Vancouver teams dominated at the fourth annual Western Canadian Flag Football Championships (WCFFC), held last weekend at Exhibition Park.
The Vancouver Recepticons rolled to the title in the Top Flight division, beating the Vancouver Cobras 40-20. Billy Greene, former UBC quarterback and winner of the 2011 Hec Crighton Award as the most outstanding Canadian university football player, was named offensive MVP.
The Open division final was also an all-Vancouver affair, as the Vancouver Villains thumped the Vancouver Irish 36-6.
Two Abbotsford teams participated in the tournament – the Fraser Valley Touch Football League all-stars fell to the Vancouver Moose in the Top Flight quarter-finals, while the Abbotsford Ram Rods fell short of the Top Flight playoffs.
“The tournament was phenomenal,” said organizer Scott Beadell. “We’ve never had weather like this, where it was nice both days.”
Beadell was heartened by the generosity shown by the winning teams. Both the Recepticons and the Villains donated prize money to the Todd Croft Family Foundation, which supports a recently widowed dad with four kids. After Croft’s wife passed away, it was discovered her life insurance policy had been cancelled due to a payment glitch that went undetected.
After four years in Abbotsford, the WCFFC will be moving to Kelowna in 2014.
“We’re trying to get a few more teams out of Alberta, and Kelowna is a little closer for them,” Beadell explained. “We’re also trying to move (the tournament) around B.C. a little bit. Abbotsford has been phenomenal, and we might come back, you never know.”