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.
The Abbotsord Rugby Club is gearing up to start it's youth programs in the coming weeks. Registration will be open soon. We are currently seeking coaches for our youth programs and look forward to working with a strong and dedicated coaching staff.
We look forward to a fun and successful youth season. Programs are determined by capacity, which we will know through registration numbers. We hope to run U-16, U-18 and U-20 men, as well as U-18 girls programs this fall.
The National Rugby Festival happened Aug 7-11 at UBC. It was a busy tournament with U-18, U-16 and U-14 boys divisions, as well as U-18 and U-16 girls divisions. BC won the U-16 boys and U-16 girls divisions, and came 2nd in the other three divisions.
Many local Abbotsford players were involved in the tournament. Josh Thiel was named bcrugbynews MVP of the tournament as the captain of the BC U-16 team.
Please read on for a list of local players involved with each team, as well as related articles.
Thank you to everyone who made it out to the Abbotsford Kukri Sevens. It was a busy day with all teams playing at least 4 games, some playing 6, and some who were playing for multiple teams getting in much more. Thank you to those teams who worked together to make games happen on the long weekend. We hope you had fun and we look forward to seeing you back next year.
The rodeo at the Agrifair was packed and the concert busy as well. With 19 teams, it was a good turn out and great seeing so many athletes playing rugby. Thanks to all the teams, managers, players, referees, the Agrifair, Kukri, and the Abbotsford Rugby Club organizers for making the tournament possible.
Congratulations to our winners today. Final Results:
The Abbotsford Kukri Sevens are upon us on August 3 at Exhibition Park. We are excited as we get ready to watch 20 teams in three divisions compete on three fields over the course of the day. Having teamed up with the Agrifair, Exhibition Park will be bustling with activity and we hope that the rugby tournament and field-side beer garden will add to the entertainment.
Games begin at 9:30am with finals finishing at 6pm. Abbotsford has four teams in the tournament, including an elite men's and women's, as well as Finnegan's and Phoenix, two social men's sides. Come down and enjoy the tournament and the fair! Discount fair tickets can be purchased through Chris Farley at Mouatfrom 8am-noon on Saturday morning - $10 for adult and $8 for youth.
Saturday, August 3
Exhibition Park, Abbotsford
Come and join us for the 2013 Abbotsford Kukri 7’s in Abbotsford during the Agri-fair! It’s a great rugby tournament, but so much more. With a fair, rides, exhibits, a rodeo, beer gardens, concerts and more, it is fun for rugby patrons and the whole family.
For young athletes looking to improve their rugby skills, there is an Abbotsford Rugby Camp happening July 2-5 at Yale for players age 11-15. Former Canada players Scott Hunter and Ryan McWhinney will be involved with the camp and look foward to working with young rugby players through the games based camp.
What: Abbotsford Rugby Camp
Who: Students ages 11-15
When: July 2-5, 9am-2pm
Where: Yale Secondary
Cost: $140 ($125 if registered by Friday, June 21) - includes a t-shirt, ball and pizza lunch on Friday
Instructors: Scott Hunter, Ryan McWhinney