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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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WEEKEND RESULTS-15 APR 17

Women Valkyries Premier soundly beat Seattle in a make-up game on our home field 50 to 14, still in 1st place with an 12-0 record.  Women 2nd Div had a disappointing loss 47-26 against Comox.  Comox were able to rack up the score during the first 10 min and though our ladies played awesome and made a big comeback, they weren’t able to overcome the deficit.

COMING UP: 22nd Apr

This information is based on the BCRU website, which is convoluted to read and figure out at best, standby for possible changes.  Mark Bryant with BC Rugby News has a good write up explaining the uncertainty and possibilities: http://www.bcrugbynews.com/show_news.cfm?ID=2302

Valkyries Premier are away to #3 seeded Capilano with 1130 KO finishing off the regular season.  No info on Women’s 2nd Div at this time. Men’s 1st Div are away to probably #3 seed Surrey RFC on mainland for 1445 KO.  Men’s 2nd Div should be facing Comox at home for 1pm KO for Island final.

All BC Provincial semi finals will be played on weekend of the 29th Apr.  With BC Finals in Abbottsford on the 6th May.

AGM: This Thursday night- 20th APR at 8pm in clubhouse, all members required.

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 6-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

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WEEKEND RESULTS-09 APR 17

Was another busy weekend for the club.  With the various Westshore teams in different timelines and positions for playoffs for the island and provincial play, it can get confusing.  Premier Women’s had a hard fought 25-23 win over CW in regular action play.  Men’s 1st div lost the Island finals 37-31 to Nanaimo, but as runners up are slated as 2nd spot for VIRU.  With Men’s 2nd Div beating Nanaimo 91-0 in Island Semi finals and still in 1st place.

COMING UP: This Saturday (15th Apr) Its Valkyrie day at Westshore over Easter!!!

The day starts with Youth rugby opening up an intro to the game with Canadian Rugby Olympic Bronze Medalists, and bar-b-q!! Women’s have a double header make up games at home with Div 2 at 10am kick off verses Comox and Prems at 11:30 against Seattle RFC: which mark the end of the regular season for both women’s teams.

BC PROVINCIAL PLAYOFF’S: Saturday (22nd Apr)

On this weekend we will see Premier Women with a bye due to 1st place standings.  No word yet on Women 2nd Div.  Men’s 1st Div are ranked 5th and will be participating in BC Provincial Quarterfinals travelling to take on 4th place Surrey RFC on the mainland.  Mens 2nd Div will have the Island Finals at home against the winner of CW and Comox, who are playing next weekend.

All BC Provincial semi finals will be played on weekend of the 29th Apr.  With BC Finals in Abbottsford on the 6th May.

WESTSHORE JUNIORS PLAYING FOR CANADA:

Our club has the honour of having Hunter Grant and Julian Foggit playing for Canada U18 team in the Rugby Europe Open Championships.  Where Canada unfortunately lost to Georgia 43-3.  Next game  It will be aired live on Tuesday at 7am in BC against Belgium at 10am ET/7am PT. The match can be seen LIVE on following link: http://www.rugbyeurope.eu/welcome-rugby-europe-tv

As well Westshore has Logan Martin-Feek and Quinn Ngawati playing for Canada’s U19 team in England.  Where Canada lost to England in opener game 55-11, with Logan successfully kicking 2 penalty goals for points.  Next is Wales on 12 Apr and Italy on 16th.

WESTSHORE JUNIORS: The club will be holding a practice session and open house for male & female U16/U18 players on 13th Apr 17 at JDF Field #1 at 5pm. This is to ensure our rugby community and family stays connected while working with improving skill sets. NSMT/NSWT members will be on hand, such as our Executive Director Clayton Panga. Any questions may be directed to either Clay or Charmaine Baker Ross.

PLAYERS REQUESTING FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR REP TEAMS SELECTION:

Players who are selected to a Representative Team at the provincial or national level may submit the completed request form located on our website at this link  by email to Executive Director Clay Panga at claypanga@icloud.com . Submissions will be accepted twice a year: deadlines by 15 Feb and 15 Oct for consideration by the Board of Directors. Only 1 submission per player per year season. If more space required for answering questions, please include extra sheets (numbered) when submitting.

AGM:20th APR at 8pm in clubhouse, all members required.

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 6-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

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This Saturday 8th Apr: MENS ISLAND FINALS!!

At home field in Westshore: Div 2 Men KO at 1pm, Div 1 Men KO at 2:45 for Island finals

Premier Women away at CW KO 1130.

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WEEKEND RESULTS-01 APR 17

Westshore Rugby Club had another successful weekend! Our 2nd Division Women had a solid win over Surrey RFC 40-15 on the mainland, then hustled over to Burnaby to support our Premier Valkyries and together they etched out a hard fought win over Burnaby Lake RFC 19-12.  Our Valhallian 1st Division Men soundly beat Port Alberni 57-28 winning the Island semi final, and now move on to the Island final with a home field advantage.
COMING UP: This Saturday (8th Apr)
•Division 2 Women have a bye.
•Valkyries Premier Women are in Oak Bay against CW for an 11am kick off.
•1st Division men are in the Vancouver Island final at home against rivals Nanaimo, kick off is scheduled for 1pm.
Please come out and support all of our teams!
Next Saturday (15th Apr) Division 1 Men have a bye. Women’s have a double header at home with Div 2 at 10am kick off and Prems at 11:30 both against Seattle RFC.
YOUTH & JUNIORS:
Friday April 7th-SD62 Middle School 7’s tournament, volunteers required, please see Clay Panga for details.
Sunday April 9th-Youth Jamboree in Cowichan
Saturday April 15th-Youth rugby will be opening up with an intro to the game with Canadian Rugby Olympic Bronze Medalists, and bar-b-q!!
AWARDS:
During the annual banquet on 13th May (GO BUY YOUR TICKETS NOW!!!) Westshore RFC will be handing out our club awards. The Board of Directors (BOD) would like the memberships help in nominating suggested deserving candidates for each of the following 3 awards : Charlton Smith, Parker Johnston and Greg Claque (definitions below). Any nominations can be sent privately by either email to Executive Director-Clay Panga at claypanga@icloud.com or PM. Your submissions will be taken into consideration in making the final decision.
The members will as usual vote on the winners of the George F Jones award at the AGM on April 20th. The BOD is asking members to please give some thought in advance as to who should be the winners (1 male/1female) of this important award.
• GEORGE JONES AWARD; A coveted awarded to active players only who displayed leadership and volunteer work on and off the field to better the club and community above their peers. George Jones himself switched the award from a single recipient to a male and female representative starting 2012.
• CHARLETON SMITH AWARD: Another coveted award for best volunteer work supporting the club and rugby community, to a non-player (possibly).
• GREG CLAGUE AWARD: Awarded to both a male/female representative for displaying tenacity and determination on and off the field. Setting an example for working and succeeding through adversity or injury, and never giving up, while promoting either Westshore Velox RFC and/or rugby, always supporting their team.
• PARKER JOHNSTON JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT AWARD: Awarded to the person or persons with the most impact on the Westshore Velox RFC Junior/Youth programs.
AGM:20th APR at 8pm in clubhouse, all members required.
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 6-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

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WEEKEND RESULTS-25 MAR 17

Big triple wins for the club this weekend which marks the final games of the regular season.  Mens 1st div destroyed Port Alberni 76-10, placing them in the top spot as the Island league Champs for regular season. Mens 2nd Div downed CW with a 42-17 win, also winning the Island regular season with a 6-0 record.  And the Women Valkyries premier grind out a win over Burnaby Lake 26-15 to also snag 1st place for Provinal play with an 8-0 record.  Congratulations to all 3 teams for you hard work and dedication.

COMING UP: Men 1st div start Island semi final action at home with a 1 pm KO against Port.  No info on the mens 2nd div.  And Premier Womens have a bye according to BCRU website.

AGM: The Board of Directors (BOD) have called the annual AGM for Westshore RFC to be held on Thursday 20th Apr at 8pm in the clubhouse.  Reports from the various positions will be given by the respective members to outline the past year of operations.   A new BOD will be elected during this AGM.  All positions listed below are open for anybody to be nominated for them at the AGM.   Anyone wishing to run for any BOD positions is asked to please contact Mike Holmes by email at mike@phre.ca.  Job description details of any or all positions below may refer to the Manual of Policy on our website at http://westshorerfc.com/index.php/admin/westshore-rfc-manual-of-policy/  or contact Jay Jimmo directly at angandjay@shaw.ca.  The name in brackets identifies a current BOD member wishing to fill that role or wishing to remain in current position, leaving 4 vacancies. Members are encouraged to run for any position including those specified below provided they commit to fulfilling all of the requirements of the position as stated in the policy manual. 

 ·         President (Mike Holmes from Vice President)

·         Vice-President (Cam Neish from Secretary)

·         Secretary (Annie Taal from Social Director)

·         Director of Women’s Rugby –(Marlene Donaldson)

·         Director of Youth Rugby –(Kelly Hanvey)

·         Director Membership/Registration (formerly Sgt-at-Arms) (Jay Jimmo)

·         Treasurer (Christel Hume)

·         Director of Men’s Rugby –Vacant

·         Faculties & Equipment Manager-Vacant

·         Social Director-Vacant

·         Advertising/Fundraising Chairperson-Vacant”

 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.

 The BOD have made amendments to the Constitution and Manual of Policy dated 23 Mar 2017.  The Constitution only requires ratification by the general body, with the Manual of Policy remains under the privy of the BOD.  An advanced copy of these 2 documents has been email to current paid members to review in excess of 21 days before the AGM.

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 6-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

CANADA NSWT: Westshore RFC would like to congratulate 6 Valkyries; Elissa Alarie, Emily Belchos, Latoya Blackwood, Barb Mervin, Brianna Miller and Amanda Thornborough on making the 26 player list for the CAN-AM squad playing USA on 28 mar and 01 Apr.  And quoting a NSWT Alumni Marlene Donaldson, 12 of the 26 member squad are either a current member, or was a member at one time.  There is a legacy!!!

JAMAICA NSWT 7’S: Westshore’s Davine Burton was a member of the Jamaican Women’s 7’s team that won the Rugby America North Caribbean Rugby 7’s tournament in end of Nov 16.  She is currently a member of the Jamaican National 7’s team that will be qualifying at the Hong Kong 7’s this 7-9 April 17.  Congratulations and good luck Davine!!!

CLUB SUPPORTERS: There are many supporters around our great club, this week we have chosen 2 as they have stepped up showing support for our club.

Barb Mervin-Aptoella Rugby: Westshore RFC would like to acknowledge Aptoella Rugby supporting our club. The company’s founder/owner Barbara Mervin has been a long time Velox/Westshore RFC Valkyrie and NSWT member. Supporting the rugby community on and off the pitch. Great job Barbara!! http://aptoella.com/

Krista Dean-RMT with Massage Therapy Group:  Krista has been a long time member of the Valkyries with Barb, winning many provincial titles. Krista has volunteered her time at the club over the past 2 years assisting with the trainers and travelling with the teams for games as medical staff.  Recently making a generous financial donation to the club from all the referrals she receives from our current members.  Thank you for your contributions and support of our club Krista!!

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Weekend Results-18 Mar17

Another big rugby day for Westshore around the island!!! Double header action in COW saw Westshore Valkyries Premier steam rolled COW 66-12 and the Westshore Valhallian Men Div 1 soundly beat COW  34-12 in following game.  The Westshore Velox Men Div 2 pulverized COMOX 40-12 up island.

Coming up:

Valkyries Women premier are home against Burnaby Lake at 11:30. Valhallians 1st Div men are away to Port Alberni for 1pm, and Velox Div 2 at home verses CW for 1pm.

AWARDS: Westshore RFC would like to congratulate long time Velox/Westshore RFC member, and current VIRU President John Lyall for being recognized by Rugby Canada for his tremendous contributions and efforts with organizing and managing the Vancouver Island aboriginal rugby team – Thunder RFC, into a successful mentoring and player development program.

AGM: The clubs AGM is scheduled for 20 Apr at the club house.  All current members are invited and strongly encouraged to attend to assist in shaping the clubs future upcoming year, along with Board of Directors selections.

ANNUAL BANQUET: The clubs annual banquet is set for 13th May, details to follow shortly for this event from our social coordinator Annie Taal.

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Weekend Results-4 Mar17

Saturday’s a rugby day and Westshore killed it!!! Westshore Valkyries Div 2 destroyed the visiting Scribes in 10 aside play 82-12.  The Westshore Velox Men Div 2 slammed Nanaimo: 71-14.  And our Westshore Valhallian Men Div 1 provided Nanaimo with their 1st lose of the season with a sound 33-20 win.

Coming up: All teams have a bye this weekend due to Vancouver 7’s.

Raffle: Was a huge success for fund raising for the club, bringing in approx. $3000, with the lions share from our Juniors and Youth, well done!!!  The raffle winner Richard Whitely for the Vancouver 7’s tickets.  Our Executive Director Clay Panga will be making the prize presentation this week.

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2 Mar 17

Coming up:This Saturday 4 Mar 17: Valkyries 2nd Div have a 11:30am KO vs Scribes. Men’s 2nd div at home with 1pm kickoff vs NAN, with 1st Div KO following at 2:30pm KO vs NAN as well.

Westshore Reps at Vegas 7’s: Westshore is proud of its many members representing BC Rep team at the Las Vegas 7’s tournament. On the Men’s Next Gen team competing in Men’s Aces Division: Tua Va’a, Jordan Tait and Jason Gagnier. With Head Coach Aaron Frisby and team Doctor Kevin Sommerfeldt. Quinn Ngawati on the BC Elite U18 Gold competing in the U18 Elite division. And Julian Foggitt on the BC Elite U18 Navy team competing in the High School boys open division.

Raffle: All personal selling raffle tickets for the club are to have all sold and unsold tickets in to Kaitlin Martin-Feek on Saturday before the draw following games.

High School Coach position: Dunsmuir School is looking for coach to help boys – girls grade 6-8. They have a teacher sponsor Meaghan Caldwell -mcaldwell@sd62.bc.ca. Anyone interested please reply.

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Weekend Results-25 Feb 17

Westshore Valkyries Premier women’s team destroyed COW 68-7, with a roster composed of 4 current RC players and 3 more RC alumni. Westshore Valhallians lost to COW 22-15 in 1st division play. And Westshore Velox 2nd Div won with sound defeat 50-12 over JBAA.

Coming up: Next Saturday 4 Mar 17: Valkyries have a bye. 2nd div at home with 1pm kickoff vs NAN, with 1st Div KO following at 2:30pm KO vs NAN as well.

Congratulations;

Westshore Board of Directors would like to congratulate Westshore RFC junior, and Senior Men’s team player Julian Foggitt, and Westshore junior and Thunder player Hunter Grant for team selection to Rugby Canada U18 team for the Rugby Europe Open Championships in March 17. Great Job!!

Westshore Board of Directors would like to congratulate Westshore RFC junior Rori Wood for her official invite to Rugby Canada U18 training camp in March 17 for upcoming international summer games verses USA. Great Job!!

Westshore Board of Directors would like to congratulate Westshore RFC members Clay Panga and Eric Howard selected for Rugby Canada team for the ARC championships.  Both members were in Maldonado, Uruguay resulting in an unfortunate loss 17-13 to the hosting team.  Both members next play Brazil on 3rd March in Pacaembu, Brazil.

Accolades:

Westshore RFC in conjunction with major sponsor Mike Holmes, present Westshore RFC President and owner of Pemberton Holmes; purchased 3 brand New Spartan Scrum master machines for Belmont, Royal Bay and EMCS High schools. Ensuring the youth of this great sport have the support and equipment required to maintain a high level for competition for future success!!

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The Westshore RFC Board of Directors would like to thank Paul Eby for publishing the Velox/Westshore RFC News letter in email format for 17 years every week to keep members to date.  This service has now been cancelled via email format, and shifted to this online BLOG, and in the Face Book pages.  Those FB pages are WESTSHORE RFC, and WESTSHORE RFC SOCIAL GROUP (this latter you must request to be part of due to being a closed group.).  If you have any questions, or wish to add anything to this BLOG or FB pages please contact the Westshore RFC webmaster, Jay Jimmo at angandjay@shaw.ca

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Weekend Results-19 Feb 17

After many cancelled games over 2 weeks from Old Jack Frost, Vancouver Island got back to playing rugby after a thaw.

Men’s 1st Div saw Westshore lose a tough fought game to NAN 29-27 in Nanaimo.  With 2nd Div Men pulling out a win over CW 17-5.  And the Women Premier thumped CAP with a 33-6 win.  Followed by an exhibition women’s 2nd div game.

Coming Up: Westshore has 2 home double headers at home vs COW this Saturday 25th Feb.  Women KO at 1130, with Men’s 1st Div following at 1pm.  The Mens 2nd Div play JBAA in James Bay at 1pm KO.

PRACTICES: A reminder that Men’s team practices run Tues 730pm on Turf, Thurs 6:30pm on Turf.  2nd Div Mens on Thursdays at 630pm only.  And the ladies at 730pm on turf both Tues/Thurs.

RAFFLE TICKETS: This is a massive fundraiser for our club. Each player will be allocated 6 tickets to sell by No later than March 2nd.
Please try your hardest to get them sold we will not be accepting any tickets back. It’s an easy sell at $10 per ticket and of course the John Lyall special of 3 for $20. If anybody wants tickets please support the club and see a player. Jason Gagnier and Leam Williams will be your go to guys for any questions and general info.  On behalf of the Board of Directors, thank you!

RAFFLE TICKETS POSTER

 

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Weekend Results-24 Jan 17

 The men came up with two solid wins on Saturday, with the 1sts defeating Port Alberni 38-27 and the 2nds dominating Comox 45-12.

 Coming Up:The men play a pair of exhibition matches this weekend, with the 1sts heading to UVic to play the Saxons (1pm) and the 2nds away to Nanaimo and their 1st div squad (2:30). The premier women are finally back in action as well, travelling to Burnaby Lake (11:30am).

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Game Schedule-19 JAN 17

 The long winter break is over, and we finally have some rugby! The men start this Saturday, hosting Port Alberni (2:30pm) in 1st division and Comox (1pm) in 2nd division. The premier women wait until next week, away to Burnaby.

 In other club news, Quinn Ngawati and Logan Martin-Feek are continuing their participation with Canada U19’s, having been selected to join the tour to Wales in April.

 Also, congratulations to Westshore’s Latoya Blackwood on her selection to the Scrumqueens XV Squad of the Year!

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Hall of Fame!-4 Jan 17

 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Our own Mark Wyatt has been inducted into the BC Sports Hall of Fame. A well-deserved honour, you can read more about it here.

 Canada U19’s:Two Westshore players started in the final U19 game against the United States on Monday: Logan Martin-Feek and Quinn Ngawati. It was a close 27-19 loss, but Logan ran in one of Canada’s tries. Congrats to both!

 Coming Up:It’s early in the new year, but it won’t be long until we have some games. The women get back to premier play on January 28th, with a makeup game against Burnaby (away). Men’s div 1 starts January 21st at home to Port Alberni. 3rd division is apparently being rebranded as 2nd division, with Westshore aiming for a competitive squad (code for having practices) made up of our 3rd div regulars and the second fifteen from the fall. First game tentatively set for January 21th away to Comox. Other squads in this division will be UVic, CW, and Nanaimo.

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Rep Rugby-13 Dec 16
Two Westshore players have been selected to the Canada men’s U19 squad for two games against the USA (Dec 30th, Jan 2nd). Congratulations to Quinn Ngawati and Logan Martin-Feek! Quinn is keeping very busy over the Christmas break, having also been selected to the Toronto Wolfpack rugby league squad heading to the UK this month.

 Coming Up:The club has a few events coming up. December 22nd will be the club Christmas party, starting with touch rugby from 7-8pm followed by food and eggnog inside at 8. All members past and present are welcome to come for a run and enjoy a holiday beverage!

 There will be touch again on boxing day, noon on the turf field.

 The season starts up with the premier women on January 28th, with a make-up game against Burnaby.

 Coaches Needed:The club is looking for some volunteers to coach local Westshore schools. The time commitment will be twice a week, after school between 2:45 and 5. This would be starting around February and will run until April/May depending on league schedules. This year we had to fold our U14 & U16 boy’s teams. If we can get enough of our guys out helping grow the game it can ensure that we fill all grades in future years.

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Weekend Results-29 Nov 16

 The regular season came to a close in typical November fashion, as rain closed both Westshore and UVic fields. Both men’s games were cancelled

While the Premier men are done until the new year, the 1sts have made the Island playoffs: they travel to Nanaimo Saturday to take on the 1st place Hornets.  A win there would advance them to the final, playing the winner of the other semi-final (Port Alberni/CW).

 The women are also finished until the new year. For those curious about the women’s player auction, the initial targeted game to decide the auction results was rained out. A game early in the new year, when the national team members are back with the squad, will be designated as the auction game. That way the starting 15 can be as similar as possible to that announced during the auction.

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Weekend Results-22 Nov 16

 The Premier women had a strong outing against Capilano, winning 37-10. That’s it for them until January 28th, when they host a make-up game against Burnaby Lake.

 The Premier men lost 43-11 to CW, while the 1sts squeaked out a 29-26 win over Cowichan. There is one final regular season match for the mens’ squads, a make-up game against the Vikes and the Norsemen (home, 12:45 and 2:45 kickoff on Saturday). That will wrap up the fall qualification season for the top squad: last of four in the competition, they drop to Island firsts in the spring session. The first div men are sitting in 4th place, if I read it correctly, which may give them a playoff berth depending on results in this final weekend of regular season play.

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Weekend Results-16 Nov 16

 The Premier men were away last weekend, losing 35-5 to JBAA.  

 Coming up, the Premier women are back in action  hosting Capilano at 10:30am. They’ll be followed by the 1st div men at 12:45pm, hosting Cowichan. The Premier men are at Windsor against CW, 2:30pm. The 2nd div women are in playoffs, slated to travel to Seattle for a semi-final match.

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Weekend Results 11 Nov 16

 With our field closed Saturday, our matches were moved to Windsor Park. The ladies took the move in stride, notching a convincing 50-0 win over CW. Surely a sweet victory after losing to them in the final last season!  The premier men forfeited their match against CW, but the 1sts carried on with their game, ultimately losing 32-24.

 Coming Up:This weekend, the 1st div men have a rest, while the premier men travel to MacDonald Park to play JBAA. The mighty thirds are back in the mix, travelling to Comox Saturday. The premier ladies also have the weekend off.

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Weekend Results-01 Nov 16

 The ladies emerged from a tough match in Seattle victorious (24-19) and the only undefeated squad in the division. The premier men looked ready to upset the Vikes, up 11-7 at the half, but couldn’t maintain the pace in the second half. The Vikes pulled away to a 43-11 win. The 1st div men also lost, 38-19 to the Norsemen.

 Coming Up:We have three, if not four, home games this weekend. It looks to be a great weekend at Westshore! The premier women host CW in a rematch of last season’s provincial final, starting at 11:30am. The men also host CW, at 1pm and 2:45pm. There may also be a women’s 2nd div game against Comox but that has yet to be confirmed.

 Canada West Trials:Last week I missed one name for the Canada West U18 camp coming up this week: Hunter Grant. Good luck to all our players!

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Weekend Results-25 Oct 16

 The club hosted a rare quadruple header on Saturday, winning three and losing one. The women started the day off with a pair of victories over Cowichan, 54-5 in premier and 15-10 in 2nd division. The 1st div men also won, beating JBAA 27-17, but the premier men struggled against JBAA losing 29-0.

 The women’s player auction wasn’t applied to this game, as there were too many lineup changes. The plan is to make this happen November 19th, with a home make-up game against Capilano.

 Coming Up

 This Saturday, both men’s teams visit UVic, 1pm and 2:45 at Wallace Field. The premier women head to Seattle, and the 2nds host Comox.

 New Sponsor

 The club has a new sponsor – Nurse Next Door – and has a great promotion coming up to introduce them to our members.

 This Sunday, the club is hosting a your jamboree and is setting up a special area for elderly fans of our young club members. They can watch their little ones play in the jamboree in comfort, with a covered, heated area, comfy chairs, and warm drinks. See the attachment for details! Nurse Next Door will be offering 4 lucky grandparents or seniors transportation to the event.

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VV All-Time All-Stars   14 Oct 16 

 A great crowd of past members joined our current crop of players for club night last night for the unveiling of the  All-Time All-Stars. For those that missed it, the voting selected the following squad of guys from 60 nominees from throughout our club history:
1              Lunk

2              John Lyall

3              Mike Pletch

4              Mike Holmes

5              Darryl Hall

6              Scott Harnden

7              Evan Machin

8              Dave Defrane

9              Jon Hume

10           Mark Wyatt

11           Dean Van Camp

12           Todd Cunningham

13           Dale Grimston

14           Roy Wheeldon

15           Bruce Jordan 

coach    Greg Clague

coach    Winston Stanley

manager  George Jones

Bench   Mark Lawson

                Tony Arthurs

                Aaron Frisby

                Ahurei Young

                Clay Panga

                Chad Vath

                Gareth Rowlands

                Mark Hume

 Each member that paid to vote also gets a booklet with all the results and some entertaining player profiles. If you arranged to have this mailed out, this will be coming to you soon.

 Also last night was the women’s player auction, which raised $2000 for a player scholarship. The player that scores the last try in Saturday’s match against Capilano will earn $1600 for the person who claimed them in the auction.

 Game Schedule

 We’ve got a triple header Saturday, so brave the weather and come support the club!

11:30     Premier women host Capilano

1pm       1st div men host UVic

2:45        Premier men host UVic

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Weekend Results-11 Oct 16

 The only game for the club saw the 1st div men travel to Windsor Park to play CW. Up 15-12 at the half, our boys eventually lost a close one 27-33.

 After the Thanksgiving break, all squads are in action this weekend. The club hosts a triple header Saturday, with the men playing the Vikes (2:45) and the Norsemen (1pm), and the women taking on Capilano in the first official week of premier play. There will be a players’ auction this Thursday night: last premier woman to score a try Saturday earns half the pot for whoever buys them in the auction. I’m trying to get verification on the women’s kickoff time, as the BCRU site shows it as 1pm as well.

 All-Time All-Stars           

 Also this Thursday evening at club night will be the unveiling of the results for the All-Time All-Stars! Most of these club legends have confirmed that they will be there for the announcement, as have a few dozen other old boys from throughout our club’s history. If you rarely make it to the club, this would be a great opportunity to catch up with your old teammates.

 There will be a shuttle from Saanich to Westshore, if you don’t want to drive. It will leave the parking lot of the Red Lion at 7pm, and return at 11pm. If you would like to take advantage of this, contact Emma at jonesy.emma@gmail.com.

 All Blacks in Chicago

 Todd Cunningham has two extra tickets to the All Blacks / Ireland game coming up in Chicago, November 5th. Contact him directly if you are interested.

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Velox Valhallian All-Time All-Stars-10 Oct 16

 We are just over a week away now from announcing the results of the voting for the top VV squad of all time!

 Club night next Thursday, October 13th, will have a special presentation unveiling the results. If you haven’t been out to our new clubhouse yet, this would be a great opportunity: a good crowd of old boys will be on hand. To make it harder to say no, the club has arranged a shuttle to take passengers to and from closer to town. The shuttle will leave the parking lot of the Red Lion at 7pm, and return at 11pm. Cost will be $7-10/person, collected by the driver.

 If you purchased a ballot, you will be able to pick up your copy of the book with all the results and player profiles. Food will be available, and the presentation will be made as soon as the players are in from training.

 Weekend Results

 The premier men started the game vs JBAA on fire, tied 17-17 at the half. The wheels fell off in the second, with a 64-17 final. Obviously not a great result, but there is enough there to stay positive about the future. The 1sts earned a 21-12 win in the opener.

 It’s the Thanksgiving weekend coming up, so there aren’t many games scheduled. Our firsts play though, away to CW. Kickoff is Saturday, 1pm, at Windsor. CW is hosting a small 10-aside tourney as well that morning, 10am-1pm. Westshore has a squad entered.

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Weekend Results-28 Sep 16

 Last Friday, the Premier men were on the wrong end of a high scoring game against the Vikes. Losing 46-29, Westshore nonetheless ran in 5 tries (four from Clay Panga, one from Leam Williams). The firsts had a rough ride to Port Alberni, losing 55-19.

 This coming weekend, the Premier and first div men travel to MacDonald Park to play JBAA (1pm and 2:45 kickoffs, Saturday).  The Premier women’s schedule doesn’t officially start until Oct 15th, but the second div women are scheduled to travel to Comox.

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Weekend Results-20 Sep 16

 The Premier men struggled Friday night against CW, but battled to a 10-0 deficit at half time before fading in the second half. 34-0 was the final. With no try scored by Westshore, the player auction will roll over to the next game. Close to $1000 was raised for the club, with a similar amount to go to the eventual winner. The 1sts also lost,  45-22 away in Nanaimo.

 Coming up, the Premier men have another Friday night game: this time, away against the Vikes. 7pm kickoff, presumably at Centennial Stadium. The 1st div men head to Port Alberni on Saturday. The premier ladies have a bye, but the 2nd div women head to Cowichan.

 Velox Valhallian All-Time All-Stars

 The results for the All-Time All-Stars are ready, and will be released at a special club night on October 13th! Let me start by apologizing for how long it has taken to get this project to completion. In my own defense though, in the spring of 2015 when this started and I said it would be done by the fall, I never actually said what year….

 So, for all of you who donated to the club in order to get a ballot, and for all of you that have been curious as to the results, your wait is almost over.

 Mark Thursday, October 13th, on your calendar. Enjoy a few beers at the newly constructed bar, check out the new clubhouse if you haven’t had a chance to come by yet, and socialize with teammates from years gone by.

Drag that old VV or Velox shirt out of the closet!

 That evening, there will also be a player auction for the women’s premier squad.

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Season Opener!-13 Sep 16

 The club has its first match of the season this Friday night, with the men hosting CW in a premier qualification match. 7pm kickoff! The bar will be open! $5 entrance.

 Saturday, the 2nds head to Nanaimo for their first game, and the women are away to Cowichan.

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Senior Players Club Dues-6 Sep 16

 Annual club dues is $375 for all senior players (U19 and above), and $325 for full time students (must prove it). Club socks and shorts with logo, as well as a Tec style warm up T- shirt with logo will be included in members club dues. This is separate from paying the RC/BCRU insurance is $114. Senior Men’s and Women’s team club dues are payable to Jay Jimmo (Westshore RFC Sgt-at-Arms/Club Registrar). Payments can be made by cash or cheque (made out to Westshore RFC). Payment plans and working off dues can be set up, contact me. As a paid member you have the right to vote on club issues at all general meetings.

 All players must have club dues paid in full before 15th Oct 16, or not be eligible to practice or play.

 Social Membership

 Come on out, show your support for the best rugby club in the country! We are looking for ex-players, and/or long-time supporters and fans. Including those special volunteers and people whom we will call “PATRIOTS” of the long history of Velox RFC that has morphed into Westshore RFC. Social membership is $100, payable to Jay Jimmo (Westshore RFC Sgt-at-Arms/Club Registrar). Payments can be made by cash or cheque (made out to Westshore RFC). As a paid social member you have the right to vote on club issues at all meetings.

 Coaches and Managers Needed – Youth/Junior Programs

 Westshore RFC is looking for volunteers to assist with coaching and managers for our many Junior /Youth programs, for both boys and girls. Any current player with the adult program will receive $100 towards their club dues for volunteering for the entire Junior or Youth season. Please see John MacMillan for U14-U18 Junior boys, Marlene Donaldson for U14-U18 Junior girls, and Irene Ives for U8-U12 Youths. All contact info available on our webpage.

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Westshore 7’s-19 Aug 16

 The club is hosting 7’s tomorrow, with squads also entered from CW and JBAA. Games start at 10am, beer gardens open at 10am. Games go through to 4:30, but the social continues on in the clubhouse.

 Season Kickoff Club Night:The first club night of the 2016/17 season will be next Thursday, the 25th. Break in the new bar, and help recognize all our players representing BC at the Nationals this week. Starts at 7pm!

 Game Day Army:David Millard & Matt Evans have agreed to Co-Coordinate the new Game Day Army.

 The idea is to get a group of volunteers that would help set up/tear down the fields on game day, run the admission gate & other related tasks. We would hope to recruit enough members of the Army that members could be scheduled, alternating weekends & chores etc. The Army will be supplemented by the players of the day but it removes pressure so they can focus on the game.

Let Dave or Matt know if you can help out.

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Westshore 7’s-9 Aug 16

 The club is preparing to host its first sevens tournament, August 20th, with divisions for elite men, social men, and women’s squads. Save the date! You can find more information on our Facebook page.

 Rep Rugby

 Congratulations to a dedicated group of Westshore juniors, representing BC at Nationals: Rori Wood, Zoe Williams, Alexis Dunning, Kaleigh Dupuis, Beth Fitzner, and Maggie Mackinnon. Good luck to you all!

 Room for Rent

 Need a room? Contact Scott Harnden at 250-415-7199 or scottydont6@hotmail.com if interested. Wilkinson Road, 10 min drive to the pitch.

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Pre-season Notice for 2016/17

 Practices for the Men’s teams will start this coming Tuesday, August 2nd, at JDF Rec Center (our home field). Start time is 6:30pm. All players are welcome, including former U16/18 players. Come met our new Head Coach Jake Duraan. Bring runners as well as cleats, and lots of water.

 Sessions will continue every Tuesday and Thursday evening, as well as Saturday mornings at 10:30.

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Rugby Saturday-8 Jul 16

 There are three games on Saturday, all held at Bullen Park in Esquimalt, with two Westshore players playing rep rugby. The day starts at 1pm with the Canadian Classics vs the USA Classic Eagles. The two teams include over 500 caps combined! Lunk will once again be playing for the Canadian Classics.

 The next game is a middle school girls all star 7’s game at 2:30, followed by the main event at 3pm: BC Bears hosting the Wolf Pack. Clay Panga is in this game, starting at #8 for the Wolf Pack.

 It should be a fun day of rugby. Good luck to Clay and Lunk!

Rep Rugby

 included a list of Westshore players playing this summer at various levels. I missed a few!

 U14 boys Tide: 

Kyle Brittain

Keegan Hall

Joseph Hyde

Kincaid White

 It is also worth mentioning that earlier in the summer Jay Jimmo and Lunk played for the Tide, and more recently Chelsey Minter has been playing with Canada’s Maple Leaf squad. If I’ve missed anyone else, let me know and I’ll give them a shout out.

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Player Awards-2 Jun 16

 It’s been a few weeks since my last newsletter, but of course we are well into the summer break. Back at the banquet, the squads gave out the player awards. Here are the results, except for the women (which I haven’t had any luck getting details on yet):

 1st div:

MVP – Jason Gagnier

Top forward – Toby Berg

Top bac k- Connor Llewelyn

Top rookie – Logan Martin-Feek

 2nd div:

MVP – Cody Walker

Top forward – Sean Saunders

Top back – Andrew Owen

Top rookie – Korry Galbraith

 

3rd div: 

Best Back – Joe Mcdonough

Coach’s award – Mike McDougall

Players Player – Dave Morgan

MVP – Allen Hall

 There were a few other awards given out that night:

 George Jones Award (active players displaying leadership and volunteering on and off the field) – Selina McGinnis, Clay Panga, and Cam Neish

Charlton Smith Award (volunteer contributions from a non-player) – Rae Roer

Greg Clague Award (tenacity and determination on and off the field) – Connor Botterell, Britt Sims

Parker Johnson Jr Development Award (notable contributions to the junior/youth programs) – Jake Durran

 Preseason:The 2015/16 season is barely put to bed, but it is already time to start thinking ahead to September. The club has a few dates to throw on your calendar.

 July 8                     coaching development                                  $25         meal and guest speaker included

Aug 6                     kicking clinic                                                        free       U18 – senior players

Aug 12                  Westshore kids camp                                     $35         minis – U16

Aug 13                  tight 5 camp                                                       free       U18 – senior players

Aug 20                  backline phase & counter attack               free      

Sep 2                     President’s dinner                                           $40         3 course meal, guest speakers, silent auction, drink specials

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Touch & Team Awards

Thursday, May 5th at 6:30pm. Touch will commence approximately at 6:45, followed by the presentation of team awards and $5 dinner. The team awards are all of the awards given to individual players from their respective teams.

 Banquet-7 May 16

Our annual banquet will be Saturday, May 7th at 6:30pm. There will be coffee, tea, appetizers, and desserts, and the presentation of club awards will take place. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased on Thursday or Saturday at the door.

 Thunder Rugby

 All are invited to the annual Thunder Rugby fundraiser Sunday May 15th, 2:00 – 5:00 pm at the Westshore club. There will be great prizes, appies and Hannah Darling of the  National Woman 7s team receiving her cedar cap.  The Thunder team will be training at noon – 1:30 if you know of any youth!

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Playoff Results-3 May 16

 The club challenged for two provincial titles Saturday, but came up short in both.

 The day started with 3rd division, playing against the same squad from last year’s final: Kelowna. The opposition was young and fit, and with the Westshore forwards struggling in the lineouts the backs were denied enough quality ball. Kelowna repeats as provincial 3rd div champs 40-22.

 Next up, the Valkyries attempted to repeat as Premier champions against CW. Anticipated by some to be a story of Westshore’s more dominant forwards versus CW’s speedier backs, our ladies ended up on the short end of a 31-15 final score.

With that, another season comes to a close, our first as Westshore. We can count the year a successful one despite some key playoff losses: the women and the 3rds won Island championships, the 1st div men proved in the fall that they could compete at the Premier level (beating JBAA 8-7 and giving both UVic and CW a scare), we fielded five senior squads, and had robust junior and youth programs. With the transition and move complete, we can now focus on growing rugby in the Westshore!

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Weekend Schedule-29 Apr 16

 Two of three BC Finals scheduled for tomorrow (Saturday) at MacDonald Park will feature squads from Westshore! Come out and support your club….

 11:30am               3rd Division                          Westshore vs Kelowna

1:15pm                 Premier Women              Westshore vs CW

3:00pm                 Library Square Cup          JBAA vs Capilano

 For the 3rds, this is the 4th visit to the final in recent years. We’ve yet to win this trophy, but this year’s squad (very reminiscent of a premier lineup of yesteryear) hopes it has what it takes. Kelowna, also our competition in the final last year, is so far undefeated this season. The women once again find themselves defending their provincial title, though this time around it will be against the new squad from CW. After our move from Gordon Head, a number of Valkyries parted ways (amicably) to create a second women’s premier team in Victoria. These should both be great battles. I hope to see you all there!

 

AGM:Thursday night, the club had its first AGM since the move. A new constitution was adopted to reflect the name change to Westshore RFC and also to update a document that hasn’t been dusted off since the early 70’s.

 In the elections, Mark Wyatt will be staying on as President, as will Vice-President Mike Holmes, Treasurer Christel Hume, Sergeant at Arms Jay Jimmo, Secretary Cam Neish, and Director of Youth Rugby Marlene Donaldson. Rae Roer is replacing Matt Evans as Director of Facilities and Clay Panga is taking over Director of Rugby from John MacMillan.

 The club owes all of these members a big thank you for all of the time they have put into this last season, and for all the work they are signing up for in the coming year.

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Weekend Schedule-26 Apr 16

 The club has two provincial semi-finals this Saturday, with the women hosting Burnaby at 11:30am and the 3rds travelling to Vancouver for a 1pm match against the Brit Lions. Good luck to both! There was an opportunity for the 2nds to participate in playoffs as well, but we’ve had to decline to due numbers.

Weekend Results

 Two Westshore squads booked a spot this coming Saturday for the BC finals! It was two very different looking semi-final wins…. The women put on a show for the fans at home, winning in convincing fashion 53-3 over Burnaby Lake. The CW ladies also won Saturday, 49-27 over Seattle, making for an all-Victoria final.

The thirds won as well, but did it the hard way in a 7-3 victory over the Brit Lions. John Lyall dusted off the quill and paper to write this report:

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The Westshore thirds traveled to Vancouver Saturday to take on the Brit Lions in BCRU Tier A Third division action.  The team was fresh off a 53 – 5 Island championship over Comox (game closer than it appeared) and knew the Brits would be tough competition. The team fielded one of its strongest in years, appearing eerily reminiscent of the premier team of the 2004-05 era, the side littered with names of lore such as Scotty, Trees, Dolph, Eby, Duck, Konny, Junior & Barney.  It could have been worse had Vath not succumb to his wife, or Lunk getting called up to the 2nds, those two ably replaced by additional Velox stalwarts Neish and the Future.

The team arrived in the yellow school bus to John Oliver park, right in the middle of thriving Delta. It was a windy day, with a noted slant to the field.  Allen Hall pulled himself in the warmup, Dolph a stud of the team and excellent lineout jumper.  We replaced Allen with Paul, a longstanding member of the team, one who could be described as a poor lineout option.

 This was our third encounter with the Brits in BCRU playoff action in recent years, splitting the series to date.  Captain Dale chose to play with the wind and slope first half, Barney’s Wednesday training regime ensuring playing uphill and against the wind a non factor in the second half.

 The first half was tense affair, slightly frustrating as our territory and possession control was unable to turn into points.  Uncharacteristic dropped balls and a lineout win ratio more akin to a batting average stalled scoring drives.  We also discovered a scrum half in Brit Lion #9 yippier and more boisterous than our own Duck.

 The Brits opened the scoring with a penalty in the second half, perhaps the first, I cannot recall, before replacement prop Jay Jimmo barreled over for a try, later accurately self termed in third person reference on his social media site as the most important try of day; this try ably converted into a breeze by Konny. The hard hitting continued, Scotty having to retire due a mouth stitches requiring concussion, however stitches don’t prevent chewing or concussions having one on the ferry. The Brits may or may not have scored a try or two in the second half, the referee being the sole judge of time and try deemed not.  As time moved ever so slowly to a 87 minute completion, the whistle finally blew securing Westshore a second consecutive trip to a BC Finals, playing Kelowna for the 2nd year in a row!

 A common adage, “Fuck the Crows” comes to life this weekend as we look forward to seeing all this Saturday, for a 11:30 am BC finals kickoff at MacDonald Park!

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AGM: The club’s annual general meeting will be next Thursday, at 8pm, at the clubhouse. All members are encouraged to attend: vote on the executive, hear reports on the past season, and give your input on the season to come!

 Gillian Florence Award :Our own Barb Mervin has received the prestigious Gillian Florence Award, for the top women’s player as voted on by her peers within Rugby Canada. Congratulations, Barb! You are an inspirational member of the club, as well as of the national squad.

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Weekend Results-19 Apr 16

 The club went two for three on Saturday, winning a pair of big matches and coming up a bit short in the third.

 The ladies finished the regular season with a strong outing against the visitors from Seattle, winning 27-17. They have now clawed their way into first place, earning themselves a home semi-final this coming Saturday against Burnaby (11:30am kickoff). The Valkyries lost their last match against Burnaby, so we can look forward to a tough one!

 The first div men struggled against a strong Cowichan side Saturday in the Island final, losing 23-12. With that, the squad is done for the season and don’t carry on to provincial playoffs.

 The 3rds fared better in their Island final, dominating Comox 53-5. That’s two Island championships for the club (including the women in the fall), certainly titles to be proud of. The 3rds now head to BC semi-finals, away Saturday against the Brit Lions (1:45pm at John Oliver Park in Delta). It would seem that our sometimes overlooked second div squad has also made playoffs, with an away match against the Meralomas set for Saturday as well.

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Weekend Results-12 Apr 16

 The club earned three big wins on the weekend, starting with the Premier women. They defeated cross-town rivals CW 27-17 in a match with playoff implications: They now sit on top of the standings, and a win in their remaining match next weekend (vs #3 Seattle) will allow them to stay there. Either way, the squad finishes 1st or 2nd and earns home field advantage for the provincial semi-finals.

 The 1st div and 3rd div men both won their Island semi-final matches in convincing fashion, with the top squad defeating Port Alberni 56-19 and the 3rds overpowering Nanaimo 73-5. Both proceed to Island finals this weekend!

 Coming Up

 As noted, the women have their final regular season match this Saturday against Seattle. As a special arrangement, the game will be held at Westhills Stadium at 6:15pm, following all of the 7’s games for the Langford international women’s tournament.

 The men will be at home, hosting a pair of Island championship games: at 1pm the 3rds play Comox, and at 2:30 the 1sts have Cowichan.

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Weekend Schedule-8 Apr 16

 The games are bit different than I reported earlier in the week, apparently. The women are away to CW, 11:30am at Windsor. The 1st div men host Port Alberni at 1pm, and Sunday the 3rds host Nanaimo at 2:30. Get out and enjoy some great weather, and some great rugby!

 It’s also worth mentioning in advance that the Premier women will play their next game, April 16th home vs Seattle, at Westhills Stadium at the end of the day’s schedule for the Langford 7’s Women’s tournament. If you needed an excuse to take in the tourney, here it is.

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Weekend Results-5 Apr 16

Westshore squads went 3 for 3 on the weekend, with some key victories leading up to playoffs.

The Premier women notched a convincing 48-12 win over Bayside, moving them up to  3rd spot in the division with two games remaining.  Those two games are at home against the 1st and 2nd place squads: they can still claw their way to the top if they win both. The first div men ended the regular season with a tight 20-19 win over Cowichan, and the 3rds beat CW 41-17. Both squads finish first in the regular season, earning home field advantage going into playoffs this coming weekend.

Coming Up

This Saturday, the club has  a double header: the women start the day at 11:30am hosting 1st place CW. The Valkyries won the last game between the two in March, 32-15. Next up, the 1st div men take on Port Alberni in an Island semi-final (our boys have won both match ups so far this season). No kickoff time has been made official…. The 3rds also have an Island semi-final, at home against Nanaimo on Sunday (2:30pm kickoff).

The men and women’s squads are hosting a big party Saturday night at the clubhouse, starting at 7pm. All are welcome!

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Game Results-31 Mar 16

 There were no games on the weekend due to the Easter break, but Westshore hosted a rare Thursday evening double header last week, coming away with two big wins. The ladies started the evening off with a 32-15 win over first place CW, followed by a 29-7 3rd div win over Cowichan.

 Coming Up:This weekend, the premier women travel to the Mainland to take on last place Bayside. With three games remaining, the ladies are sitting in 4th place: a bit tight considering only the top 4 head to playoffs. They have more games remaining than the rest of the leaders though, so have ample opportunity to move up the board. The 1st div men, with first place on the Island wrapped up, have their last regular season match this Saturday with a road trip to Cowichan.

 The thirds go into their Sunday game against CW (1pm, Windsor Park) also guaranteed first place going into playoffs next week.

 Pot Use at Westshore:          A message from President Mark Wyatt

 We have had an exceptionally great start in our new home. I was recently asked about our position on marijuana consumption at Westshore.  Recognizing that within Canada we are experiencing a transition with respect to how consumption is viewed, we remain an athletic organization committed predominantly to result driven high performance – so the use of that product within that context does not mesh with the desired performance outcomes. Personal and private choices are not the issue. Moreover, we as a club are in a lease arrangement with Westshore Parks and Recreation and the language is very clear – zero tolerance. We will not put this in jeopardy. Therefore, the Club’s position must be consistent with our landlord – zero tolerance for any consumption within buildings and grounds.

Ebb Tide Tour: Japan, May 2017: An Ebb Tide rugby tour is always a great experience and most of you have heard that a tour to Japan is even more special! There are currently 18 players committed and we are hoping to have at least 35 players on the tour. The tour committee is working on a cost estimate of ~$4,000 for each person to cover transportation and accommodation for 18 days in Japan. We are hopeful that this amount may be reduced when final costs are known. Please let us know as soon as possible whether you are interested in joining the Ebb Tide.  $100 deposit is due now and secures your place on the tour with another $400 deposit due by May 30, 2016. More player payments will be needed during the year as our club tour payments are due. Airfare bookings will be made in June 2016 with payments to follow soon. Our tour treasurer, Jim Capron will gladly take your deposit(s).  For more info on this great adventure go to our Ebb Tide website’s link on the Japan Tour. Please let us know if you can commit to the club’s next tour adventure.

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THURSDAY NIGHT RUGBY-24 Mar 16

Westshore RFC come away with 2 big wins on a wet and cold Thursday night games under the lights for the first time on the new field. With a David and Goliath match up saw our Valkyries soundly dominated the top place team CW 32-15, with most of the tries from the forward pack, as Prop Rosie Lang scored 2 herself for the front row club. And the 3rd Div ruggers won over COW 29-7 in a solid hard hitting performance from the pack team tries to epic ball handling of the backs cutting up the pitch.

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Weekend Results -22 Mar 16       

 Our top sides earned a pair of big wins on Saturday, with the premier women taking Bayside down 82-0 and the 1st div men winning 63-0 up in Port Alberni. The 2nd div men struggled against the Saxons, losing 48-17.

 Coming Up:It’s Easter, so no games on the weekend. We do have two games though on Thursday night: at 6:30 the women host CW, then at 8pm the 3rds host Cowichan. A Thursday night double header! The bar will be open!

 AGM:The date has been announced for our first AGM since the move: April 28th at 8pm. This is your opportunity to hear reports on the season coming to a close, and have your input on the executive to lead us through the next.

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Schedule Update-17 Mar 16

 It seems I was looking at an old schedule – the 1st div men are away to Port Alberni, not home as I wrote yesterday. I’ve also learned that the 2nd div women’s squad has been put on hiatus due to lack of numbers. That leaves us with one home game Saturday with the Premier women hosting Bayside at 11:30am.

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Coming Up-16 Mar 16

 This Saturday, the Premier women host Bayside (11:30am) and the 2nd div women host United (also listed as 11:30am, so we’ll see how that shakes out). The 1st div men host Port Alberni at 1pm, and the 2nd div men are away to UVic to play the Saxons. The 3rds are off.

 Westshore Photographer Wanted:Westshore RFC is looking for photographers  to volunteer to capture game action shots of the various and many teams from men’s to women’s to youth/juniors.  Ideally we are looking for an amateur or 2 (teams various simultaneous locations) with experience to step up to fill this position permanently.  But it can be as simple as sideline cell phone gems to an occasional shutter bug with more expensive hardware.  The result is capturing great pics of family, friends and others to promote the Westshore RFC teams and brands where they will be showcased on social media (FB/Twitter/Etc.) and website for all to see and enjoy.  These pictures can be shared on Facebook and message sent for notification to Webmaster Jay Jimmo, or emailed to angandjay@shaw.ca, or texted to 250-588-1696.

 Thunder Rugby:John Lyall has been heading up the Thunder Rugby program, which focuses on aboriginal players. Players self-identify, but it is an inclusive group that welcomes all. They are entering a U14 boys squad this year into the UVIC 7s, a combined team with a Maori team from New Zealand! Save the Date

Sunday May 15: Thunder fundraiser at Westshore RFC at 2pm.  Training session at noon

Sunday May 22: Training session at Victoria Native Friendship Centre, Hampton fields, (time to be confirmed)

May 29: Langford 7s at Westhills, U18 boys and girls, (time to be confirmed)

July 5-7: Shawnigan Camp – U14, U16, U18 boys, U 16 – U18 girls

July 8-9: Uvic International 7s (with above teams)

 Keep an eye on www.firstnationsrugby.com and Vancouver Island Thunder on FB for more updates.

 Supporting Junior Tide Rugby:The Junior Tide Board is currently seeking new candidates from the south island rugby community for the 2016 board of directors. A financial coordinator is needed. Also needed are coaches, assistant coaches, and managers for the U14, U16, and U17 men, as well as the U18 women. If you are interested, please contact Marlene Donaldson (Junior Tide Board – Chair) at marlenedonaldson3@gmail.com. Please confirm your interest by Sunday, March 27, 2016.

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WESTSHORE PHOTOGRPHERS WANTED-8 Mar 16

 Westshore RFC is looking for photographers  to volunteer to capture game action shots of the various and many teams from men’s to women’s to youth/juniors.  Ideally we are looking for an amateur or 2 (teams various simultaneous locations) with experience to step up to fill this position permanently.  But it can be as simple as sideline cell phone gems to an occasional shutter bug with more expensive hardware.  The result is capturing great pics of family, friends and others to promote the Westshore RFC teams and brands where they will be showcased on social media (FB/Twitter/Etc) and website for all to see and enjoy.  These pictures can be shared on Facebook and message sent for notification to Webmaster Jay Jimmo, or emailed to angandjay@shaw.ca, or texted to 250-588-1696.

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Weekend Results-8 Mar 16

 The club had a great day Saturday, winning all three games in a home triple header. The premier ladies started the day off with a comprehensive 46-17 win over Capilano, followed by a 3rd div victory over Nanaimo 36-7. The 1st div men made it three for three, winning a 28-26 nail biter over Nanaimo.

 Coming Up:There are no games on the schedule for this week, as everyone’s attention turns to the Vancouver 7’s. I’ll hopefully see many of you there!

 Vegas 7’s: A number of Westshore club members were in Vegas this last weekend representing BC in the Invitational tournament. Aaron Frisby coached the BC U23 women’s team (including Valkyrie Courtney Sims) to win their division. Other Westshore players included Alexis Dunning and Rori Wood (girls U16), and Logan Martin-Feek (Boys U18) – both these squads won their divisions as well. Connor Llewellyn and Jason Gagnier are listed with the U23 men’s squad, but Jason was here Saturday playing against Nanaimo, so I’m not sure what happened! Regardless, congratulations to all our members who represented their club and their province in Vegas.

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Weekend Results-01 Mar 16

 The Premier women lost Saturday 19-24 to Burnaby in a tough fought match, while the men played an inter-squad 7’s tournament. Sunday, the 3rds traveled to Comox, earning a 30-5 win.

 Coming Up

 Four home games! This Saturday is going to be huge for the club, with the Premier women (vs Caps), 2nd Div women (vs Scribes), 1st div men (Nanaimo) and 3rds (Nanaimo) all hosting. I’ll have to update later in the week with kickoff times when that gets sorted out, but started planning now for a full day at the club.

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Results-23 Feb 16

 The 1st div men earned a huge win Saturday, defeating the Black Sheep 43-10, while the 2nds struggled against Cowichan (0-20). The 3rds gained a measure of revenge on Sunday, defeating the Piggies 27-10. Both women’s squads were off.

 The 1st div game was played at Westhills Stadium as a curtain raiser for the ARC Canada/Brazil match: Canada won 52-25 and Clay Panga earned man-of-the-match. Congrats, Clay!

 Coming Up:This weekend, the premier women travel to Burnaby and the 2nds travel to Ridge Meadows. For the men, the always entertaining inter-squad match up! The  1sts play the 2nds at 1pm on Saturday. Sunday, the 3rds travel to Comox.

 Poker  Night 2:The Ebb Tide poker night has been moved to Monday, February 29th, from 5.30 Pm-8.30 Pm @ the Gorge Pointe Pub.  Mike has generously offered a $5 pint and food deals. There will be “NO money” at the Pub. All entries will be in hand by Thursday the 25th. Entry fee is your choice of $25 or $50. For info, contact and pay Mike Joss or Jim Turner at (cycles@shaw.ca)

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Weekend Results-9 Feb 16

 The women tied in their match against Cowichan, 34-34, although I understand that there was a lot of confusion at the end of the match over the tally. 1st div men won 27-10 over Cowichan, and the 2nds lost 44-17 to Nanaimo. On Sunday, the 3rds beat CW: I’ll guestimate a score of 52-14.

 Coming Up

 We have byes this weekend for the premier women, and 1st and 2nd div men. The 2nd div ladies travel to Seattle, and on Sunday the 3rds host Cowichan.

Premier women:              host UBC

2nd Div women:                 bye

1st div men:                         host Port Alberni

2nd div men:                        away to Cowichan

3rds (Sunday):                   away to Cowichan

 Westshore Rep Player: Julian Richard Foggitt, a Westshore U18 player, has been selected to participate at a national level U17 development camp in March. Congratulations, Julian! He could use some help though covering the fees. Can you make a donation to help him get there? Follow the link!

 On the topic of rep players: congratulations to Clay Panga who earned his first cap for Canada on Saturday vs Uruguay. Well played, Clay!

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Weekend Schedule- 5 Feb 16

 The games for Saturday have changed, now with a home triple header! Come to Westshore for three great games, then still have time to head to the Canada/Uruguay match at Westhills:

 10:30am               Premier women host Cowichan

12:00                     2nd Div men host Nanaimo

1:30pm                 1st div men host Cowichan

 The Canada game starts at 4pm, and you can get tickets online or at the gate. Our own Clay Panga is getting the start at #8, so come out to cheer him on! The Goldstream Gazette has a great article that features Clay and talks about the game. Former VV’er Nick Blevins is also on the roster.

 Sunday, the 3rds are home to CW, with an early noon kickoff to accommodate those heading to Super Bowl parties.

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Weekend Results-2 Feb 16

The club’s senior squads won two and lost two on Saturday, with the Premier women victorious away to SFU 27-0 and the 1st div men running away 72-5 against the Saxons. The 2nd div squads struggled, with the women losing 25-34 to United and the men losing 38-19 against Port Alberni.
Coming Up

This Saturday, the Premier women head to Cowichan while the 2nds have the weekend off. The men have a double header at home with the 1sts hosting Cowichan (2:30pm) and 2nds hosting Nanaimo (1pm). Sunday, the 3rds are at home vs CW at noon (hosting will be at Gorge Pointe Pub for a Superbowl Party).
Clubhouse Jersey Display

Thanks to some generous donations, we will be putting up a number of older jerseys from throughout the club’s history. We still need one though: a jersey from the amalgamation, ideally one of the originals with the VV crest and burning Viking ship. Contact Mark Wyatt if you have something hidden away in a closet!
Poker night 2

The Ebb Tide are hosting another poker night on Monday, February 22nd, from 5.30pm-8.30pm @ the Gorge Pointe Pub. Mike has generously offered a $5 pint and food deals.

There will be “NO money” at the Pub. All entry fees need to be submitted by Thursday the 18th (your choice of $25 or $50). For info, contact Jim Turner.

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Weekend Schedule-28 Jan 16

 One home game this weekend! Come out and enjoy the game!

 1st Div Men:        home to Saxons (1pm)

2nd Div Men:       away to Port Alberni

3rd Div Men:       bye

 Premier Women:             away to SFU

2nd div Women:                 away to United

 Westshore Clubhouse:We are in the process of putting up some rugby jerseys on the walls of our new clubhouse, in the usual wood/glass display cases. Does anyone have an old-school black Velox jersey, or an early example of a Velox Valhallian jersey that can go up? Need to be good enough to be framed! Contact Mark Wyatt if you do.

 ARC:The Americas Rugby Championship is coming up soon, and our own Clay Panga has been named to Canada’s long list. Congrats, Clay! The competition features squads from the USA, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, and Argentina. Two matches will be at Westhills Stadium (Feb 6th vs Uruguay, Feb 20th vs Brazil), so you’ll get a chance to cheer Clay on!

 Game Reports:          Written by Brandon Labbey-Krejci

 Westshore 1 vs. Nanaimo Hornets

 Nanaimo Hornets welcomed the Westshore 1st Division topside team Saturday, January 23rd, to the May Bennet Pioneer Park. The clouds had cleared up letting in the sunshine for a beautiful day of scrumming, rucking, and tackling. The scoreless first 10 to 15 minutes of gameplay was no walk in the park, as both teams anticipated. Westshore appeared to control the ball the majority of the first half, but allowed the Hornets to get the best of them on quick counter attacks and exploiting mistakes. Unfortunately Westhores’ strong control of the ball, with their forward pack smash-ups, was not reflected in the score. The first try scored by the Hornets was by their winger, who was in the right place at the right time as a pass was knocked on from the fingertips of a Westhore player and bounced into the hands of the try scorer within 15 meters of the try line. Ending the first half of the game 5 – 0 for the Hornets.

 The Westshore mistakes would continue and not go unpunished in the second half as a penalty kick was scored by the Hornet’s captain gaining them an additional 3 points to add to their lead over Westshore. Hornets would also exploit the confusion of player positioning on the field in their counter attacks. The second try was scored when a line break from a kick return left a Westshore winger and centre overwhelmed by multiple Hornet backs, who would spin the ball fast enough to beat Westshore’s winger on the outside to bring score to 18 – 0.

 Later in the second half had a change of pace as Westshore brought in impact subs to retain ball possession and gain yards. Westshore’s winger, Ryan McKnight, who bulldozed his way over the opposition, scored the first points for Westshore. This try was a catalyst for the change in momentum, which, would eventually give Westhore the confidence needed for raising their pace of the game by playing quick-tap penalties and quick line-outs. The second try for Westhore was made off a quick-tap by Jason Ganier in the Hornet’s redzone and was followed with a conversion by, 17-year-old, Logan Martin-Feek to closen the gap 18 – 12.

 Though Westshore had momentum on their side the clock was against them as they battled from kick off, attempting to score another try. Deep in their own end the Westhore outside centre, Conrad DeWitt Newell, would make a huge line break, eventually being wrestled down after a 50+ meter run. This individual play would not be enough as multiple offloads in contact by Westshore resulted in a knock on, giving the Hornets the opportunity to kick the ball out and successfully secure their victory. 

 UVic Saxons vs. Westshore 2

 Westshore’s first home game of 2016 was against the University of Victoria’s Saxons. As expected of a UVic team the Saxons were very young and physically fit players, which made for an exciting match-up against Westshore’s dynamic team. Westshore’s roster ranged from U16’s player John Boehme to, long time Velox player and captain of the game, Cam Neish. 

 The game started with the Saxons exploiting quick turnovers by spinning it wide to their outside backs. Spinning the ball and aiming towards the sidelines the Saxons would secure multiple tries in the first half. Westshore’s fly-half, Spencer Dunstan-Adams, was able to put a penalty kick between the sticks bringing the score at the end of the first half 19 – 3.

 The second half was where Velox hit their stride and became a bit more comfortable in their new Westshore digs. Following the coach, Tony Arthur’s, instructions Westshore retained possession of the ball by keeping it in tight. The impact subs, Tua Va’a and Mike Collins, made an instrumental difference to the momentum of the game for Westshore as the forward pack began to dominate the game. Tua Va’a was able to score two push over tries while Westie’s (Westshore’s) scrum-half, Morgan D’Ganigian, capitalized the momentum of the forward pack by scoring two tries off a pick ‘n’ go. Despite Westshore’s best efforts, and Ryan MacGlashin’s noteworthy sideline tackles while isolated, Saxons kept to their game plan of spinning the ball wide to win 31 over the Westie’s 27 points.

 The Westshore club and B-side coach, Tony Arthurs, would like to tip their hats to Nate Yu, John Boehme and U18 players Hyoga Onda, John Walker and Julian Foggett for ‘cutting their teeth’ with their first match playing for Westshore. A special shout out to Assistant Coach Jake Duraan as well, who was crucial in the preparation and execution of the Westshore game.

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Weekend Results-26 Jan 16

 This last Saturday, the men dropped a pair of matches losing 12-18 to Nanaimo and 27-31 to the Saxons. While it’s not a great start to the spring season, we can take comfort that both squads kept it close (earning bonus points) and that the club was able to field two full teams (including benches) at two separate locations at the same time. Numbers are obviously healthy….

 The 3rds did their part on Sunday with a 34-12 victory over the visitors from Comox. A photographer was on hand, and has posted some photos of the thirds.

 Coming Up:This Saturday the ladies take two squads over to Vancouver, playing SFU in premier and United in 2nd div. The 1st div men host the Saxons at 1pm in our only home game, while the 2nds travel to Port Alberni. The 3rds have the weekend off.

 Player of the Year?  Our very own Barb Mervin has been nominated as Rugby Canada’s Women 15’s Player of the Year! You can vote for her here.

 New Sponsor:Kingfisher Painting has stepped up as a club sponsor – thank you to them! You can learn about their services (residential and commercial painting) at www.kingfisherpainting.com

 Rep Rugby:Aaron Frisby (you know, Barney!) has been selected as the head coach for the BC senior women’s 15’s team for this coming summer. You can read more at the BC Rugby website.

 Accommodations Required:The club is looking for rooms for a few players. Can you help out?

 1. Mitch Millett (currently playing with us) and his brother (soon to be playing) are looking for two bedrooms until the end of season and perhaps longer.

2. Khaleb Whitehurst arriving from St. Alberts (via Australia) very soon has temporary accommodation (until something found). Is staying until end of season.

 Contact Mark Wyatt if you have something.

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Weekend Results     20 Jan 16      

 The club notched two wins on Saturday, with victories from the women and the 3rds.

 The women hosted Burnaby in a rematch of last year’s premier final. It was closer match this time, with the Valkyries overcoming a halftime deficit to eventually win 34-28. The 3rds, up in Nanaimo, won 31-7 in their first match of the season.

 Coming Up: This weekend, the ladies head to the mainland to take on SFU. The men test their depth with the 1sts heading to Nanaimo (1pm) while the 2nds host the Saxons at the same time. On Sunday, the 3rds host Comox at 1pm.

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Weekend Schedule-14 Jan 16

 Saturday 

11:30am               Women host Burnaby

2pm                       3rds away to Nanaimo

 Vegas 7’s:Two of our players heading to Vegas with BC U23 squads have fundraising pages set up. Show your financial support for our rep players!

 Courtney – https://www.gofundme.com/courtneybcrugby

 Jason – https://www.gofundme.com/nthpbav8

 Ebb Tide Poker:Anyone interested in poker night (this Monday, 5:30 to 8:30 at Gorge Pointe Pub) can give their money to Cam Neish tonight at club night after training. Your choice, $25 or $50 entry. More info from Jim Turner at cycles@shaw.ca.

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Weekend Schedule-12 Jan 16

 The women are back in action this Saturday, hosting Burnaby Lake at 11:30am in the only home game for the club.

 The 1st div men don’t start back in until next weekend, but in a change from previous seasons, we also competing in 2nd division! As only the only other team in 2nd div is the UVic Saxons,  the two divisions will play a combined schedule, separating out for finals. The other squads competing in the Island 1st division are Cowichan, Nanaimo, and Port Alberni.

 Island 3rd division has also been resurrected for the spring season, with Westshore joining squads from CW, Cowichan, Nanaimo, and Comox. Our boys get their start this Saturday with a trip to Nanaimo (2pm ko). If you want to join in, contact new 3rd div coach, Aaron Frisby. All players must register and pay dues (half season club dues are $150).

 Legacy Fund:The Velox Legacy Fund has a new contributor: John McMillan, club member from the late 60’s.  What’s the Legacy Fund? Follow the link or read below!

 With the move to the Westshore we are moving to a different era where we will no longer have significant bar revenue. Please help us build an endowment fund that will support the growth of the club for generations to come. All donations are tax deductible and can be made simply by providing your credit card information through the Canadian Rugby Foundation website and direct donations to the “Westshore VV” fund through the “donate now” button on the main page. 

We have a goal of 50 donors donating 20 a month or 240 a year tax deductible. Whether retired, a student or working we believe this is an affordable amount. Please join the Legacy club. 

 Vegas 7’s:A host of club members will be playing in the Las Vegas Invitational in March with BC U23 squads, coached by our own Aaron Frisby. Courtney Sims is on the women’s team, with Allie White and Matilda Knight as non-travelling reserves. Travelling for the men are Connor Llewellyn and Jason Gagnier. Good luck to you all!  

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Taking Stock – Setting Future Directions-4 Jan 16

The West Shore Rugby Club invites you to attend a one-day planning session on January 9, 2016. Your wisdom and knowledge is vital to the future success of our club. The day has been designed to give you the opportunity to share that wisdom and knowledge with others so as to set a future direction for West Shore Rugby, and to distill our collective wisdom and knowledge into a plan that will realize the many opportunities that are available to us as a consequence our move to the West Shore.

January 9 is the “first day in the future life” for West Shore Rugby. This important event can only be successful with the full and committed participation of key leaders in the West Shore club. Please join us for the day in which our facilitator—Graham Dickson—will help us establish a future vision for our club; maximize the opportunities available to us in our new home; and ensure that the foundation for a truly powerful rugby club on the West Shore will be built not just for now, but for future generations to come.

This should be a high priority for coaches/managers at all levels as well as those who have a deep passion for the club and its rich history/future.

Place: Field House (lower field) on the West Shore Recreation site.
Time: 9:00 am—4:00 pm Saturday, January 9, 2016.
Bring: Your ideas, your commitment, and yourself to the event!

We look forward to seeing you there! RSVP would be very helpful.
Regards – Mark Wyatt (
markcapitalcityfire@shaw.ca)

 Ebb Tide Poker Night:The old boys are playing poker Monday, Jan 18th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm at the Gorge Pointe Pub. Mike Joss is offering deals of $5 pints and $8 burgers. Entry fee is $25 or $50, must be in by the 14th (no money allowed at the pub). For info, contact Jim Turner.

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21 Dec 15; With the holidays here, there isn’t too much happening, but there are still a few announcements. I hope you all have a great Christmas!

 Boxing Day Touch:The club will have touch rugby for anyone who would like a run, starting at 11am on the 26th, at Westshore.

 Jonboy:Jon turns 60 in January, and is having a celebration on Friday, January 8th, at the Gorge Pointe Pub (7:30pm). All are invited to join the party.

 Westshore RFC Strategic Plan:My last email with details on developing a 5-year plan for the club had the wrong dates: it is set for the 9th and possibly the 10th (not the 10th/11th). If you are interested in joining in the discussion, contact Mark Wyatt.  

 Junior Rugby:Our age grade squads had some great successes this season, helped by all of the dedicated volunteer coaches and managers. Here is a message from Youth Coordinator, Marlene Donaldson:

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Westshore RFC Strategic Plan-9 Dec 15

Hello Club Members:

January 10, 2016 marks the day the Club will begin to construct its 5-year Strategic Plan. This document will provide a road map for the next five years as we continue to build on this extraordinary beginning. We have engaged a well-respected facilitator, and he will guide the process. While the number of participants may be limited, we wish to open this up to the entire Club. Our Executive will be in attendance. The commitment is a full day (10th) with the possibility of a second day on the 11th. This is a broad invitation and please let me know if you are interested and keep in mind that space may be limited.

In the Spring, the plan will be unveiled to the Club at large.

Thank you.

Mark Wyatt

markcapitalcityfire@shaw.ca

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Weekend Results-7 Dec 15

 Our elite squad has been steadily improving over the fall season, giving the competition a scare last game against UVic, and against CW before that.

 This last Saturday, the men came through winning both the 1st division and elite division games against JBAA!  The top match was extremely close, 8-7, with our fullback Logan Martin-Feek (a graduate of the junior program) kicking a penalty on the last play of the game. The 1st div result was also tight, with a final of 19-12. The boys can go into the break knowing that they have what it takes to compete in premier, even if they’ve fallen short of making the cut for the 2016 season. The club will put two squads in first division, and we’ll have high expectations for them.

 With that, the Christmas break is upon us. I’m not finding a lot in the way of scheduling for the new year, but it is usually February before we see league games. Enjoy your holidays, everyone, and keep in shape!

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Weekend Schedule-26 Nov 15

 There has been a correction to the schedule for this weekend: the game for the Elite men vs JBAA has been moved to Dec 5th. So, the only senior match for the club will be for the women, hosting SFU at 11:30am.

 Sunday, there are a few games as the juniors wrap up their seasons. The U16’s take on CW in the plate final (noon in Cowichan), and the U18’s have a shield final against Richmond/Langley (12:30 at Wallace Field).

 Free Furniture: Jim Turner has 10 chairs (some can be configured as a couch) and two coffee tables free to a good home. You can contact him at: mailto:james.r.turner@shaw.ca

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Weekend Results -24 Nov 15      

 The women continued their winning ways, defeating Cowichan 36-5, and the men’s firsts lost their match vs the Piggies 34-12. The Elite squad gave the undefeated Vikes a run for their money, leading the game 22-21 at the half. The second half saw a lot of tries run in, with a final of 53-44 for UVic. After nearly beating CW two weeks ago, it’s clear the squad has come a long way since September. We’ve missed out on Premier for this season, but it bodes well for our competitiveness in the Island first division for the new year.

 The juniors have been having a great fall, with the U14’s and U16’s in playoffs last weekend. The U14’s were in the Island final against CW, but lost 29-7. The U16’s lost their province-wide semi-final vs Capilano 24-7. It’s always disappointing to lose the last game of the season, but our juniors can be proud of their successes!

 Coming Up

 This weekend, the women host SFU at 11:30am. The men’s Elite squad has their last Bernard Cup match against JBAA, also at home 2:30. The first have a makeup weekend, but I don’t believe they have missed any games.

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Weekend Schedule-20 Nov 15

 There is a bit of a change to the schedule: the women will be heading to Cowichan for their game (11:30am), making it a double header with the firsts (1pm). The men’s elite squad is still at Wallace Field (2:30pm) to play the Vikes.

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Weekend Results-18 Nov 15

 The women’s game for Saturday was postponed due to weather, and the closure of our field forced the men’s 1st div game to move to Nanaimo. Our boys lost that one 38-17.

 The juniors posted some big wins on Sunday, with the U16’s defeating Capilano Gold 17-12, and the U14’s beat Cowichan 30-22 to clinch first place in the league. That puts them in the Island final this weekend. The U18’s lost to Abby 47-10.

 Coming Up

 This weekend, the men head in different directions: the 1sts travel to Cowichan (1pm) and the elite squad is away to UVic (2:30pm, Wallace Field). The women get the lone home game, hosting Cowichan at 11:30am.

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Rained Out!-13 Nov 15

 The weather has closed most fields in Victoria for tomorrow, including our own. The men’s 1st div contest against Nanaimo has been moved to Nanaimo. The women’s game against CW is in doubt, as Windsor is also closed, but I haven’t had official confirmation of a postponement.

 The juniors are all slated to travel Sunday: U18 to Abby, U16 to Caps, and U14 to Cowichan. I have no word on those pitches….

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Weekend Results-10 Nov 15

 The women won their first match in the province-wide premier division, defeating Capilano 30-15. The men had a promising outing to Windsor, with the first winning and the elite squad losing a heartbreaker: CW scored two tries in the dying minutes of the game to steal the game at 36-31. While a loss for our top squad, it demonstrates continual improvement through the fall and should bode well for us in the Island first division after the Christmas break.

 The juniors had a solid weekend as well. The U14’s defeated JBAA and CW on Sunday to put them in first place in the division. The U16’s defeated Capilano Black 89-0, good for 2nd place in the province. The U18’s lost 44-10 to Capilano in a very physical match.

 Coming Up

 Women:              away to CW (11:30)

1st Div:                   home to Nanaimo (1pm)

Elite:                      bye

 Sunday

 U18:                       bye

U16:                       Away to Capilano

U14:                       away to Cowichan

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Weekend Results-5 Nov 15

 Once again, the Valkyries have claimed top spot amongst the Island women’s teams, defeating CW 31-18. The Island championship earns the BC Rugby News Cup, a trophy that has only once not been won by the Valkyries.

 The men dropped a pair of matches against UVic, 39-15 in Elite and 31-15 in 1st div. The Vikes held a mere 11-10 advantage at half time, so there is definitely talent and potential there!

 Coming Up

 This weekend, the women get their first taste of Premier competition with the mainland, heading over to Capilano. The men head to Windsor for a double header against CW (elite and 1sts). The U18’s travel to Capilano Sunday, while the U16’s host Capilano.

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Last Chance! Velox Valhallian All-Time All-Stars-29 Oct 15

 With the end of October here, you are almost out of time to cast your votes for the All-Time All-Stars. You have two days left! Some have already paid and received their ballots, but have not returned them: you need to submit them directly to me by this weekend. If you’d like to order online: Send payment to me via Paypal ($20 using a Paypal account, or credit card), and I will email you a pdf with profiles for all of the nominees. After reading through, you email back your votes. After the results are announced, you will be able to pick up your official printed copy that includes all of the results (or, for $5 more we can mail it to you wherever you are in the world). If you’d like to participate and will pick up your final copy in the fall, follow this link. If you need it delivered, follow this oneI will also be at the Gorge Point Pub Saturday morning for the World Cup Final: you can pay and fill out a ballot there (the pub opens at 8:30am, kitchen and bar available).

 Weekend Schedule 

After watching the World Cup, come by the club for a home triple header:

11:30am               Women vs CW (Island Final)

1pm                       1sts vs Norsemen

2:45                        Elite vs Vikes

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Weekend Schedule-21 Oct 15

 My post yesterday was incorrect about the location for the JBAA double header for the men: it will be a home game for us, 1pm and 2:45 games. MacDonald Park is, apparently, still not ready for play.

 3rd Division:Despite a lack of schedule and trouble with numbers throughout the Island, there is still some 3rd div rugby to be had. This last Sunday, CW hosted a friendly match with Velox, JBAA, and Cowichan players all showing up. Two teams were cobbled together, rugby ensued. This weekend it will be Cowichan’s turn to host: starting at 2pm, players from all clubs will converge to play exhibition rugby in the spirit of 3rd division.

 Post-Christmas, there will be a push from all the clubs to restart the division with a full schedule. Barney has committed to taking on coaching duties, with the intention of instituting practices and finally winning a provincial championship.

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Weekend Results-20 Oct 15

Saturday was another tough day at the office for the men’s teams, with the Elite squad losing their second test against CW 62-10. The 1sts also lost their exhibition against the Saxons 33-5. The women’s game up in Nanaimo was cancelled.

 The U16’s had a stormer against the Lomas, winning 72-3.

 Coming Up:Rumor has it that MacDonald Park is finally available after extensive work on the fields, which will put both men’s squads there on Saturday for a double header against JBAA.  The ladies are off this weekend as well, but in the Island final on the 31st.

 For the juniors, the U18 boys head to Cowichan, and the U16’s host Abbotsford.

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Weekend Results=6 Oct 15

 Our senior teams repeated a familiar tune on Saturday, with the women dominating and the men struggling to compete at the elite level.

 The ladies started the day with a convincing 54-0 win over Comox, followed by a 35-14 loss to JBAA for the 1st division men. The elite men’s match, while a loss for the Valhallians, definitely showed signs of promise though. The 41-31 final score in that game shows a big improvement over previous match ups with UVic and CW.

 All squads get a rest this week for Thanksgiving.

 Media Coverage: A write up on the club and our recent move appeared in the Times-Colonist this week. You can find it here.

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Weekend Results-29 Sep 15

 The men lost a pair of matches against UVic Saturday, losing to the Norsemen 39-21 in 1st div and 77-24 to the Vikes in the elite division. The women had the weekend off.

 The U16 boys got their season underway with a 27-14 win over Cowichan.

 Coming Up:This weekend, the club has another home triple header, starting with the women vs Comox at 11:30am. The men host JBAA at 1pm and 2:45pm.

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Weekend Results-23 Sep 15

 The club hosted CW in a triple header Saturday, with the women victorious 61-24 in the opener, the first ever match between women’s teams from these two clubs. A number of Valkyries from last season’s premier champions left the club to start the CW team, who dominated Nanaimo in their previous match. The men lost both matches,  24-13 for CW in 1st division and 62-28 in the elite division. We’ve got some work to do yet to compete at the premier level, but are doing well to field two competitive squads and earn a bonus point in the elite game.

 Coming Up:This coming weekend, the Valkyries have a bye. The men host the Vikes and Norsemen from UVic (1pm and 2:30pm). Come enjoy the beer gardens at our new facilities!

 World Cup: Mike Joss reports that the Gorge Point Pub will be showing all noon rugby matches, and will be open for the Tuesday, Oct 6th, Canada vs Romania match (8:45am). Noon games include France/Romania (today), NZ/Namibia (Thursday), England/Wales (Saturday), and Canada/France (next Thursday).

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Results-17 Sep 15

 The club came away with two wins on the weekend, starting with the women’s 34-15 victory over Cowichan. The men won their exhibition match against JBAA 24-19, playing against a predominately 1st division squad. 

Coming Up: This Saturday will be a huge day for the club, hosting a triple header against CW:
11:30am               Women

1pm                       1st div Men

2:45pm                 Premier Men

Come join us for a great day of rugby!

 Club Night: The clubhouse at our new home will be open tonight. Come watch the crew train, and enjoy a beer….

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Weekend Schedule-10 Sep 15

This Saturday will see our first match in our new digs in Colwood! The men host JBAA in an exhibition game, starting at 1pm. The game is on Field #1 behind the Juan de Fuca Rec Centre, right next to the clubhouse. You can enjoy a beer from the balcony while you watch! The women have their first regular season match, traveling Saturday to Duncan.

Next Saturday, the 19th, will be a huge day for the club. We will be hosting CW in a triple header (men’s 1sts and Premier, and women).

Legacy Fund: The Velox Legacy Fund has four new contributors: Cam Neish, Dave Galbraith, John MacMillan and Craig White.  What’s the Legacy Fund? Follow the link or read below!

With the move to the Westshore we are moving to a different era where we will no longer have significant bar revenue. Please help us build an endowment fund that will support the growth of the club for generations to come. All donations are tax deductible and can be made simply by providing your credit card information through the Canadian Rugby Foundation website and direct donations to the “Westshore VV” fund through the “donate now” button on the main page.  We have a goal of 50 donors donating 20 a month or 240 a year tax deductible. Whether retired, a student or working we believe this is an affordable amount. Please join the Legacy club. 

Junior and Youth Rugby: Many club members have stepped forward to help coach our age grade squads. Thank  you to all who have volunteered their time!

U8 – Winston Stanley
U10 – Brittany Sims and Rosie Lang
U12 – Chelsey Minter Truck ( anyone interested in helping her out?)
U14 Men – Craig White and Greg Clague
U16 Men – Jake Duraan and Jason Gagnier
U18 Men- Muavae Va’a and Ken Slater (…and guest coaches)
U18 Women – Selina McGinnis, Cory Walker, Jillian Fulton, Morgan D’Ganigian

All-Time All-Stars: I’ve been counting up ballots, and the voting for some of the positions is certainly getting interesting! Take eightman, with three candidates in a tight race: Dave Defrane, Ray Young and Tim Sinclair. Who would you vote for? One of these three, or our other candidate Craig Wightman?

There is still time to sign up: Here is how it works. You send payment to me via Paypal ($20 using a Paypal account, or credit card), and I will email you a pdf with profiles for all of the nominees. After reading through, you email back your votes. In the fall, you will be able to pick up your official printed copy that includes all of the results (or, for $5 more we can mail it to you wherever you are in the world). If you’d like to participate and will pick up your final copy in the fall, follow this link. If you need it delivered, follow this one.

Those who have purchased a ballot for the Velox Valhallian All-Time All-Stars are reminded to submit their votes soon for counting. If you purchased a hard copy at the club, you can always submit your choices directly to me by email.

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3 Sep 15

It’s September, so our first matches are just around the corner!

 Our defending BC Premier Champion women get their start next Saturday (Sept 12th) with a trip to Cowichan. Once again, they  will only be playing Island teams initially, until the province-wide premier division starts up in November. It will be interesting to see how the Island squads shake out, with CW starting a women’s team this fall.

 The men start on the same day with an exhibition match against JBAA (at our new Westshore home). The club will run two competitive men’s squads this fall, competing for both the Barnard Cup (Island Premier) and the Times Cup (Island 1st Division). Four clubs (Westshore, CW, JBAA, and UVic) will compete for the Island Premier title this fall, with the top three squads proceeding after Christmas to the province-wide Premier competition. As usual, 3rd division remains a bit of a mystery at the moment.

 Saturday, Sept 19th will definitely be a big day for the club, with a triple header: both men’s squads and the women are home to CW. Plan to be there!

NOTICE: Club Request:Over the summer we built a relationship with the Mississauga Blues in Ontario. The relationship led to a promising recruit for the Men’s program for the 15/16 season. D’Shawn Bowen would like to move to Victoria and play for the club. D’Shawn is 18 years old and will be taking a year off school to work and save money while he is here with plans to enter Camosun next year. D’Shawn is ranked in the top 3 u20 wingers in Canada and has 2 years to challenge for a spot with Canada u20.

 We are reaching out to club members in search of suitable accommodation for D’Shawn for his time in Victoria, Sept-May. Given his age billeting with a family would be ideal. Once D’Shawn is working we would expect room and board to be paid. If you can assist with this request or have any ideas please contact John MacMillan, jmacmillan@pacificsport.com.

 U18 Help: Mua Va’a is looking for a manager and an assistant coach to help him out this fall with the U18 boys squad. If you are interested and have the time, contact him directly (you can text him at 250-516-8042).

 Youth and Junior Rugby:The club is running co-ed mini rugby once again, for the age groups U6, U8, U10, and U12, and youth rugby for girls and boys (U14, U16, and U18).

 Mini rugby runs Sundays (10-11am) at our new home behind the Juan de Fuca Rec Centre, starting September 13th. Jamborees for the fall will be held at all youth program clubs – Cowichan, Oak Bay, Westshore, Nanaimo and Comox. Not sure if your kids will like it? You can bring them by for the first few sessions to give it a try before registering them.

 more details on junior and youth squads, go to http://juniors.westshorerfc.com/

 

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20 Aug 15

Club Night!:At long last, we get to check out the bar at our facilities. Mike Joss will have the clubhouse open this evening, Aug 20th (not sure of the hours, but the Ebb Tide are practicing out there tonight and next week, and are due to be in at the bar at 7pm). How do you get there? Head to the Juan de Fuca Rec Centre in Colwood, and follow the road behind the rec centre down to the lower park. The golf clubhouse is just across the way from the Q Centre arena.

 Mini Rugby: club is running mini rugby once again, for the age groups U6, U8, U10, and U12. Registration for the September to April season is $175 for U6/U8, and $200 for U10/U12. The program runs from 10am to 11am on Sundays on the new artificial turf field (no metal cleats!) behind the Juan de Fuca Rec Centre, starting September 13th. Jamborees for the fall will be held at all youth program clubs – Cowichan, Oak Bay, Westshore, Nanaimo and Comox. Not sure if your kids will like it? You can bring them by for the first few sessions to give it a try before registering them.

 

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14 Aug 15

Lodging Needed:Two players from Barbados are coming to the club for the season, both with the Barbados National Sevens team, that need a bit of help with accommodations. If you can put either of them up from Sept 8th to approximately Oct 11th, let Mike Holmes know at  mholmes4rugby@hotmail.com. $800 available for room and board.

 Training Underway:Practices have started for the men, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm. Head to the West Shore Rec Center (1767 Island Hwy, Colwood) and look for the brand new turf field inside the old the old velodrome. A preliminary schedule is out for the men: it has our first starting on September 12th with an exhibition match against JBAA, and firsts and seconds hosting CW on the 19th  in regular season games. The BCRU has rejigged the Premier division, with teams qualifying in the fall within their sub-divisions for a province-wide Premier division in the spring.

 That means that Velox will be competing against the top squads from UVic, CW, and JBAA for the three Island berths in the province-wide competition.

 Tragedy for a Velox Family: I am profoundly saddened to report that Sara O’Brien, wife of Trevor O’Brien (OT), recently passed away in Calgary. Her obituary is below….

 Trevor played for Velox for many years, and met his wife-to-be Sara, a trainer at the club, while playing for us. He is left to raise their two children, Evan and Emma, and friends have started a fund raising campaign for him. If you can help out, follow the link to: https://www.youcaring.com/manage-fundraiser.aspx?frid=395744

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Sara Catherine O’Brien (nee Brookes) left us too soon on June 19, 2015.  She was 36 years old.

 Sara is survived by her mother, Beverley Brookes (nee Hilton); her sister, Alana Brookes and her husband Terry Price; her husband, Trevor O’Brien; their children, Evan and Emma; and many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.  She is predeceased by her father, Donald Brookes. “She was a loving mother to our beautiful children, Evan and Emma.  She was my best friend, my partner, and the love of my life” – Trevor O’Brien

 Sara grew up in Kingfisher Valley and Enderby, British Columbia, instilling in her a love of the water, hiking in the mountains and spending time with her extended family at their cabin.  Much like the outdoors she often sought, Sara had a natural ability to leave those she interacted with feeling refreshed and invigorated. Sara holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Laurentian University and worked as a Financial Analyst for the University of Calgary.

 A memorial will be held for Sara at the Kingfisher Interpretive Centre at 2550 Mabel Lake Road, Enderby, B.C. at 2pm on Sunday June 28th.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association at cmha.bc.ca.

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 Swilers RFC (NFLD) Bid to Win the TSN Kraft Contest:Kraft has teamed up with TSN to bring Project Play to deserving sport communities across Canada. Swilers Rugby Club in St. John’s, Newfoundland submitted their bid to the initiative and is now one of four final bids that could win $250,000 towards their club.This is a tremendous opportunity not just for the Swilers Rugby Club but for the entire Rugby community across Canada to bring awareness of our sport and the impact the sport has on communities like St. John’s. Voting begins on Monday, August 17th at 12:00pm EST/ 9:00am PST and is open for a 36 hour window.

 Please go into link and see details and look to vote and support a rugby club in their quest to be awarded $250,000 for their special building project in the works. They are in the top 4 in the country vying for the win. 

www.kraftprojectplay.com

 Please see  further details below:

 http://www.rugbycanada.ca/leagues/newsletter.cfm?page=89436&clientID=3817&leagueID=0

 

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7 Aug 15

2015/16 Season:September is just around the corner, and practices have already started. The next men’s training session is Monday, Aug 10th at 6:30pm. This is, of course, at our new home behind Juan de Fuca Rec in Colwood.  Let’s get in gear!

 Rep Rugby:Jason Gagnier has been in Alberta this summer, where he has been playing for the provincial U23 squad. He helped them earn a Prairie Championship with wins over Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Congrats, Jason, and we’ll see you back here soon!

 All-Time All-Stars:The ballots gathered so far certainly show some interesting competitions! For the wing positions, three nominees have so far leapt ahead in the voting: Aaron Frisby, Dean Van Camp, and Roy Wheeldon. Which two will make it? Or, by the end, will it be one of the other nominees: Trevor Cunningham, Matt Kemp, Dave Galbraith, Mike Page, and Graham Thompson? If you want to tip the scales, purchase a ballot and send it in….

 Here is how it works. You send payment to me via Paypal ($20 using a Paypal account, or credit card), and I will email you a pdf with profiles for all of the nominees. After reading through, you email back your votes. In the fall, you will be able to pick up your official printed copy that includes all of the results (or, for $5 more we can mail it to you wherever you are in the world).

 If you’d like to participate and will pick up your final copy in the fall, follow this link. If you need it delivered, follow this one.

 Those who have purchased a ballot for the Velox Valhallian All-Time All-Stars are reminded to submit their votes soon for counting. If you purchased a hard copy at the club, you can always submit your choices directly to me by email.

 Championship Bocce Tournament:The Ebb Tide have a few slots still available for their bocce tournament on Sunday, August 16th (1pm). Double knockout, all contestants receive a prize.  4138 Bremerton St. Drinks will be available with profits going to Ebb Tide tours. Contact Jim Turner (250-479-9689 or cycles@shaw.ca) or Rick Kotzian (250-479-8502) to enter.

 

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23 Jul 15

BC Senior Women

 Eight Velox ladies have been selected to the BC Senior Women’s squad set to compete in the Western Championship Tournament:

 Lynzi Anderson

Selina McGinnis

Katie McNally

Barb Mervin

Chelsea Minter

Courtney Sims

Amanda Thornborough

Brittany Waters

 The squad plays two games against the Prairie Wolfpack (Friday and Sunday, in Kelowna), which will be used to select a Canada West team. Good luck, ladies, and we’ll be cheering you on!

 Legacy Fund:The Velox Legacy Fund has two new contributors: Jeff Constantinescu and Claire Flewelling-Wyatt.  What’s the Legacy Fund? Read below!

 With the move to the Westshore we are moving to a different era where we will no longer have significant bar revenue. Please help us build an endowment fund that will support the growth of the club for generations to come. All donations are tax deductible and can be made simply by providing your credit card information through the Canadian Rugby Foundation website and direct donations to the “Westshore VV” fund through the “donate now” button on the main page. We have a goal of 50 donors donating 20 a month or 240 a year tax deductible. Whether retired, a student or working we believe this is an affordable amount. Please join the Legacy club. 

 Accommodations: Jae Bowen from Barbados is looking to come back to the club for another season, but is looking for a place to stay during September/October. Reply to me if you can help out….

 Championship Bocce Tournament:The Ebb Tide is having a bocce tournament on Sunday, August 16th, first games @ 1 pm. Before July 31st, the entry is $10 for a two-person team. Double knockout, all contestants receive a prize.   4138 Bremerton St. Drinks will be available with profits going to Ebb Tide tours. Contact Jim Turner (250-479-9689 or cycles@shaw.ca) or Rick Kotzian (250-479-8502) to enter.

 

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Westshore Valkyries seek a new Head Coach:3 Jul 15

 The reigning BC Premier Club Champions are looking for a Head Coach for the 2015-2016 season. The club runs 2 women’s teams with a host of current and former National Team and Provincial athletes. The club commences training at its new facility in the Westshore at Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre in September. Training will be on the new turf and games will be on the adjacent grass field.

 The club seeks a motivated individual to head up this championship team. The club is also open to a joint application from a small coaching group. Individuals applying should be working towards or have Introduction to Competition certification. With the strong contingent of elite level athletes within the club we are looking for a coach with the knowledge and experience to challenge this group. This would include setting stretch targets and implementing a plan accordingly.

 Westshore RFC provides an honorarium of $1,000/month for the role and invests in coach development.

 Interested applicants should send an expression of interest to:

 John MacMillan

Director of Rugby

Westshore RFC

mailto:jmacmillan@pacificsport.com

 Pletch:Mike and Danielle Pletch are leaving Victoria, moving back to Ontario this summer. Mike has been a big part of the club over the years, both as a player and as a reliable and effective coach for the junior program. He will be missed! They are having an open house tomorrow (Saturday, July 4th) from 2-4 pm to say goodbye to Victoria, and club members are welcome to drop by. They will have some snacks and drinks, and games set up for the kids. The address is 4066 Hodgson Place, near Quadra and McKenzie.

 

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Velox All-Time All-Stars:17 Jun 15

 Voting for the All-Stars has been active for a few weeks now, with a great response so far. We are now set up for online participation, so those of you who were unable to come to the club during our final events can finally join in!

 Here is how it works: you send payment to me via Paypal ($20 using a Paypal account, or credit card), and I will email you a pdf with profiles for all of the nominees. After reading through, you email back your votes. In the fall, you will be able to pick up your official printed copy that includes all of the results (or, for $5 more we can mail it to you wherever you are in the world).

 If you’d like to participate and will pick up your final copy in the fall, follow this link. If you need it delivered, follow this one.

 What it is all about:  

 Have you ever thought about who the greatest players through our history are, and what kind of dream team we could create? This is your chance to contribute your votes! A committee of club stalwarts has come up with a list of 60 players (four per position) spanning our history back to 1969, all of whom are fantastic players, great club guys, and have played at least four season at the club. You also get to vote for a coach from four nominees to lead this theoretical squad.

 For $20 you get a package of player profiles for all 63 candidates. There are 60 players and 4 coaches: can you guess which nominee is in there as both player and coach? The fee gets you a ballot and, after all the votes are in and revealed at our new home in the Westshore,  a booklet tabulating all the results. You’ll need to purchase a ballot to find out all of the nominations, but there are certainly some tough decisions to make. For example, the competition for #10 will be interesting! Do you go with Mark Wyatt, who at one point was the top point  scorer of all time for Canada (now merely 4th)? Or Winston Stanley, who still holds the title of most tries for the national squad? Perhaps you’d rather go with another Velox legend, like Damon Jones or George Jones?

 Summer Camps

 The club is hosting youth camps throughout the summer, in cooperation with West Shore Parks and Rec, for boys and girls ages 6-10, and 11+. These non-contact camps run in 5 day blocks (July 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, and Aug 10-14, 17-21), and include a variety of other activities such as swimming. They run from 9am-4pm at the Juan de Fuca Velodrome turf field (our new practice pitch behind the rec center in Colwood!), and come with the option of pre- and post-camp coverage for working parents. You can register through www.westshorerecreation.com, and get more details on pages 43 and 48 of the West Shore Parks and Recreation Summer Activity Guide, available online.

 

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Move: Complete: 9 Jun 15

 After a final epic bash at the club, our days on Gordon Head Road are done. We have moved out and vacated the premises….

 Velox wants to extend a huge “THANK YOU” to Brian Beglau, Barry Wheelhouse, Mike Obrien, Bob McCliggott, Ray Roer, Ray Cooper, Dave Thompson and John Phillips for the countless hours, weeks, months of sorting, packing, getting rid of decades worth of Velox items to meet the June 01st moving deadline. On Sunday May 31st, Mike Joss and Chad Vath also worked around the clock to make this happen.

 Another huge “THANK YOU” goes out to Rod Parker for installing a new Velox Roof!

 Feeling a bit of withdrawal already? Chad, Jonboy, and Christel are headed to Christie’s Carriage at 7pm this Thursday, and are inviting everyone to join them for a Velox boost while we wait for our new home in Colwood to be available.

 Sooke Touch Rugby :A few enterprising Velox members who live in the Sooke area have arranged for some touch rugby at Edward Milne School every Wednesday (starting this week) from 6:30 to 8pm. Everyone welcome, no registration necessary, just drop in.

 

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Last Week in Gordon Head  :25 May 15      

 This time next week will be an end of an era, and Velox will have officially left 3957 Gordon Head Road. There was a recent write up in the Saanich News covering our move. Those wishing to say good bye to the club house that has been a home away from home to so many of us have two opportunities left: our last club night this Thursday, and the official farewell party on Saturday, the 30th.

 Farewell to Gordon Head, Saturday, May 30th

 Activities are planned throughout the day, starting with touch rugby from 1pm to 3pm for everyone who wants to join in. Then, from 3-5pm, you can participate in the one-handed croquet tournament (drink in one hand, mallet in the other). The winning team of 4 all get a Velox jersey! There will also be a gourmet sausage food truck on-site.

 In the evening, we’ll have a kick ass live band – Shoestring Bourbon – playing from 7pm to 1am. We hope to see all of our current and past club mates there!

 All-Time All-Stars: Ballots will be available at the party for voting on the Velox Valhallian All-Time All-Stars. Have you ever thought about who the greatest players through our history are, and what kind of dream team we could create? This is your chance to contribute your votes! A committee of club stalwarts has come up with a list of 60 players (four per position) spanning our history back to 1969, all of whom are fantastic players, great club guys, and have played at least four season at the club. You also get to vote for a coach from four nominees to lead this theoretical squad.

 For $20 you get a package of player profiles for all 63 candidates. There are 60 players and 4 coaches: can you guess which nominee is in there as both player and coach? The fee gets you a ballot and, after all the votes are in and revealed at our new home in the Westshore,  a booklet tabulating all the results. You’ll need to purchase a ballot to find out all of the nominations, but there are certainly some tough decisions to make. For example, the competition for #10 will be interesting! Do you go with Mark Wyatt, who at one point was the top point  scorer of all time for Canada (now merely 4th)? Or Winston Stanley, who still holds the title of most tries for the national squad? Perhaps you’d rather go with another Velox legend, like Damon Jones or George Jones?

 If you can’t come to the party Saturday to get a ballot, you will soon be able to register your votes online. We’ll have an announcement soon for that option.

 Field Lining Equipment:Someone recently enquired about the club’s field lining equipment. Velox doesn’t need it anymore, so it is available for donation. If you are the one who asked about it, contact Brian Beglau.

 10-Aside:CW are organizing a 10 aside tournament, also for this Saturday, the 30th. There are separate divisions for over and under 35, and Velox may put squads in if there is enough interest. Contact John Lyall if you’d like to sign up.

 

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Weekend Results – Valkyries Win Provincial Championship-12 May 15

 The women capped an undefeated season with one last victory, posting a 36-12 result over Burnaby Lake to take the top women’s title in BC, the Gordon Harris Memorial Cup. The Valkyries took the lead early and had a 29-5 advantage at the half. Congratulations to all the ladies that worked so hard over the last year!

 It was a different story for the 3rds, who struggled to control the flow of the game against a Kelowna squad that was young, fit, and well drilled. It was almost enough to convince our aging veterans that there might be some merit to this new fad of practicing in 3rd division. Almost…. The difference in fitness showed in the last quarter, when the score opened up a bit. The final was 65-17 for Kelowna, who are certainly worthy of the 3rd div championship this season.

 Coming Up:The bar will be open this Thursday evening for the usual club night, and I am assuming that there will be touch for anyone that wants to come out for a run. There will be an 80’s theme for club night: tunes from the 80’s and drink prices to match. There will be a raffle as well for a team Canada autographed jersey. Tickets $1!! George Jones will be there, looking to enjoy one of our last opportunities to reminisce before our move to the Westshore.

 Draft Beer $3
Apple Cider $3
Caesars $3
Wine $3
Hot Dogs 2 For $3

 Goodbye to Gordon Head: With our lease expiring on June 1st, your last opportunity to enjoy the clubhouse will be on Saturday, May 30th. I’ll have more details and a schedule later, but you can look forward to a day of touch rugby and other games (perhaps one last Old Boys match), before we move the party inside in the evening to enjoy a live band. Stay tuned, and set aside the whole day!

 Legacy Club :With the move to the Westshore we are moving to a different era where we will no longer have significant bar revenue. Please help us build an endowment fund that will support the growth of the club for generations to come. All donations are tax deductible and can be made simply by providing your credit card information through the Canadian Rugby Foundation website and direct donations to the “Westshore VV” fund through the “donate now” button on the main page. 

 We have a goal of 50 donors donating 20 a month or 240 a year tax deductible. Whether retired, a student or working we believe this is an affordable amount. Please join the Legacy club. 

 Current Members:

      Bob McCliggot

     Dan Ehle

     Mark Wyatt

     Davine Burton

     Claire Flewelling

     Mike Holmes

 

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Weekend Results 5 May 15

 The club won both semi-final matches Saturday against Capilano, sending the premier women and 3rd div men to the BC finals this Saturday!

 The women over powered the opposition 72-14, and find themselves playing Burnaby in the final for the fifth year in a row. The Valkyries won their last encounters 33-10 and 31-0 in regular season, so are clear favorites going in. The 3rd div game was a tighter one at 39-17 for the good guys. Next up, for the BC championship, will be Kelowna.

 Both matches are to be held at Klahanie Park in North Vancouver (11:30 for the women, 1pm for the men), so bus transportation has been arranged and available for supporters:

 A school bus will pick up the Ladies Premier Team and any supporters wishing to travel with them @ 5:30 am at Velox to catch the 7:00 am ferry. The same bus will go back to Velox and pick up the 3rds and supporters and drive to Schwartz Bay to catch the 9:00 am Ferry. We will walk-on, and other buses will meet us at Tsawwassen to take us to Klahanie Park.

 Everyone will be catching the 7:00 pm ferry back, so buses will pick us up at 5pm. Again we walk-on, and get picked up by buses and returned to the club. Everyone is responsible for paying their own way on the ferry. Supporters pay $30 for all bus transportation. If you are a supporter interested in going, contact Christel (250-347-4396 christel.hume@gov.bc.ca) by Wednesday at 4pm (pay her Thursday at Velox).

 Thursday:Our next club night is dedicated to the current senior players, both men and women. The women will be hosting a player auction in preparation for their big game Saturday, and there will be food available, club gear for sale, and touch rugby for those not training. The 3rds will be having a practice: 6:30 for those who can make it.

 Player Awards: Congratulations to all the members, players and volunteers listed below for their dedication and leadership to making Velox the special club, place and family that it has become. Velox has added 2 new awards: Parker Johnston award and Greg Claque Award. (definitions for them are on the Velox Website: http://veloxrugby.org/vv/index.php/awards/)

 Premier Women

• Premier Women MVP Back 2015 – Amanda Thornborough

• Premier Women MVP Forward 2015 – Barbara Mervin

• Premier Women Coach’s Award 2015 – Brittany Sims

• Premier Women Most Improved Player 2015 – Sian Jeffreys

 2nd Division Women

• 2nd Div Women Most Improved Player 2015 – Gloria Figueroa Faetz

• 2nd Div Women Outstanding Leadership 2015 – Lianna Teeter

• 2nd Div Women Rookie of the Year 2015: Bridget Connors

• 2nd Div Women Dedication Award 2015: Kate Parkinson

 Men’s Team

• 1st Div Men MVP 2015: Matt Kemp

• 1st Div Men Best Forward 2015: Connor Bottrell

• 1st Div Men Best Back 2015: Conrad Newell

• 1st Div Men Rookie of the year 2015: Tanner Holland

 George Jones Award

• George Jones Award 2015 – Matt Evans/Brittany Simms

 Lifetime Member

• Velox Lifetime Member – Christel Hume

• Velox Lifetime Member – John Lyall

• Velox Lifetime Member- Brian Beglau

 Charleton Smith Award

• Charleton Smith Award 2015- Brian Beglau

 Greg Clague Award

• 2015- Cory Walker / Dacey Livingstone

 Parker Johnson Award

• 2015 – Marlene Donaldson

 

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TRANSPORTATION TO BCRU FINALS ON SATURDAY-4 May 15

If you are interested in going, please contact Christel Hume by THURSDAY NOON and pay Thursday night at Velox.  We need to get at-least 20 supporters or people will have to make their own travel arrangements.

We will have a 46 passenger Wilson’s school bus @ 5:30 am to catch the 7:00 am Ferry.  Third Wave will meet us at Tsawwassen  with a 46 passenger and take us to the Capilano Rugby Club.
At this time, Third Wave Buslines will pick us up at 3:00 pm sharp and take us to Tsawwassen to catch the 5:00 pm Ferry back to Victoria.  Wilsons will pick us up and drive us back to Velox.

Total Cost:  Each side costs $375 for a total of $750.00

20 Supporters = $37.50 each and then you have to pay your own Ferry Fares each way
30 Supporters = $25.00  etc. and then you have to pay your own Ferry Fares each way

Christel Hume
250-347-4396
christel.hume@gov.bc.ca

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Weekend Schedule-30 Apr 15

 It will be a full day at Velox Saturday, with a triple header against North Vancouver! The Ebb Tide start the ball rolling at 11:30 with a match against the Snowcaps. After that, we have two BC semi-finals with the Premier women (1pm) and 3rd div men (2:45) both hosting Capilano. These are the last official games for the club at our Gordon Head location, so don’t miss it!

Old Boys Appreciation Night: Tonight’s club night (Apr 30th) is a special one to recognize the Ebb Tide and Old Boys (although all are welcome, of course). Wear your old Velox gear, and drop by for the free light snacks and bbq, slide show, and club gear for sale. The Ebb Tide will be practicing at Velox this evening, but also the 3rds! That’s right, having sniffed playoffs, the 3rds are going to break with tradition and actually train (6:30pm).

 Club night the following week (May 7th) will be dedicated to the senior men and women. Similar to tonight, there will also be silly buggers for all, and a players’ auction for the Premier women.

 Banquet:The Velox Annual Awards banquet will be held on this Saturday, May 2nd, after the triple header. Cocktails will be at 6:30pm followed by appetizers: a sit down dinner will not be offered this year in efforts to keep tickets affordable to all in our last year here. Tickets will be $15 each or $25 for a couple. This includes one alcoholic beverage or two non-alcoholic beverages. As always, beverages will be available at the bar and attire is semi-formal. Tickets will be available for purchase at the club tonight. Please email Annie, Social Coordinator at anstar89@hotmail.com if you have any further questions.

 

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Weekend Results-26Apr 15 

The club took home an Island championship Saturday in 3rd division, and had to settle for runner-up in 1sts. The top squad battled Port Alberni throughout their match, and managed to tie up the game 30-30 at the final whistle. That took us into 20 minutes of overtime play, where the wheels fell off for Velox. The Black Sheep put three converted tries on the board in overtime to win the match 51-30. Port carries on to host powerhouse Seattle next week, while the Valhallians are now done for the summer.

 It was a far different result in the curtain raiser, with our veteran-stacked 3rds having a much easier day against Comox. The final was 65-0, but certainly didn’t reflect the effort put in by the opposition, who ran hard at us all day. The 3rds proceed now to BC wide playoffs.

The other match for the club saw our 2nd div women head up to Nanaimo, where they dispatched the Lomas by a score of 72-17. That’s a strong way to finish the regular season, but they are out of playoff contention.

Coming Up

The stage is set for the last games for the club at 3957 Gordon Head Road.

This coming Saturday we will host a pair of BC semi-final matches for the 3rds and the premier women – both against Capilano. I don’t have kickoff times yet, but book the day off!

 Goodbye to Gordon Head:  With the end of the season upon us, and June 1st (the end of our term at the current facility) just around the corner, there are only a few opportunities left for club members past and present to come by and reminisce. Of course, there is the double head this Saturday afternoon, but we also have:

 Thursday April 30th – Ebb Tide and Old Boys Appreciation Night

Saturday, May 02nd – Velox Banquet – See Annie Taal for Tickets

 Thursday May 07th – Senior Men and Women’s Appreciation Night

Saturday, May 30th Velox Final Wrap-up Party – More Details to Follow

 

VV All-Time All-Stars:Another reason to come by the club will be to vote on the top Velox squad of all time! We have compiled a list of 60 players (4 per position) and 4 coaches from throughout our five decades that represent the best in playing ability and club spirit. All must have played for a minimum of seasons to be eligible. For a $20 donation to the club, you will receive a rough draft document containing player profiles for all 60 players and 4 coaches and a ballot. It will make for entertaining reading, after which you can cast your votes for your Velox dream team. Results will be revealed in the fall at our new home in Colwood, and at that time those that have paid to vote will receive a copy of the official glossy booklet detailing all of the profiles and results.

 For those of you who are out of town or out of the country, we will soon have an online system set up through our website so that you can participate.

 

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Coming Up-24 Apr 15 

The club hosts a pair of Island championship matches this Saturday, with the 3rds taking on Comox at 1pm and the 1sts playing Port Alberni at 2:45pm. The 2nd div women travel to Nanaimo to play the Lomas, and the premier women have the weekend off. They will be back in action on May 2nd, hosting a BC semi-final (against Capilano, with current rankings).

 The firsts are competing for the Cowichan Cup, top prize on the Island for 1st div squads from clubs without a premier team. Velox finished first in the league with a record of 9-1-1 (compared to Port at 5-4-1), but the only blemishes on that record – a loss and a tie – both came at the hands of the Black Sheep. This should make for an entertaining match! The winner proceeds to the BC semi-finals next weekend, with a chance to host Seattle. These next two Saturdays, the 25th and May 2nd, are probably your last opportunities to catch home games at our Gordon Head location. I hope to see you there!

 AGM:A well-attended AGM Thursday night gave the sitting executive an opportunity to report on the past year – a busy one on and off the field. Our tenure at 3928 Gordon Head Road comes to a close June 1st, made official today with the signing of legal documents with the University of Victoria. Come September, we will kick off at our new home by the Juan de Fuca Rec Center in Colwood. A new all-weather artificial pitch has just been completed, and targeted for our use on practice nights.

 Most members of the executive have stayed on for another year, but there have been a few changes. Notably, we were unable to elect a secretary (one will be found by the exec). Also, the positions of Director of Fields and Director of Clubhouse won’t be needed in our new digs, and are being replaced by Director of Facilities (who is tasked with coordinating efforts between Velox and Colwood).

President: Mark Wyatt (replacing Mike Holmes)

Vice-President: Mike Holmes (replacing Mark Wyatt)

Director of Rugby: John MacMillan

Sgt at Arms: Jay Jimmo

Secretary: vacant (outgoing is Tanysia Komers)

Treasurer: Christel Hume

Director of Jr Rugby: Marlene Donaldson

Director of Facilities: Matt Evans (Matt had been Director of Fields, and Barry Wheelhouse Director of Clubhouse)

From the rest of the club membership, thank you to all of these individuals who have stepped up to volunteer their time and lead the club! In addition to secretary, the executive will also be looking to fill a number of positions over the summer: electronic information manager, social coordinator, advertising/sponsorship chairperson, male and female team reps, and youth rugby coordinator.

 

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Weekend Results: 21 Apr 15 

The men were 2-0 on Saturday, winning in 1st div and 3rd div against Nanaimo. For the firsts, this was a critical Island semi-final match. A couple of last minute tries gave a comfortable 38-25 result, but it was a nailbiter through most of the match. They now advance to the Island final against Port Alberni. The 3rds had an exhibition match, also versus Nanaimo, as a curtain raiser for the 1sts with a 42-12 result.

 We will have another double header at home this Saturday, with the 1sts and 3rds both vying for Island championships. The 3rds host Comox at 1pm, followed by the firsts (vs Port Alberni) at 2:45pm. The Premier women have a bye, and the 2nd div women travel to Nanaimo to play the Meralomas (Nanaimo also hosts the Lomas in 1st div).

 AGM:The Annual General Meeting is this Thursday, April 23rd, at the Velox Clubhouse. All club members are encouraged to please attend for 8pm start.

 Banquet:The Velox Annual Awards banquet will be held on May 2nd, 2015. Cocktails will be at 6:30pm followed by appetizers: a sit down dinner will not be offered this year in efforts to keep tickets affordable to all in our last year here. Tickets will be $15 each or $25 for a couple. This includes one alcoholic beverage or two non-alcoholic beverages. As always, beverages will be available at the bar and attire is semi-formal. Tickets will be available for purchase at the club starting Thursday night. Please email Annie, Social Coordinator at anstar89@hotmail.com if you have any further questions.

 Gainline Africa:An Island athlete, Georgia Bellamy (and cousin to the Pletch brothers), is fund raising to go to Uganda as a volunteer rugby coach. Follow the link to find out more, and to donate!

 

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New Velox Gear-16 Apr 15

 To Commemorate our 46 years at 3957 Gordon Head, you have the opportunity to buy a golf shirt which showcases the original Velox Logo from 1969 – 1988 and the present Velox Logo from 1988 – 2015.  The cost is $35 dollars. Also available is a Velox mug with our present Velox Logo noting our years at 3957 from 1969-2015. This Mug keeps its content hot or cold for 9 hours at a cost of $20.  You can buy the pair for $50.00.  Christel will be at Velox on the following dates to take your order and payment:

 Thursday, April 16 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Saturday, April 18 noon to 6:00 pm, Thursday, April 23 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm, Thursday, April 30 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm,  

The Golf shirts will be ready for pick up Thursday, May 07th and the Mugs will be ready for pick up Thursday, May 14th.

 

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Weekend Results-15 Apr 15

 The premier women were to have been away to Abby last weekend, but I haven’t seen any results for that match. The 2nds forfeited their match against Langley, but played an exhibition game anyway. The 3rds traveled to Cowichan, losing a close one to the Piggies 38-34.

 Coming up, both women’s teams have byes. The 1st div and 3rd div men host Nanaimo in a double header Saturday: this is an Island semi-final for the 1sts (2:30pm), and an exhibition for the 3rds (1pm).

 Velox Trainers;Velox would like to thank the many volunteers who actively fulfill the role of trainers for the club for the many different teams. They are always on the sidelines during practices and games, regardless of weather; ready to jump at treating an injury. They give up their Tuesday and Thursday nights for practices, and weekends for games. And for the 2 members who have organized this crew, Mark McNeil and Stefan Tamboline: you did a great job, thanks! This year’s trainers, thank you for your efforts and dedication: Marc Fiocco, Brianna Crighton, Josh Piemontesi, Hallie Bodily, Beth May, Gavin Clark, Cole Dagg, Kim Robertson, Alex Johnston, Rebecca Comeau, Willis Schneider, Shae Wale, Britnie Cossette, Sasja Zethof, Lauren Smith, Dylan Rybski, Caitlin Brown, Katie Symonds, Esme Nell, Luke Ellert, Eric Wang, Christian Levesque, Dustin Sapala

 AGM:The Annual General Meeting has been scheduled on Thursday, April 23rd, at the Velox Clubhouse. All club members are encouraged to please attend for 8pm start.

 Annual Player Banquet:The Velox annual banquet has been scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, at the Velox Clubhouse. All members and friends are encouraged to please attend for approximate 7pm start. Guests welcome. Dress semi-formal. Details for ticket prices to follow at later date. This will be the LAST BANQUET held at the present clubhouse, with the re-branding to WESTSHORE VV RFC in September.

 Old Boys/Ebb Tide Appreciation Night:Club night on Thursday, April 30th, will be a special one to honor the Velox and Ebb Tide old boys. The Ebb Tide will have their practice at Velox that night. With Complimentary Burgers, Bring your Musical Instruments, 50/50 draw, Bottle Raffle, Wear your old Velox Rugby Gear, Velox Rugby Gear for Sale, Slide show,  Light snacks provided

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Weekend Schedule-9 Apr 15 

With Easter out of the way, we are left with our last few regular season matches before playoffs begin. This Saturday, both women’s teams travel: the Prem’s are away to Abby, and the 2nds are hosted by Langley.

 The first div men are already done with regular season, and have secured 1st place in the standings. That gets them a home semi-final against Nanaimo on April 18th leading up to the Island championship (Cowichan Cup) on the 25th. The 3rds play this Saturday up in Cowichan, with a 2pm kickoff. Meet at the club at noon for carpooling.

 AGM:The Annual General Meeting has been scheduled on Thursday, April 23rd, at the Velox Clubhouse. All club members are encouraged to please attend for 8pm start.

 Annual Player Banquet:The Velox annual banquet has been scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, at the Velox Clubhouse. All members and friends are encouraged to please attend for approximate 7pm start. Guests welcome. Dress semi-formal. Details for ticket prices to follow at later date. This will be the LAST BANQUET held at the present clubhouse, with the re-branding to WESTSHORE VV RFC in September.

 Old Boys/Ebb Tide Appreciation Night:Club night on Thursday, April 30th, will be a special one to honor the Velox and Ebb Tide old boys. The Ebb Tide will have their practice at Velox that night. With Complimentary Burgers, Bring your Musical Instruments, 50/50 draw, Bottle Raffle, Wear your old Velox Rugby Gear, Velox Rugby Gear for Sale, Slide show,  Light snacks provided

 

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Weekend Results 01 Apr 15 

The club went 3 for 3 on Saturday, with wins for both women’s teams and the 1st div men:

 Premier Women: Velox 60 – 10 Capilano

2nd Div Women: Velox 88 – 10 Scribes

1st Div Men: Velox 29 – 22 Cowichan

 The men, down 22-10 at the half, managed a big come back in the second. At the end of the regular season, that leaves them comfortably in first place with a record of 9-1-1. They have the next two weeks off before an Island quarterfinal match against 4th place Nanaimo, at home on April 18th.

 The Premier women are also off this weekend (Easter), then have their final regular season match on the 11th, away to Abbotsford. The seconds are also away that weekend, playing Langley.

 The 3rds next play on the 11th or the 12th, away to Cowichan.

 

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Weekend Results-24 Mar 15

 The club had two wins on Saturday, with the premier women leading the charge 93-0 over Bayside. The 3rds also blanked the opposition, 32-0 (Nanaimo).

 Coming up, the women host a double header. The 2nds start the day (10am) vs the Scribes, then the premier women host Capilano (11:30am).  The 1st div men travel to Cowichan, and the 3rds are joining forces with CW for a north-south game in Powell River (also Saturday).

Six Nations: The club will be airing England vs Scotland and Ireland vs Wales this Thursday night. Drop by for club night to enjoy some rugby and a few beer!

 Coaches Needed: The club is helping to find coaches for a few middle schools: John Stubbs in the Westshore, and Royal Oak. Contact Mars if you can help out.

 AGM:The Annual General Meeting has been scheduled on Thursday, April 23rd, at the Velox Clubhouse. All club members are encouraged to please attend for 8pm start.

 Annual Player Banquet:The Velox annual banquet has been scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, at the Velox Clubhouse. All members and friends are encouraged to please attend for approximate 7pm start. Guests welcome. Dress semi-formal. Details for ticket prices to follow at later date. This will be the LAST BANQUET held at the present clubhouse under the “Velox ” banner, with the re-branding to WESTSHORE RFC in September.

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Weekend Schedule-20 Mar 15

 This weekend, the Premier women host Bayside at 11:30am with the 2nds getting a bye. The 1st div men have the weekend off, and the 3rds travel to Nanaimo for a Saturday game (11am kickoff, meet at the club for 8am departure).

 AGM: The Annual General Meeting has been scheduled on Thursday, April 23rd, at the Velox Clubhouse. All club members are encouraged to please attend for 8pm start.

 Annual Player Banquet: The Velox annual banquet has been scheduled for Saturday, May 2nd, at the Velox Clubhouse. All members and friends are encouraged to please attend for approximate 7pm start. Guests welcome. Dress semi-formal. Details for ticket prices to follow at later date. This will be the LAST BANQUET held at the present clubhouse under the “Velox ” banner, with the re-branding to WESTSHORE RFC in September.

 

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Weekend Results-17 Mar 15 

1st Div Men: Velox 59 – 19 Saxons

2nd Div Women: Velox 20 – 30 Kelowna

 The 3rds had a match against CW Sunday, but with bad weather, flooded field, and dubious numbers, an abbreviated game of 10’s was played. It was a high scoring affair, with no one bothering much to keep score. Old school beer league rugby was the winner on the day….

 Coming Up:This weekend, the Premier women host Bayside at 11:30am with the 2nds getting a bye. The 1st div men have the weekend off, and the 3rds travel to Nanaimo for a Saturday game.

 South Island Junior Tide:The VIRU is seeking applications for coaches, managers, trainers, and coordinators for Junior Tide squads this summer for U16 girls and U18, U17, U16, and U15 boys squads. Follow the link for details.

 

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Weekend Schedule-13 Mar 15 

Saturday, 4pm, the 1st div men play the Saxons at West Hills Stadium in Langford. This will be the curtain-raiser for the Canada vs Romania U20 game at 6:30pm. The Premier women have the weekend off, after their makeup game was cancelled, but the 2nd div women are still at home against Kelowna at 2:30pm.

 Sunday, the 3rds host CW at 1pm.

 

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Weekend Results-10 Mar 15 

Premier Women: Velox 33  – Burnaby 10

1st Div Men: Velox 17 – Port Alberni 17

3rd Div Men: Velox 55 – Comox 10

 The premier women maintain their strangle hold on the division with a strong showing against last season’s champions. Port Alberni continues to be problematic for the men, but the tie still leaves them comfortably in first place.

 Coming Up:This Saturday, both women’s squads are at home, with the prems playing a makeup game at 11:30am, and the 2nds hosting Kelowna (tentatively after the premier game). The 1st div men are away to Wallace Field to play the Saxons at 1pm. With a scheduling change, the 3rds will now play host to CW at 1pm, Sunday.

 

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Weekend Results-8 Mar 15 

Premier Women: Velox 33  – Burnaby 10

1st Div Men: Velox 17 – Port Alberni 17

3rd Div Men: Velox 55 – Comox 10

 The premier women maintain their strangle hold on the division with a strong showing against last season’s champions. Port Alberni continues to be problematic for the men, but the tie still leaves them comfortably in first place.

 Coming Up:This Saturday, both women’s squads are at home, with the prems playing a makeup game at 11:30am, and the 2nds hosting Kelowna (tentatively after the premier game). The 1st div men are away to Wallace Field to play the Saxons at 1pm.

 With a scheduling change, the 3rds will now play host to CW at 1pm, Sunday.

 

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Weekend Results-3 Mar 15

 The club had a good weekend, winning 3 of 4 matches. That includes wins for our top men’s and women’s teams, both cementing their holds on first place in their divisions.

 Premier Women: Velox 43 – Capilano 17

2nd Div Women: Velox 22 – Capilano 44

1st Div Men: Velox 43 – Nanaimo 0

3rd Div Men: Velox 26 – Nanaimo 18

 Coming Up:The women get their first home games of the year, with the Prems hosting Burnaby Lake at 11:30am, and the 2nds hosting Chilliwack at 10am. We’ll see if those kickoff times change by this weekend though. The 1st div men are away to Port Alberni, and the 3rds are home on Sunday (1pm) to a combined Powell River/Comox squad.

 The bus to Port Alberni Saturday will have room for supporters. Cost is $20, and there will be a dress theme.  Please e-mail Christel Hume @ Christel.Hume@gov.bc.ca to secure a seat no later than Thursday noon.

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Weekend Results-24 Feb 15  

Both top squads had strong wins on Saturday to secure their holds on 1st place in their divisions. The 2nd div women lost Saturday in a game in Seattle truncated by the need to make a ferry, and the 3rd div men won their match Sunday against Cowichan.

 Premier Women: Velox 36 – 6 Seattle

2nd Div Women: Velox 17 – 31 Seattle

1st Div Men: Velox 38 – 19 Cowichan

3rd Div Men: Velox 40 – 14 Cowichan

 

John Lyall’s match report for the thirds is short but sweet: The Velox thirds remain undefeated in the Spring season. A Sunday home game saw the team bolstered by about 120 caps in Winston, Pletchie and Lunk. Throw in Duck and some Valhallians looking for more game time, and we had a bench.

 Coming Up

 The club hosts Nanaimo Saturday in a double header, with the 3rds opening at 1pm for the 1st div men (2:30). Both women’s squads are away to Capilano.

 

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Weekend Results-17 Feb 15

The club went 1 and 1 on the weekend, losing the 2nd div women’s game (66-20 vs Comox), and winning the 3rd div match (32-21, also vs Comox). John Lyall has this match report for the 3rds: The Velox thirds continued their undefeated 2015 season on the road against the always tough Comox Kickers. After all the dust settled and arms were twisted, we showed up with 12, including trainer Steph who strapped the boots on for his rugby debut on the wing. Having some Valhallians on hand including Evans, Barbados Jae and Manawatu Turbo Dylan didn’t hurt the cause.  The Thirds opened the scoring through Jae running 60 m in, following some sound defense. Convert missed as we played on a bog of a field with no tee, drop goal attempts were dodgy at best. The game ebbed and flowed, although we never relinquished the lead, it was 22- 21 at one point in the 2nd half with 15 to go. Neish and Conrad then played some keep away down the field before hitting a supporting Pickup who dished to his Langford soulmate Jaime Dark for Pickups 4th assist of day. Convert missed and still only up by 6 points, newcomer Liam finished the day with his third of the day, netting a hat trick.   Back to the Comox club, where Conrad was recognized as MoM, and Liam Boob of match for being greedy with his hat trick, and wearing footlocker shorts. Next up Cowichan at home, we are waiting to hear if we are a go Saturday or Sunday.

 Coming Up:With Vegas 7’s in the rear view mirror, the BCRU is ready to get down to business. All of our squads have games:

 Premier Women: away to Seattle (Saturday)

2nd Div Women: away to Seattle (Saturday)

1st Div Men:  home to Cowichan (1pm Saturday)

3rd Div Men: home to Cowichan (tbd)

 Coach Needed:Mark Pratt is involved in rugby at PCS high school, where several girls have showed up interested in 7’s. Mark is looking for someone who has time at 3:30(ish) a couple afternoons a week who can work with building a high school girls team. They can contact Mark though email at mcjdp@shaw.ca or text at 250 998-8746

 

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Weekend Schedule-13 Feb 15 

The club has two games this weekend. Saturday, the 2nd div women host Comox at 11:30am (not 10am as I posted last time). Sunday, the thirds have a road trip up to Comox, leaving by bus from Velox at 8am.

 U20 Canadian Players Looking For Lodging: Revision: contact Ken Goodland if interested, not John Lyall. Rugby Canada is looking for anyone with room for 1 or 2 U20 Canada kids coming out in February to train before going into camp March 6th. They will be at the COE every day to train and work with the carded and 15’s guys. It would only be for a couple weeks before they head to Shawinigan to prepare for Romania and USA in March. They would pay a little rent.

 Registration:Some players attempting to register for the 2nd half of the season and are having trouble with the new Sports NGIN website login. Go to this link to start a new account or log in with an existing one.

 Vegas 7’s:In the last email, I noted that Josh Oden and Jason Gagnier were headed to Vegas to play for the BC U23 7’s squad. It seems there are plenty of other Velox players competing. Good luck to them all!

(BCRU – high school boys open 7’s)  Logan Martin-Feek

(BCRU – women’s open 7’s) Allie White, Courtney Sims, Cherisse Du Preez, Kate Parkinson

(Aptoella Angels – women’s elite 7’s) Barb Mervin, Selina McGinnis, Lynzi Anderson, Amand Thornborough, Brittany Waters, Jesse Gaudry-Dovanne.

 

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Weekend Results-11 Feb 15 

The club had only one game on the weekend, with the 3rds hosting Nanaimo Sunday (fields in Nanaimo were closed due to flooding). Velox fielded a strong squad with spares on the sideline, a welcome change from the fall when numbers were an issue – hopefully a sign of things to come for the spring session. The final score was 60-15 for VV.

 This coming weekend, the 3rds travel to Comox Sunday, with a bus leaving from the club at 8am. The 2nd div women start their year Saturday, hosting Comox at 10am. Other divisions are on hold in order to avoid conflicts with Vegas 7’s.

 On the topic of Vegas, two Velox men are on their way to the tournament to represent the BC U23 7’s squad: Josh Oden and Jason Gagnier. The club donated part of the proceeds from last week’s player auction to them, and the winner of the player auction (Pickup) was also generous enough to add $400 from his winnings. Good luck to both of you this weekend! Word has it that Duck will be there for the tournament to make sure they don’t get into any trouble….

 U20 Canadian Players Looking For Lodging:Rugby Canada is looking for anyone with room for 1 or 2 U20 Canada kids coming out in February to train before going into camp March 6th. They will be at the COE every day to train and work with the carded and 15’s guys. It would only be for a couple weeks before they head to Shawinigan to prepare for Romania and USA in March. They would pay a little rent. If interested please let John Lyall know.

 

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

National University Sevens – Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC
From March 6th-7th, 2015, Rugby Canada will be hosting the National University Sevens Rugby Championship. Top teams from post-secondary schools across the nation, in both men’s and women’s divisions, will compete over two days to see who will come out on top! This Championship would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our volunteer team. Rugby Canada requires the support of numerous volunteers in the following areas:

Runners *Age 16+  Ticket Sales & Entry (Front Gate) *Age 16+  Statistics *Age 16+  Ball Retrievers *Age 12-15  Merchandise Sales *Age 16+  Score Keepers *Age 16+ 

PA Announcers *Age 16+  Set Up/Tear Down Crew Members *Age 16+

Sevens rugby is a heart pounding, exhilarating, and action packed event, and you have a chance to be one with the action. Watch top teams from across the nation battle for Sevens Rugby supremacy!  All interested individuals are encouraged to register for volunteer positions by completing the online application form. To go to the online registration form CLICK HERE.

Set Up Day:  – Thursday March 5th, 2015 o Shift 1: 5:30PM – 8:30PM *This is a SET UP shift
Match Days: – Friday March 6th, 2015  o Shift 1: 7:00AM – 1:00PM o Shift 2: 12:30PM – 6:00PM – Saturday March 7th, 2015 o Shift 1: 7:00AM – 2:00PM o Shift 2: 1:30PM – 8:00PM *This is a TEAR DOWN shift
Please note that each volunteer will be provided with one meal while working onsite.  For more information on the University 7s tournament, please visit http://www.canadianuniversity7s.com/leagues/front_pageRCEvents.cfm?clientID=5716&leagueID=21840 

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New Registration process-30 Jan 15

BCRU and RC have signed on with SPORT NGIN sports management firm for the processing for players registration.  Everyone who previously registered in Sept 14 for the BC season 2014/2015 will have their data transferred automatically into the new database and system, with no action required from the player/member.  All new players must now register at the following website as of 30 Jan 2015; https://login.sportngin.com/

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Velox Move Update: 30 Jan 15

With Velox moving to the new location at Westshore Recreation Center in Colwood over the summer of 2015.  The Velox RFC executive council has selected the new name and logo for the club which will come into effect as of 01 June 2015.  The club and association will be name “WESTSHORE VELOX VALHALLIANS RFC”, with the new logo/crest as shown below; The 2 “V” making a “W” for west shore.  The Black “V” is for the original team colours of Velox leading the way since 1968, and the Blue for the UVIC Valhallians which came later in 1987; bringing the past and present for the new era for this great club. Velox would like to thank Rod Parker from Parker Johnson Roofing for funding and assisting with the development of this new logo for the club!!

Westshore RFC Logo Jan 15

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30 Jan 15

The men host the UVic Saxons on Saturday, 1pm kickoff. The player auction Thursday night was well attended, with bids totalling over $1800 collected. That’s $900 for the winner, and $900 for the club. There are only a few months left before we move to the Westshore, so get out and enjoy these last games! Also, thank you to Mike Joss for preparing the free appetizers for all at Thursday’s club night.

 Sunday will also be a big day at the club, with the Velox Old Boys hosting the Ebb Tide at 1pm. The annual Super Bowl party and chili contest will follow…

 

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Coming Up: 28 Jan 15

 This weekend, the men get the year started with a home game against the Saxons (1pm Saturday). The premier schedule for our women doesn’t start until Feb 21st, and there is no schedule finalized yet for 2nd div women or 3rd div men.  Sunday, the club will of course be open for a Super Bowl party (3:30pm kickoff) and chili contest. The Velox Old Boys and Ebb Tide are set for a bit of a tilt before that, with a 1pm kickoff at Velox.

 Men’s Player Auction 2015Come one, come all to the (somewhat) annual auction of the men’s rugby team slated to play the UVic Saxons this coming Saturday.  Pick your favourite to score the first VV try of 2015 and, if your player scores that ever elusive first try, YOU WIN half the pot raised! The balance of the money raised will be split between meeting general VV club needs and supporting two of our players, Jason Gagnier and Josh Oden, who were recently chosen to play for the BC U-23 Sevens Team heading to the Las Vegas Sevens’ Tournament.

 The 22 players named for the big game are:

 1 Ricky Bowen

2 Cory Walker

3 Jay Jimmo

4 Conner Botteril (Capt.)

5 Justin McGregor

6 Matt Lilly

7 Matt Evans

8 Jason Gagnier

9 Adam Roer

10 Matt Kemp

11 Dirk Brussow

12 Conrad Newell

13 Martin Scholtz

14 Brandon Labbey-Krejci

15 Josh Oden

16 Cam Neish

17 Matt Kalmar

18 Cody Walker

19 Mike Collins

20 Nick Belyea

21 Chris Sanii

22 Adam Hart

 Bring your inner clairvoyant and your wallet!

 

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Upcoming Events: 16 Jan 14

 The first game for the club will be on Saturday, Jan 31th, when the men host the Saxons. I earlier reported a later start to the season, but changes have been made to the schedule. The club night prior to that game, Thursday the 29th, will be a special one, with free appetizers and drink specials starting at 7pm.

 The club will of course will have a Super Bowl Party on Sunday, Feb 1st. Get your chili ready for the annual half time contest. There will also be an Ebb Tide / Velox Old Boys rugby game before the football, with a 1pm kickoff.  Come join us for some of the last events for the club in Gordon Head!

 BC U23 7’s: Two club members have been selected to represent the provincial U23 side headed in February to the Las Vegas International Invitational 7’s tournament: Jason Gagnier and Josh Oden. Congratulations, and good luck, to both of them. You can help them out by making a donation to their travel costs.

 U16’s: The U16’s juniors had a successful season, making it to the provincial semi-finals. Someone has spliced together a well-produced highlight video, and posted to YouTube. You can view it here. 

Six Nations at the Strath 2015: As in past years, Six Nations games will be shown at the Strathcona on Saturdays and Sundays throughout February and March, in part as a fundraiser for the Tide and Jr Tide rep teams. $100 gets you a full pass to all 15 matches being covered, or $20 for two games on a given day. If you are interested, email Dr. Fairhurst for details.

 

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Happy New Year!  Christmas is over, but the winter break is not. Regular season games won’t start for a while yet….

 The 1st div men don’t have a scheduled game until Feb 21st, home to Cowichan. The Premier women also have to wait until Feb 21, when they travel to Seattle. The 2nd div women’s schedule for the spring isn’t listed yet by the BCRU. The 3rds are hoping the new year will breathe some new life into the division, and are waiting to hear which Island clubs are going to commit to the season before a schedule can be made.

 It makes for a long break, so I suspect we will be hearing about some exhibition games before long. Already on the radar is a friendly match being planned between the Velox Old Boys and the Ebb Tide, set for Super Bowl Sunday (Feb 1) at the club.

 This spring season is a momentous one for the club: at the end of May we will vacate the facility in Gordon Head and begin our move to our new home in Colwood. We hope that all our members from throughout the decades will join us over the next few months to mark the transition and celebrate our history. Home games and club nights offer a great opportunity to do so, but there are also a number of special events in the works!

 An Old Velox Player Passes: Long-time club members will remember Chris Hall, a former Velox player who has recently passed away from throat cancer. His celebration of life is 3pm Monday the 12th at the Carson Room, Level 2, Victoria Conference Centre, for those who would like to attend. The Times Colonist ran an article on him on Dec 22nd that you can find here.

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