Please note there is a typo and the first of the women's pants is actually mens.
The 39th Gobbler Tourney was a one day event this year on Saturday, Oct 10 with 8 men's teams and 5 women's teams attending. After a solid morning of games, the crowd was graced with an hour monsoon that led to several games being settled by boat races. The women bravely battled in the heavy rain, where SFU were awarded victory honors over the local Abby squad. In the men's final, Bateman Alumni edged Surrey to win the championship trophy.
The 39th Annual Gobbler Rugby Tourney is here and men's and women's teams from both sides of the border will come together in this fun social tourney on Thanksgiving weekend. The format has changed this year from a two day to a one day tournament on Saturday, Oct 10. It is also the first year the tournament will have alumni teams from both Abby Sr. and Bateman men and women.
The Saturday Gobbler Dance will feature the popular Chris Buck Band who played this past summer at both Sunfest with Keith Urban and the Rockin' River Musicfest with Dierks Bentley. The group has recently been headlining for Jason Aldean. We look forward to seeing a good crowd either on the pitch or on the sidelines or at the dance!
The 39th annual Gobbler Tournament is fast approaching on the Thanksgiving weekend of Oct 10 and 11. We are looking forward to a great event at Exhibition Park that will augment the excitement of the current World Cup in the UK. The Saturday dance will be awesome with headliner The Chris Buck Band who played at the Rockin' River Fest and Sunfest this past summer. Come join us on the field or in the beverage garden!
The Fall season is now underway and practices have begun for all ages!
Women - Tues/Thurs - 7-8:30 at Delair
Men - Tues/Thurs - 6:30-8 at Yale
Old Boys - Thurs - 6:30-8 at Delair
U-20 Men ('96,'97)- Tues/Thurs - 6:30-8 at Yale
U-18 Men ('98,'99) - Mon/Wed - 6:30-8 at Yale
U-16 Men ('00,'01) - Mon/Wed - 5:30-7 at Yale
U-14 Boys ('02,'03) - Tues/Thurs - 4:30-6 at Yale
U-18 Women ('98,'99) - Mon/Thurs - 6:30-8 at Delair
U-16 Women ('00,'01) - Mon/Thurs - 6:30-8 at Delair
2015 was a strong year for rugby in Abbotsford and the surrounding area. Hundreds of boys and girls from grades 6-12 were involved in local school rugby programs, as many teams continue to expand and develop their rugby skills.
At the senior high school level, there were 6 boys’ teams competing from Abbotsford, including Robert Bateman, Yale, Abby Sr. and Mouat with Hansen and ATSS competing in the local sevens tourneys. In the Provincial AAA division, Yale won the public school championship, finishing third in the province behind private schools Shawnigan Lake and St. George’s. Yale also won their first ever Fraser Valley Banner. Bateman finished 7th in the provincial tournament. Abby and Mouat laid solid foundation to build their programs throughout the season.
There is an Abbotsford Rugby Camp happening July 6-10 for players ages 11-15 who are looking to improve their rugby skills. Former Canada player Ryan McWhinney, Cayman Islands' Sevens Captain Mike Wilson, and other guest coaches will be involved with the camp and look foward to working with young rugby players.
What: Abbotsford Rugby Camp (fun, games based camp open to players from all regions)
Who: Students ages 11-15 (there is flexibility in ages depending on experience level)
When: July 6 to July 10, 2015, 9am-2:30pm
Where: Yale Secondary
Cost: $140 ($125 if registered by Tuesday, June 23) - includes a t-shirt, ball, and pizza lunch on Friday
Instructors: Mike Wilson, Ryan McWhinney
June 13, 2015 marked the day of the 7th Annual Abbotsford Kukri Sevens at Exhibition Park in Abbotsford. 24 teams from BC and Seattle took part in 4 divisions at the tournament. There were many exciting games throughout the fantastic, sunny day in Abbotsford. The Seattle Saracens, coached by Fijian sevens legend Waisale Serevi, took the elite men's division with a victory over Burnaby. The Castaway Wanderers women's team led by Brittany Waters won the women's division. The Vod Lounge Skids, run by UBC's Brock Staller and showcasing local graduate Jorden Sandover-Best, won the social men's division. Valley East won the U-14 boys division.
For more pictures, visit the Abbotsford Rugby Club Facebook page