Harlequns win Okanagan Rugby Union by default

The Penticton Harlequins rugby club won the Okanagan Rugby Union without having to play for it.

The ORU was decided by default because Salmon Arm/Enderby Manthers and the Vernon Jackals ran into roster issues after trying to change the schedule since they missed a game. The ORU championship was originally scheduled for Penticton's McNicoll Park on July 5.

Sommerfeldt said they were told Tuesday the Jackals were conceding the ORU.

"It's not the way we wanted to win the league, but I guess we will take it," said Harlequins coach Ken Sommerfeldt. "We had lost a few players as well, but we had enough to have a viable squad out."

In an email, Jackals coach Mike Scheller said it was a tough weekend for the team with several players out of town working. Several Jackals work in Alberta or up north.

"We just did not have the commitment to play from them and other members of our squad," said Scheller. "The Harlequins were the class of the ORU and are fully deserving of the league championship."

Next up for the Harlequins, who went undefeated at 4-0, is the Saratoga Cup, which they host in mid September, which they have hosted the last four years.

"We wanted to get back in the Saratoga Cup," said Sommefeldt, adding that they won it two years ago. "We would like to get it back again."

The Penticton has hosted the Saratoga Cup because the British Columbia Rugby Union, which sponsors the championship, has been pleased with the job Penticton organizers have done in hosting.

"They said as long as we want to host it, and there's no big objections from other clubs, that we've got it," said Sommerfeldt. "Every year the Harlequins say yes."


We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Container recycling lags in Metro Vancouver
Empty coal trains to continue travelling on lightly-used SRY line in North Langley until Nov. 30
Total crime up 21 per cent so far this year
First-degree murder charge in 2013 South Surrey homicide
Child ejected as Surrey collision shears car in half
B.C. lawyers vote to overturn Christian law school recognition
Election 2014: Frustration evident at White Rock debate
Return to Sender campaign underway for unwanted election material
Border toll could raise millions for TransLink