D.W. Poppy Secondary's Mueller Brent with the ball in grade 8 boys rugby versus Fleetwood last week. The Poppy boys scored in the last play of the game to win 25-24.

Gators beat ’Cats junior final

D.W. Poppy Secondary's grade 8 boys rugby, versus Fleetwood, scored in the last play of the game to win 25-24.

The Walnut Grove Gators defeated the Brookswood Bobcats 29-12 to capture the Art Smith Shield on May 15.

The Art Smith Shield is presented to the top junior rugby team in the district and going into the game — which was was played at Walnut Grove Secondary — both teams had the best records of the Langley and Aldergrove junior squads.

The other Shield winners included the D.W. Poppy Redhawks taking both the senior boys (Bill Turpin Shield) and the senior girls (Gord Dennison Shield) trophies.

And the H.D. Stafford Skyhawks — who are also playing in the Fraser Valley tier 1 championship game (see page 36) — won the Marvin Foss Shield as the Grade 8 boys district champs.

The teams will be honoured at the Langley School’s Commissioner XV Awards Presentation on May 28 at Walnut Grove Secondary.

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