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The Ebb Tide Rugby Football Club is the oldest continuously operating Over-40 rugby club in British Columbia, Canada. We have active players between the ages of 38 and 70's and active social members well into their 80's.  Social members and visitors are welcome to join us at our regular Thursday evening run-around.

Ebb Tide is a member of the Pacific Northwest Over 40's Rugby Union.

Players are eligible to play at 38 years.

A combination of grizzled vets and younger Ebb Tiders showed up at Chatterton Place on Sunday morning. We had just enough boys for the game, but how long would we last was the question?  When we boarded the ferry, some of us were invited to the bridge of the ferry which was under the command of Rob Klatt's twin brother. The expression on Paul Eby's twin sons' faces after sounding the ferry horn at Active Pass was priceless! Rob Klatt was already over on the mainland for a rugby reunion and was able to recruit 6 SOBs and Snocaps to help us out against the Twits. What a relief that was. 
The game was closer than the score 4-0 and despite the pouring cold rain it was a hard fought battle. Without sounding biased, the forwards play was outstanding with several tough scrums due to the several  knock-ons due to heavy rain and we were just unable to pop through the goal line with our pods. The backs (mostly red-shorts or soon to be) were valiant against the Twits youthful back, but they were a wee too fast for us. Overall, it was a hard hitting game and a couple of fists flying at the end.  Of course, that was all forgiven at the post game ceremonies and Aaron Cook was awarded the coveted Red Jacket. Ebb Tide also received a cheque for $800 from Steve Baron for our charity of choice for our attendance at the Vancouver 7's. That was a nice surprise!
Many thanks to the mainland guys who came out to help us and of course Bob Love for patching us up. 
 
Ebb Tide Roster ( Vahid Bossi, Austin Jay, Bill Spiller, Dave Millard, Jim Capron, Rob Klatt, Paul Eby, Lee Wakely, Aaron, Cook, Harold Butler, Gord Oliver, Jim Turner, Dave Knox, Dave McMordy, Jamie Hannivan, Duane Stephenson)
 
Yours in rugby,
 
Jim Capron

The SOBs came to Victoria with numbers – 21 players – and speed in the backline. It was a glorious day for a rugby match, but unfortunately it belonged to the visitors. The final tally was 5 – 2. Ebb Tide tries were scored by Steve Holmes and Kevan Letawske. Man of the Match is Harold Butler. Meal of the Match was Austin’s pulled pork!

We had a good showing with 21 players on Sunday – but loaned 3 to the NOBS from Seattle to make up their side. Great winter/spring weather for rugby: cloudy; snow/rain; warm sunshine. A good match that was close at the half but after a great pep talk by Captain Paul at the break Ebb Tide pulled ahead and won a 7-2 victory. Try scorers: Kevan Letawske, Don Swainson, Paul Eby, Paul Dancey, Rob Phillips (after literally shaking the cob webs and a spider out of his boots before the match), Dave Knox and Aaron Cook.

Man of the match: Murk.

Twenty Ebb Tiders made the trip to Nanaimo Sunday to take on the Yoos To Bees. The hosts were able to field only 14 players, but Barry Wheelhouse volunteered to cross over and make it 15-aside. The cold, wet, muddy conditions made for a sloppy game with lots of errors: I’m sure the long break since our last game in November had nothing to do with it!

Harold at stand off took a nasty knock to the head, worth 9 stitches. Luckily Bob Love was on hand to provide medical support and get Harold to the hospital. Ebb Tide’s only try came from Darryl Gaudreau, the first of his rugby career, earning himself red jacket honours. Kevan Letawske in the centers did a great job containing Woody and was named man-of-the-match by Nanaimo. Dave Jack also played very well with some impressive runs.

The final score was 3-1 for Nanaimo so we left behind the Dunbar Cup, always kept by the winner of the lastest match between our two clubs.

The 2016 Christmas party will take place on December 2nd at the Royal Colwood Gof Club. See details here. Make your reservations with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Club dues for the 2016-2017 season remain unchanged at $200 for playing and practicing members and $50 for social members. Dues must be payed by September 1st. Please pay your dues to JP. Make cheques payable to Ebb Tide RFC. Interac transfers are also accepted.

National registration with Rugby Canada is now set up. Click on the following link: https://rcmembers.sportngin.com/register/form/106032108. Players registered with Ebb Tide last year can just log in. New members will have to sign up. This year, the fees are as follows: Rugby Canada membership fees for masters: $50; BCRU membership: $7.00; Processing fees: $2.85. Total: $59.85

Please remember that if club members participate in senior games outside the PNWO-40 Fixtures (such as 3rd Division players, Junior coaches or Managers, etc.), then they must be full Senior Members.

On Thursday, September 1, we will be training at Bullen Park. On September 8th, because of Rib Fest, we will be training at MacAuley Elementary. We will be back at Bullen afterwards.

The final copy of the schedule for the upcoming season has been posted. 

See schedule here