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

 

Just Posted

Victoria shatters its oldest temperature record

B.C. sees fourth straight day of record-breaking warmth

Rickter Scale: Brother Gary strikes again

The Rickter Scale is a weekly column

Jake ‘The Snake’ Roberts visits Victoria for Comic Con

He says he’s looking forward to the event, but don’t ask him where the snake is

UPDATED: Missing Victoria man found dead in Port Renfrew

Police continuing investigation, death not considered suspicious

Overturned vessels, simulated smoke expected in Victoria harbour for Coast Guard exercise

Coast Guard and other first responders will be on the water from 1 - 4 p.m. Thursday

After mosque attacks, New Zealand bans ‘military-style’ guns

The gunman killed 50 in a Christchurch mosque

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

View Royal council to discuss proposed 3.5% tax increase tonight

Budget open house to directly precede the council meeting

B.C. sees fourth straight day of record-breaking warmth

Bob Marley said it best: The sun is shining and the weather is sweet

UPDATE: Two avalanches confirmed at Okanagan ski resort, one in hospital

A man has been sent to hospital after an isothermal avalanche at SilverStar March 20

Okanagan man, Yorkshire terrier chased by coyote

Animal sightings have been reported around West Kelowna and the Central Okanagan

Having phone within sight while driving does not violate law: B.C. judge

The mere presence of a cell phone within sight of a driver is not enough for a conviction, judge says

B.C. lottery winner being sued by Surrey co-workers

They claim he owes them $200,000 each, in a lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver

Most Read