In the spring of 1972, a fellow by the name of Bob Hutchison sent letters to all past Crimson Tide players asking them and their playing friends if they would be interested in forming an over-40 team to play against a Japanese side that would be visiting in the fall.
The response was enthusiastic and players began practicing under the coaching of David McKenzie. When David found it difficult to get to all the practices, he handed the coaching responsibilities to Peter Clarke. Peter ran the guys hard and enthusiasm grew until October 5, 1972 when more than 30 players were on hand for the first Ebb Tide RFC game against the Wak Wak of Osaka Japan.
The Wak Wak, organized in 1948, are not the oldest over-40 rugby club in Japan—that honour goes to the Fuwaku Rugby Club of Tokyo which was created in 1947.
Ebb Tide was selected as the name for the new Victoria rugby club as this was the name used when ex-Crimson Tide players occasionally played an oldies game.
The Wak Wak tour demonstrated the great value of over-40 rugby and an invitation to visit Japan in 1974 cemented the resolve for the Ebb Tide to become a permanent team.
The first executive was formed with Harry Turner as President, John Skillings as Vice President, Ross Irving as Secretary-Treasurer and Frank Gower as Director at Large.
As the only other over-40 side in BC at that time was the WHOI WHOI in Vancouver, the Ebb Tide played in the Third Division and picked-up games against high schools and the Royal Roads Military Academy.
Harry turner was the first President through the 1970s and into the 80s. He was followed by Sonny Vickery, Jack Fleming, Dave Carmichael, Brian Beglau, John Azar, Dave Valentine and the current President Shane Muldrew.
The Ebb Tide celebrated its 40th year in 2012 and planned a series of events.
The history continues...
Tom Stobart died Sunday evening, February 12, 2012. Tom died peacefully with his family by his side. That is an important part of the story – but it is only part of the story. In fact Tom lives on through his children, Nicole, Buck, and Steph, in the child that Nicole is carrying and in the heart and mind of loving wife Susan.
But it does not stop there. From the moment he arrived in Victoria, leaving his East Vancouver Red Lions Rugby Club behind and joining the Castaways (now Castaway Wanderers), he became a force on the local rugby scene. A powerful front row forward with a hard man work ethic, Tom more than held his own with any prop he encountered. When his playing days ended, Tom immersed himself in coaching the game he loved. He coached at Belmont High School and also at Castaways with the club junior men’s team. This was over a ten year commitment as a community volunteer. Beside him through all these years were longtime Castaways players Larry Chung and Rob Tait. A number of CW men today got their start under the watchful eyes of Tom, Larry and Rob.
While the Castaway Wanderers were busy winning three BC Championship banners, these three men led the CW juniors to two BC Championships and a third BC Finals. These three also coached the lower island (zone 6 in BC Games parlance) to a number of BC Games gold medal performances. In addition, Tom became a valued selector and scout for both BC and Canada in the junior men’s arena. Tom loved the game and fully committed to the sport in every way that he could. His influence and steady hand guided many young men through issues on and off the rugby field. Tom was a giant of a man and a giant, rock solid influence on a whole generation of men fortunate enough to play under and come to know him.
Tom Stobart. Remember that name. He was a man of influence and he lives on in many stories and in many hearts. He garnered respect, admiration and love for who he was.
- Chris Spicer, President, Castaway Wanderers Rugby Football Club. February 13, 2012
Tom also played a few seasons with Ebb Tide. His celebration of life was held February 24 at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. The turnout was overwhelming and the service was outstanding. The former was a testament to the admiration and respect that Tom earned in all walks of his life, and the latter more than met his wish for a celebration "with none of that funeral behaviour!" Rugby was well represented at the service with players from different clubs and from across different generations. Rugby bonds us together like no other sport, and it connects us with wonderful people that inspire us on and off the field. Tom was one of those people and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Rest in peace, Tom.
- Shane Muldrew, President, Ebb Tide RFC & one of Tom's Castaways (now CW) teammates.
2016 - 2017 Club Contacts
|Glen Okrainetz||President||Phone: 250 813-2281|
|Dave Knox||Secretary||Phone: 250 380-1443|
|JP Lussier||Treasurer||Phone: 250 474-2138|
|Paul Eby||Captain||Phone: 250 475-9592|
|Austin Jay||Social Director||Phone: 250 812-5194|
|Murk Toorenburgh||Fields||Phone: 250 652-0206|
|Dave Valentine||Quartermaster||Phone: 250 385-6674|
|Darren Kovacs||Registrar||Phone: 250 294-5084|
The club has prepared a set of By Laws (Guidelines) for all club activities so that new and old members can have a reference for club operations and protocols.
These By Laws were approved at a special members meeting on March 12, 2008.
- Download a copy of the Guidelines here: (pdf format)
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