The BCSSRU would like to announce the following dates for the 2016-17 edition of our Stadium Series. The first round will take place on the Lower Mainland at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, Rotary Stadium in Abbotsford and possibly at least one other site on Friday, April 7th and Saturday, April 8th 2017. The second round will take place primarily on Vancouver Island at Centennial Stadium in Victoria and Shawnigan Lake School on Friday, May 5th and Saturday, May 6th, 2017. There will also be some games at the Apple Bowl in Kelowna in May. The Stadium Series Committee will be working with the Zone Reps to put together the full slate of venues, opponents and kick-off times and then send that out to all schools. A reminder, Stadium Series games are mandatory for all schools wishing to take part in the Provincial Championships because they are part of our ranking system.
Stadium Series Round 2: Friday, May 5, 2017
Vancouver Island, the Okanagan and the Fraser Valley
* Admission is $ 2 per student and $ 5 per adult at Centennial Stadium and Rotary Stadium only.
LM = Lower Mainland VI = Vancouver Island
FV = Fraser Valley OK = Okanagan
Koot = Kootenays
Stadium Series 2017 Round 1: Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley and Victoria
Friday, April 7 & Saturday, April 8, 2017
|Date||Teams and Zones||Venues and Times|
|Fri. 7th||Lord Tweedsmuir (FV) 0 vs. Handsworth (LM) 72||Swangard St. 5:30 pm|
|Fri. 7th||Terry Fox (FV) 19 vs. Argyle (LM) 24||Swangard St. 7 pm|
|Sat. 8th||Kelowna (OK) 8 vs. South Delta (FV) 22||Swangard St. 2 pm|
|Sat. 8th||SMUS (VI) 24 vs. Rockridge (LM) 7||Swangard St. 3:30 pm|
|Sat. 8th||Robert Bateman (FV) 7 vs. RA McMath (LM) 22||Swangard St. 5 pm|
|Fri. 7th||Belmont (VI) 7 vs. WJ Mouat (FV) 50||Rotary St. 3 pm|
|Fri. 7th||Salmon Arm (OK) 15 vs. Gleneagle (FV) 36||Rotary St. 4:30 pm|
|Fri. 7th||Carson Graham (LM) 33 vs. Yale (FV) 21||Rotary St. 6 pm|
|Fri. 7th||Brentwood (VI) 5 vs. Collingwood (LM) 11
||Klahanie Park 4 pm|
|Fri. 7th||Seaquam (FV) 15 vs. Sentinel (LM) 22||Klahanie Park 5:30 pm|
|Fri. 7th||GP Vanier (VI) vs. Semiahmoo (FV)||Semiahmoo/SSAP 3 pm|
|Fri. 7th||Oak Bay (VI) 85 vs. Earl Marriott (FV) 5||Semiahmoo/SSAP 4:30|
|Fri. 7th||DW Poppy (FV) 22 vs. GNS (VI) 44||Claremont 12:30 pm|
|Fri. 7th||Elgin Park (FV) 36 vs. Claremont (VI) 15||Claremont 2 pm|
|Fri. 7th||RE Mountain (FV) 57 vs. Edward Milne (VI) 0||Claremont 3:30 pm|
|Fri. 7th||Nanaimo Dist. Sec. (VI) 29 vs. Sardis Sec. (FV) 15||Sardis Sec. 2 pm|
|Fri. 7th||Cowichan (VI) 5 vs. Fleetwood Park (FV) 36||Fleetwood Park 4 pm|
|Sat. 29th||Shawnigan Lake (VI) vs. St. George’s (LM)||St.George’s 2:30 pm|
Celebration of Life July 6th @ 2pm at the Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam
A Tribute by Chris Turpin, Gleneagle Secondary School
The rugby community in BC is saddened by the news that a true legend has passed away. Tony Whitham passed away on June 23rd . Tony was born in 1937 in Halifax, England. His early years were shaped by growing up in working class England during and after the war. His father was killed in action in France shortly prior to the Evacuation at Dunkirk in May 1940. Tony was raised by his widowed mother who helped instill a work ethic and values that Tony was famous for. Upon graduating from Manchester University Tony taught for three years at Highlands Technical Grammar School. In 1963, Tony persuaded his wife that winter could not be much colder in Canada. So Tony and his wife, Kathleen, and young daughter, Jo-Ann, moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba. The Whithams stayed for three years in Winnipeg before moving to BC. Tony taught one year at Princess Margaret Secondary in Surrey. Then Tony made the switch to the growing school district of Coquitlam and taught at Centennial Secondary School from 1967-1973. In 1967 the Whithams were blessed with a second child, a son, named Bob.
Purdey’s late try carries the day, Stags find a way to hold off Saints in classic 4A boys rugby final
Posted on May 28, 2016. 7:49 pm
by Howard Tsumura - The Province
ABBOTSFORD — It was a match many had predicted would be a blow-out win in favour of the defending champion Shawnigan Lake Stags.
Instead, Vancouver’s St. George’s Saints never believed they were underdogs, and in the dying moments, almost had the opportunity to pull an upset of major proportions in the B.C. quad-A boys high school rugby championship final Saturday at Abbotsford’s Rotary Stadium.
Shawnigan Lake went on to win 12-8, but not before Owen Pitblado of St. George’s chipped the ball through the Stags try-zone with 1:13 remaining, and was just shy of pouncing on it for what would could well have been the game’s winning play.
Posted on May 26, 2016. 2:14 pm
by Howard Tsumura - The Province
Here’s our look at semifinal Thursday at the BC high school rugby championships at the double-, triple- and quad-A level.
The Shawnigan Lake Stags produced a result Thursday in the semifinal of the B.C. high school championships which, based on their recent run of dominance, puts them in perhaps the most unique position in this province’s entire sports history.
Are the Stags, who beat the Fraser Valley champion Earl Marriott Mariners 102-10 to earn a berth in Saturday’s title game, the first team you can honestly say is so good relative to the rest of the field that the thing they need most, is a higher-level of league to play in?
Defending champion Shawnigan, which has won six of the last seven B.C. triple-A titles, will face Vancouver’s St. George’s Saints, 25-10 winners over Victoria’s Oak Bay Barbarians, in Saturday’s final.
St. George’s defeated Shawinigan Lake in the 2014 final, the only title-tilt loss by the Stags over their current run.
Posted on May 25, 2016. 5:42 pm
by Howard Tsumura - The Province
ABBOTSFORD — Small in stature, small in numbers, but on the day, Abbotsford’s Robert Bateman Timberwolves showed themselves to be huge in heart as the B.C. boys high school rugby championships opened up a four-day run at their hometown Rotary Stadium complex.
“It’s one of the smallest teams we’ve ever had, but so full of courage and with so much resilience,” coach Stephen Rowell said proudly after No. 8 Matt Calderone stole the ball deep and spun it out wide to fellow senior and outside centre Ethan Kupsch for the winning points in a 22-17 victory over Richmond’s R.A. McMath Wildcats.
The BC Bears Senior Men’s Team hosts England Counties XV on June 3rd at Klahanie Park (Capilano RFC) in West Vancouver. Kickoff is at 7:00pm.
High School students get in FOR FREE when presenting their school ID. For adults, tickets cost only $10 and are available at the gate on game day.
More details about the game can be found at http://www.bcrugby.com/news_article/show/651906
April 30, 2016 at 8:51 pm
Posted by: Howard Tsumura (The Province)
VANCOUVER — If Hollywood ever gets around to shooting a re-make of the 1977 hockey classic Slap Shot, the casting call needs to come north to the classrooms, hallways and playing fields of Vancouver’s Prince of Wales Secondary School.
That’s because if you’re looking for three actors to play the roles of the movie’s hockey-playing Hanson brothers, there would be none better-suited than real-life Grade 11 triplets Broden, Kael and Dace Norman.