Gnats go 1 & 1 in Vernon

JASON PETERS
CITIZEN STAFF

They are defending league and provincial champions. The Prince George Gnats, intent on rumbling to similar success this season, started their year with a loss and a win Saturday in Vernon.

The Gnats opened their new Central Interior Rugby Union campaign with a 7-0 setback against the Vernon Jackals but then outlasted the Kelowna Crows 15-10.

In the Gnats-Jackals game, Vernon scored the only try in the opening minutes of the second half when Jeremy Hancyk went on a 40-yard romp through the Prince George defence. The Gnats had several chances after that but couldn’t punch the ball in for a major score.

“We were on the try line the whole time and couldn’t put anything through,” said Dave McMullen of the Gnats. “Their defence was good.”

Against Kelowna, the Gnats led 10-0 at halftime and then held off a spirited Crows side in the second half. Jesse Bieber, Glen Williams and Josh Holman scored the trys for Prince George.

“We played hard,” McMullen said. “It seemed like there was a little bit more open space for our guys to start running. We ran hard and had good D. We made some good tackles and managed to pull through in that one.”

After claiming the CIRU crown in 2010, the Gnats advanced to the Provincial Independent Club Championship and eventually beat the Kootenay Selects 15-12 in the final.

The Gnats have several key veterans back in uniform this year, guys like McMullen, Troy McKenzie, Paul Bryant and Brendan Wolf. McMullen said the Williams Lake Rustlers will likely give the Gnats the biggest challenge in the quest for the lone CIRU berth in provincials.

“I think Williams Lake is going to be our stiffest competition but I think we’ve got them,” he said.

The Gnats will be in Edmonton this coming weekend for a tournament. Their next league game is June 4 in Williams Lake.

 

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35th Club Anniversary event in planning stages (Aug 27)

Start of planning for the clubs 35 anniversary at supper bowl party. We have tentatively booked the Log House resort for August 27 weekend. If you would like to be part of the committee or have any other ideas, show up or email me back if you can’t make it. We would like confirm both date and venue at this meeting so we can give out invites asap. There will be more info to follow.

Indoor Practices thurs at unbc 7-9


sorry this site is soooo out of date

added link to gnats facebook page

I’ll have to try and get some up to date info from the team…….

I am long retired from rugby and seem to have also retired from socializing with the great group of lads that make up the Gnats Rugby Football Club.

Prince George takes home the 2010 Saratoga Cup

BCRU Press Release
posted Sept 28 2010

Penticton, BC – This past weekend the four qualifiers for the 2010 Saratoga Cup traveled to Penticton for two days of fixtures which would lead to a provincial title match.

The Saratoga Cup is the provincial championship for men’s teams competing in BC Rugby leagues that only have one team in the club. For the last two years the Saratoga Cup has been hosted in Penticton and featured the four regional champions from the Kootenay Rugby Union (Rocky Mountain Rogues RFC out of Cranbrook in 2009 and 2010); Northern BC (Prince George Gnats RFC in 2010 and Williams Lake in 2009); Lower Mainland / Vancouver Island (Kats RFC in 2009 and 2010); and the Okanagan League (Vernon RFC in 2010 and Penticton RFC in 2009).

In Saturday’s semi finals it was the Rocky Mountain Rogues RFC pulling off the big win over the 2009 Saratoga Cup champions out of Vancouver – Kats RFC. In the other semi final the always tough Prince George Gnats RFC defeated a feisty side from Vernon.

Vernon and the Kats met in the provincial consolation fixture on Sunday morning. It was Vernon leading 17-12 at the half and despite a valiant effort in the second-half; it was the Kats who poured it on. Lead by a four-try-game by speedster Yuda Shih, the Kats scored 22 unanswered second-half points on their way to a 34-17 victory.

“This was a good recovery from Saturday’s loss,” said the ageless Mark Aplas of the Kats. “We got off to a slow start against Vernon. They were a tough side but we were able to put enough pressure on them over the course of the game for the win.”

The big final kicked-off at 12:00PM and it was obvious from the onset that Prince George and the Rocky Mountain Rogues both had every intention of taking home the Saratoga Cup.

Prince George played a disciplined first half and did not allow the Rogues to put any points on the board. Lead by their savvy veteran Troy McKenzie and the powerful running of Paul Bryant, Prince George was able to orchestrate three impressive runs leading to unconverted tries. The score at the half was 15-0.

The Rocky Mountain Rogues controlled the play for the latter part of the second half and continued to exert pressure on Prince George. Finally, with 10 minutes to go the Rogues were awarded for their efforts with a try under the posts. The conversion was good and it was obvious the Rogues were not going to let up. With 1.5 minutes left in game the Rogues scored again and continued to push until the final whistle. Despite the late game surge, it was the Gnats of Prince George who emerged as the well deserving victors by a score of 15-12. Number-8, Paul Bryant was the man-of-the-match for Prince George and outside-centre Jared MacDonald was the man-of-the-match for the Rogues.

The British Columbia Rugby Union would like to thank the participating teams and especially the gracious hosts from the “World Famous” Penticton Harlequins RFC. BC Rugby would also like to thank the officials for their effort at the Saratoga Cup – in particular allocator David Pue and referees Wes Fitzsimmons (Vernon), Mark Hetherington (Kelowna) and Ken Sommerfeldt (Penticton).

Prince George are Provincial Champs – 2010 Saratoga Cup

Published Monday, September 27, 2010 7:00 am

Penticton, BC – This past weekend the four qualifiers for the 2010 Saratoga Cup traveled to Penticton for two days of fixtures which would lead to a provincial title match.

The Saratoga Cup is the provincial championship for men’s teams competing in BC Rugby leagues that only have one team in the club.  For the last two years the Saratoga Cup has been hosted in Penticton and featured the four regional champions from the Kootenay Rugby Union (Rocky Mountain Rogues RFC out of Cranbrook in 2009 and 2010); Northern BC (Prince George Gnats RFC in 2010 and Williams Lake in 2009); Lower Mainland / Vancouver Island (Kats RFC in 2009 and 2010); and the Okanagan League (Vernon RFC in 2010 and Penticton RFC in 2009).

In Saturday’s semi finals it was the Rocky Mountain Rogues RFC pulling off the big win over the 2009 Saratoga Cup champions out of Vancouver – Kats RFC.  In the other semi final the always tough Prince George Gnats RFC defeated a feisty side from Vernon.

Vernon and the Kats met in the provincial consolation fixture on Sunday morning.  It was Vernon leading 17-12 at the half and despite a valiant effort in the second-half; it was the Kats who poured it on. Lead by a four-try-game by speedster Yuda Shih, the Kats scored 22 unanswered second-half points on their way to a 34-17 victory.

“This was a good recovery from Saturday’s loss,” said the ageless Mark Aplas of the Kats. “We got off to a slow start against Vernon.  They were a tough side but we were able to put enough pressure on them over the course of the game for the win.”

The big final kicked-off at 12:00PM and it was obvious from the onset that Prince George and the Rocky Mountain Rogues both had every intention of taking home the Saratoga Cup.

Prince George played a disciplined first half and did not allow the Rogues to put any points on the board.  Lead by their savvy veteran Troy McKenzie and the powerful running of Paul Bryant, Prince George was able to orchestrate three impressive runs leading to unconverted tries.  The score at the half was 15-0.

The Rocky Mountain Rogues controlled the play for the latter part of the second half and continued to exert pressure on Prince George.  Finally, with 10 minutes to go the Rogues were awarded for their efforts with a try under the posts.  The conversion was good and it was obvious the Rogues were not going to let up.  With 1.5 minutes left in game the Rogues scored again and continued to push until the final whistle.  Despite the late game surge, it was the Gnats of Prince George who emerged as the well deserving victors by a score of 15-12.  Number-8, Paul Bryant was the man-of-the-match for Prince George and outside-centre Jared MacDonald was the man-of-the-match for the Rogues.

The British Columbia Rugby Union would like to thank the participating teams and especially the gracious hosts from the “World Famous” Penticton Harlequins RFC. BC Rugby would also like to thank the officials for their effort at the Saratoga Cup – in particular allocator David Pue and referees Wes Fitzsimmons (Vernon), Mark Hetherington (Kelowna) and Ken Sommerfeldt (Penticton).

Gnats claim B.C. championship

It has been a long road, paved with bruises. The Prince George Gnats have traveled it for decades and have finally been rewarded with the ultimate prize.

A B.C. championship.

Sunday in Penticton, the local men’s rugby team defeated the Kootenay Selects 15-12 in the final game of the Provincial Independent Club Championship tournament.

“It feels great — it was 25 years of pain for one victory,” said 39-year-old Troy McKenzie, who plays standoff for the Gnats. “There are a number of guys that have been around for years that it means a lot to.”

Jason Peters
Citizen staff

Easy pickings for Gnats

Experience trumps youth in weekend rugby-fest

Trevor Jensen would have made a perfect model for rugby’s version of the Heisman Trophy.

His 65-metre sideline scamper in the first half Saturday against the Vernon Jackals was right out of old-school football lore.

Down 14-0 to the Jackals, the Williams Lake Rustlers lock had just scored his team’s first try when he fielded a kick deep in his own territory and took off at full stride for the end zone, with Erik Grotterod the only Jackal standing in his way. He wasn’t standing for long.

With his left arm cradling the ball, Jensen used his other limb to straight-arm Grotterod, catching him in the throat area and sending him crashing to the turf at Kelly Road Field. Jensen kept running and scored, the second of his three tries in the game, and the Rustlers rolled to a 36-14 victory.

Williams Lake started the day with a 20-0 loss to the host Prince George Gnats. In the final men’s game of the day, the Gnats had no trouble defeating Vernon 41-0. Troy McKenzie and David McMullen each had two tries. Steven Bolstad, Wes Black and Jesse Ramsey had the others.

See Monday’s Citizen for more

June 6, 2010

Ted Clarke
Citizen staff

Gnats out to rustle up a couple wins

One bite at a time, the Prince George Gnats have been drawing blood from their opponents this season.

The Gnats, a local men’s rugby team, have rumbled to a 6-2 record in tournament play and a lone league game. Today, they’ll see if they can avoid being swatted by an equally-talented club, the Williams Lake Rustlers. The Gnats and Rustlers, who compete in the Central Interior Rugby Union, will be on the field at Kelly Road secondary school starting at 11 a.m.

“(The Rustlers) are our stiffest competition in our league,” said Dave McMullen, an outside centre for the Gnats.

“They’ve got a lot of young guys, they’re a fit team and they do play pretty hard. Up here in the north, it’s a bit more straight-up — kind of smash-mouth. They definitely play the same game we do so it’s going to be a good game.”

Jason Peters
Citizen staff

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