We are champions

Harlequins down Merritt Barbarians to win the Okanagan union rugby championship

Penticton Harlequins men’s rugby team celebrate as they won the Okanagan championship against the Merritt Barbarians 26-10. “We just exerted relentless pressure

Penticton Harlequins men’s rugby team celebrate as they won the Okanagan championship against the Merritt Barbarians 26-10. “We just exerted relentless pressure

The Penticton Harlequins men’s rugby team defeated the Merritt Barbarians 26-10 to win the Okanagan Union Rugby championship and advance to the Saratoga Cup. The championship will be played in the Okanagan.

“We just exerted relentless pressure,” stated Harlequins’ captain and scrum half Brad Martin to Black Press when asked about his team’s turnaround following a slow start. “We forced our opponents to play our ‘crash’ game.”

Martin, who acknowledged that his team’s superior numbers certainly helped in the war of attrition on the field, was full of praise for a Merritt side that never gave up.

“I applaud them. They played hard, and certainly deserved to be here. It’s quite amazing that the team is just in its second year of existence.”