Friday was a divisive day at the Vancouver Invitational, as we’ve already started to see which teams have the moxy for medals. Japan, Ontario, and Seattle all went undefeated in the opening day of the tournament. Seattle arguably had the best test of the day, narrowly defeating Portland 55-53 in a midday thriller.
Crowd attendance was solid, with even the American & Japanese clubs drawing significant support. The Seattle-Portland game was so loud, I had to turn my head and look for The Wheedle himself.
The 12:00 matches today will both be a lot of fun. On Court A, Team BC will face off against Canada’s development squad. Both clubs lost their matches yesterday, and will have something to prove in front of the “home” crowd. On Court B, both of the clubs with split (1-1) records yesterday will face off. Expect Fabien Lavoie of Team Quebec to play heavy minutes – he was quarterbacking a short bench yesterday.
If you’ve yet to see a wheelchair rugby game, the Vancouver Invitational is your best opportunity watch high calibre clubs in BC this year. Come check it out!
As you can imagine, putting on a tournament of this calibre isn’t easy, and we rely on our awesome sponsors to keep things running smoothly. We’d like to thank Postmark Brewing for keeping the crowds in good spirit and Superstore, Pomme Natural Market, PriceSmart Richmond, Safeway, and Save-On Foods for providing meals to our athletes and volunteers. Thanks guys!