Tyee Harpooned in Alberta; Changes in National U20 Management; Wish the National 7s Team Success on Monday Evening; BCRN Stuff
[ed. comments below] posted Aug 18 2012
Rugby Canada’s Pacific Tyee team had a difficult time in their first CRC game losing 64-19 to the Wolfpack, it was 33-7 at the half. It looks like the BCRU made the right decision in not lending the BC Bears name to the CRC team. The BC Bears need to be represented by a BC Premier level team, the type that defeated Russia when they visited. This team was mostly a BC Tier 2 and U20 team and is run by Rugby Canada. As mentioned many times before, for BC to be fully involved the competition has to occur during the BC rugby season, September to May and needs buy in from top BC Premier clubs like James Bay and Capilano (the two finalists from last season). It’s going to be a difficult summer season for John MacMillan and company. The only home game in September against Ontario should be a better contest as there will likely be a few capped players on the field.
Change in U20 Management
We’ve been hearing rumours of changes in the U20 structure which could include a coaching change. No official word yet but there’s enough information coming in from various sources to indicate an announcement will be imminent. The change is needed as Canada’s performance at the U20 level has not been satisfactory in recent years, all the more apparent since our southern rivals USA won the tournament last year and have been promoted to the big leagues. These changes are probably a year late in coming but that’s the way Rugby Canada management rolls, cautious and reactive, not proactive.
National 7s Team
I got in a little hot water from coaching staff when I reported on last week’s practice, indicating it wasn’t “under pressure” conditions. Apparently they had just finished the high intensity stuff and I had come in late. No worries, this Monday at 6pm the team will be ramping it up before they leave for Ottawa, with some full contact action. It would be a good time for fans to come out and wish them well. The practice is at the field adjacent to Bear Mountain stadium, I believe it’s called Goudy Field, about 100 metres away (see map below). The NACRA tournament, or parts of it, apparently will be streamed online, again nothing definite from Rugby Canada yet but that's the "word on the street".
Every year we like to get some merchandise made up for contests and giveaways. We'll likely have the MVP hoodies going again this year but we've returned to something from years past and that's mugs, 20oz mugs to be exact (see video below). If you're at the 7s practice on Monday at 6pm (Goudy Field) and can identify which Canada player has the most iRB 7s series points you'll get a BCRN mug. We're only giving away two so the first two adults with the right answer win. For those too young to be walking around with 20oz beverage mugs we have some DTH player cards (although he's not around to sign them this time, but he'll be back).
BCRN 20oz Mugs (beverage not included)
Thanks to Heritage House Trophies for their engraving services, they have a Langford shop with some amazing computer controlled laser equipment
Summer Rugby Camps; Georgia v Canada on Saturday; Junior Howlers in Germany
posted June 19 2012
From Barkley Logan
Just a brief note to let you know that we have extended the deadline for registrations for this camp. We currently have 60 registrations for the youth program and while we have met our goal we have opened up additional spaces. Anyone interested in attending the camp can find registration forms on the website. www.slssummerrugbyacademy.com
From John Lyall
Velox Langford summer camp, July 9 - 13, registration day this Sunday 9 - noon at City Centre park.
Like us on facebook, win a free registration. If not for you, get that nephew, niece off the couch!
The Burnaby Lake Clubhouse will be open on this day Saturday June 23rd for pre game drinks & a post game celebration in advance of Canada’s game vs Georgia.
This is your only chance to see our Senior Men’s National Team play live this summer.
Due to the extremely limited parking options at Swangard Stadium BLRC is running a couple of buses from the clubhouse to Swangard.
Important details & times
11.30 am Club House Open for refreshment 1.00 pm Buses depart from the clubhouse to Swangard Stadium – cost $10.00 per person return trip 2.00pm Game kicks off 3.45pm Buses depart from Swangard back to Clubhouse for post game – Buses will be at same place as drop off was
HEIDELBERG, GERMANY - The U16 Dog River Howlers will be in Germany competing at the SAS Institute Heidelberg Junior Sevens championships and this year's roster has a distinct BC flavour. Half of the 12-man squad is made up of BC representatives - as is the entire team staff, headed up by BC Elite Youth Sevens head coach Shane Thompson.
Back in 2005, the North Island Tsunami U-18 men won the Pacific Regional Championships over in Vancouver, going undefeated in all their games.
That team was coached by Paul and Randy Rose from Port Alberni and was managed by John Thomas of Cowichan (John also managed the fledgling Vancouver Island Raiders Rugby team that year.)
The Tsunami had a very good Scrum Half to Fly Half tandem that year... a couple of 16 years olds... Sean White at 9 and Matt Evans at 10. It was great to see them back together again yesterday as a tandem in the game against the USA in which both played a prominent role.
That year saw Victoria's Sean White suit up for the Tsunami as the South Island did not have a U-18 team. Several other boys from that team went on to also play for their country at the Junior and Senior level.
It does show that the BCRU PRC pathway does work and this is great example of a couple of boys who worked hard and realized their dreams.