Congrats Seattle Slam!

Congratulations to the Seattle Slam for placing 1st in the Pacific Sectionals Quad Rugby Tournament and advancing to Nationals! Also in attendance were the Portland Pounders, who finished 5th in the tournament. Both clubs will only have a week to rest before heading to Vancouver to battle Team BC (unofficially referred to as the BC Bandits).

Team Seattle has an impressive roster featuring Japanese national team member Daisuke Ikezaki. He’s a class-3.0, and is known for both his agility and his endurance on the court. He often plays entire games for Team Japan.

The Seattle Slam and the Portland Pounders are not the only two American clubs appearing. The tournament will also feature strong competition from the Phoenix Heat, ranked 2nd in the country by the USQRA in January.

I can’t believe we’re only a few days away. See you on Friday!

Volunteer!

So! Are you looking for work experience? Want to lend the wheelchair rugby community a hand? Care to meet some new friends? We might even have a shirt for you.

Volunteer for the Vancouver Invitational. The tournament is a longstanding staple for wheelchair rugby clubs and enthusiasts, and it’s one of the few opportunities to see some of the best wheelchair rugby athletes in the world.

Volunteers have been helping at the Vancouver Invitational since it’s inception 16 years ago. We would not be able to hold events like this without support from individuals like yourself. Click here to sign up, or if you have any questions, be in touch.

It Might Get Loud

We’re excited to announce the Vancouver Invitational will be back at the Richmond Oval on March 13th through the 15th. We’ll be hosting 12 clubs, including a stacked Seattle Slam featuring Japanese national player Daisuke Ikezaki,  the Alberta Roughnecks led by wheelchair rugby powerhouse Zak Madell, and of course, our own clubs, Team BC and Team BC-B (or is it Busy Bee?)

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BC Wins Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament For First Time in The Event’s History

(Richmond, BC) –For the first time in the event’s 15-year history, BC has won the Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. In front of a packed crowd Sunday afternoon at the Richmond Olympic Oval, BC claimed a 56-53 victory over the Ontario Thunder.
“We lost to the Thunder by 15 points in the round-robins, so it’s great to be able to come back and play the kind of wheelchair rugby we’re capable of playing,” said BC Head Coach Adam Frost. “I’m glad we’ve finally broken the 15-year curse and won Vancouver Invitational.”
BC had to rely on both mental and physical toughness to even make it to the gold medal game. After a key player was injured, BC lost 51-34 to Ontario. In the semi-finals, they overcame a three-point deficit thanks to steals from Ian Chan and scored the winning goal with less than a second on the clock.
For his incredible leadership effort, Richmond’s Ian Chan was named tournament MVP.
“Ian had an outstanding tournament. His court sense and his ability to force turnovers is second to none,” said Frost.
Chan was not the only British Columbian honoured with an All Star Award. Duncan Campbell, who invented wheelchair rugby 37 years ago and still plays today, was named Most Clutch.
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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Arley McNeney
Communications Manager
BC Wheelchair Sports Association
Cell: 778-788-9091
Email: arley@bcwheelchairsports.com

Awards Ceremony

Awards! 
The Event was quickly followed by an awards ceremony to recognize the people who make this event happen, and the players that make this such an exciting event. 
Best Picker
Patrice Simard
Best Heart
Cody Caldwell
Most Clutch
Duncan Campbell
Tournament MVP
Ian Chan
Congrats to Evan Shaw, who won a pair of Beats by Dre headphones. 
And! A quick shout out to sponsors. 
BC Wheelchair Sports
Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association
Hosting BC
Viasport
Richmond Sport Hosting
Chair Stuff
Ceili’s Richmond
Sheraton @ Vancouver Airport
MTG

Pool A, Gold Medal Game

Here we go! Watch here for updates.

We’re nearing through the end of the 1st quarter. Ontario is playing fast and loose with their time outs. They’d rather burn them now than leave them unused later. Might cost them in the 2nd quarter. 1:50 left in the 1st, we’re all tied up with 14 a piece.

Ian Chan got a nice steal at 6 minutes, putting BC up by 1. Byron Green is getting some time in, subbing in for Trevor Hirschfield. 21-20, with 3:30 to go in the 2nd.

With .5 seconds left, David Willsie lays a perfect pass to tie the game at the half, 26-26.

Hirsch and Calen McDougall to start the 3rd. Calen taking a few long passes to help BC get out of their own end. Hirschfield with an interception, and BC’s back in front by a point. Willsie misses a pass, and it’s BC ball, up by a point. 4:43 left in the 3rd quarter.
BC tried to run the clock on Ontario, and couldn’t convert on their final possession. Good job by Ontario to stand their ground on the line. BC up by 1, 40-39 at the end of the 3rd.
4th quarter! Kruger reached out to grab a ball at the line that was overthrown. Awesome catch to preserve BC’s slim lead. 7:15 to go.
Cody Caldwell nearly intercepts for Ontario, which would have brought the game back to a tie. 4:50 on the clock. 46-45, BC.
Energy has really ramped up. Ontario’s pressing hard for quick turns. 2:32 on the clock, BC up 50-48.
Fantastic finish for BC! This is BC’s first gold medal win at the Vancouver Invitational. I really expected BC to play clock, but Ontario instead took penalty goals to force the ball back into their hands. Hickling took two hard hits in the final couple of minutes. BC wins, 56-53.

Day 3, A Pool Bronze

We’re down to the wire here. With only Court A still open, The Canadian Newbies have just opened up their match against Quebec. When these teams met yesterday, the Newbies held Quebec responsibly until the 3rd quarter. Updates to come through the game.
Quebec is leading 31-22 after the 1st half. The Newbies have not been successful in pinning down Quebec to force turnovers and timeouts, though Zak Madell has looked strong.
Cory Harrower is back on the court to start the 3rd, missing most of the 2nd quarter.

At the end of the 3rd, the score is currently sitting at 44-36. Fabien Lavoie and Zak Madell have both played every minute of the game.

Not every game, however, is a nailbiter. Quebec continued to show the strength of their short bench, winning 61-48. Congrats to Quebec on their Pool A bronze medal.

Day 3, Round 1

Good morning!

On Court A, we have BC-B playing the Seattle Slam for the Developmental Gold medal. BC got off to an early lead in the 1st quarter, jumping ahead by five points, but mistakes at the beginning of the second cost BC, including three interceptions by Seattle’s Brian Chaffin to cut the lead to 1 with 1:40 left in the first half. Seattle’s up, 21-20 at the break.

On Court B, we have Portland B playing Saskatchewan for the Developmental bronze medal. Their game didn’t start until 9:30, and it’s 11-5 with a 2:20 left in the 1st.
Updates to come. If you find me, please rescue with coffee. Will pay in retweets.
BC-B really came on in the 4th quarter, chipping away at what was a 4 point lead to tie the game 20 seconds left. However, a late score with 5 seconds left on the clock left Seattle’s club with the win, and the developmental gold for the tournament. Congratulations to the Slam, 41-40.
On Court B, Alberta pulled off a clincher, winning 44-43 against Jake Merriman and the rest of the Portland crew.

Two BC Teams Head to Gold Medal Games at the 2014 Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament

(Richmond, BC) — For the first time in close to a decade, BC is poised to sweep the Vancouver Invitational Wheelchair Rugby Tournament. BC A takes on Ontario Sunday afternoon for the Division 1 gold at the Richmond Olympic Oval and BC B will play at 9 am for the Division 2 gold against Seattle.


“Last year, BC B was in fourth place in Division 2 and this year we’re undefeated, so the team has made a huge strides,” said BC provincial coach Adam Frost. “The fact that we have two teams playing for gold shows that our wheelchair rugby program in BC is thriving.”

While BC B cruised to the final, BC A fought a harder battle. After losing to Ontario, the team regrouped to face a tough Quebec team starring heavy hitters Fabien Lavoie and Cory Harrower in the semi finals. The teams traded leads and the score was tied at the end of the first, second and third quarters. Going into the fourth, Quebec’s Fabien Lavoie got two steals to edge Quebec ahead. Just as Quebec looked to be booking their ticket to the final, however, Ian Chan responded in the last two minutes with two steals of his one. With just one second left, Chan scored to bring BC A up 52-51 and win the game. 

“We’ve had an incredible number of close games at this tournament,” said Vancouver Invitational Tournament Chair Kevin Bowie. “Both gold medal games are going to be really fun to watch. It would be great to get a big hometown crowd out to cheer for our local athletes.”

Where: Richmond Olympic Oval.

When:
9 am: Portland vs. Alberta (Div 2 bronze)  |  BC-B vs. Seattle (Div 2 gold)
11 am: Quebec vs. Newbies (Div 1 bronze)1 pm: BC vs. Ontario (Div 1 gold)
BC Wheelchair Sports Association


Cost: by donation.

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For more information or to schedule an interview, contact:

Arley McNeney
Communications Manager
Cell: 778-788-9091
Email: arley@bcwheelchairsports.com

Day 2, Round 4

On Court B, BC-A is facing off against Quebec. BC took advantage of a few bad Quebec penalties in the opening frame to help break the draw with two minutes left in the opening frame. Quebec is up 26-25 at the half, but this is anyone’s game. Jessica Kruger’s pregame meal? Pink cookies. 

On Court A, Ontario is matched against the CDN Newbies. The game got off to a great start for Ontario, as they took a 17 to 10 lead in the opening frame. They’ve just begun their third frame, 39-27 for David Willsie and the rest of the squad.

Final updates for the games will come as soon as they’re done. 

Thanks to MTG for their continued support of wheelchair rugby.

UPDATE

A bad turnover  right at the end of the 3rd quarter allowed Quebec to take a two point lead over BC-A. 
Ontario continued to run away with their game against the CDN Newbies, taking a 15 point lead in the third quarter. Great learning opportunity for the new members of the CDN squad to play with, and against, Zak Maddell, David Willsie, Duncan Campbell, and Garrett Hickling. Final score, 63-50. 
Byron Green and Jordan Dyke took over from Jessica Kruger and Trevor Hirschfield to start the final frame. Quebec turned over the ball to Ian Chan TWICE in their own end with less than 2:30 to go, allowing BC their first lead in the game with 1:30 on the clock. Running time, BC scored with 1 second left on the clock to close out the game, and with my battery life hovering at 6%. 

Best game of the tournament so far, and we’ll see you tomorrow.