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. 

Meraloma Alumni to be inducted into the Rugby Canada Hall of Fame

By Brent Frid:

Meraloma Club rugby Alumnus, Mike Luke will be inducted into the rugby Canada Hall of Fame on Thursday March 9, 2017.  Mike played for the club in the late 70’s.  We will also have another Alum, Bob Spray whom will be inducted on the same night.  Below is the write-up for Mike from Rugby Canada (no article as yet re Bob). 

From the Rugby Canada website, by Mark Tidcombe

“After arriving in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1969, and finding no club to play for, Mike Luke established the St. John’s club and was co-founder of the Newfoundland Rugby Union and its first president.

Luke played 16 test matches for Canada, making his debut in 1974 against Tonga and bowing out against the USA in 1982. Luke captained Canada on eight occasions. He also represented the Barbarians on three occasions and was a member of the Overseas XV that played against Wales as part of the Welsh Rugby Union Centenary celebrations. He also played for the Meralomas in Canada and for the Pirates R.F.C. and Harlequins F.C. in the UK.

He was the coach and manager of Canada’s sevens team in the 1981 Hong Kong Sevens and also coached Canada’s U21 team from 1987-1989. He was an assistant coach and manager of the Canadian squad that reached the quarterfinals of the 1991 Rugby World Cup.

Luke served on the Board of Rugby Canada and was a member and then Chair of the Rugby Canada National Coaching Committee for over 20 years. He became a Master Coach in Canada's National Coaching Certification Program before being elected Chair of the National Coaching Certification Council in 1993.

In 1999, Luke was the recipient of the 3M Coaching Association of Canada Coaching Award for Sport Development and in 2006 received the IRB Development Award for his contributions to the growth of rugby in Canada.“


Meraloma Club Alumnus Deb Huband inducted into the Basketball BC Hall of Fame

Material submitted by Brent Frid:

 Deb Huband will be indicted into the Basketball BC Hall of Fame, on May 6, 2017, in the Coach Category. Huband is a Women’s Flag Football Alumnus of the Meraloma Club. Women’s Flag Football began at The Club in 1992-93.

The Meraloma’s won the B.C. Championships in 1993, 1994, and 1997 and finished second in the National finals in 1993 and 1994 and third in 1995. After losing in overtime in the 1994 bronze medal game, Huband was chosen as best defensive player. In 1997, the team finish in first place in the province, and fifth place at the national championships in St.Jean sur Richelieu, Quebec. The team disbanded after the 1997 season.

Huband came to UBC as the head basketball coach in the 1995-96 season, but she was an assistant on the Point Grey campus before that, helping out from 1988-91.

Huband has served her country for more than a decade in various coaching roles with Canada Basketball. She started as an assistant with the senior national team when they competed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Huband served as the mentor coach on the Cadette women’s team that competed at the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship in Rodez, France.

She helped coach Canada to a silver medal at the 1999 Pan American Games and was the head coach of Canada’s World University Games team at the 2003 Summer Universiade in Korea. She also coached at the 2005 World University Games in Turkey as an assistant, and helped coach the Canadian Under-20 team in the summer of 2006. In 2009, she was co-head coach of Canada’s World University Games team at the 25th Summer Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia.

Huband is one of the few Canadian basketball players to participate as both a player and coach in the Summer Olympics. One of the finest players that Canada has ever produced, Huband joined the national team as a player in 1978 and eventually captained the squad to a fourth-place finish at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. She was also part of the bronze medal-winning world championship teams in ‘79 and ‘86.

A graduate of Bishop’s and UBC (Masters of Science in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology), Huband was a three-time U Sports All-Canadian and was inducted into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 1994. She also holds a spot in the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame, the Basketball Ontario Hall of Fame and the Concordia Hall of Fame (along with her 1976-77 teammates). She has also been honoured by the Nepean Sports Hall of Fame and has a place on the Bishop’s University Wall of Distinction.

Huband is still tied for the all-time U Sports record for points in a game, scoring 50 with Bishop’s in 1981-82.

U Sports (formerly CIS) Championships: 2003-04, ‘05-06, ‘07-08
Canada West Championships: 2006-07, ‘07-08, '11-12, '14-15
Canada West Coach of the Year: 2003-04
CIS Coach of the Year: 2003-04

Overall Record: 454-238 (.656)
Conference Record: 288-147 (.662) 

Deb Huband

BC Football Hall of Fame - Meraloma Club Induction Nov 2016

Article is posted as is from the BC Hall of Fame Website (Author Unknown)

Founded in 1923, The Meraloma Club operated a football team from 1925 to 1990. Anxious to do well in this new Canadian game, the Meralomas purchased balls, sweaters, pants and a few padded helmets for those who wanted to play the upstart, rough and fun sport of football.

At the end of the 1926 season, the Meralomas were awarded the Harry Duker Cup for being Senior City Champions. In 1927, the team entered the Senior City League for the second time, winning the Harry Duker Cup again, but lost the Provincial Championship.

The ‘Lomas’ acquired their Big Four franchise in 1929 and became affiliated with the Western Rugby Football Union, enabling them to compete with the Prairie winner for the Western Canadian Championship. They represented BC on five occasions: 1930, 1932, 1933, 1934 and 1935.

In 1930, the Meraloma Club made a presentation to the Vancouver Parks Board requesting the use of Connaught Park on a regular basis for rugby and football practices. Connaught Park was a city park and the club's home was a building constructed by club members on its own property near Kitsilano Beach. The City of Vancouver confiscated the building and the property before 1939 because the club could not afford to pay the taxes. Rugby and Canadian football teams used the changing rooms at Connaught Park after the mid-1940s, held occasional meetings, but were not granted official use of the building until the mid-1970s. Prior to that, from about 1960, they had "squatters rights." Lomas Clubhouse operates today, servicing many sports focusing on rugby, softball and swimming.

The Meralomas were a founding member of the BC Junior Football Association in 1947, along with the Blue Bombers, CYO Red Raiders and the North Shore Lions.

In 1953, British Columbia’s new professional football club named the Lions adopted the Loma colours of orange and black. Meraloma Directors who served on the original BC Lions Board of Directors include Harry Spring, Eric Cameron, Ralph Henderson, Ewart Blossom, Vic Spencer, Bill Surphlis, Dr. H.H. "Hammy" Boucher, J. Campbell McLean, Les Lythgoe, Sinclair Mowatt, Stu Fraser, Jack Bain, and Bill Clancy.

Meralomas contributed many players to the CFL including Pete Thodos, Gordie Mitchell, Baz Nagel, Pat and Bruce Claridge, Neal Beaumont, Gerald Roper, Greg Findlay, Vic Chapman, Ken Phillips, Ken Reid, Eric Guthrie, Bill Lasseter, Mark McDonald, and Ray Elgaard.

Coaches who played a major part in the club’s success over the years include: Emery Barnes, Denny Veitch, Frank Gilliam, Frank Smith, Ed Murray and Ron Turner. Their slogan “once a Loma always a Loma” is carried on to this day.

Source: BC Hall of Fame Article. (Website – Author Unknown)

Visit the site here BC Football Hall of Fame

Ed Murray is bottom left and Eric Guthrie is top row second from the left.

Ed Murray is bottom left and Eric Guthrie is top row second from the left.