Northwest Wolves get hungry for BC Summer Games

Seven Houston rugby players will join the first-ever Northwest Wolves team to play at the BC Summer Games this July 18-22.

Houston players on the Northwest Wolves rugby team practice July 4 before heading down to their first-ever BC Summer Games in Surrey on July 18. Made up of Houston and Smithers players

In a year full of firsts, seven Houston rugby players will be flying down and landing tackles at the BC Summer Games in Surrey.

This year’s Games mark the first time the northwest has fielded a rugby team, says zone rep Cobus Jonker.

“The biggest response we got was from Houston and Smithers,” Jonker said, noting that the northwest zone stretches from Vanderhoof to Prince Rupert but the other five players all come from Smithers.

Even head coach Ben Harris arrived just in time for Surrey, having moves from New Zealand to Smithers just three months ago to take a job as a civil technologist.

I think it’s going to be a high-level of rugby down there, so the girls will have to step it up,” he said, noting how much more often Lower Mainland teams get to play.

One of the Wolves’ big challenges will be communicating on the field, Harris said.

Until now, most of the Smithers and Houston contingents have only played as rivals.

Harris said they’ll mix the two sides during practice, and run lots of team-building exercises to get a good flow going.

Running an organized side, not brute strength, is the way to win, he said.

Raised on a farm in the New Zealand province of Hawkes Bay, Harris said he grew up with the sport all around him.

“I’ve had a rugby ball in my hand since I was born,” he said.

Harris started playing at age four, and played at the national level until an injury forced him to slow down.

The Wolves will play seven aside at the Games, which run from July 19 to 22.

Houston will be represented by Jamie Beck, Melissa Dawson, Taylor Hladon, Delainy Larocque, Michaelle Margerm, and Kelsey McEwen.

 

Just Posted

Wildfire update for Aug. 19, 2018

Crews hard at work in all sectors today

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

Police patrol for looters in evacuated areas south of Burns Lake

RCMP have brought in extra officers for the task

Fire chases Burns Lake crews out of their own camp

Crews are having to leave after a wildfire reportedly overtook their sleeping quarters

Wildfire update for Au. 17 2018

Shovel Lake: 79,192.0 hectares (estimated) - yesterday 68,375.0 hectares The Shovel Lake… Continue reading

Smaller B.C. bus service prepares to replace Greyhound

Kootenay-to-Okanagan run would require online reservations

Mother charged with homicide of Langley seven-year-old

Aaliyah Rosa’s 36-year-old mother charged with second degree murder: IHIT

Despite threats, Soldiers of Odin a no show at B.C. tent city

Nanaimo’s Discontent City held a counter rally on Sunday

Trudeau formally announces he’ll run again in 2019

PM Justin Trudeau gears up to run in next year’s election

Smoke from B.C. wildfires prompts air quality advisories across Western Canada

A massive cloud of smoke hangs over B.C. and Alberta due to wildfires

Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

In response to the Pennsylvania report, Francis labeled the misconduct “crimes”

Ottawa announces $189M to extend employment insurance for seasonal workers

The pilot project provides seasonal workers with up to five more weeks of benefits

Trump rages on Mueller following Times report

Trump takes to Twitter calling Robert Mueller “disgraced and discredited”

Most Read