The Fulton Maroons are the Okanagan Secondary Senior Boys AA Rugby League champions.
The Maroons dispatched the VSS Panthers 33-7 in the Valley final and advance to the provincial championships starting Saturday in Kelowna.
The Maroons used a concerted team effort with tries from Cole Hunter, Kyle Karens, Ike Olson, Ryan Rumsey and Isaiah Foureyes. Jeff Han was 4-for-6 on converts.
The Panthers tireless effort was rewarded with a late first-half try from Lewis McKnight, who also kicked the conversion.
“The Panthers’ no-quit attitude kept the pressure on the Maroons right up to the final whistle and made for an entertaining test for the fans of both squads,” said Fulton’s Gord Cheyne, who coaches alongside Mike Scheller.
The Maroons await the announcement of who they will face in the first round of the B.C. tournament.
In other rugby news, Riley Bateman, Christian Harpe and Ty Cheyne of Vernon have been named to the Thompson–Okanagan U18 representative team for the Provincial Regional Championships, July 1-3, at the Burnaby Lake Rugby Club.
Also, Mini Rugby will be at Polson Park this Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. All Mini Rugby sessions are open to youth from K– 7 (4–13 years of age) who want to experience the non-contact version of rugby for the first time. More information is available on Facebook at Vernon Youth Touch Rugby.