Troy Dhillon of the Port Alberni Black Sheep gains some yardage with John Symington running in support.

Black Sheep lose championship in ‘heartbreaker’

The defending champs, Alberni Valley Black Sheep Rugby team, fell short of Times Cup in Nanaimo Saturday.

Despite playing a close game, the Port Alberni Black Sheep lost the Times Cup championship final to the Hornets in Nanaimo Saturday.

“It was a bit of a heartbreaker,” admitted head coach Jas Purewal. “We lost a close one.”

The matchup had been postponed three times because of weather. Purewal described it as feeling like “the game that wasn’t meant to be” at times.

The first half of the match went back and forth. The game started out 7-0 for the Hornets, but the Sheep came back and tied it on a try from Ty Shannon. Nanaimo grabbed another seven points, and the Sheep came back again to tie the game 14-14 on a try from Anthony Selva.

The Hornets scored on a yellow card, leaving them ahead 21-14 at the halftime, and the Sheep managed to tie it back up as soon as the yellow card ended.

The Sheep fell into a bit of a funk, and the Hornets scored 17 unanswered points. Although the Sheep rallied after Nanaimo took a yellow card, they were unable to get the conversion they needed to take the game into overtime.

Purewal complimented Nanaimo on their play all season. The Hornets went undefeated to win their first Times Cup championship since 1992.

“As the defending cup champs, it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” Purewal admitted. “The rivalry between Port Alberni and Nanaimo is as good as it gets.”

He added, “They did what they had to do. Nanaimo has lots of good speed. Defensively, we just didn’t make it as hard as we needed to for them. I was pretty impressed at how we played. At the end of the day, we just came up short.”

The Black Sheep head to Duncan next weekend to continue their play for the Cowichan Cup.

elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com

facebook.com/albernivalleynews

twitter.com/alberninews

 

Just Posted

Crooner classics past and present in spotlight, courtesy of Ken Lavigne

Island tenor prepares for upcoming concert tour of Let Me Be Frank!

Port Alberni workers to honour Day of Mourning on April 28

Annual event honours workers who lost their lives on the job

Tseshaht First Nation athlete honoured with provincial sports award

Rain Thomas competes in three different sports

Alberni Valley firefighters pass the boot for Muscular Dystrophy

Annual fundraiser started in 1967 with Port Alberni Fire Department

Cougars spotted in Sproat Lake neighbourhoods

ACRD director warns residents to keep children, pets close

VIDEO: Alberni Valley celebrates Easter weekend

Port Alberni children enjoy Easter egg hunts and spring activities

New commemorative loonie marking ‘progress’ for LGBTQ2 people to be unveiled today

But advocates say it mistakenly suggests equality has been achieved largely as a result of government actions

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

United Way opens grants to help charities tackle social issues

Charities north of the Malahat can apply for grants $2,000 to $20,000

Second earthquake in less than two hours strikes off Vancouver Island

The first earthquake happened at 1:27 p.m., the second at 2:44 p.m.

PHOTOS: Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says ‘I do’ on Earth Day

May and John Kidder got married Monday morning in Victoria

Sri Lanka invokes war-time military powers after nearly 300 killed in Easter bombings

Sri Lanka’s minister of tourism says 39 foreign tourists were killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

Man’s body found in popular Cowichan Valley hiking area

Police say death not suspicious after discovery in Stoney Hill area overlooking Saltspring Island

Most Read