The third Annual Burnaby Lake Rugby Club Lighthouse Sevens tournament kicks off on the shores of Burnaby Lake at 9:00am on Saturday morning July 7th.
This one is shaping up to be one of the toughest ones to date, with new teams entering for the first time, joining those that have been trying to dethrone the current champs, host Burnaby Lake Lighthouse in both men's and women's Elite Divisions.
Teams in the Elite Men’s Division include newcomers OPSB, who are bringing two Elite Teams. They are of course led by former Fiji 7’s Rep Waisele Serevi. Youngbucks is another Team that will be joining us for the first time and are bringing along a Social Team as well to try and pry the trophy out of Social Champs Velox, who are coming this year as the Untouchables! Completing the nine team roster, (we’re still looking for 3 more teams) in the Elite Men’s Division are defending champion Burnaby Lake, finalists Abbotsford, Meralomas, Kolofo’ou, South Seas Connection and another newcomer to the tournament Bayside Sharks.
In the Elite Women’s Division, two US Teams will try and take the Lighthouse down I-5 to Seattle for a year. Mudhens, who won the first leg of the series at Vancouver 7’s will try and make it two in a row. Coach Phil Killham quipped after winning the Vancouver 7’s, “We would really love to have beaten Burnaby Lake Lighthouse Women, but I guess we will wait and try again at their Field." Mudhen’s only loss at the Vancouver 7’s was to the Women of Burnaby Lake so they will be coming with at least one goal in mind. Seattle will also be joining us for the first time and they too will want to take the Lighthouse down I-5 for a year. Standing in the way of course is tournament host and champion, Burnaby Lake, who are thinking of putting two teams with the goal of developing new players who will be the future of sevens at the Lake. Rounding up the Women’s Division are Meralomas and Abbotsford, both of whom are fielding really strong teams this year.
Tournament organizers are also running a U14 sevens tournament alongside the seniors, as part of the Club’s commitment to developing the game with the kids.
BLRC Lighthouse 7’s Program Manager, Roko Kapaiwai is hoping to get three more Elite Men’s Teams and two more Women’s Teams to complete his Pools. Deadline for entries is Friday evening, after which he hopes to finalise the draws for the day.
If you’d like to enter a Team to the 3rd Annual BLRC Lighthouse 7’s tournament, please send an email to Roko at firstname.lastname@example.org
Entry Fees are:
Elite Men: $250
Elite Women: $250
Social Men: $100
Next week we will be profiling teams and players who will be participating in our tournament. This will be a chance to get to know some of the players and teams a little better.