In the News - Gary Cohen

Congratulations to Meraloma Club Past President, & Rugby Alumni, Gary Cohen on his performance at the 2017 World Dragon Boat Championships (24 countries competed) that were recently held in Kunming, China.

Gary is a member of the Canadian National Dragon Boat team which competed in the Senior C Division. Gary is the right stroke on the Men's & Mixed teams which went undefeated in 14 races in the distances of 2K, 200m, and 500m, winning 6 Gold medals in total.

"Singing O Canada with my team mates from coast-to-coast, in Canada's 150th year of confederation, makes me proud to be a Canadian" said Gary.

" A big thank you to my family, my False Creek Racing Canoe Club team mates, my Fitness Trainer, friends, Eye of The Dragon Dragon boat team, Maccabi Sports and The Meraloma Club - I share this World Championship with all of you!"

By Brent Frid


Meraloma Club AGM Notice, Thursday, Oct 12th 6:30pm at the Clubhouse

Note that all executive positions are open for election, there are also three Director positions up for election (2-year terms). At the Sports level, we know that Soccer is looking for a new VP. Please contact your own Sports VP if interested in getting invovled at the Club Executive Level as the Club moves forward on many new initiatives. All current paid Club Members are eligible to vote.  

In the upcoming AGM the following amendments to the by-laws will be brought forward as a special resolution:

  • Regulatory changes to be compliant with the current Societies Act  
  • The date of the AGM  will be in the Month of October not the second Thursday of October
  • The position of Vice-President Alumni and Fundraising will be renamed  Vice-President Finance
  • The position of Membership Secretary will be renamed Secretary Membership and Social Media and  "manage social media"  and "manage club communications" will be added to the existing duties.

Meraloma Club Senior Rugby 2017 Awards Night

By Brent Frid:

On Saturday May 13/17, the Meraloma Club’s senior rugby teams gathered at the Library Square Public House to celebrate their best & brightest from the 2016-17 playing season.

The 2016-17 season saw the return of Kris de Scossa to the club in the Director of Rugby/Head Coach role. Three of our four senior teams, Men’s 1st & 2nd XV’s and the Women’s XV, reach the provincial semi-finals. The men’s 2nd XV was our only team to advance to a provincial championship game (played in Abbotsford), and on May 6th 2017 defeated a strong Kamloops RFC team 38 – 0 to retain the title they won during the 2015 – 16 season. Our Men’s 3rd XV were the Mainland Plate Final Winners.  The Rugby section award winners for the 2017 season are;

Men’s 1st XV
Best Back: Steve Lam
Best Forward: Liam Leung
Most Improved: Anton Belozerov

Men’s 2nd XV
Best Forward: Billy Noonan
Best Back: Dom Boyd
Most Improved: Ty Tuckett

Men’s 3rd XV
Best Back: Jason Low    
Best Forward: Andrew Aitken
Most Improved: Isaac Smith & Joseph Mergens            
Men’s Most Valuable Player: Benji Cottle    

Women’s XV    
Best Forward: Tanya Bennett
Best Back: Kristin Vidi
Most Improved: Alix Krahn
Women’s Most Valuable Player: Sara Hernandez

Rugby Section Club Member of the year: Drew Ferrie
Men’s Veteran Award for outstanding play: Mike Hall
Women’s Veteran Award for outstanding play: Kimberley Hume
Women’s Player’s Player of the year: Sara Hernandez
Women’s Dedication to Rugby: Jessica Vander Zaag
Comeback Award (coming back to play after suffering potentially career ending injury): Cristyn Edwards & Alex Patterson
Most Social Member Award: Arthur Davis & Thomas Viljoen

Loma Mens Rugby Div2 2016-2017 Champions

Lloyd Williams


It is with great sadness we announce the passing of long time Meraloma Lloyd Williams.
Lloyd was the oldest living Meraloma member at the time of his passing. Our condolences go out to Lloyd's family & friends. Please see Lloyd's induction into the BC Rugby Hall of Fame video below. Rest in Peace Lloyd. Once a Meraloma, Always a Meraloma.
August 11, 1921 - April 28, 2017.

Brent Frid

Note from Doug Sturrock:

The Celebration of Life for Lloyd Williams will be on Saturday, June 17, at the West Van Seniors Center where Lloyd had attended the Fit Fellas class for over 20 years. Time TBA.

If you wish to send a card of condolence send it to one of his daughters, Martha Williams, #201-1737 Duchess Avenue, West Vancouver, BC V7V 1P5



Meraloma Football Alumni Day Sat June 24, 2017 at 1:00 PM at the Clubhouse

By Raw Crawford:

By request I shall endeavor not to use “BIG WORDS” when a singularly unloquacious and diminutive linguistic expression will satisfactorily accomplish the contemporary necessity.

Over the years our memory does strange things but I still want to embrace the mystical quality of this story as a Launchpad for the tale I shall now unveil.

Strange memories seem like a lifetime ago, when we were the Main Era, the kind of peak that never comes again. On the gridiron it was a very special time and place for us to be a part of. It meant something to all of us but no explanation, no mix of words or music or memories can touch that sense of knowing that we were there and alive in that spec of time and in that corner of the world.

Our football history is not as hard to know as it is to explain. Because to us it seemed entirely reasonable to think that every now and then our energy came to a head, for reasons that nobody really understood at the time and to which we can never explain, in retrospect, as to what actually happened.

We had a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, because we were winning. On the gridiron there was madness in any direction, on any play we would strike sparks everywhere. That was the sense of inevitable victory over the forces of our old and evil opponents. Our energy would simply prevail because we had all the momentum; we rode the crest of a high and beautiful wave.

So now, all these years later, we meet once a year and with aching bodies, fading eyes and deafening ears we smile at the sight of a friend, and in our trademark way weshake hands and as long lost brothers we graciously come together.

So in conclusion and in summary and summation and to wrap things up in a way that will bring things to a close before we say good-bye in a conclusionary fashion, let me leave you with these parting words. This piece of doggerel is simple and catchy, but it unpacks into a resonant, meaningful philosophy that reads as sympathetic to humanity, albeit from a removed, humoring, alien viewpoint.

We ain't as good as we once were but we are as good once as we ever were, be at the clubhouse on June 24, 2017 and you’ll have a good time on this I can assure.

Lyla Badaw

Ray Crawford


Club Alumnus, John Lecky receives Sport BC Award

Article compliments of Brent Frid

The annual Presidents’ Awards, presented by Sports with Balls, now in its 23rd year, are presented to volunteers from Sport BC member and partner organizations who represent the spirit of volunteerism, and whose dedication, energy and commitment contribute to the development of their sport or organization in the province of British Columbia.

The 2017 Presidents Award winners represent 25 communities and 44 different Sport BC member and partner organizations. The recipient of this award from BC Rugby was John Lecky from West Vancouver, who was presented the award by BC Rugby President Samantha Shorter.

John was elected to the Board of Directors of BC Rugby in 2007 and remained there in various roles until 2016. John was President of BC Rugby from 2011 to 2013 and has been an active advocate for the sport. John represented Canada at two Rugby World Cups and has participated as a player at all levels. John continues to support BC Rugby as Chair of the Stakeholders Committee working extensively with the community to provide resources to youth rugby in BC. John shares his ongoing passion for the sport by developing strategic relationships to support the growth and development of rugby in BC.

John Lecky accepting Sport BC Award, March 2017

John Lecky accepting Sport BC Award, March 2017

It's a Try - The History of Rugby in Canada by Doug Sturrock (Clubhouse Book-Signing)

By Thomas Keast

All Meraloma Club members, and especially Rugby members, will be interested in one of the great moments in amateur team sport history in Canada. Doug Sturrock, co-author of the history of the Meraloma Club (“Once a Mermaid”), has completed his history of rugby in Canada called “It’s a Try”. No rugby player should be without this book. As a very special arrangement, Doug will be at the Clubhouse on the afternoon of April 1, 2017 (home game day for rugby) to sell and sign copies of this book. It is 1100 pages with over 400 images of various sizes and sells for $65.00 (although you cannot put a price on this unique masterpiece). This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for all you diehards so smash your piggybanks and come to the Club for an afternoon of rugby. This is NOT an April Fool’s prank. We are all very proud that Doug hails from our Club. His dedication to the game and the preservation of its history is unparalleled in Canada. See you then.

Swing around to the Clubhouse and get a copy on the afternoon of April 1, (Rugby Home Day) - Doug will be there selling and signing copies.