Semiahmoo Old Boys to take on Osaka team

SOUTH SURREY – Who says rugby is a young man’s game?

 

The Semiahmoo Old Boys R.F.C – Bayside’s over-40 rugby club – has been selected to host an exhibition game against Osaka, Japan’s Gentlemen Rugby Club during its 10-day tour of the province.

 

While members of the peninsula-based team have faced the international club on behalf of other B.C. teams, this is the first time the Semiahmoo Old Boys have been chosen for the honour.

 

"We’re a fairly young club – we’re only 20 years old," said Semiahmoo secretary Ian Stagg. "Normally, they come over and play the older clubs that are 30 or 40 years old, so for a younger club like us to be chosen to play against the Japanese on tour is very special."

 

Out of about a dozen Old Boys clubs in B.C., the Gentlemen R.F.C. is only playing against three teams on its tour, including Semiahmoo. The other two are the Burnaby Twilighters and the Ebb Tide Rugby Club from Victoria.

 

"We’ve built up a relationship with the Japanese in a very short space of time, and I think that’s why they want to play us," said Stagg, who previously played against the Gentlemen R.F.C. four years ago with the Priest Valley Vicars in Kelowna.

 

Stagg noted that Old Boys rugby originated in Japan after the Second World War. In an effort to lift their spirits, soldiers got various sports going again, with rugby being among the first.

 

Maybe that’s why they’re so good at it in old age.

 

"They might be smaller, but they’re fit, they train hard, and they have a lot of players," said Stagg, recalling his two-and-a-half-week stay in Japan’s second largest city.

 

"Old Boys Rugby is actually very popular there," added Semiahmoo president Matt Falkner. "They’ll have a lot of gentlemen that will continue well on into their 60s and 70s. They’ll keep going."

 

Semi will actually host two matches against the Gentlemen R.F.C.: One for players under 60, the other for players over 60. Afterward, a reception will be held for the opposing team at the White Rock Rotary Club.

 

Both games are on Tuesday, May 5 at the South Surrey Athletic Park at 6 p.m. Coun. Bruce Hayne is scheduled to give a brief pregame presentation on behalf of the city at 5:30 p.m. jacobzinn@gmail.com

Just Posted

Hundreds gathered at Surrey’s Holland Park Friday (June 11) in memory of the Muslim family killed in London, Ont. on Sunday (June 6). (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Educating public ‘exhausting,’ says White Rock Muslim Association past president

Asad Syed says public needs to be more vocal in their condemnation

People were lined up around the fields at a drop-in vaccine clinic at Newton Athletic Park on Tuesday (April 27, 2021), which is one of the high-transmission neighbourhoods that are being given vaccine priority. This clinic was one of at least three to open in the city on Tuesday. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Surrey’s weekly cases continue to drop, push for 80% vaccination rate citywide

BCCDC reports 263 cases for Surrey the week of May 30 to June 5

White Rock artist Rod Kerr’s charmingly simplified graphic style and bold colours will be showcased at The Gallery Central Plaza through July. (Contributed photo)
White Rock artist offers bold originals and ‘Fabulous Fakes’

Rod Kerr’s work showcased at The Gallery, Central Plaza during July

The City of White Rock turns 63 today. (file photo)
City of White Rock 2020 annual report available for review

Report to be discussed at June 28 council meeting

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a plenary session at the G7 Summit in Carbis Bay, England on Friday June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada donating 13M surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses to poor countries

Trudeau says the government will pay for 87 million shots to be distributed to poor countries

Cruise ship passengers arrive at Juneau, Alaska in 2018. Cruise lines have begun booking passengers for trips from Seattle to Alaska as early as this July, bypassing B.C. ports that are not allowed to have visitors until March 2022 under a Canadian COVID-19 restrictions. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)
B.C. doesn’t depend on U.S. law to attract cruise ships, Horgan says

Provinces to get update next week on Canada’s border closure

This undated photo provided by Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails shows a scout donating cookies to firefighters in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, as part of the Hometown Heroes program. As the coronavirus pandemic wore into the spring selling season, many Girl Scout troops nixed their traditional cookie booths for safety reasons. That resulted in millions of boxes of unsold cookies. (Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails via AP)
Thinner Mints: Girl Scouts have millions of unsold cookies

Since majority of cookies are sold in-person, pandemic made the shortfall expected

In this artist’s sketch, Nathaniel Veltman makes a video court appearance in London, Ont., on June 10, 2021 as Justice of the Peace Robert Seneshen (top left) and lawyer Alayna Jay look on. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alexandra Newbould
Terror charges laid against London attack suspect

Crown says Nathaniel Veltman’s four counts of first-degree murder constitute an act of terrorism

Premier John Horgan speaks as provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, right, and health minister Adrian Dix look on during a press conference to update on the province’s fall pandemic preparedness plan during a press conference from the press theatre at Legislature in Victoria, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. officials to provide details on Step 2 of COVID reopening plan Monday

Step 2 could allow for larger gatherings and a resumption of recreational travel

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is seen during a news conference, Wednesday May 19, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Indigenous child-welfare battle heads to court despite calls for Ottawa to drop cases

Feds are poised to argue against two Canadian Human Rights Tribunal rulings

The Great Ogopogo Bathtub Race has been held in Summerland as a fundraising event. Do you know which Canadian city introduced this sport? (Black Press file photo)
QUIZ: A summer’s day at the water

How much do you know about boats, lakes and water?

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

Most Read