Thanks to all those teams who attended the Gobbler and made the weekend a blast. We also want to thank all players, referees, and volunteers who dedicated time to make the event a success. The dance on Saturday night was a bit a late getting started, but the country crowd was rocking and it seemed a good time was had by all.
The Women of the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club have entered their first full season of playing Premier Rugby. With a solid core of experienced players and a handful of enthusiastic new faces, the women are excited for the challenging year ahead of them. After a convincing 2-0 start to the fall season with wins over Burnaby and Seattle, the energy is certainly brewing.
Online registration for youth and senior teams is expected to be open by August 25. NEW THIS SEASON: a portion of club fees have been added to the online registration system for senior mens and womens teams. ARFC has approved the addition of $150.00 of a players club fees to be be collected via the online system at the point of online registration. Please note: players are responsible for paying the remainder of any player fees due to the club and the $150.00 may NOT cover all fees due, check with your coach/manager for any remaining fees owing. This will bring the total fees due at time of online registration to $250.00.
Abbotsford Senior grad Tiffany Picketts has earned a starting spot on the Canada U-20 team who beat the USA 51-5 in the opening game of the CanAm series in Ontario. Picketts scored a try in the Canada victory. The ladies play again Saturday, Aug 23.
There was a fundraiser to help support Picketts at the Abbotsford Rugby Club last Sunday to raise funds for her trip. Nearly 50 people were in attendance to watch the Canada Women play in the their first ever World Cup final and raised almost $600 to help support Tiffany in her opportunity to play for Canada U-20.
Canada’s Women’s Sevens Youth Olympic Team has won a silver medal at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games after a 38-10 loss to Australia in the Gold Medal match Tuesday in Nanjing, China.
Abbotsford athletes were front and centre at the Rugby Canada national championships in Calgary on the weekend, helping the B.C. provincial squads to a series of sparkling results.
Team B.C. combined for four national titles, courtesy the U18 men, U18 women, U17 men and U16 men. The U16 women added a silver medal.
Many Abbotsford players have made BC Teams this summer with more age groups yet to be announced. Congratulations to those local players who have been selected. Many of these athletes are paying between $1000-2000 to attend nationals and could use any community support available. If you are interested in donating to help sponsor an athlete, please contact Jen Ross, our youth director.
Read on to see which local players have made provincials teams. So far names have been release for U-18 (10 Abby) and U-16 women (6 Abby plus Jen Ross as coach), as well as U-17 (4 Abby) and U-16 men (5 Abby). Congrats!