The start of the 2014 Spring Season will see the women of Abbotsford Rugby Club joining British Columbia’s top level club league.
With what is anticipated as the most competitive women’s premier season to date, the ladies are looking forward to the challenge of tough opposition. Coming off a very strong Fall season, they hope to continue their cohesive momentum into the Spring.
The USA Sevens just finished this past weekend in Las Vegas and it was an amazing weekend for Canada and the ARFC. Bateman grad Justin Douglas and the Canadian Sevens team finished 3rd with two thrilling comeback victories over France and Samoa to claim their best finish ever at a World Series tournament. Many other Abbotsford players were in action for various teams.
The last couple months of 2013 basically amounted to an epic rugby field trip for Abbotsford native Ryan March.
In October, the 20-year-old tighthead prop out of Abbotsford's Robert Bateman Secondary was summoned for his first stint with the Canadian senior men's national 15s team, and he got into a game vs. the United States during the Americas Rugby Championship tourney in Langford, B.C.
January 1st marks the day of the annual ARFC Hangover Bowl, a break from rugby to embark upon a different adventure during the NFL playoff season. It's a full contact football tradition on New Years Day where the younger players in the club take on the old to see who earns a spot on the club trophy. Of the 22 who played this year, the cutoff was age 28, which saw Byron Toutant as the youngest player on the Old Boys team at 28.
The ARFC U-15 2013 Edition met and equaled the previous years' squad by running the league and playoff schedules undefeated and becoming the BC Provincial Champions. The group blanked the Capilanos 36-0 in the final at Exhibition Park to earn the title. Tries in the final were scored by Anton Phonsavadthy (4), Diego Zuniga, and Callum McRae with three converts from Jayden Ned.
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The Abbotsford Rugby Football Club’s female teams capped a fine fall season by winning a pair of championships.
Two weeks ago, the ARFC’s U18 women’s squad won the provincial title in their age class for the third straight year, knocking off Cowichan 29-12.
The 2013 ARFC Gobbler Rugby Tournament concluded this past Sunday under sunny skies at Exhibition Park. Eight men's teams, four women's teams, and several stragglers from various clubs came to town to compete for cash prizes and the Gobbler trophy. Saturday saw each team play 2 games, with the men playing 15's and the ladies playing 10 aside rugby. Saturday evening was the Gobbler dance, which was busy and produced some interesting costumes with the theme of '50 Shades of Gobbler'.
Registration for Abbotsford Rugby is now open. All members of the ARFC must be registered with Rugby Canada to take the field for practices and/or games. To register, please follow the instructions below. Please note that for senior men's and women's teams and U-19 men, there are additional club fees that need to be paid to the ARFC.
Please read on for registration instructions.