The Port Alberni Black Sheep are headed to the TC Cup championship after beating UVic 39–26 on the road last Saturday.
The Sheep overcame an early 19–0 deficit in the first half and scored 25 unanswered points to win the semifinal game and a spot in this weekend’s final.
“The guys really believed it was just a matter of time before we started scoring,” Black Sheep coach Jas Purewal said. “To hold the kids off the scoresheet in the second half was great.”
Port Alberni got a yellow card in the first minute of the game after a player was called offside, and UVic was off to a quick 19–0 start in the first 22 minutes. Once the Sheep calmed down, Peceli Leweni banged in a couple of tries to bring the Sheep to within five points, but UVic scored at the whistle to take a 26–14 lead into halftime.
“The second half we changed our tack a little bit,” Purewal said. “We took the mindset that we were going to control the game.”
Tries came from Dane Dentoom, Anthony Selva and Ty Shannon with two. Todd Daradics kicked three conversions and a penalty goal for the Sheep.
The last time the Black Sheep won the TC Cup was in 1995. Kickoff will be 1 p.m. at Piggie Park in Cowichan.