They came, they saw, the played, they won!
Star studded, talent laden Old Puget Sound Beach of Seattle won the 2012 BLRC Lighthouse Sevens tournament at Burnaby Lake Rugby Fields on a day made for Sevens. Captained by 6’8” Aussie wing Matt Trouville and marshalled on the Field by the King of Sevens, Waisale Serevi, the team went through the pool games undefeated blanking Meralomas 33-0, Bayside 24-0 and narrowly beating South Seas Connection 20-14. The final game against Bayside was a raw display of power, experience, and patience with the ball passing from hand to hand across the width of the field carefully looking for a gap in the strong Bayside defence. In the end, it was just too much for Bayside to counter.
‘The Lighthouse’ is now on its way down I-5 and will be shining brightly at the beaches of Old Puget Sound for a year.
The Elite Women was a strongly contested division, won by defending champion Burnaby Lake in the finals against old rival Mudhens. Both playing their sixth game of the tournament, it showed in the final game on the faces of the players, having played in roughly 23 degrees for the first time this season. In the end, it was the experience of Captian Julia Sugawara, veterans Laura Harmse, Maria Gallo and strong games from Kevenza Murphy, Genevieve Gratton, Devon Luca and Dep Capps that won it for the Ladies of the Lake. There was too much space for them to run through and they took full advantage of them.
The Women’s ‘Lighthouse’ remains planted and shining on the Shores of Burnaby Lake
The Social Men is a different story.
Youngbucks, who pulled out in the Elite Division due to injuries sustained at Williams Lake the previous weekend, came out strongly in the Finals to beat Burnaby Lake’s Devlin Party of 7 to win handsomely. Sensing that fatigue was settling in among the boys of the Lake, they ran in six tries to two to win it all comfortably
A new Team of U19 kids were the ‘find of the tournament’ where they played like veterans, remaining calm under pressure and displayed skills and ball handling rarely seen at this level. Burnaby Lake U19, coached by Jeke Gotegote, went all the way to the semifinals, losing to the older cousins Devlin Party of 7 in a game full of great ball handling skills, with no quarter asked and none given.
Speaking of kids….
The U14 Division was just a blast to watch. Coaches were looking at these kids to select their Teams for the upcoming BC Summer Games and will again use the Victoria International tournament to trim their squad, but what was shown on the Field on Saturday was a beauty to watch. The Finals was won by Vancouver Island. Coach Don Brown will take these boys to Victoria to further evaluate them and then pick his final squad for the Summer Games.
A Huge Thank You to BC Rugby News who had kindly donated two Lion Heart Singlets to award to the tournament MVP’s and they were given to:
Women’s MVP: Christina Zie
Club: Emerald City Mudhens
23 year old Christina has been playing for the Mudhens for six years and plays Hooker for both the fifteens and Sevens Codes. Her quickness to breakdowns, winning balls in rucks and counter rucks clearly shows that she will be a player to keep an eye in future.
Men’s MVP: Matt Trouvill
Club: Old Puget Sound
The 25 year Aussie, who stans at least 6’8” plays on the wing! A hard man to bring down indeed, as opponents quickly found out during the tournament and scored three of his team’s many tries in the Finals against Bayside.
Matt plays No. 8 for his Club and has only been with OPSB for two seasons. Another player to keep an eye on during the 7’s season