Jock Scraps: Chilliwack sports news

The G.W. Graham senior boys rugby team rolled over Rick Hansen secondary school 36-24 in Fraser Valley semi-finals in Chilliwack on Thursday. - Paul J. Henderson
The G.W. Graham senior boys rugby team rolled over Rick Hansen secondary school 36-24 in Fraser Valley semi-finals in Chilliwack on Thursday.
— image credit: Paul J. Henderson

Grizzlies claw way to Fraser Valley finals

The senior boys G.W. Graham Grizzlies rugby squad secured a spot in the Fraser Valley finals with a convincing win at home Thursday afternoon. The Grizzlies dominated Abbotsford’s Rick Hansen from start to finish, winning 36-24 at G.W. Graham. The semifinal victory means the Grizzlies head to the Fraser Valley finals where they will clash against Langley’s D.W. Poppy on May 14 at 5 p.m. at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.


Huskers raising funds through recycling effort

The Valley Huskers are going heavy on recycling in order to fundraiser for the junior football team.

The team is challenging local residents to clean up the community of unwanted scrap metal by donating items such as old appliances, farm machinery, cars, rims, lawnmowers or any other scrap metal on May 24. There will be two drop off locations: Major League 2 (45768 Geatz St.) and Homelife Glenayre Realty (8387 Young Rd.). Both locations will take donations from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

If you need assistance to get the items to the drop off stations phone 604-792-9008 or 604-858-3084 and arrangements can be made for pick up. With assistance from Goodies Recycling Ltd, located at 8150A Aitken Rd., the Huskers will turn the scrap metal into cash to assist with club expenses.

For convenience, items can be dropped off at Goodies prior to May 24—just mention the Valley Huskers fundraiser.


U16 Chilliwack Shuckers win gold in Summerland

U16 Girls Chilliwack Shuckers Fastpitch team went undefeated in a tournament in Summerland recently.

The Shuckers faced teams from Summerland, West Kelowna, Surrey, Kelowna and Mission. They defeated Mission 15-3 to win the gold medal.

MVPs for the round robin games went to Carly Larsen, Ashley MacDonald, Kianna Folk, and Lauren Balsillie.


Cheam Vaulters rise to the challenge at Pacific Cup

Chilliwack’s Cheam Vaulters were on the road to California for the Pacific Cup, an international competition that paves the way to the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG) recently.

Cheam head coach Alisa Schmidt competed at the highest individual level (3*), earning the necessary qualifying points for WEG. Vaulters must score a minimum of 7.0 overall at a qualifying competition in order to represent their country in the individual vaulting event at the world games later this year in Normandy. Each country may send three female and three male vaulters to compete in the individual event.Only two Canadians, Schmidt and a vaulter from Alberta, have achieved this score so far this season.

Cheam sent its advanced team, “House of Cards,” to compete in the 3* squad event where they achieved a personal best international score of 6.267 in their second round freestyle. Squad members are Schmidt, Bartly Dyck, Taylor Eamor, Darla Ricka, Cassie Sponchia and Samantha Kennedy. Schmidt and Ricka also competed in the 2* pas de deux, earning a score of 6.030 for second place. Meanwhile, in the 1* event, Sponchia and Eamor made their debut in the pas de deux event, placing second in the class. Sponchia also competed in the large 2* individual class, placing sixth overall. Eamor and Dyck competed in the 1* individual event and earned solid international scores that will prepare them for future international competition.

The next major competition for the Cheam Vaulters will be on home soil when Chilliwack hosts the Canada Cup and Future Champions event, May 23 to 25 at Heritage Park. This will be one of the final opportunities for international vaulters to earn qualifying scores for the world games but it is not just for elite athletes.

The competition is open to the public and there is no admission charge, making this is great opportunity to see this exciting sport in action. The competition runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on May 23; 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 24 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 25.

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