club for a minimum of 10+ years of playing/volunteering and dedication, many have doubled this time. These names have strived to lead and support this club in its many phases of life to the great organization that it is presently. Some unfortunately are not with us anymore, but all have left their mark. So when you see a life time member from the link below to our website, remember to thank them for their time and service.

I ask you: How many of the 24 members do you know, and have met?

http://westshorerfc.com/Lifetime Members

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Here are the winner of the club and player awards from our annual banquet held at the club on 13 May.

CLUB AWARDS:

GREG CLAGUE AWARD: Rosie Lang, Adam Bennett

PARKER JOHNSTON JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT AWARD: Charlotte Haley

CHARLETON SMITH AWARD: Estelle Shelley

LIFETIME MEMBER AWARD: Jay Jimmo, Paul Eby, Marlene Donaldson

GEORGE JONES AWARD: Jay Jimmo, Marlene Donaldson

FRONT ROW MUG: Matt Evans (Finally..)

PLAYER/TEAM AWARDS

Mens 1st Division
1. Best Forward: Jason Gagnier
2. Best Back: Kane Wyatt
3. Most Improved: Cody Gervais
4. MVP: Clay Panga

Mens 2nd Division
1. Best Forward: Dave Morgan
2. MVP: Conrad Newell
3. Coaches Award: Daryl Hall
4. Coaches Award: Tyran Hunter

Women Premier Division:
1. Best Forward: Rosie Lang
2. Best Back: Brianna Miller
3. Most Improved: Courtney Sims
4. Best All Round Player: Elissa Alarie

Women 2nd Division:
1. Best Forward: Tanya Jones
2. Best Back: Sarah Levson
3. Most Improved: Jikel Keys
4. Best All Round Player: Katie Harms

Congratulations to all winners, your energy, passion and dedication is what helps make this club great.

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Westshore is extremely proud of 13 WS RFC players making selections for both Men’s and Women’s teams for VIRU all star rep teams.  This Saturday will see the Women Crimson Tide vs Vancouver Wave KO at 12:30 at Windsor Park in Oakbay, lead by WS RFC Women’s head Coach Clay Panga.  Followed by the Men’s South Island Tide vs the North Island Tsunami at 2pm KO, with WS RFC Member John Lyall Managing.

*denotes starting position

Men’s Tide:

Jordan Tait *

Jay Jimmo

Jason Gagnier

Tua Vaa

Manager John Lyall

Women’s Tide:

Brittany Sims*

Rosie Lang*

Shannon Fitzpatrick*

Courtney Sims*

Meg Howat (Team Captain)*

Amanda Thornborough *

Melissa Sims

Tanya Jones

Angela Thompson

Coach Clay Panga

13 Westshore Players selected for Crimson Tide Rep Team

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7 Westshore RFC Women Valkyries selected to RC NSWT

Westshore RFC has 7 Valkyries selected to Rugby Canada’s NSWT for the upcoming International Women’s Rugby Series in New Zealand in June.  Canada Women are presently ranked 3rd in the world, will face off against NZ on 9 June in Wellington, England on 13th June in Christ Church, and Australia on 17th June in Rotorua.

Congratulations to:

Amanda Thornborough

Chelsey Minter

Brianna Miller

Barbara Mervin

Latoya Jackson

Emily Belchos, and

Elissa Alarie

7 Westshore RFC Women Valkyries selected to RC NSWT

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WESTSHORE WINS 2 BC PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONSHIPS-6 MAY 17

Westshore RFC would like to congratulate all players from the Women Premier Valkyries and Men 3rd Div teams for the honour of being crowned BC Provincial Champions!! The Board of directors would also like to congratulate and thank the many staff and volunteers for their support in this successful quest as well.

http://westshorerfc.com/…/westshore-rfc-wins-2-bc-provinci…/

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Well done for Westshore RFC WINNING BC Semi finals. Valkyries Premier woman win over Caps 44-7. Velox 3rd div men win 62-5 over Caps as well. Both teams in Provincial finals in Abbotsford next weekend.  Bus arrangements are being set up by our club and will be in next couple of days.

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WEEKEND GAMES UPDATE-SEMI FINALS-26 Apr

Semi Final action this Saturday 29th Apr for kickoff’s:
Women Perms at 1pm, Men 2nd Div at 2:30pm.

(Bobby Iverson this is for you, Buddy)

EVERYONE COME OUT AND SUPPORT!!!

FUND RAISER: Men’s 2 div player auction this Thursday night. 8.30 kick off, for first try scorer.

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WEEKEND RESULTS-22 APR 17
Woman Premier completed the final game of the regular season with a big win over Capilano 57-14 in Vancouver.  The 2nd Div Woman lost a tough battle in BC Quarter Final action 43-29 to Ridge Meadows, which completes their playoff run and season.  Men’s 1st Div suffered a hard fought loss to Surrey 41-33 in BC Quarter Final play, which also ends their playoffs and end to the season.  Men’s 2nd Div won the Vancouver Island Championships with 42-0 over Comox.
COMING UP: 29th Apr
BC Provincial Semi Final Action: Double header at home!!! Women Valkyries Premier kickoff at 1130 against Capilano.  Men’s 2nd div will be playing in provincial 3rd Div A slot against Capilano Academy kick off at 1pm.
We ask all club supporters to come out and cheer on our 2 teams!!
 ANNUAL BANQUET: Dress will be semi formal/formal (means dress up-no jeans, casual shirts or T-shirts or sneakers) at the clubhouse on 13th May 17. Cocktails 5-6pm, Dinner and awards from 6PM-midnight.  Tickets are $45 each, which can be purchased at link below, credit card is required for the ONLY method of payment: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/westshore-rugby-end-of-year-banquet-2017-tickets-33157686533?utm-medium=discovery&utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&aff=escb&utm-source=cp&utm-term=listing
THERE WILL NOT BE ANY OPTION OF BUYING TICKETS LAST MINUTE WITH CASH, YOU MUST PURCHASE FROM ONLINE LINK ABOVE!!!
 CRIMSON TIDE: Let’s get a good showing to these practices. A lot of quality in our group of players and well worthy of playing at the Tide level.

Tues 9 May: Men’s practice 6:30pm Windsor Park/Woman’s practice 6:30pm Westshore

Thurs 11 May: Men’s practice 7pm Windsor Park

Fri 12 May: Women’s practice 6:30 Westshore

Sat 13 May: Women’s game KO 1130am/Men’s game KO 1pm: both at Windsor Park

FAREWELL PARTY: A farewell social party is being held for Dane McKinney and Aidan Holland this Tuesday 25th Apr at 7:30pm at Gorge Point Pub.  Both members have had a dramatic impact into the years successes, and are moving on to Edmonton for summer play, unknown if they will be returning in the fall.  Everyone is welcome to come raise a pint!!!

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Westshore RFC New Board of Directors 2017/2018
 
Congratulations to the newly/re elected members
 
• President- Mark Wyatt (Voting)
• Vice-President-Mike Holmes (Voting)
• Secretary-Cam Neish (Voting)
• Director of Men’s Rugby – Mike Shelley (Voting)
• Director of Women’s Rugby –Marlene Donaldson (Voting)
• Director of Youth Rugby –Kelly Hanvey (Voting)
• Director Membership/Registration (formerly Sgt-at-Arms) – Jay Jimmo (Voting)
• Treasurer -Christel Hume (Voting)
• • Faculties & Equipment Manager-Teri Foggitt (Voting)
• Social Director-Annie Taal/Jason Gagnier (non-Voting)
• Advertising/Fundraising Chairperson-Vacant (non-Voting)
In addition Clay Panga will be continuing as Executive Director of the Club and as ex-officio ( i.e. non-voting) member of the BOD.

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