Sports in brief: Provincial rugby sevens squad stacked with Abby talent

A quartet of Abbotsford athletes have been selected for the B.C. elite under-18 rugby sevens squad.

A quartet of Abbotsford athletes have been selected for the B.C. elite under-18 rugby sevens squad, which will travel to the Las Vegas Invitational Sevens in February.

Jorden Best, a senior at Robert Bateman Secondary who played for Canada’s national sevens squad at the Youth Commonwealth Games in September, will be one of the leaders of the provincial team. He’s joined by J.D. Paul of W.J. Mouat Secondary, and a pair of Grade 11 athletes from Yale Secondary – Spencer Loughlin and Spencer Miller.

The Las Vegas tourney runs Feb. 9-11.


Online registration is now open for the Abbotsford Rugby Football Club’s mini rugby program.

The program is open to kids ages 5-13. To register, visit and click the Teams/Mini Rugby link for instructions. Registration day, where parents can sign forms and make payment, runs Saturday, Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ARFC clubhouse at 31929 Mercantile Way. The first practice will be Sunday, Jan. 29 at 10 a.m. at McMillan Park, weather permitting.


The Fraser Valley Bruins major midget hockey team dropped a pair of weekend games to the Okanagan Rockets.

The Rockets blitzed the Bruins 8-1 in Saturday’s opener, then completed the sweep with a 4-3 win on Sunday. Abbotsford’s Matt Revel was a bright spot for the Fraser Valley squad – he was in on all four of the team’s scoring plays, with two goals and two assists.

The Bruins (11-12-5) are in seventh place in the B.C. Major Midget League, three points back of the final playoff spot.


The annual Curl For Care mini-bonspiel, formerly known as Curl For Kids, will be held on Jan. 29.

The event has raised more than $100,000 for charity over the past 19 years, and this year the spiel is raising donations for the Dave Lede Campus of Care, being built adjacent to the Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

Registration is $50 per person or $200 per four-member team, and includes equipment, instruction, a buffet lunch, and a chance to win prizes. For more information, contact Barb Arthur at or 604-615-1632.


The softball academy at Yale Secondary is hosting an open house on Saturday, Jan. 28.

The event runs from 1-3:30 p.m. at the Yale gymnasium, and is open to softball players in grades 8-11 and their parents. The open house will feature a sample training session for the athletes, along with a school tour and information sessions. Participants are asked to bring clean runners, water and their softball equipment. For more information, contact Jen Schreyer at