The Kelowna Blues (left to right): Tyler Robson, Tyrone Kane, Erik Glavic, Lerone Robinson, Cord Delinte, Josiah Joseph, Liam Wishart, Kyle Patchell, Brennan Van Nistelrooy, (front) Mike Pullin,Jesse Warawa, Andre Knights, Greg Patchell and Cody Patchell.

The Kelowna Blues (left to right): Tyler Robson, Tyrone Kane, Erik Glavic, Lerone Robinson, Cord Delinte, Josiah Joseph, Liam Wishart, Kyle Patchell, Brennan Van Nistelrooy, (front) Mike Pullin, Jesse Warawa, Andre Knights, Greg Patchell and Cody Patchell.

Blues claim Maybowl touch football title

Kelowna squad wins tournament for second time in four years

In 2017, a last-minute defeat against the Edmonton Frost left the Kelowna Blues feeling cold.

A year later, on a warm spring afternoon, the Blues refused to repeat history by capturing the 38th annual Maybowl Touch Football Tournament.

The Kelowna squad defeated the Vancouver Raiders 26-13 in Sunday’s final to claim the top flight championship for the second time in four years.

The Blues, featuring a blend of players with professional, university or junior football experience, opened slowly with a 35-34 loss to the Raiders on a last-minute touchown.

Kelowna then bounced back with a 48-22 victory over the Edmonton Whalers to secure second place in pool play.

In the quarterfinals, the Blues made amends for last year’s heartbreaking loss to the Frost with a thrilling 43-42 victory over Edmonton. With just three plays remaining in the game, Greg Patchell threw a touchdown pass to Mike Pullin to tie the score 42-42. Patchell then connected with Josiah Joseph in the back of the end zone for the winning point.

In the semifinals, Kelowna defeated the Vancouver Rams 36-23, while Vancouver Raiders defeated the Edmonton Whalers in the other semi, to set up a Blues/Raiders rematch in the final. The Blues took control of the game early, then put it away late in the second half on a pass from Patchell to Eric Glavic from 20 yards out.

Brennan Van Nistelrooy and Kyle Patchell led the Blues with six touchdowns each, while Mike Pullin scored five and Liam Wishart added four majors. Greg Patchell threw 22 touchdown passes, with Erik Glavic—a former Hec Creighton Trophy winner—throwing two and Kyle Patchell throwing for another touchdown.

Jesse Warawa and Van Nistelrooy were outstanding in every game on defense. Tryone Kane and Cody Patchell both had key interceptions and Lerone Robinson was a lockdown rusher in Sunday’s playoff games.

Other members of the Blues are Tyler Robson, Cord Delinte and Andre Knights

The Kelowna Shockers, made up of all ex-Okanagan Sun players, defeated the Winnipeg Dogs in the intermediate final for a Kelowna sweep of the top two divisions.

To report a typo, email:


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Kelowna International Airport. (Contributed)
Contactless parking payment available at YLW

Kelowna International Airport parking now compatible with the PayByPhone application

Good Samaritan Mountainview Village located at 1540 KLO Road in Kelowna. (Good Samaritan Society)
Outbreak at Kelowna long term care home declared over

Penticton, Kelowna long term care home outbreaks declared over Jan. 20

Calls for potential overdoses in B.C. spiked in 2020, especially in the Okanagan - Shuswap. Pictured above is a BCEHS re-enactment of paramedics attending an overdose. (BCHES)
Overdose calls spike in 2020 across the Okanagan – Shuswap

Stats show every major community in Okanagan - Shuswap increased in calls for potential overdoses

The Regional District of North Okanagan is cautioning residents to watch for rock slides along the Okanagan Rail Trail during freeze-thaw season. (RDNO photo)
Residents urged to watch for rockfalls on Okanagan Rail Trail

RDNO reminds rail trail travellers to heed rockfall warning signs during freeze-thaw season

(Pixabay photo)
‘Cocaine bananas’ arrive at Kelowna grocery stores after mix up from Colombia: RCMP

Kelowna RCMP recently concluded an international drug investigation after finding cocaine in local grocers’ banana shipments in 2019

Charlotte is one of the resident pigs at Star's Piggly Wiggly's Sanctuary near Kelowna. (Twila Amato - Black Press Media)
Kelowna-area pig sanctuary needs a new home

Star’s Piggly Wiggly’s Sanctuary is looking for properties in Vernon, Coldstream, and Enderby

Southern resident killer whales in B.C. waters. Research shows the population’s females are more negatively influenced by vessel traffic than males. (Photo supplied by Ocean Wise Conservation Association)
Female orcas less likely to feed in presence of vessel traffic: study

Research the southern resident population raises concerns over reproduction capacity

(Black Press Media files)
Transport Canada not budging on enclosed deck rules, despite calls from BC Ferries union

There have been at least 23 cases of the U.K. variant detected in Canada, four of which are in B.C.

The Elk Valley Hospital is adapting to meet the needs of patients in the Elk Valley.
One in five tests in Fernie area coming back positive: doctor

Dr Ron Clark of Elk Valley Hospital said one in five tests was returning positive for COVID-19

Throughout December, RCMP conducted CounterAttack road checks as police worked to keep roads free of impaired drivers. (BLACK PRESS file photo)
From the “You can’t make this stuff up” file – stories from the BC CounterAttack campaign

Amusing, yes, but a reminder impaired driving affects ability to drive and to make good decisions

Video of man doing backflip off Vancouver bridge draws police condemnation

Group says in Instagram story that they ‘don’t do it for the clout’

Inspection of bridge crossing on a B.C. forest service road. (B.C. Forest Practices Board)
B.C. falling behind in maintenance of forest service roads

Auditor finds nearly half of bridges overdue for repair

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A cow moose wanders around the Silver Star Elementary School neighbourhood Tuesday, Jan. 19. (Contributed)
Public provoking blamed for moose chasing Okanagan residents

‘The problem is people are bugging it’ conservation officer

Most Read