Tim Zimmer’s rise to the top of the youth rugby world is complete, or at least it feels that way. By winning the 2019 U18 Western Canadian Rugby Championship as a starter on the B.C. U18 team on August 4 in Regina, just two years after he began playing the game, Zimmer showed what can be achieved if you’re willing to set your mind to something and put in the work.
“To represent Fort St. John and win the Western Canadian Championship is an honour. It always feels good winning a championships, but to have two this year is an even greater feeling,” Zimmer said. He won the 2019 Peace Country High School Championship with NPSS earlier this year.
To say the B.C. U18 team dominated the tournament would be an understatement. They went 4-0, allowing just five points (all in the final), to go with three shutouts.
They opened the tournament with a 46-0 shellacking of Manitoba on August 1, before narrowly beating the tough Alberta White team 7-0 that same day.
“Our second game was a bit of an eye-opener for us. Alberta White is a good team, but we know we had to do better and score more points,” Zimmer said.
In the semifinal, Zimmer and his team squared off the B.C. U17 team. In the 2018 tournament, as a member of the B.C. U17 team, Zimmer lost to the B.C. U18 team by five points in the final. This year, on the senior squad, Zimmer’s team won 46-0.
“We had a much better team, and absolutely blew them out. It just shows how good the skill was on our team and the experience we had,” Zimmer said.
In the final, on August 4, the B.C. U18s took on the other and higher-ranked Alberta team, Alberta Black.
“We fell behind 5-0 about five minutes in. They came out strong and kicked our rear-ends, but from there we turned it around and took it to them the rest of the game,” said Zimmer.
The final score was 19-5 for B.C.
Zimmer said they showed the other teams what B.C. Rugby was all about.
“We never quit, we can win in any fashion, and always keep playing regardless of the score.”
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