Dave Bellomo, captain of the Penticton Harlequins Rugby Club, runs fiercely towards the Salmon Arm Manthers zone during Okanagan Rugby Union action at McNicoll Park Oval on April 29. The Harlequins lost the match 38-26 and are now 0-2 on the season. Emanuel Sequeira/Western News

Harlequins eyeing league title and Saratoga Cup

Winning the Okanagan Rugby Union and playing for the Saratoga Cup are in the Penticton Harlequins Rugby Club sights.

The Harlequins are off to a tough start in acheiving that with two close losses, the most recent on April 29, 38-26 against the Salmon Arm Manthers at McNicoll Parl Oval. Harlequins captain Dave Bellomo said their start will make it hard to get the top seed.

“If we continue to improve and add a few more players during the season we still have a real chance,” said Bellomo. “That being said, player development and recruitment are a focus right now and we understand that if we go through a rebuilding season it will be good for the long run.”

Related: Harlequins rugby club falls short of third place finish

The Harlequins have a commited core at practice that Bellomo likes how they are working, but with new faces, they are still coming together as a group. He said their biggest challenge at the moment is having enough players. The league allows eight player substitutions and players are allowed to come back in after being subbed out. They haven’t had eight players on the sidelines for their two games.

“We are always looking for new players and they can show up any Tuesday or Thursday at the McNicoll Oval for practice if interested,” said Bellomo.

Practices are at 5:30 p.m. Anyone interested in joining the team can contact them through their Facebook page or their website. The Harlequins have two games left in their season before semifinal action is played in mid June.

The Saratoga Cup will be played in July as it was moved up from September. There has been no confirmation as to which team will host it.

Just Posted

Okanagan RCMP officers detain a driver in handcuffs

Penticton RCMP officers pulled over a vehicle and handcuffed the driver as they searched the car

Controversial anti-abortion film to be screened in Penticton

Unplanned will be shown at the Penticton Landmark theatre

House arrest for ‘vicious’ back-alley attack on Penticton man

Thomas Brayden Kruger-Allen was at the Mule Nightclub prior to the assault

Update: Coroner investigating after body recovered from Okanagan Lake

Penticton fire department assisted the RCMP with the recovery of a body Saturday

Backhoe ‘burned to a crisp’ in Okanagan Falls

South Okanagan fire chief said the situation could have been a lot worse

Practice makes perfect for Penticton’s Peach Classic triathlon winner

Over 300 triathletes competed in the 36th edition of the Peach City Classic Triathlon Sunday.

Crash closes Highway 1 near Tappen

The collision happened about 3:30 p.m. by James Road

VIDEO: Man found dead near B.C. teens’ truck could be linked to a double homicide

RCMP said they are looking for Kam McLeod, 19, and Bryer Schmegelsky, 18, of Port Alberni

Kelowna cab driver charged with sexual assault

RCMP received a report May 28 alleging a taxi passenger had been sexually assaulted by a cab driver

Latest plan is to fly trapped fish by helicopter over Big Bar slide

Multi-pronged plan set in motion to freesalmon blocked by landslide in the Fraser River

Okanagan-based pop star Andrew Allen is back with a new band

Singer-songwriter Andrew Allen is bringing his new band home for a concert this Friday

Family of missing B.C. senior with dementia frustrated with situation, heartened by community support

Nine days since Grace was last seen the question remains: ‘How can an 86-year-old just disappear?’

Trial delayed for West Kelowna man charged with murdering his wife

Kevin Costin’s trial is on hold until the Crown and defence work out a few kinks

UPDATE: Police say the firearm was fake

Witness says she saw a man walking down the street possibly holding a firearm

Most Read