Undermanned Jackals struggle at Sunfest

Vernon Jackals go winless at the Sunfest Rugby Jamboree, hosted by the Penticton Harlequins last weekend.

The short-staffed Vernon Jackals went winless and settled for sixth place at the Sunfest Rugby Jamboree, hosted by the Penticton Harlequins last weekend.

Chris Hamilton supplied Vernon’s lone try in a 12-7 loss to Williams Lake. Tanner Nordstrom Young booted the convert.

Jarod Stinn handled the offence, including the convert, in another 12-7 defeat, this time to the Scribes of East Vancouver. Simon Fraser University blanked Vernon 5-0.

“The results were tough for our club, and it was harsh conditions in the rain for all the teams,” said Jackals’ player-coach Mike Scheller. “We had the chance to win each match, but the others teams made one more play than we did.

“We were missing half of our starters due to work commitments and injury. All the guys left played hard, tackled well, but we simply fell short.”

Hamilton, Nordstrom Young, Clayton Schweb, Stinn and Bryan Bateman all had outstanding games for Vernon.

An Enderby/Salmon Arm mixed squad finished first overall, and the Scribes were runner-up.

The Jackals, 2-4 in Okanagan Rugby Union action, visit the Merritt Barbarians Sunday.