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Provincials begin today for SDSS rugby & soccer teams

Girls soccer team in Burnaby while senior boys rugby team heads to Abbotsford
Meagan Wilson and South Delta Sun Devils kick off the B.C. "AAA" Girls Soccer Championships on Wednesday in Burnaby.

The biggest week of the season for a pair of South Delta Sun Devils teams starts today in Abbotsford and Burnaby.

The Sun Devils are headed to the Fraser Valley city seeded No. 7 for the B.C. "AAA" Tier One Boys Rugby Championships.

They will take on No. 2 Yale at 9 a.m. Play continues in the eight-team tier with games on Thursday and Saturday.

The Devils clinched their first trip to provincials in nine years after an impressive regular season and run through the Fraser Valley playdowns that included a key 35-5 win over Lord Tweedsmuir.

"Certainly we have our work cut out for us having to play Yale first round, but I think we will have a decent shot at upsetting them," said South Delta co-coach Spencer Baines. "We will finally have all our horses out there playing, so it should be an exciting one to watch."

Meanwhile, the Sun Devils will be making their record 16th straight appearance at the B.C. "AAA" Girls Soccer Championships in Burnaby.

South Delta finished sixth in the recent Fraser Valley playoffs and won't have to wait long for an opportunity to avenge one of its two defeats. The Devils open the tournament Wednesday morning against Sardis in a rematch of the Valley quarter-finals that saw the Chilliwack school prevail 2-1 in penalty kicks.

South Delta will also take on Handsworth on Wednesday afternoon before concluding pool play Thursday morning against North Peace. The tournament wraps-up with medal and placement games on Friday. All the action takes place at Burnaby Lakes Sports Complex West.