The G.P. Vanier Towhees nailed down a ninth-place finish at the B.C. Secondary School Rugby Union AAA boys provincial championships.
“We played a combined team from the Fraser Valley of players who did not have their team qualify for the Provincials, as Kelowna left the tournament early,” said Vanier coach Ken Erickson.
The #7 seed Towhees won 54-15 Saturday afternoon in Abbotsford to finish the tourney with a 3-1 record. Trevor Caton and Foster Dewitt were named to the Commissioner’s XV.
Ninth was the best the Towhees could finish after a 36-12 loss to #10 Carson Graham in the first round on May 24 dropped them into the consolation side of the 16-team tourney.
When play resumed May 28 in Abbotsford, the Towhees defeated #15 Semiahmoo 16-8 and knocked off #11 Handsworth 33-14 to advance to the game to decide 9th and 10th place.
In the final, #2 St. George’s edged #1 Shawingan Lake 15-12 to win gold while #5 Lord Byng beat #3 Oak Bay 35-14 in the bronze medal match.