Congratulations to our U-18 girls who won their 4th consecutive BC Title and impressively finished on top in the women's Div 2 league.
For the fourth year in a row, the Abbotsford U-18 women's rugby team have won the BC Provincial Championships. The ladies toppled the combined Castaway Wanders and Velox team from the island 73-0 to claim the title. With this win, the ladies capped off an amazing undefeated season in the Women's U-18 league.
Impressively, the ladies hit another astonishing milestone this season. In an unprecedented decision to start the season, the ladies also competed in the Women's Div 2 league in the fall. The women also excelled in this league and finished first with a +301 points for/against record.
Congratulations to Jason Hignell who just finished a tour with the Canada U-18 Men's team in Romania. The team went 1-2 on their tour, which saw Hignell captain the first game. Jason has played this season for both the Abbotsford U-20 team and the Div 1 men's team, a difficult feat as a recent high school graduate from Yale.
Canada U18s finish their tour to Romania with their heads held high after a tough, 9 to 3 loss to the Romanian U19s. The match was played in not the best conditions and would end up being a defensive struggle. St. George’s fly half, Ben Scher, would score the only points, a penalty in the first half, for Canada.
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.