Sports in brief: Ruggers represent Canada

Canada has come calling for several Abbotsford Rugby Football Club players.

Canada has come calling for several Abbotsford Rugby Football Club players.

A trio of local products – Patrick Shields, Jared Douglas and Clayton Meeres – have been selected to the national U20 men’s side for a pair of test matches against Romania on Vancouver Island this week.

Additionally, Jorden Best and Spencer Miller have made the cut for the B.C. U18 sevens squad which will compete at the prestigious International Youth Sevens tournament in Hong Kong, March 23-25.


Kayla Bruce of the University of the Fraser Valley women’s volleyball team has been named a CCAA All-Canadian.

The fourth-year middle was the PacWest player of the year after leading the conference in blocks (87), aces (73) and total offence (4.1 points per set).


The Magnuson Ford FC Hurricane U17 boys squad won the District 5 Cup championship recently, beating the Surrey United Saints 2-1.

Surrey opened the scoring in the second half, but the Abbotsford side equalized on a goal by Austin Lymburner. The game went to penalty kicks, and Hurricane goalie Sebastian Calderone saved four of seven shots, while Bhura Khabra converted the winning kick.


Don Frycz’s Delta rink took the top prize at the Abbotsford Curling Club’s mixed bonspiel.

Frycz knocked off a team skipped by B.J. Gagnon, the ice technician at the local club, in the ‘A’ final. Mike Freeman of Mission and Jerry Wallace of Abbotsford rounded out the top four.

The ‘B’ and ‘C’ event finals were all-Abbotsford affairs. The Krys Beketa rink skipped by Rod Benjamin won the B final over Team Egan, while Derek Robinson beat Mike Curtin in the C final.


The Fraser Valley Bruins missed the B.C. Major Midget League playoffs after a pair of losses to the Vancouver North East Chiefs last weekend.

The Bruins came in tied with the Valley West Hawks for the league’s sixth and final playoff berth. But the Chiefs beat the Fraser Valley squad 6-0 on Saturday and 7-4 on Sunday, while the Hawks won both their weekend games.


The Abbotsford Judo Club will be hosting an “explore our sport” program during spring break 2012.

The program is offered at no cost and is intended for children and teens that wish to try out the sport of judo. The event runs March 13, 15, 20 and 22, with ages 7-12 going at 6 p.m., followed by ages 13-18 at 7 p.m.

Space is limited, and participants must pre-register by calling at 604-852-8014 or emailing


Abbotsford’s Reign Valley Vixens sailed over the Salish Sea Rollers 185-70 in roller derby action at the Ag Rec Building on Saturday night.

The Mardi Gras-themed bout featured fans and skaters decked out in masks and coloured beads, and a 25-point jam scored by Reign Valley’s captain, Sugah Bomb. Tickets are on sale at for the Vixens’ season opener on April 28.