The Northwest Collegiate Rugby Conference (NCRC) 15’s season is upon us. After a spectacular year for the Viking 7’s team in the fall, and a very helpful, very useful 15’s fall season in the BC Rugby Union U-20’s, the boys are ready to roll into the NCRC 15’s season.
At last summer’s NCRC Conference meetings there were several proposals that were voted on but the one that may have the greatest impact is the decision to have each team play every other team in the league.
So this year Western will have three home NCRC matches: Western Oregon, Central Washington, and Eastern Washington. The Vikings will hit the road against: UW, Oregon, WSU, and Boise State. It should be an interesting season.
With the simplified schedule in mind the Vikings started their spring season on January 3rd when the coaches held a training session for those players that had returned from their holiday breaks a little early. The dorms didn’t open until the 4th, classes didn’t start until January 6th, and with all that in mind, there were a surprising number of players at the training session on the 3rd. The formal workouts began on January 6th and 8th, and Saturday, the 10th, started with a classroom “chalkboard” session this past Saturday followed by a two hour workout which was completed in time for everyone to watch the Seahawks playoff game.
Talking with Head Coach Paul Horne, the coaching group (all volunteers) are pretty high on the group of athletes they have this year. There are a couple of injuries that they are dealing with but with the depth of this program, and the schedule they played last fall, there won’t be any drop off at all.
Coach Horne cited the work and efforts of Dan Ashworth (So, Lynden HS, Lynden, WA) a four year veteran of the Chuckanut Bay junior program, Noah Hanks (Fr, Peninsula HS, Gig Harbor, WA), Nick Bonovich (So, Dixon HS, Dixon, CA), Anthony Fleck (Fr, Ferndale HS, Ferndale, WA) a 6 year vet of the Chuckanut Bay youth program, and the whole of the forward pack as having great training sessions this year.
This Saturday’s match, January 17, 2015, against Western Oregon will be a great test for the WWU Men’s Rugby Club as they try and leave the 2013/2014 season behind. It should be a great, huge step into the future for the Club.
Come out and join the boys as they play their first 15’s match ever on WWU’s new Harrington Field. The first XV will kick-off at 1:00 pm followed by the second XV kick-off at 2:30 pm.