LANGLEY — The 2019 Premier League season, one which opened with the St. George’s Saints last-second win over the Shawnigan Lake Stags in the opening round of the Stadium Series at Swangard back in April, and closed earlier this month with a B.C. finals re-match won at Rotary by the Stags, showcased B.C. high school rugby at its pinnacle.
With that said, it’s time to look at B.C.’s best Quad-A players for 2019, all of whom hail from the four schools which closed out the season playing in the top-end tier.
The BCSSRU’s recent revamping of tiers has taken rugby to a new level in the B.C. high school sports world.
Rugby’s old and welcoming adage is that it’s a sport which has a place for every kind of athlete from large to small, from slight to stout.
In a way, expanding the divisions and adding multiple tiers to AA and AAA, has had the same welcoming effect.
With a more inclusive system in place, dignity and pride has been re-stored at every level, with athletes of all skill levels having a chance to chase a provincial title.
With all that said, the Quad-A tier reflects the most densely populated tier of top-end skill.
With the help of the BCSSRU, here is Varsity Letters’ 2019 Quad-A Game Day XXIII.
THE GAME-DAY 23
1 Moamen Elhendawi (Shawnigan Lake)
2 Matteo Mitchell (Vancouver-St. George’s)
3 Ian McTavish (North Vancouver-Carson Graham)
4 Tate Litherland (Vancouver-St. George’s)
5 Ethan Jaques (Vancouver-St. George’s)
6 Nico Falcon (Shawnigan Lake)
7 Austin James (North Vancouver-Carson Graham)
8 Brenner Kelava (Shawnigan Lake)
9 Jack Carson (Victoria-Oak Bay)
10 Jamin Hodgkins (Shawnigan Lake)
11 Max Brittingham (Vancouver-St. George’s)
12 Patrick Feng (Vancouver-St. George’s)
13 Ciaran Breen (Shawnigan Lake)
14 Graeme Norris (Shawnigan Lake)
15 Thomas Kirkwood (Vancouver-St. George’s)
16 Alex Morrow (Victoria-Oak Bay)
17 Nathan Goliath (Shawnigan Lake)
18 Owen Smith (Victoria-Oak Bay)
19 Mahyar Hosseini (North Vancouver-Carson Graham)
20 Henry Down (Victoria-Oak Bay)
21 Alex Velasco (Victoria-Oak Bay)
22 Ethan Smith (North Vancouver-Carson Graham)
23 Parker Burt (North Vancouver-Carson Graham)
By The Numbers
Players listed 1-15 are intended to be as position-specific as possible as per 1-loose-head prop; 2-hooker; 3-tight-head prop; 4-second-row, 5-second-row; 6-blind-side flanker; 7-open-side flanker; 8-No. 8; 9-scrum-half; 10-fly-half; 11-left wing; 12-inside-centre; 13-outside centre; 14-right wing; 15-fullback.
Players listed 16-17-18 are mainly front-row types.
Players listed 18-19-20 are primarily second row and back row types.
Players listed 21-22-23 are reserve backs at any position).
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