There is also a photo of Oak Bay the winners of the Cowichan Rugby Trophy, for the 1945 - 46 season. You could also buy guns in town with one merchant advertising “double and single barrelled guns” imported from London.The Cowichan Rugby Trophy is being awarded this year to the winner of the VIRU 1st division consolation final [won by Cowichan]. When a shipment of Guinness arrived in town it merited an announcement in the paper.
Finally, I am not sure how (or if) the Cowichan Cup fits into this picture – and while there is some limited information on results from that competition, I have not incorporated it in this initial effort. From reading the descriptions of the game in 1857 as described in Thomas Hughes book, the game has evolved quite a bit.
My sense is that that the Barnard and Times trophies represent an important part of the rich rugby history of our Island – and that we need to try and capture what we can in one place before it drifts away. First of all back then each side had a much larger number of players, up to 120 per side. The object of the game was to score a goal what we call a convert today, the try didn't count for any points but just entitled the team to attempt a kick at goal.
I welcome any further information that might fill in some of the blanks. The following are the names of the respective teams : Navy -- Henderson , Abbott , Burrows , Steel , Chapel , Patey , Sibbald, Ward, Corry, Bailey, Ross, Messum, Farewell, Hegan, Gray . So the object was to touch the ball down between the posts to increase the chances of scoring a goal.
the following note from Angie Gudmundseth of Cowichan. The article states the rules of competition for the trophy, which I am guessing, were not totally followed and somehow the trophy was not "safeguarded" and was "misplaced" for over 50 years. There was a skating rink on Fort Street where “gentlemen” could get in for 25 cents and “ladies” for free.
Cowichan won the cup this year after it had been missing for 50+ years, Captain Williams would have been proud.] posted Dec 29 2010 Attached is an article from the 1922 Cowichan News Leader on the new trophy donated to Cowichan Rugby Football Club, which was part of the Cricket and Sports Club up here, by a Captain E. But I get a chuckle out of the rules of competition for this trophy, Cowichan even gets to appoint the ref!!! The banks would quarterly announce their statements in the paper with a general abstract covering Assets and Liabilities, the Bank of British Columbia and the Bank of British North America being prevalent.
The last recipient of the Cowichan Rugby Trophy was JBAA in 1957. There were also headlines that would make us cringe these days such as “The Trained Indians” where it was recounted how a Victoria entrepreneur took local natives over to England and France to show them off and make money.
The Trophy is very grand, it is sterling silver and was made in London England. Some of them dying of ‘consumption’ (tuberculosis) during the trip.
The source for these data are principally: Lew Madley’s “James Bay Athletic Association - First 100 Years 1886-1986, aided slightly by Mr. There's a historic village in Tennessee called Rugby that has connections back to the Rugby school where the sport of rugby was thought to have started.
Madley’s “Rugby Football in British Columbia, 1876-1989 – and actual inscriptions on the two trophies. In 1880 British Author and Social Reformer, Thomas Hughes, founded Rugby village in Tennessee.
It will be observed that the records are incomplete – and it may be that others have access to written sources that might fill in the blanks. It was a utopian ideal of his and was to be "a cooperative, class-free, agricultural community for younger sons of English gentry and others wishing to start life anew in America." Thomas Hughes attended the famous Rugby school in the UK and wrote the book "Tom Brown's Schooldays" which was published in 1857 and contains the earliest written account of the game of rugby as it existed in those days.
In particular, I speculate that Don Burgess’ Masters Thesis on the history of rugby on Vancouver Island might be helpful. It is suspected that the book was an autobiographical account of Thomas Hughes life.