Average Joes Win William's Lake

Average Joes Win William's Lake


CW has been active this summer with eleven current & former players featuring on the “Average Joes” Competitive 15's team. This team ventured to Williams Lake located in the interior of B.C. over Canada Day long weekend to attend the 40th annual Williams Lake Rustlers Stampede Rugby Tournament.  The Average Joes were primarily made up of CW, Burnaby, and Kamloops players but were also assisted by various other guest players.

The milestone tournament in “Bill’s Puddle” featured 27 teams made up of social and Competitive men’s and women’s divisions. All teams and players camped around the two pitches over the weekend, which ensured a quality social atmosphere after the rugby games concluded each evening.  The Average Joes were greatly benefited by the numerous CW-Williams Lake connections who helped set up, provide additional players, and even cook for the team (thanks, Momma Ilnicki).

The Joes bested the proficient Bayside club in the Competitive final. This marked Bayside’s second consecutive appearance in the Competitive final showing the growing strength of the current B.C. Division 1 Men’s Championship side.  For winning the tournament each player receives a distinguished belt buckle while the team receives a grand bull skull put on display. Furthering CW’s accolades at the tournament, Mike Finnemore was awarded the “Most Sportsmanlike Player” of the Competitive Division.

This was the second “Buckle” for The Tricolors and it is safe to say CW is looking forward to participating in the next stampede! 

CW Current & Former Players in Roster: Brandon Baker, Liam Chisholm, Mike Finnemore, Sky Freeman, Derek Hyde-Lay, Riley Ilnicki, Wade Lavalee, Jordan Pritchard, Jack Sponarski, Sam Stephenson and Matt Sutherland.

The ladies kicked into high gear following their competitive loss to the Kiwis in opener of the Super Sereies this past Tuesday when they took on France.  The final score was a 36 - 19 for the Canadian ladies.  Earlier we had posted an article about Sophie De Goede's selection at the senior level.  Sophie proved the merit of her inclusion with a try against the Silver Ferns and then posted eleven points against France with a penalty and four converts.  She was announced as MVP of the match.  'onya, Soph.  The women play England at 5:15 (PST) this Saturday. Rugby Canada reports it as being streamed live on FloRugby.

It was with enormous refief to read of the B.C. Government's recent approval of the life-saving treatment provided to young Charleigh Pollock with the very expensive Brineura enzyme therapy.  Despite this approval, the family will still be undergoing tremendous financial costs and the club is getting behind Trevor ( former Prem player) and wife Jori, by seeking to fund raise with your attendance at the above event.  You can read more on this Facebook page.

Our final comment for today relates to a huge shout out to ALL of the CW boys and girls who played in the recent B.C. PRC's (Regional Championships), we don't have all of the names but the South Island Junior Tide had a very strong showing with U18 Girls - 1st; U16 Girls - 3rd; U14 Girls - 2nd and 3rd; U18 Boys - 3rd; U16 Boys - 1st; U14 Boys - 1st.  This augers well for future Island strength.