Vanier wins third B.C. title in six years

Girls rugby team beat NorKam in final

The girls rugby team at Vanier Secondary defeated North Kamloops in the B.C. championship final last weekend in Williams Lake, winning its third provincial banner in six years.

Over the last seven seasons, the Towhees’ girls rugby team has placed no lower than fifth in the province.

Their secret?

“We let the girls have fun and play,” said coach Steve Fagan, who is assisted by Vanier alumnus Tom Schaad. “There’s times where I’ll step it up a notch, but if they’re afraid to play, they won’t play.”

Vanier was the top AA seed in B.C. heading into the tourney, which featured 24 teams, eight of which were triple-A schools. En route to the final, Vanier defeated crosstown rival Isfeld Secondary.

“They (Isfeld) came out hard and strong,” Fagan said. “We had to work for everything.”

In the final against NorKam Senior Secondary, the number two seed scored a try within 30 seconds of the opening whistle. But by game’s end, the Towhees prevailed 34-10.

“That was a tough game,” Fagan said. “They played the same style as us. Basically we were playing a mirror image, and it was all a matter of who could break the other side’s glass first. It was a heart-pounding game. There were injuries, there was carnage after every ruck, but our girls stood fast and kept going the whole way.”

Next season, the team will be losing five graduating players.

“But the up and coming team for next year is still considerably strong,” Fagan said.

Isfeld defeated Lake City of Williams Lake 26-22 to win the bronze medal.

•The senior girls weren’t the only Vanier rugby players winning trophies this season. The junior girls development team won the Island Sevens recently in Duncan.


Just Posted

Two Courtenay Habitat for Humanity families receive keys to new homes

Lake Trail Road project officially has residents

Preparations ongoing for Courtenay’s annual Earl Naswell Community Christmas Dinner

The doors of the Florence Filberg Centre, downtown Courtenay, will open again… Continue reading

Valley woman found guilty on three charges following 2016 collision in Courtenay

The woman involved in a trial for a multi-vehicle collision in which… Continue reading

High winds force several BC Ferries sailing cancellations

Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay, and Duke Point to Tsawwassen among closures

Swiss juniors train in Comox Valley

The Swiss national junior hockey team is training at the Comox Valley… Continue reading

Man dies after falling from B.C. bridge

Intoxicated man climbed railing, lost his balance and fell into the water below

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

‘I practically begged’: Kootenay woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

Most Read