Capilano U16s, Burnaby U14s lift Lower Mainland Age Grade titles
Published Monday, April 30, 2012
by Andrew Smith with files from BLRC

Pictured: Burnaby Lake Rugby Club U14s - 2012 Festival Cup winners!

Pictured: Capilano U16s - 2012 Lower Mainland Champs!

BURNABY - The 2012 Lower Mainland Age Grade club rugby competitions wrapped up on Sunday, April 29th with Capilano U16s and Burnaby Lake U14s winning their Cup Final match-ups.

U16 Cup Final: Capilano 46, Burnaby Lake 7
Both sides went into the Cup Final with 5-1 regular season records but it was the second-seeded Capilano squad who came out firing on Sunday. Capilano's back line did the bulk of the damage with fly half Mitch Mellenbacher, inside outside centre Jakob Knapton-Heilman and full back Cole Keffer each crossing over for two tries apiece. Single tallies were recorded by Carlos Sheppard and Jack Perrault and Dax Inman contributed three conversions. Burnaby's points came courtesy of a Jordan Turrin try and Julien Gorge conversion. The U16 champs Capilano had defeated Vancouver Rowing Club 54-14 in the semifinals.

Elsewhere in the U16 placement matches, the Rowers downed Richmond 50-14 in the third-fourth playoff. Capilano-2 finished in fifth place after a narrow 22-17 victory over Ridge Meadows.

U14 Cup Final: Burnaby 42, Capilano 24
Report provided by Burnaby Lake Rugby Club
Congratulations to the U14 (Burnaby) Boys for winning the Festival Cup in the year-end Festival Finals. It was a tremendous way to end the U14 season. The game featured some excellent talent on both sides for us and Capilano.

It was a see-saw affair until the last 10 minutes. The turning point in the game was front-row Max Gates’ try off of scrum-half Trevor Gardiner’s pass just metres short of the line in front of a bolsterous home crowd. 

Head coach Francine Tracey commented on part of the game plan. “Our forwards love to run it up the middle and will continue to handle the ball, asking questions of the defence until we have enough room to get it to the outside of the field, where our speed awaits anxiously to score tries.”

This tactic proved to be effective with the boys pouring it on in the final minutes to close the game 42-24.

“The boys are in great spirits and are looking forward to trials for BC Summer Games, the Provincial Team, our Youth Sevens Program, and next year’s rugby program.”


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