Bays keep firm grasp on Island’s top rugby trophy

James Bay win Barnard Cup rugby championship over UVic Vikes

James Bay’s Hugo Belanger

The old Bays still got it. And they won’t let go.

Led by a core of veterans, the James Bay Athletic Association won the Barnard Cup, Island men’s rugby championship against the host UVic Vikes on Saturday, 22-13, at Centennial Stadium.

It’s the fifth straight year the sagacious Bays and brazen young Vikes have met in the Barnard final, with the Vikes winning just once, in 2008.

Youngster J.T. Rowbotham scored two tries for the Bays, with longtime players Hugo Belanger and Dan Harlow scoring the other two. Former national player and Vikes graduate Jeff Williams kicked the Bays only try conversion.

Vikes kicker Patrick Kay cut the lead to 12-3 in the first half with a penalty goal, and converted a try by Vikes forward Brett Beukeboom to make it 17-10 at the half.

Kay later added a drop goal in the 66th minute to bring the Vikes within four, but that was as close as they came.

Rowbotham scored his second try in the 80th and final minute of the game.

• The Velox Valkyries are putting a mark of their own on the B.C. Rugby News trophy, initiated in 2008 for the Island’s top women’s club during fall competition.

The Valkyries won the cup in 2008, 2010 and this year (without a championship final), going undefeated (8-0) in the six team Island league. This winter and spring the Valkyries will compete against mainland teams in the women’s premier competition, having lost in the provincial final to Burnaby in 2010.

sports@vicnews.com

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Conflict expert explains how to talk to people who aren’t social distancing

Approach the conversation with empathy says conflict expert

COVID-19: Managing your mental health from isolation

Ministry of Mental Health, Addictions recommends numerous strategies for self-care during pandemic

Saanich moves forward with summer camp registration despite COVID-19

District to give full refunds if camps are cancelled

Sunday morning fire damages Victoria gas station

The fire on Fairfield Road caused $75,000 in estimated damages to tires and automotive equipment

‘Better days will return’: Queen Elizabeth delivers message amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Queen said crisis reminds her of her first address during World War II in 1940

Emergency aid portal opens Monday, cash could be in bank accounts by end of week: Trudeau

Emergency benefit will provide $2,000 a month for those who have lost their income due to COVID-19

Education, not enforcement: B.C. bylaw officers keeping a watch on physical distancing

A kind word, it turns out, has usually been all people need to hear

COVID-19: Hospitals remain safe for childbirth, say Vancouver Island care providers

North Island Hospital has been asked to share its perinatal COVID-19 response plan

Canadian cadets to mark 103rd anniversary of Vimy Ridge April 9 virtually

Idea of Captain Billie Sheridan in Williams Lake, B.C. who wondered what to do in times of COVID-19

B.C. VIEWS: Pandemic shows need for adequate care home staffing

Seniors in B.C. care homes face challenging times

QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Take this test and find out how well you know Canada’s most popular winter sport

Researchers look at humidity as a weapon in the fight against airborne viruses

Regular hand washing, physical distancing and PPE for health care workers remains best line of defense

Most Read