Following the Las Vegas Invitational Tournament, the BC Rugby Elite Girls’ and Boys’ 7s Program will be fielding Teams in the Vancouver Rugby Festival (March 10th-11th at the University of British Columbia), the Canadian 7s U18 Championship (March 10th-11th at the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club) and the Victoria International Youth Sevens (July 8th-9th at the University of Victoria).
The City of Surrey has identified an appropriate architect, Thinkspace Architecture, for the Bayside Athletic Association Field House. Thinkspace Architecture also has a team of sub-consultants available to work on the project. Thinkspace Architecture is now in the process of drafting the detailed design (blueprints) of the field house. The City’s Planning and Development Manger has explained the construction of the field house is expected to begin in September 2015 and is expected to be completed in April 2016. A development and planning sign should be installed at the construction site any day.
I have requested the City of Surrey Planning and Development Manager and Thinkspace Architecture meet with the Bayside Athletic Association members and supporters. An information meeting to review the construction process has been scheduled for 6:00pm July 6, 2015 at the Rotary Field House in South Surrey Athletic Park. If you have ever inquired about the status of the Bayside Athletic Association Field House it is highly recommended that you attend this meeting. Please notify and ensure any supporters of our home and community project attend.
Gordon Frederick Hosler (Blondie), age 58, passed away May 9, 2015, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Gord will be well remembered for his long and dedicated Rugby career. He was an exceptional player during his many years with the Langley Rugby Club. Gord was a great competitor on and off the field. He was a true Rugby personality.
Following his playing years, Gord assisted the Fraser Valley in coaching representative Rugby. Many Bayside players had the opportunity to play for Gord in the McKechnie Cup competition and the Rugby Canada Super League where they won a national title.
Thank you Gord for being a great Rugby role model, and a great friend to many. Our deepest sympathies to Gord’s family. He will be well remembered.
A celebration of Gord’s life will be held this Saturday, May 23rd, 3:00 PM, at The Langley Rugby Club located at 21280 Crush Crescent in Langley.
Bayside Under 16s make it 3-in-a-row with a win against a strong Capilano side, containing some of Caps’ 1st team players, placing the unbeaten Bayside boys at the top of the Spring League. Bayside U16s again had their lucky charms in the form of 3 Under 15s players, without whom, they would not have had the numbers to make up a team. Trevor Purcell, Warren Gendall and Keaton Young first played for the older team a few weeks ago, when they assisted them in winning the BC Under 16s Plate and now have clearly earned their positions
Four late withdrawals due to illness and injury left just enough players to make up a team in today’s crucial Spring League game. This saw team captain, Ronan Clark, move from the tail of the scrum to partner Danny Vasica in the centre, giving the hugely strong prop, Reid Davis, a chance to demonstrate his back-row skills.
Torrential rain tested their ball-handling skills and Bayside allowed themselves to be put under pressure by the better drilled rucking Caps forwards. Too many penalties were given away and then a cheekily intelligent kick over the head of the Bayside backs, by the Caps No.10, led to a short chase into the Bayside in goal and with a wet sliding ball moving away from the defence, he scrambled to earn Caps a well-deserved try.
The first half continued to be gruelling. Reid Davis relishing in his new role was a powerhouse and demanded more drive and support from the forwards, before he picked up from the rear of the scrum to use his strength in handing off three defenders and running in a try for Bayside.
The score stayed at 5-7 to Caps into the 2nd half with some exceptional tackling by Warren Gendall on the wing and great covering by the fullback, Keaton Young. The tackling and jackling by the newly formed partnership of Danny Vasica & Ronan Clark was outstanding and undoubtedly affected the overall result of this game. Unable to penetrate the Caps defence, the pair continued to pound the opposing backs. The pressure led to a penalty, which was kicked by Gavin Morrison, putting the home team in the lead by a point; 8-7.
With minutes to go, Tommy Blackburn cleared the ball with a well-placed penalty kick pushing Caps into their 22. Determined pressure saw the ball pushed out to the left hand side of the field and moved through several hands without a break. Eventually, Carter McDonald received it 20 metres from the corner.
He powered toward the line, breaking two tackles and, as the final defender looked as if he was about to tackle him into touch, McDonald went low for the line and slid the final few feet over the line to score the final try in the last second of the game.
Bayside’s Mini Rugby GR 2-7 (No K1) Away March 29th Location: Abbotsfords McMillan Youth Park Address: 34748 Old Yale Road, Abbotsford Notes:KOGR 2/3 -4/5 at 10:00 – GR 6/7 at 11:00 K-1 Team is at Home field for practice 9:30 KO
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