Richmond's rugby talent given praise

The Richmond Rugby Football Club has announced the sixth annual Maurice Smith City of Richmond All-Stars for the 2015-16 season

The Richmond Rugby Football Club has announced the sixth annual Maurice Smith City of Richmond All-Stars for the 2015-16 season.

The senior boys team is comprised of athletes from the McRoberts Strikers, Cambie Crusaders and McMath Wildcats. 

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McRoberts finished fourth in the AA-Tier 2 provincial championships in Abbotsford, losing to eventual champions LV Rogers of Nelson in the semi-finals. 

The McMath Wildcats, featuring a team comprised of mostly grade 10s and 11s, qualified for their first ever B.C. tournament berth, finishing seventh place at the AA-Tier 2 level by defeating DW Poppy of Langley. 

The Cambie Crusaders finished third in the Lower Mainland at the Tier-2 level, falling to Burnaby Central in the district semi-finals. All three schools will look to continue their winning ways in the Lower Mainland Tier-1 league next season.

  The Senior Girls team  includes athletes from Steveston-London, McMath, McRoberts and McNair. 

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McRoberts Strikers’ Valerie Wideski helped lead her team to a second AA championship title. Photo submitted

The McRoberts Strikers finished a banner year for the program winning their second Lower Mainland-AA championship in the school’s history.

The seven-a-side program also won the Bowl (placing ninth in the province) at the provincial tournament in Victoria. While nearly half of the team’s starting line-up is graduating, the Strikers, led by recent Team BC selection Valerie Wideski, will look to qualify for the 15-a-side provincial tournament in 2017. 

After graduating several starters in 2015, The McMath Wildcats had a rebuilding year, starting a line-up full of young players at the Grade 9 level. However, the team persevered against their older and more experienced competition finishing in fourth place in the Lower Mainland-AAA competition. The school placed two girls (Alex Strandt and Kate Fedoruk) on the recent Vancouver & Area Under-16 Provincial Regional team.

  The junior boys team features athletes from McRoberts and McMath, and is based on play from the Vancouver & District fall seven-a-side league (McRoberts) and spring 15-a-side league (McMath). 

Many of the McMath Wildcats selected were standout players for the school’s senior boy’s team in the spring, as well.

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