Priest Valley Vicars
Vernon, British Columbia - Canada
Priest Valley was the original name for Vernon. It was established as an outstation by the priests from Okanagan mission. The name was changed to Vernon in 1887.
The Priest Valley Vicars came into being through the request from the "silver sage" a newly formed team in Kamloops, for players to help play against twilighters and valley vintage in a mini tournament in Kamloops. The event precipitated the idea to form a team in Vernon.
The newly named” Preist Valley Vicars" of Vernon played their first game on June 23rd, 1984, against the Kamloops "Silver Sage" at MacDonald Park in Vernon.
Typically, the team played a home and away against Kamloops, and then made a trip to the coast every year to play in a year- end closing tournament. The first coast team to undertake the trek to the wilds of the interior to play Vernon was the UBC Old Boys Pacemakers. From this humble beginning the Priest Valley Vicars Rugby Football Club moved on to become an official member of the Pacific Northwest over 40's in 1989.
The initial impetus for the club came from t.t., Gavin Parsons, Jock ( the smaller ) McKinnon. These far sighted people noted the inevitable passage of time and matched this foresight with a long standing aversion to such eccentrics as training and practice. Old-timer rugby a natural for them!
The next stage of development came about with involvement of players from Kelowna like Colin Lee, Gordon, Bing, Hon. Ref. Loyd. Fairly rapidly the club became the representative of old-timers rugby in the Okanagan valley. We have players from Nelson (dr. k), Penticton up to Kamloops. The widespread domiciles of members has meant that hallowed tradition of practicing was only when things of desperation were not maintained.
With the continued inexorable passing of the years the "Vicars" became an over 40's touring club. In the 90's the Vicars embarked on the USA, with the Deep South, Lone Star, and Magnolia tours. In 1997 we participated in the Golden Oldies tournament in Vancouver. In 2003 we had a successful "Down Under" tour to Australia for the RWX.
Following the success of the down-under tour, we decided to travel to Wales and France for RWC, 2007. (French hosting was lacking, ...... ,.@!%$*& .... ,.+(&%# ....... , ........... ) a political correct statement.
In 2009, our 25th anniversary year was celebrated with a fantastic and memorable tour to Japan. A combined team, the Wak-Sun from Japan came here, and were hosted very well in May of 2013. We look forward to many more tours and visits from the world of rugby. Including our next mission - Vintage Rugby Fiji 2019.