Rugby Provincial Honours!

We'll add more detail and photos as we get them but congratulations to the Women's Div 1 and Men's Premier Reserve whom both won their respective divisions at Saturday's BC Rugby Finals held out in Abbotsford (May 5 2018). The BCR write-up is linked below and we'll add more as well.

BC Rugby Finals Write-Up (BCR Website).

Compliments of Brent Frid, the posters for the day are shown below (and we'll add photos from the day as we get them in).  


Revised Men's BC Final Game notice vs Ravens May 5 2018.jpg
3rd revised game notice 1st XV Women BC Final vs Bayside May 5 2018.jpg

Club Awards Notice!

We will be announcing the Club premier Awards at the 95th, Sat May 12, 2018 (and foregoing the annual President's night).   Please nominate or let those hard-working volunteers and coaches know.  This is the club's annual recognition of their efforts. 

The eligible awards:

1) The R.D. Hayes Award for significant long-term contribution to the Club,

2) The Coach of the Year Award

3) Club Person of the Year

4) and the Bill Pitt Bursary (a great way to financially support a playing loma currently in BC post-secondary studies!).

The next executive meeting is Monday April 9th, 2018 so we'll need nominees by then.

Check out the website for further details on awards eligibility:  and/or contact your Sports VPs as well with your nominees.  Your sports VPs can help with nominee submissions to the Club Executive. Award nominations can be sent via their sports VP or emailed to [email protected]


Kits Gym Corporate Passes

Just a quick note to those of you re-habbing broken down ankles, knees and the like after a long hard season of sports (or just for general fitness!).  A one-month general Adult Pass is $48.48 (inc GST) but we get a Loma discount which makes it $36.37 (includes GST), not a bad discount.  This is for the one-month flexi pass good for all Parks board run gyms and Kits pool.  

They do want you to present Loma Member cards when applying for the pass (at Kits Gym - the other gyms wouldn't probably know of the deal).  We have some tucked away behind the clubhouse bar (open Tues/Thursday Nights) and Saturday days.  Just ask for one, and fill out name, sport and date on the back.  Each card has a cool retro look as well. Not sure what they were going to be used for but now they have a purpose.

See you at the gym?!



Ian Birtwell - B.C. Rugby Union Hall of Fame Induction (Builder Category)

By Brent Frid

Ian began coaching before his playing days ended with the Meraloma Juniors. Once he finished playing, Ian turned his full rugby attention to coaching. As Head Coach, Ian led the Meraloma Club to three consecutive B.C. 1st XV Championships (no Premier in those days) 1986,'87,'88.

In 1988, Ian took on the role of Head Coach for the B.C, Senior Men's team, and in 1989 - the B.C. Rugby Union's centennial season - B.C. defeated Ontario & Newfoundland to win the Canadian Senior Championships.

In late '89, Ian became the Head Coach of the Canadian Senior Men's National team that was preparing for the 1991 Rugby World Cup in Europe. Ian led Canada to a quarter final finish, falling to the All Blacks 29 - 13 in Lille, France. This placed Canada 8th in the world, a ranking position that they have yet to return to.

Ian, also as Head Coach, took Canada to the '95 Rugby World Cup in South Africa. In a pool with Australia, Romania, and eventual Champions South Africa, Canada failed to advance from their pool, managing just a single victory vs. Romania. Ian retired from International coaching following the '95 Rugby World Cup.

The induction ceremony will be held on January 13, 2018 at the Element Vancouver Meterotown Hotel in Burnaby.

By Brent Frid  

The Image below isn't the best quality, so we'll take another jpeg if anyone has one of Ian.


Something to Share

By Martin A. Gotel. Past Club President

On Tuesday 14th November 2017, a good friend Margaret Ray organized a lunch for a group of friends. Included with myself and my wife, were Marjorie Thodos, Mimi Pantages along with Lorna Baker and Keith Bosquet .

Marjorie Thodos and Mimi Pantages are the wives of the late Peter Thodos and Rod Pantages. Known in the CFL as the Golden Greeks. Both are BC Hall of Famers. Rod had previously been inducted and Peter was inducted at the BC Lions game in October 2017.

Peter Thodos scored the winning touchdown for Calgary when they won the Grey Cup in 1948. Both Gentlemen are featured in the Meraloma Club History book. I had the pleasure of gifting each lady with a Club history book. The ladies were extremely grateful to the Meraloma Club and thanked the Club. Having lunch with these lovely ladies and sharing their experiences was unforgettable. Hearing stories of their husbands was great.

The other lunch guests were Lorna Baker and Keith Bosquet. Lorna is the wife of the late Dick Baker regarded as one of the finest rugby referees in BC. Keith was a very good friend of the late Lloyd Williams. I had previously given each Lorna and Keith a copy of our Club History books. I would like to thank Gus Fumano, Doug Sturrock, Ed Murray and Barry Burnham for their kind words written in each of Marjorie's and Mim's books. 

Martin A. Gotel. Past Club President.

In the photos below that's Marjorie in the first photo and Mimi in the second.


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.